TECHCOMM 3003 - Ethics and Cultural Aspects of Entrepreneurship
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code TECHCOMM 3003 Course Ethics and Cultural Aspects of Entrepreneurship Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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 Coordinator: Susan ChantName: Susie Chant
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 currently works as Academic Manager for Higher Education at Le Cordon Bleu Australia. 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.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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
Required ResourcesThe University’s preferred textbook supplier is Unibooks: http://www.unibooks.com.au/
No Text book is required for this course.
The following readings will be made available through MyUni:
Austin, J., Stevenson, H. and Wei-Skillern, J. (2006). ‘Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both?’ Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 1–22, January 2006.
Drayton, Bill. (2006) Everyone a Changemaker: Social Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Goal, available at Ashoka (2014) Everyone A Changemaker: Social Entrepreneurships Ultimate Goal https://www.ashoka.org/resource/4535
Hartman, Laura Pincus & DesJardins, Joseph R. c2008, 'Corporate social responsibility', in Hartman, Laura Pincus & DesJardins, Joseph R., Business ethics: decision-making for personal integrity and social responsibility, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Boston, pp. 147-186.
Timmons, Jeffry A., Gillin L. Murray, Burshtein, Sam L., and Spinelli, Stephen (2011) New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, A Pacific Rim Perspective. 1st Australian Edition, McGraw Hill Australia. Chapter 7, “Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship” pp.235-263; Chapter 10 “Ethical Decision Making” pp.371-390; Chapter 18 “The Family as Entrepreneur” pp. 621-659.
Recommended ResourcesThe following books, articles, reports and websites provide useful support material for this subject:
Dees, J. Gregory. (2001), “The Meaning of ‘Social Entrepreneurship” available at Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (2014) Resources: Social Entrepreneurship-General. http://www.caseatduke.org/leaders/resources.htm
Drucker, P.F., (1989), “What businesses can learn from non-profits.” Harvard Business Review, July-August
Elias, Jaan and J Gregory Dees, (1997), “The Normative Foundations of Business” Harvard Business School Note 9-897-012, June 10 1997
Fisher, Colin M. & Lovell, Alan (2006), 'Ethical theories and how to use them', in Fisher, Colin M. & Lovell, Alan, Business ethics and values: individual, corporate and international perspectives, 2nd ed., FT Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, pp. 99-147.
Griffiths, A. (2011), The big book of small business. Allen & Unwin, NSW, pp. 290-300.
Lawrence, A. T. and Weber, J. (2014). Business and Society: Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy. (14th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill and Irwin, McGraw Hill Companies.
Murray, Robin, Caulier-Grice, Julie and Geoff Mulgan (2010), The Open Book of Social Innovation, available at The Young Foundation. (2014) The Open Book of Social Innovation http://youngfoundation.org/publications/the-open-book-of-social-innovation/
Muzyka, Daniel F., Churchill, Neil C. & MacMillan, Ian (1997), 'Entrepreneurship in the organization', in Birley, Sue, Muzyka, Daniel F. & Financial Times Ltd. (eds.), Mastering enterprise, FT/Pitman, London, pp. 305-320, 321-339.
Nash, Laura L. (1981), ‘Ethics without the sermon’, Harvard Business Review, vol. 59, no. 6, pp. 79-90.
Sexty, R. W. (2011) Canadian Business and Society: Ethics and Responsibilities, 2nd Edn. McGraw Hill Ryerson Ltd. Chapter 7.
Nicholls, Alex (ed.) (2006) Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Thompson, John, Alvy, Geoff & Lees, Ann (2000), ‘Social entrepreneurship – a new look at the people and the potential’, Management Decision, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 328-338.
Timmons, Jeffry A., Gillin L. Murray, Burshtein, Sam L., and Spinelli, Stephen (2011) New Venture Creation: Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, A Pacific Rim Perspective. 1st Australian Edition, McGraw Hill Australia. Chapter 10 “Ethical Decision Making and the
Entrepreneur” pp. 371-389; Chapter 7 “Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship” pp. 235-263
www.weforum.org (World Economic Forum)
www.ibe.org.au (Institute of Business Ethics)
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered in intensive block mode, comprising six Lecture/tutorials over two intensive blocks on the prescribed dates. The Lectures combine presentation of material followed by class discussion, while the Tutorials rely on discussion of case studies and small group work.
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.
Intensive day Content Readings Activities Opening Intensive 1 • Introduction
• Topic 1: What is business ethics?
