MM336-The Evolution of Entrepreneurship

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Lucy Newton


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module examines theories of entrepreneurship and how it has been practiced from the 19th to the 21st century. It explores the context in which entrepreneurs operate, the strategies that they have developed in order to survive and their impact on economic growth. 


To develop student’s awareness and understanding of theories of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs have behaved and operated from the 19th to the 21st century. This will involve an appreciation of the context in which entrepreneurs operate and the strategies that they have developed in order to survive by using both theory and case studies.  Their impact of economic growth will be considered. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • To analyse theories of entrepreneurship and the context in entrepreneurs operate, especially their vital contribution to economic growth. 

  • To appraise the backgrounds of individual entrepreneurs and their contribution to entrepreneurial activity. 

  • To identify assess the different organisational forms that entrepreneurs operate within. To identify different ‘groups’ that an entrepreneur belongs to (based upon ethnicity, gender or family) and how this impacts upon their entrepreneurial behaviour. 

  • To critically analyse the innovation and financial provision that make entrepreneurship possible. 

  • To identify the interface between entrepreneurs and the market and the influence this relationship has upon entrepreneurial strategy. 

  • To analyse entrepreneurs in a long-term framework through the use of specific historical and contemporary case studies. 
  • To critically analyse key issues in entrepreneurship theory and practice in written and oral formats.   

Additional outcomes:

By undertaking group presentations and individual essays, students will enhance their information gathering, presentation skills, research skills and IT skills during this module, as well as their team working abilities. 

Outline content:

This module examines entrepreneurial activity and analyses its influence upon economic growth, from the industrial revolution to the present day. It will also analyse how entrepreneurs have had to operate in competitive environments. It will deliver this in thematic lectures and use seminars to provide case studies. 

  • Key topics include: 

  • Individual entrepreneurship 

  • Gender and entrepreneurship 

  • Ethnic entrepreneurship 
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship 

  • Finance and entrepreneurship 

  • Marketing and entrepreneurship 

Global context:

Case studies form a variety of countries will be considered. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Two-hour lectures combined with one-hour seminars. 

The basic material will be covered in lectures in which class discussion will also take place. 

Presentations and discussion take place in the seminars. 



Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 1
Seminars 5
Work-based learning 0
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 47
    Advance preparation for classes 5
    Preparation for presentations 30
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 2
Total hours by term 0 152 48
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 2-hour examination.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One assessed group presentation (20 minutes) to take place at the end of the Spring term (week 29 or 30). 


One assessed essay approximately 2,500 words to be submitted in the Spring vacation (week 33).  

Formative assessment methods:

Formative feedback provided in seminars in relation to the preparation of assessed presentations. 

Penalties for late submission:

University penalties for late submission apply.   

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A weighted average of at least 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:

During the August University Re-sit Period – mark capped at 40%. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 6 April 2020


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