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Unit information: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in 2020/21

Unit name Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Unit code ECONM2036
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Wang
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


Entrepreneurship is very much a current theme in economic, political and social commentary and entrepreneurship, once associated with maverick individuals, is now widely held to be an essential driver of innovation, economic growth and social change. The University of Bristol is involved in a variety of enterprising activities, such as the collaborative Engine Shed, which will be explored on the course via guest speakers and/or visits. Different organisational forms will also be explored, particularly social enterprises.

Students taking the course will develop an understanding of entrepreneurial behaviour, the process of enterprise creation and the issues that arise out of these activities, which enterprise policies attempt to address. It is debatable whether entrepreneurial behaviours can be taught so this will not be an aim of the unit, however, students will be expected to take a participative approach on the course to reflect the nature of the subject.

Intended learning outcomes

Students successfully completing the module should be able to:

ILO1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of setting up an enterprise. In particular students will learn about the industry wide practice of business planning and different forms of financial support.

ILO2. Synthesize frameworks, tools, techniques and skills to develop a robust business plan in dynamic environment

ILO3. Demonstrate, through engagement with the relevant literature, the strategic thinking that leads to the creation of sustainable and successful enterprise

ILO4. Balance the process of experimentation and learning inherent to entrepreneurship with the selection and implementation of a strategy that to establish competitive advantage

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Details

Summative: 3,000 word individual business plan (100%). Formative: presentation/1-1 drop in clinic

Reading and References

Core Texts –

Barringer, Bruce R. Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, 6th ed. Pearson Education, 2019.

Scarborough, Norman M., and Jeffrey R. Cornwall. Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, 9th ed. Pearson, 2019.

Supplementary Reading –

Drucker, Peter. Innovation and entrepreneurship. Routledge, 2014.

Burns, Paul. New Venture Creation: A Framework for Entrepreneurial Start-ups, 2nd ed. Palgrave, 2017.

Academic and Practitioner Journals –

Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice

Journal of Business Venturing

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Small Business Economics

Journal of Small Business Management

Harvard Business Review

MIT Sloan Management Review