Enterprise in Society
Area of Study
Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Management Science
Taught In English
Completion of introductory business modules (such as BS4102 The World at Work, or
BS4101 Business Economics or equivalent).
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
The module examines small business management realities through a visit to a small
enterprise: how do small business owners manage their businesses? Is it the same as in
large companies? If not, why not? Different types of small enterprise such as social
enterprises, high-tech companies and family businesses are studied to identify their
The module later scrutinises government policy and the measures that can be taken to
foster entrepreneurship and small enterprise growth. Finally, you will find out what it
takes to be an entrepreneur and start your own innovative business.
Topics covered include:
? Defining terms small business owners or entrepreneurs: enterprise or
entrepreneurship? Innovator or reproducer?
? Management functions in smaller enterprises (marketing, operations/ human
resource management, innovation, creativity and finance) and the differences in
small business management compared to larger organisations:
? Networking: its vital role in smaller enterprises.
? Interpreting Financial Performance
? Factors influencing business start up, growth and closure
? Basic skills for start up.
? Small business contribution to national economies across the world: enterprise
development as a tool of the national social and economic development.
Enterprise in developing countries and transition economies.
? The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM
? Enterprise & Small Business Policy
? Issues encountered in diverse enterprises according to country: ethnic minority,
female owned and family small businesses.
? Enterprise Policy: Arguments for & against
Teaching: Lectures and seminars
STUDY OPTION 1:
? Exam (50%)
? Coursework: Group report (50%)
STUDY OPTION 2: Individual assignment (100%)
STUDY OPTION 3: Exam and Assignment (100%)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.