Enterprise in Society

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Enterprise in Society

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Entrepreneurship, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    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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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    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
    specific issues.

    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:

    Autumn Semester:
    ? 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.

    Spring Semester:
    ? 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

    ? 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

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