Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Module Co-ordinator

Dr Suzanne Mawson





Credit value


Contact hours

25 hours


Assessment is 100% coursework

The module has two complementary aims: to improve understanding of the development of entrepreneurship as a field of study and to enhance awareness of how theories of entrepreneurship and new venture creation apply in practice. Both aims will provide students with a foundation for a career in business, particularly in new ventures or SMEs. 

The objectives are:

  • To explore theoretical and empirical understanding of the role of entrepreneurs in the economy and society;
  • To give you an understanding of the role played by academic entrepreneurship research in developing theory and policy;
  • To develop self-confidence and the ability to critically analyse complex questions and problems concerning entrepreneurship and new venture issues;
  • To allow you to test and evaluate the merits of entrepreneurship theories in real-world cases;
  • To generate and inform discussion, debate and analysis of entrepreneurship issues and problems within both research and practical contexts.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject
  • contribute to debates on the nature and position of entrepreneurship as both a unique discipline and as a part of business management;
  • demonstrate practical knowledge of theories and research about the role and function of the entrepreneurs in society and about different forms of entrepreneurship;
  • apply this theoretical grounding to practical examples, as well as to your own career development.






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