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Module Title LM Small Business and Entrepreneurship
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 26921
Module Lead Francis Greene
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Pre-requisites
Co-requisites
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-44 hours
Seminar-22 hours
Tutorial-22 hours
Guided independent study-112 hours
Total: 200 hours
Exclusions
Description The aim of this module is to provide a solid conceptual and analytical understanding of small business and entrepreneurship. Although no prior understanding is assumed, lectures and small group teaching will allow students to discuss and critically evaluate key theories and understanding of small business and entrepreneurial firms. The module focusses on the entrepreneurial development of new firms. Key questions analysed are:
  • Why do risk and uncertainty matter so much for those setting up a new business?
  • What is entrepreneurship?
  • What is it like to work in a small business?
  • Are small businesses more innovative?
  • What is a new business?
  • What role does people‚Äôs social networks help in setting up a new business?
  • Do you have to be a special person to be an entrepreneur?
  • Why do business close?
In the second semester, the focus shifts to analytically developing understandings of business growth and wider issues in entrepreneurship:
  • What do we mean by business growth?
  • Are some people more suited to growing a fast growth business?
  • What types of businesses grow?
  • Is there a right strategy for growing a business?
  • What role do the banks play in supporting business growth?
  • What role do venture capitalists and business angels play in supporting business growth?
  • What can governments do to support growing businesses?
  • How influential are government actions?
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a critical theoretical understanding of the differences between small and large businesses in terms of uncertainty, employment, innovation;
  • Identify and evaluate the different conceptual approaches and theoretical models that underlie entrepreneurial processes and outcomes;
  • Synthesise, critically evaluate and analyse empirical data and key readings;
  • Demonstrate advanced teamwork skills through developing the group presentation;
  • Integrate and critically evaluate evidence and identify its strategic implications for small business and entrepreneurship practice.
Assessment 26921-01 : Group Presentation : Presentation (20%)
26921-02 : Essay : Coursework (20%)
26921-03 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
60% by summer exam (3 hours)
20% Written assignments (1,000 words) set and assessed in semester 1.
20% by group presentation to be set and assessed in semester 2.

Reassessment: Exam 3 hours (100%)
Other
Reading List Storey, D and Greene, F. (2010) Small Business and Entrepreneurship, FT Prentice Hall, London.