TECHCOMM 3003NA - Ethics and Cultural Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre - Quadmester 3 - 2014

The aim of this course is to enable students from a variety of backgrounds to understand different ethical and cultural backgrounds and how they impact on the decision making process of entrepreneurs. The course will explore the effect that ethics and culture has on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activity and how effective decision making is enhanced by an understanding of these differences.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TECHCOMM 3003NA
    Course Ethics and Cultural Aspects of Entrepreneurship
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Quadmester 3
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre
    Units 3
    Course Description The aim of this course is to enable students from a variety of backgrounds to understand different ethical and cultural backgrounds and how they impact on the decision making process of entrepreneurs. The course will explore the effect that ethics and culture has on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activity and how effective decision making is enhanced by an understanding of these differences.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gary Hancock

    Name: Susie Chant

    Short Bio:
    Susie Chant has been teaching at the University of Adelaide since completing a Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a Masters in Gastronomy. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Food Ethics for the School of History & Politics and teaches in the areas of innovation and creativity, and entrepreneurship and ethics. Susie also works as a business consultant where she works as Academic Manager for Le Cordon Bleu. In addition to owning many successful and award winning hospitality businesses in tourist regions around South Australia, Susie has also been a property developer and an award winning chef in many locations around the world including Grand Cayman Island in the West Indies and at Blenheim Palace in England, for the Duke & Duchess of Marlborough.

    Email: susan.chant@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Opening intensive:
    Friday 18 July 2014 7pm-10pm
    Saturday 19 July 2014 1pm-8pm
    Sunday 20 July 2014 9am-4pm
    Closing intensive:
    Friday 22 August 2014 7pm-10pm
    Saturday 23 August 2014 1pm-8pm
    Sunday 24 August 2014 9am-4pm
    Exam:
    Saturday 20 Sept 2014 9am-11am
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understand the importance of business ethics and explain the theory associated with different approaches to business ethics
    2 Explain the concept of culture and why different societies have different cultural values
    3 Explain why and how culture and business ethics influence entrepreneurial activities
    4  Understand the role of social entrepreneurs in society
    5 Explain how social entrepreneurship fits the model of entrepreneurial activities
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The University’s preferred textbook supplier is Unibooks: http://www.unibooks.com.au/ 
     
    There is no text book associated with this subject.
    Recommended Resources
    The following books, articles, reports and websites provide useful support material for this subject:

    Birley, Sue and Muzyka, Daniel F., (1997) Mastering Enterprise, FT Pitman Publishing, London

    Dees, J. Gregory (2001) “The Meaning of ‘Social Entrepreneurship’” available for free download at www.caseatduke.org/documents/dees_sedef.pdf 

    Drayton, Bill (2006) Everyone a Changemaker: Social Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Goal, available for free download at www.ashoka.org/files/innovations8.5x11FINAL_O.pdf 

    Drucker, P.F., (1989) “What businesses can learn from non-profits” in Harvard Business Review, July-August

    Elias, Jaan and J Gregory Dees, “The Normative Foundations of Business” Harvard Business School Note 9-897-012, June 10 1997

    Fisher, Colin and Lovell, Alan (2006) Business Ethics and Values, 2nd edn., FT Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ

    Frederick, Howard H., Kuratko, Donald F., Hodgetts, Ricjard M., (2006) Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process Practice, Asia-Pacific edition, Thompson

    Hartman, Laura Pincus, and DesJardins, Des (2008) Business Ethics: Decision Making for Personal Integrity, McGraw Hill, Boston

    Hofstede, Geert on culture at www.geerthofstede.nl/culture.aspx  

    Murray, Robin, Caulier-Grice, Julie and Geoff Mulgan (2010) The Open Book of Social Innovation, available for free download on www.youngfoundation.org/files/images/Open_Book_of_Social_Innovation.pdf 

    Nash, Laura (1981) “Ethics without the sermon” in Harvard Business Review, November-December

    Nicholls, Alex (ed.) (2006) Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change, Oxford University Press, Oxford

    Thompson, John, Alvy, Geoff and Ann Lees, (2000) “Social Entrepreneurship – a new look at the people and the potential” in Management Decision 38/5, pp 328-338

    Timmons, Jeffry A., and Spinelli, Stephen (2007) New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, 7th edn, McGraw Hill Irwin

    http://www.ashoka.org 
    http://www.demos.co.uk
    http://www.geerthofstede.nl
    http://www.grameen-info.org
    http://www.kickstart.org
    http://www.youngfoundation.org
    http://www.weforum.org (World Economic Forum)
    http://www.ibe.org.au (Institute of Business Ethics)
    http://whatmatters.mckinseydigital.com/the_debate_zone/should-social-entrepreneurs-adopt-the-language-and-practices-of-business? 

