SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 5.00
ECTS Credit Points 2.50
Module Code M3N125329
Module Leader David McGuire
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Sufficient prior knowledge of key areas to allow meaningful outcome.

Summary of Content

The overall aim of the module is to provide an introduction to the nature and characteristics of entrepreneurial action. This will include analysis of entrepreneurial motivations and behaviours. In addition, the module will explore entrepreneurial attitudes to risk and innovation for double and triple bottom line businesses This module explores the traits of entrepreneurs, what motivates entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs and how these people manage the innovation and entrepreneurship process. This process includes: 1. Entrepreneurial Goals and Context 2. Opportunity Recognition 3. Finding Resources 4. Venture Development 5. Value Creation An awareness of the policy and political environment supporting entrepreneurship is also developed


Are entrepreneurs born or made? Trait theory of entrepreneurs Entrepreneurial motivations Concept of the bottom line(s) The innovation and entrepreneurial process The policy/political environment for developing entrepreneurship

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" Understand the nature of "what makes an entrepreneur"" Understand the process of how entrepreneurs develop successful business ventures" Demonstrate an appreciation of how entrepreneurs manage risk" Apply the innovation and entrepreneurship process to a case study analysis of a live social business" Understand how entrepreneurial values and motivations affect their decision making behaviours

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A blended learning approach will be used, which combines lectures, seminars, and practical workshops. Seminars/workshops will be linked to the theory considered in the lectures and incorporate an analysis of live case studies Guest lecturers will illustrate the theory of entrepreneurship in action.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Burns, P., 2017. New venture creation: a framework for entrepreneurial start-ups. Palgrave. Spinelli, A., 2016. New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, published by McGrawHill. Stokes, D., Wilson, N. and Wilson, N., 2010. Small business management and entrepreneurship. Cengage Learning EME Tidd, J. and Bessant, J., 2015. Innovation and entrepreneurship. Wiley Supplementary Readings. Students are strongly advised to be self-reliant and to read materials from whatever source, Internet, library, journals, and newspapers. Journals Journal of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research Journal of Small Business Management Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development -567 Websites Online sources: <> <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas : Knowledge of contemporary understanding of entrepreneurship . Critical thinking. Time management Oral and communication skills Research skills Independent and Group working skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 5.00
Independent Learning (FT) 26.00
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Presentation / Individual Report - 1500 words.