Module: Entrepreneur in Action

Module details

  • Module code

    1236
  • Module leader

    David Bozward & Matthew Rogers-Draycott
  • Module Level

    4
  • Module credits

    15
  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

The course follows the person-centred approach by trying to describe the business world through the lenses of an Entrepreneur. The module focuses on the Entrepreneur as a person and the process of creativity and innovation interwoven into the entrepreneurial spirit and behaviour.

The lectures explore the Entrepreneur’s personality with his/her inner and outer ego, his talents and capabilities.  Lectures cover the many facets of the Entrepreneur as an unpolished diamond and her/his place within the strategic development of an enterprise. The lectures go on to explore the entrepreneurial world by example, i.e. through stories of Entrepreneurs in Action. Students are encouraged to identify the different types of Entrepreneurs in existence such as Classic, Social, Business and Culture etc., and possibly to envision themselves as future Entrepreneurs.

The module offers a glimpse into the real world of an Entrepreneur in Action by visiting a thriving enterprise, and offers the students real life experience of the entrepreneurial activities in a particular business environment. The students are expected to make a presentation based on this study tour.

Lectures are delivered in an interactive and applied way, and discussions are actively encouraged, with the students being expected to draw on their experiences both prior to and whilst on the module.

Coursework activities will be supported through tutorials, workshops and game play as well as guidance as appropriate to need. Mature, critical, personal reflection is required to gain good grades in this module. Assessment takes the form of a presentation (A1) following the study tour and a written individual piece (A2) on the entrepreneurial mindset.

All content for the session will be accessible online via the Gateway module homepage.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  • Identify with the role of an entrepreneur in developing an international new venture or within an established business.
  • Develop self-awareness of their own enterprising and entrepreneurial qualities, as well as the motivation and self-discipline to apply these flexibly in different contexts to achieve desired results.
  • Identify and describe the skills and mind-sets of effective entrepreneurs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the variety of entrepreneurial strategies that can be selected to achieve success.

Assessment

Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework A1 - Verbal PowerPoint Presentation (10 mins) (LO 1 & 4) 40%
Coursework A2 - Individual Essay - Entrepreneurial Mindset (1000 words) (LO 2 & 3) 60%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Canals, Jordi.  (2015)  Shaping entrepreneurial mindsets.  Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gunther McGrath, Rita. (2000) The entrepreneurial mindset. Harvard Business School Press).
  • Willis, Jeff.  (2015)  Entrepreneurial Mindset: 20 Common Beliefs, Characteristics And Habits Of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur Mind & Success Mindset)  (Kindle edition).