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. The University Library web page is: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/ 
    From this link, you are able to access the Library's electronic resources.
    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study (see: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    This is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
    Session Topic Readings/Activities
    1 What is business ethics? • Hartman, Laura Pincus, and DesJardins, Des (2008) Business Ethics: Decision Making for Personal Integrity, Chapter 5
    • Nash (1981)
    2 Ethical theories and paradigms • Fisher, Colin and Lovell, Alan (2006) Business Ethics and Values, Chapter 3
    • Elias and Dees (1997)
    3 What is culture? How do cultures vary? Hofstede, Geert on culture. www.geerthofstede.nl/culture.aspx 
    4 How do ethics and culture impact on entrepreneurship? Birley, Sue and Muzyka, Daniel F. (1997) Mastering Enterprise, Chapter 9
    5 What is social entrepreneurship? Dees, J. Gregory (2001) “The Meaning of ‘Social Entrepreneurship’”, www.caseatduke.org/documents/dees_sedef.pdf 
    6 Social entrepreneurship around the world Drayton, Bill (2006) Everyone a Changemaker: Social Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Goal, www.ashoka.org/files/innovations8.5x11FINAL_O.pdf
    7 Are social entrepreneurs different to other entrepreneurs? Thompson, John, Alvy, Geoff and Ann Lees, (2000) “Social Entrepreneurship – a new look at the people and the potential”.
    8 Creating social entrepreneurship opportunities Murray, Robin, Caulier-Grice, Julie and Geoff Mulgan (2010) The Open Book of Social Innovation.
    9 Ethics, culture and entrepreneurs: is it all too hard? www.ashoka.org 
    www.demos.co.uk  
    www.grameen-info.org 
    10 Presentations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must complete all course assessment requirements and must attend lectures to be eligible to pass the course.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:

    #AssessmentLengthWeightingDue DateLearning Outcomes
    1 Essay 1500 words 30% See MyUni 1-3
    2 Group presentation 1500 words + presentation 30% See MyUni 1-5
    3 Report 3000 words 40% See MyUni 1-5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students are expected to attend all sessions.

    Students must complete all course assessment requirements and must attend lectures to be eligible to pass the course.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1: Essay
    Weighting: 30%
    Due Date: 31/07/2013 midnight
    Submission Details: Submitted via MyUni

    Task:
    Why should corporations and their management be concerned with corporate social responsibility?

    Scope:
    This assignment will assess your understanding of the first four course topics

    Length and Presentation:
    1000 words in essay format with references

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    · Relationship between ethics and culture in the business environment
    · Correct academic referencing

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1-3


    Assessment 2: Group Presentation
    Weighting: 30%
    Due Date: TBA
    Submission Details: Summary submitted via MyUni; Presentation in class

    Task:
    Compare and contrast two social entrepreneurship businesses taking into account the following:
    · The motivation of the founder(s)
    · Business opportunity
    · Problem/issue to be resolved
    · Ethical and cultural issues and constraints
    · Community circumstances and response
    · Any unexpected outcomes
    · The success or otherwise of the venture
    · What you have learnt from studying these three businesses
    Scope: This assignment will assess your ability to work as a group and to present findings in a business-like manner. It will also assess your ability to research and synthesise a topic.

    Length and Presentation:
    Summary of 250 words which can be in report rather than essay format (i.e. dot points, tables and business writing) and presentation by group of 20 minutes with 10 minutes question and answer time using power-point, you-tube websites and other visual/electronic media


    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    · Ability to present an interesting and relevant report as a group activity
    · Understanding about the issues facing social entrepreneurs
    · Quality of presentation and written work
    · Correct academic referencing

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1-5
     

    Assessment 3: Exam
    Weighting: 40%
    Due Date: TBA
    Submission Details: 2 Hour In-class examination

    Task:
    The closed-book exam will be 2 hours in duration, and will contain questions derived from the lectures and readings. The exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions. Further details will be provided during the lectures.

    Scope:
    This assessment will assess your understanding of the course content presented and discussed throughout days 1 to 6 of the course.

    Length and Presentation:
    2 hour, closed book

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    Will be provided by the lecturer in class

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1-5

    Submission
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/files/AssignmentStudentSubmission.pdf

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
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    • Cover Sheet:  Please submit, separate to your assignment, the completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work.  Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments:  You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing.  Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time:  Any request for an extension of time for the submission of an assignment should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer.  Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date.  Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine extenuating circumstances and proof, such as a doctor’s certificate, may be required.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade.  Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in section 5.2 or 5.3) Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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