University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Business, Entrepreneurial Management, International Business

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    36 points from Commerce Schedule C, MANV 303

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A survey of the major topics in entrepreneurship and the skills generally considered necessary for success in an entrepreneurial venture, with many sessions covered by entrepreneurs from all fields. The paper will be structured around a new venture case, and will develop understandings of the issues related to starting a new business.

    The paper is an introductory course intended to provide students with knowledge of entrepreneurship and the vital role played by entrepreneurs in the global economy. To achieve this, this paper focuses on the creation of new ventures, the skills necessary for success in an entrepreneurial venture and factors associated with new venture success.Entrepreneurship is interdisciplinary, so this paper provides students with the opportunity to draw together elements of other papers, such as finance, economics, management, marketing, production and so forth, showing how these must fit together to create a whole organisation rather than viewing these as a series of unrelated components. This paper also mixes theory with practice. Students will be challenged to apply principles, concepts and frameworks to real-world situations, particularly on assignments, including the business plan, and on exams.This paper will help students determine if they want to start their own ventures or if they prefer to operate as corporate entrepreneurs working within an existing organisation. Companies increasingly want and need employees who can identify problems and opportunities; exercise initiative and develop creative solutions; and build support while implementing their ideas. The concepts and skills emphasised in this paper should be useful, whether starting a new business or innovating within an existing organisation.

    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is taught through lectures.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Understand the context, concepts and process of entrepreneurship
    - Develop entrepreneurial opportunities and recognise the entrepreneurial potential within yourself, whether you want to start your own business or act as an entrepreneur within an existing organisation
    - Research and determine the viability or feasibility of new business concepts
    - Understand how to turn a creative new business concept into a sustainable business venture
    - Create a business plan and develop the ability to critique a business plan

    Essential text: Aulet, Bill. Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup. John Wiley & Sons.

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