Assignment 1 (Individual 25%) This assignment has three parts, A, B & C
PART A: Case study
Gender and international entrepreneurship. Each student in the group will develop a case study on an international entrepreneur from a country of their choice with a specific focus (see list below which will allocated to the members of each group – that is if a group has 5 members each will do a case study on a different international entrepreneur with a specific focus eg technology). (Therefore if you are assigned technology entrepreneurship, you will find an international entrepreneur who is a technology entrepreneur also). Information gathered on the entrepreneur and their firm should be entered on the research template provided (this is available on Blackboard) and submitted with the case study. 1000 words maximum excluding references.
- Complete the template as fully as possible.
- Include references, online sources of information etc.
- The template will not count to the word count.
B. PART B (THEMES)
Student will then prepare and submit a second part for this assignment, where they are required to identify the main International Entrepreneurship themes emerging from the case study, and how the focal international entrepreneur and their firm confirm/disconfirm the relevant International Entrepreneurship literature, 500 words maximum excluding references
(A+B Total 1500 words)
Indicative topics include:
- Gender and (international) entrepreneurship
- Family and (International) entrepreneurship
- Financing (International entrepreneurship)
- Technology entrepreneurship
- Social (International) entrepreneurship
- Habitual/Serial (Entrepreneurship)
- Ethnicity & (International) entrepreneurship
Due date: Individual written pieces (Part A & B) should be submitted to in Week 10
through UK Turnitin on BBL. The presentations will take place in class
time in Week 11.
Feedback: General feedback from assignments will be provided in class (Week 11/12). Results including individual written feedback will be available Week 12 and will be e mailed in Blackboard.
In addition students may make appointments for further individual feedback.
Students should display competence in K1, K2, K3, K4, I3, I4, P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, T1,T2, T3 and T4.
C.Group presentation (15%) Part of Assignment 1 –
The group members will exchange cases and present a short summary of how the cases collectively are similar/dissimilar and how they confirm/disconfirm the extant literature on your allocated topic. This presentation should be approx. 35-40 minutes duration and no more than 10 slides. There will be discussion and synthesis of the presentations at the end of this session, the aim of which is to facilitate peer-to-peer learning.
Carter, S., & Jones-Evans, D. (2012) Enterprise and Small business: Principles, Practice & Policy, 2nd Ed, Prentice-Hall. London
Hisrich, R.D. (2013) Gender and international entrepreneurship: Starting, Developing, and Managing a Global Venture, 2nd Ed, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.
Evers, N., Cunningham, J., & Hoholm, T. (2014) Technology Entrepreneurship: Bringing Innovation to the Marketplace, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Burns, P., (2014) New Venture Creation: A Framework for Entrepreneurial Start-ups, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Evers, N., Cunningham, J., & Hoholm, T. (2014) Technology Entrepreneurship: Bringing Innovation to the Market, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Gabrielsson, M., & Kirpalani, VH., (2012) Handbook of research on born globals, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (Available as an ebook in Ulster library).
Gandhi, N., (2011) Born Globals, Hothive, Evesham (Available on iTunes)
Read, S. (2011) Effectual Entrepreneurship, Routledge, London (Available as an ebook in Ulster library)
Journals (which may be accessed using Athens) include:
- Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
- Journal of International entrepreneurship
- International Business Review
- Journal of International Business Studies
- Journal of International Marketing
- Journal of World Business
- Harvard Business Review
- International Small Business Journal
Changes in the international environment are rapid and often unexpected; keeping up to date is imperative. There is a wealth of international entrepreneurship information online. On-line resources include: (you will find relevant material on International Entrepreneurship on some entrepreneurship sites)
- http://www.hbs.edu/entrepreneurship/resources/ Harvard Business School resources
- http://www.babson.edu/entrep/fer/index.html Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research Journal, useful links
- http://www.prenhall.com/scarbzim/html/resource.html Advice for Small Businesses and entrepreneurs
- http://www.internationalentrepreneurship.com International Entrepreneurship (requires free sign up)
- http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/ces/resources/international.html Stanford
- http://www.gemconsortium.org/ GEM Report – largest report on entrepreneurship
- www.ie-scholars.net International Entrepreneurship Scholars resources
You should aim to produce work which:
- Demonstrates evidence of reading a wide range of appropriate supplementary sources (including appropriate referencing);
- Has a logical structure, including clarity and consistency of discussion
Ideas & layout
Profile of firm
1.1 Company age
1.2 Size (no. of employees/sales turnover)
1.3 Industry sector
Main offerings (try and get on-line brochures, materials etc)
1.4 Main Markets
1.5 If international, no. of markets
Percentage of sales as exports
Demographic profile of Entrepreneur
(Check and see if the entrepreneurs profile is on firm’s website or if he/she has a personal site. Do an on-line ‘person’ search and media search)
2.1 Age, gender, education, marital status, etc
2.2 Prior work experience/s
Worked for/owned another business?
2.3 Personal interests, specialist training, etc.
2.4 Other relevant/interesting information
Motivation to start business
3.1 What factor/s motivated entrepreneur to start up
3.2 What levels of support did he/she get from:
Family & friends
Financial institutions (banks etc.)
3.3 What start-up barriers did they face?
(eg lack of finance/management expertise, etc
3.4 How did they overcome these barriers?
3.5 What challenges do they currently face?
4.1 How has business changed/grown
4.2 What future plans do they have for the business
4.3 What future ambitions do they have for themselves
4.4 What do they consider to be the secret/s of their success
4.5 What advice would they give other potential entrepreneurs