The module brings together theory and practice and is organised under four main themes.
Theme 1: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: theories of entrepreneurial behaviour. From Schumpeter and Penrose to theories of organisational growth and survival to conceptualisations of uneven geographies of entrepreneurial activity.
Theme 2: Understanding innovation. Definitions of innovation. Innovative as an interactive process.
Theme 3: Entrepreneurship and innovation in practice. University spin-offs, innovation in manufacturing and services
Theme 4: Entrepreneurship and innovation support systems: public and private programmes. Theoretical explanations for how public policy at international, national and regional scales influences the climate for entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Defining entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour
- Innovation as an interactive process
- Business closure
- Innovation as a management process
- Business growth
- Innovation in manufacturing and service
- Financing innovative small firms
- Academic entrepreneurship
- The role of public policy in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.
On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:
- analyse information on entrepreneurship and innovation and synthesise it to evaluate decision alternatives.
- understand the nature and processes of entrepreneurship and innovation by applying various concepts to an understanding of the management of new business creation and growth.
- understand and critically assess issues of entrepreneurial behaviour and innovation and firm performance.
- develop the capability for evaluating enterprise policies in different national and regional contexts, including public and third sector organisations.
- Online multiple choice question test (MCQs) (25%)
- Unseen end of term online examination (75%)