SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N106499
Module Leader Shariq Sheikh
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

An appropriate and acceptable range of business and quantitative modules.

Summary of Content

Entrepreneurship is the process whereby an opportunity to create value is identified, an operational plan is developed to harness the required resources and the project is managed to a successful conclusion. In established organisations this process is "intrapreneurship". This process for creating value within developing organisations has been identified and elucidated within many high growth, highly profitable firms. Attempts are regularly made to introduce it into under-performing firms in order to revitalise them, but these are often unsuccessful due to the systemic nature of the process. Entrepreneurial firms share a number of cultural and organisational characteristics. These potentiate effective patterns of interaction with dynamic, contextual factors which lead to business success through innovation. In this module students examine the conceptual underpinnings of intrapreneurship and innovation using exercises and case studies, including an empirical analysis of current innovation processes within a business context.


Theme 1 : People and Employees The Intrapreneurs' mindset, intrapreneurial behaviours, adaptive innovators and change makers, creating different types of value. Corporate Entrepreneurship, value creation, spin outs, diversification, transformation and industry rule breaking, the intrapreneurship continuum. Entrepreneurial Managers, Managing outside the box and across boundaries. Theme 2: Entrepreneurial Organisations Innovation in the organisation and presenting the business case, Understanding Innovation as a tool for developing the organisation. Understanding the developing organisation in terms of culture, structure and resources. Leading and entrepreneurial organisation, leadership and entrepreneurship for growth. Connecting with national innovation systems. Consideration of the relationships between universities, government, economic agencies businesses and individuals. Theme 3: Applied Innovation Technology Innovations. The Social Intrapreneurs' innovation challenge.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:-Critically understand the concepts and theories of intrapreneurship;Evaluate the role of entrepreneurial activities in organisational development;Demonstrate an understanding of innovation processes;Compare and contrast the degree of innovativeness of organisations and relate this to their entrepreneurial characteristics.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module employs recent thinking in entrepreneurship education for the development of this teaching and learning strategy. The module is delivered through a combination of lectures, exercises, case study analysis and projects. Experiential learning and reflective practice are integral to the learning strategy and are implemented through action learning projects. Students are encouraged to relate to applied examples of innovation and connect with real organisations displaying entrepreneurial characteristics. Students are encouraged to develop self efficacy and personal mastery through student led workshops and projects. Learning is grounded in examples from Scottish and global firms and harnesses technology where possible. The following feedback strategy is designed to ensure a positive student learning experience. 1. Personal development and reflection Opportunities will be made available to participate in discussions and experiential tasks that encourage personal development. Reflective practice is a frequent activity. 2. Learning environments for dialogue Workshops will provide a student centred environment where feedback is core and continuous for learning and development. 3. Expectations and clarity of communication Students will be provided with criteria and standards for the evaluation and opportunities will be available to discuss feedback provided and strategies to improve performance. 4. Individual and group performance All feedback will be constructive and clear and will identify strengths in performance. 5. Shaping information Opportunities will be provided for students to identify "challenging" issues in the module, and they will be asked to indicate the kind of feedback they would like and consider individually beneficial. Student learning will be monitored through dialogue and appropriate action taken when necessary.

Indicative Reading

Core Text Burns, P. (2011) Entrepreneurship and Small Business; start up, growth and maturity. 3rd edition, Palgrave MacMillan Recommended reading Bessant and Tidd (2011) Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2nd Edition John Wiley and Sons Ltd Deakins, D. and Freel, M. (2012) Entrepreneurship and Small Firms, 6th Ed. McGraw-Hill Education. Timmons, J. and Spinelli, S. (2012) New Venture Creation: for the 21st century, 9th Edition, McGraw-Hill Education.

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and creative problem solving through use of applied examples and case study analysis. An appreciation of diversity through working on interdisciplinary projects. Information retrieval skills through directed practical sessions for business research. Personal enterprise skills including team working and time management gained from managing and participating in live projects. Self efficacy and personal mastery are encouraged through module activities.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 47.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Custom Activity 1 (PT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Workshops 6.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (PT) 99.00
Independent Learning (FT) 47.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 70.00 35% Individual Essay - 2,000 words
Coursework 0.00 30.00 35% Group Project - 2 formative assessments and one summative, each worth 10%, spread through duration of module, equalling 30%.