Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
23 June 2023


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,
MPHDN10348 Business Administration,
PHD N10348 Business Administration,
MPHDN10448 Entrepreneurship,
PHD N10448 Entrepreneurship,
MPHDN20448 Management Studies,
PHD N20448 Management Studies

Module description

This essential 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.

The focus is on the formation of new businesses, innovative growth, and their impact on economic and social development.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To enable 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.

  • To enable students to analyse the international business environment in different business contexts.

  • To provide students with the opportunity to develop strategic approaches in response to the case requirements.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to 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.

  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

This module will be delivered via:

  • 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. 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.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio Report    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Femi Olan, email:
Dr Femi Olan



External examiner

Dr Tolu Olarewaju
Keele University
Lecturer in Management
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 21 (100%) hours available to students:
0 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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