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Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Module description

Entrepreneurship is at the heart of any economy. Since the 1980s successive British governments have sought to promote entrepreneurship, both as a way of tackling economic problems and capitalising on the private and public knowledge-base.

In this module we bring together theory and practice through a visiting speaker programme, which includes entrepreneurs and policy makers. We will:

  • provide you with a thorough understanding of the entrepreneurial process and business practice
  • familiarise you with key debates addressing theories of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • provide you with evidence on the applications of these theories to studies of new business creation and growth
  • highlight how some contexts are more conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation than others
  • demonstrate patterns of entrepreneurship and innovation in the UK in comparison with other countries, particularly the US.

    Learning objectives

    By the end of this module, you will 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
    • evaluate enterprise policies in different national and regional contexts.