• Ethical Approaches
• Topic 2: Ethical Frameworks
• Topic 3: Ethical theories
• Elias, Jaan and J Gregory Dees, (1997)
• Fisher, Colin and Lovell, Alan. (2006) Chapter 3.
• Hartman, Laura Pincus, and DesJardins, Des (2008) Chapter 5
• Timmons et al (2011) Chapter 10
• Nash (1981)
• Tutorial: Case Study – Group exercise
• Workshop: identifying values
• Tutorial: bio-ethics
• Case Study – Group exercise
• Tutorial: Group work A2
2 • Topic 4: Business Ethics: CSR
• CSR theory
• Topic 5: Social entrepreneurship
• Hartman, Laura Pincus, and DesJardins, Des. (2008) Chapter 5.
• Birley, Sue and Muzyka, Daniel F. (1997)
• Dees, J. Gregory. (2001) “
• Drayton, Bill. (2006)
• Drucker, P.F., (1989)
• Murray, Robin, Caulier-Grice, Julie and Geoff Mulgan (2010)
• Nicholls, Alex (ed.) (2006)
• Thompson, John, Alvy, Geoff and Ann Lees, (2000)
• Timmons et al (2011) Chapter 7.
• Internet Resources
• Ashoka (2014) www.ashoka.com
• Tutorial: discuss reading
• CSR research
• Tutorial: Ashoka
• Tutorial: Creating Change
3 • Topic 6: Culture
• Topic 7: Family Culture
• Topic 8: Inter cultural differences
• Hofstede, Geert. (2012) ‘Cultural Insights’. Available at www.geert-hofstede.com
• Timmons et al (2011) Chapter 18.
• Tutorial: Case Study - IKEA
• Tutorial: contribution of family business culture
• Tutorial: Group exercise - Hofstede’s Cultural Factors
Closing Intensive 4 • Topic 9: Ethics, culture and entrepreneurship • Lecture
• Tutorial: group exercise -review of Topics 1-9
• Tutorial: group work A2
5 • Group Presentations Assignment 2 presentation 6 • Exam Assessment 3: Exam
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE is available in the Individual assignment where research skills are developed as part of a process of developing an argument based on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Students develop and report on the research required to analyse the different viewpoints. Individual and group problem-solving skills are developed in the tutorials and assessed in the group assignment. Students are required to research and analyse ethical issues such as those related to CSR and Social Entrepreneurship. Students develop and extend analysis skills by researching and developing solutions that address their identified research questions.
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An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1 Essay 1000 words 30% See MyUni 1, 2, 3 2 Group presentation 15 minutes + 5 mins Q&A 30% See MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 3 Exam 2 hours + 10 mins reading time 40% See MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Essay
Submission Details: Submitted via MyUni
Discuss why entrepreneurs and their management should (or should not) be concerned with corporate social responsibility?
Length and Presentation:
1000 words in essay format with Harvard references. Word document. 11 or 12 font.
This assignment will assess your understanding of the first four course topics
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
• Relationship between ethics and culture in the business environment
• Analysis of the theories associated with corporate social responsibility
• Correct academic referencing
Assessment 2: Group Presentation
Submission Details: Copy of slides submitted via email before presentation; Presentation in class
Compare and contrast a social entrepreneurship business and a similar for profit entrepreneurial business taking into account:
a) entrepreneur/s profile for each business
b) ethical and cultural issues or constraints
c) market / social issue to be resolved
d) what you have learnt from studying these two 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:
15 minute presentation by group using power-point/Prezi, YouTube, websites and other visual/electronic media. 5 minutes question and answer time.
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
• Ability to present an interesting and relevant report as a group activity
• Understanding the issues facing social entrepreneurs
• Quality of presentation, structure, timing
• Correct academic referencing
Assessment 3: Exam
Submission Details: 2 Hour In-class examination
The closed-book exam will be 2 hours in duration, with 10 minutes allocated for reading time. The exam will consist of True/False and Multiple Choice questions (total 50 marks) derived from each of the 9 Topics in the Study Guide. Short Answer questions (total 50 marks) require students to list a number of points for each question asked. Each Short Answer question is worth from 2 - 10 marks (each point answered for each respective question is worth 1 mark). The Short answer section covers organisational culture, family business culture and cultural theories.
This exam 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. 10 minutes allowed for reading time.
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
Each individual question will be identified with the mark value. Correct answers score full marks, incorrect answers score zero marks. Short answer questions will require several points to be identified in the answer. Marks will be given for each correct point identified.
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