Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
03 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N10012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
MSC N100MO Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
MSC N12012 International Business and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N120MO International Business and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N55012 International Marketing and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N550MO International Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Module description

This essential module is concerned with enabling students to acquire information, knowledge and a critical understanding of economic, sociological, psychological and managerial theories of enterprise creation and development and how they apply in practice in the world of business and other organisations. The focus is on the formation of new businesses, innovative growth, and their impact on economic and social development

Module aims

This module provides the necessary theoretical and policy framework for the study of entrepreneurship, defined as new venture creation and innovative growth relating to different types of organisations and environments. The module will provide the critical, and theoretical underpinning for the study and investigation of enterprise development. It will also provide insights into and models for the practice of entrepreneurship and innovation in different organisational and economic environments, together with key constructs for starting and growing innovative businesses, and analysing the impact of entrepreneurship on the economy.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of different theoretical approaches to small business and new venture creation, growth and maturity

2. Explain conceptual issues on entrepreneurship clearly and concisely

3. Evaluate and explain the relationship between different types of new ventures, as in new small firms, corporate entrepreneurship, new ventures within public and not-for-profit organisations and

4. Develop realistic ideas for engaging with new business creation and growth in different environments

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The following learning and teaching methods will be used to inform the pedagogic structure of the module: Lectures; Seminars; Discussion of case studies; Discussion of journal articles; Class exercises; Group work; Tutorials; Signposting to other support The lectures will be developed around the key concepts as mentioned in the indicative module content and will use a range of live examples and cases from business practice to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts. The seminars will focus extensively on business case studies and selected journal articles. Cases are drawn from a variety of sources including key business newspapers, journal articles, European Case Clearing House (ECCH) and Harvard Business Cases to encourage students to analyse international business environment in different business contexts and develop strategic approaches in response to the case requirements. The seminars are designed to help students to both develop and analyse case studies. The class exercise will consist of individual and group work based on self-assessment questions and on other set tasks to provide students with the opportunity to develop critical and practical problem skills.


  • Carter, Sara (Professor); Jones-Evans, Dylan. (2012) Enterprise and small business : principles, practice and policy, Harlow, England: Pearson.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Individual Essay    100% 
Exam  1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marta Fernandez De Arroyabe Arranz, email:
Miss Marta Fernandez De Arroyabe Arranz



External examiner

Dr Ping Zheng
Canterbury Christ Church University
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 20 (95.2%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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