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Postgraduate Course: The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Landscape (CMSE12001)

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 Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis course introduces the context in which entrepreneurship and innovation happens. Ever since the early work of Schumpeter, the concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation have been strongly related. Schumpeter famously talks about 'gales of creative destruction' which entrepreneurs unleash by introducing radically different products, services and processes to the marketplace, thereby challenging the status quo and disrupting industry incumbents.

However, although there are many connections between innovation and entrepreneurship, they are distinct concepts. We know that not all entrepreneurs innovate, indeed, the majority of new, independent venture are not innovative at all. The real question here is thus not whether entrepreneurs innovate, but rather when and where they do so. This question really calls the attention to the importance of understanding the context of innovative activity by entrepreneurs, which is the focus of this overview sessions.
Course description Aims, Nature, Context

The programme welcomes students with non-business training, as well as professionals who seek an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurial practices and innovation dynamics. This introductory course will provide them with a basic understanding (in both theory and practice) of these notions, and place them in the context of core courses and electives offered. It will discuss the macro and micro contexts of entrepreneurship and innovation and outline the themes and topics to be explored through core and elective courses. It will explore the contexts within which entrepreneurship and innovation take place and the challenges organisations face, be they public, private or third sector).


The role of context in entrepreneurship and innovation management (micro and macro level)

Student Learning Experience

The course will involve one session. The students are expected to engage in small group discussion to tackle different issues pertaining to variations in social, economic and cultural contexts.
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 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course is not assessed.
Feedback It is expected that you will gain feedback on your understanding of the material during the discussions in class, but the usefulness of this feedback is directly proportional with the amount of work you will put in reading and preparing the essential readings prior to coming to the sessions. - supports LO 1, 2
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss critically and communicate effectively knowledge of key aspects and processes of entrepreneurship and innovation.
  2. Understand and critically evaluate business-environment relationships.
Reading List
Bessant, J and Tidd, J (2007) Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Rae, D (2007) Entrepreneurship: from opportunity to action.

Drucker, P. (2014) Innovation and entrepreneurship, Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive and subject specific skills:

Critical understanding (from both a conceptual and practical standpoint) of both entrepreneurial practices and innovation dynamics in a variety of contexts.

Ability to make informed choice of focus on entrepreneurship- or innovation related themes.

Transferable skills:

Engage in group discussions and interactive discussions
Course organiserDr Benjamin Spigel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5552
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Millson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3013
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