Entrepreneur in Action
- Module code
- Module leader
- Professor Kanes Rajah
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 15 hours Note: Minimum. 6h x 4 days for the Study Tour
- Teaching period
- October - March
Entrepreneur in Action is an introductory module which is set within an international context while retaining a strong focus on the UK and EU. It is about the individual. It aims to provide a nurturing and supporting environment for the budding entrepreneur in all of us irrespective of whether the student’s career aspiration is to start a venture, work in a corporate environment or in a professional capacity. It enables the realization, discovery and identification of an individual’s propensity for behaving entrepreneurially through personal experience, the observation of entrepreneurial ventures in action and through case examples.
The Study Tour which is planned for in a country within the EU would provide students with experience of entrepreneurial behavior and of ventures in different contexts such as cultural, regional, political, environmental and economic.
Students will be taught transferable skills for presentation of their ideas, reports and communication of essential information for the success of their assignments.
It also aims to provide a sound background to the subsequent second year modules: 2235, Researching Business, Management and Entrepreneurship and 2232, Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Enterprise Development. In addition it would serve as a good start for any student wishing to start a business as required in the final year elective, 3084, on Entrepreneurship.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of their own entrepreneurial style and behaviour as well as how this relates to the Entrepreneur as a person and their role within an enterprise, including:
- Identify Entrepreneurs in action in different spheres of life based upon their own experience on the course and outside of it.
- Apply research, communications and presentation skills to achieving outcomes.
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Bolton, B. and Thompson, J. (2013) Entrepreneurs: talent, temperament and opportunity. 3rd edn. Routledge.
- Drucker, P.F. (2007) Innovation and entrepreneurship: practice and principles. classic drucker collection edn. Elsevier.
- Henry, J. (ed.) (2001) Creative management. 2nd edn. Sage Publications.
- Parks, S. (2006) How to be an entrepreneur: the six secrets of self-made success. Pearson Education.
- Rajah, K (ed) (2007) Business Creativity: practitioner’s handbook, Greenwich University Press.
- Rajah, K. (ed.) (2007) Complex creativity: the pathway to opportunity finding. Greenwich University Press
Students will be required to complete Kirton’s Adapter-Innovator (KAI) questionnaire and become familiar with the ideas and application of this theory as shown in the booklet which will be provided.