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Postgraduate Course: Venture Management and Growth in Practice (CMSE11303)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryBuilding on knowledge and understanding developed in previous courses relating to the establishment and growth of new ventures and the issues associated with identifying opportunities and starting and resourcing them, this course is intended to provide students with a deep understanding of theoretical and practical issues and challenges faced by those seeking to develop and grow them, in a balanced and sustainable way, in response to new opportunities and challenges.
Course description Alternative approaches and strategies commonly adopted for domestic and international growth and development are explored. Entrepreneurial motivations for and attitudes to growth are considered as are harvest and exit strategies. A core objective of the course is to engage students with established ventures which have grown and young ventures aspiring to grow. In teams, students will explore a growth-related issue facing a host organisation to develop workable solutions to present to management. In doing so they will draw on related theory to link to practice, and learn experientially from those involved in managing ventures
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Fieldwork Hours 35, Summative Assessment Hours 71, Other Study Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Independent prepartory readings for lectures
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual assessment (40%)
Group Report (40%)
Peer review (10%)
Group Presentation (10%)
All assessments assess all learning outcomes.

The Group Project (50%) will have as its main output a Group Report (3,500 words with 40% report and 10% peer participation) which presents the findings of the project work investigating the host organisation's growth issue.
Students will take part in a Group Presentation of their project findings (10%).

Each student will be expected to write an Individual Reflective Essay (40% - 2,000 words) on the personal and business motivations for growth which they observed at play within their host organisation, and barriers and facilitating factors identified. This will be developed from evidence gathered during the work for the group project, and it is suggested that the group starts the project by 'interviewing' the organisation's owner/manager to explore motivations and gather contextual evidence to develop their own reflective essay, referencing concepts from the literature to help interpret what they observe). Students should also reflect briefly on their own motivations, strengths and weakness for engaging in entrepreneurial behaviour and how they compare with individuals observed in their host organisation.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate relevant growth theories, frameworks and concepts to how to apply them in particular contexts to deliver appropriate outcomes;
  2. Critically evaluate the internal and external challenges associated with growing new and existing ventures in practice and appreciate the options available.
Reading List
Burke, G, Molian, D, Barrow, P and Clarke, E (2007) Growing your Business: A Handbook for Ambitious Owner-Managers, Routledge, Abingdon.
Students will be directed to number of specific books chapters and journal articles relevant to the issues addressed in the course, and which will be helpful as they undertake their project with their host organisation. For further information on how to deliver an effective practical project students will be referred to the following text:
Wickham, P. and Wickham, L. (2008) Management Consulting: Delivering an Effective Project, FT Prentice Hall.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive and subject specific skills:

-Analyse growth challenges in a particular context;

-Generate and assess different solutions to growth-related challenges.

Transferable skills:

-Engage in critical evaluation of different approaches to managing growth in practice;

-Enhance skills in searching, assessing, utilising, critically interpreting and presenting information from a range of sources;

-Interact effectively with personnel within a study organisation to identify the problem and its nature and develop and present the results of analysis both orally and in writing.
Course organiserMs Debbie Crompton
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Millson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3013
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