TECHCOMM 3050 - ECIC Study Tour ? The Entrepreneurial Experience
North Terrace Campus - Quadmester 4 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code TECHCOMM 3050 Course ECIC Study Tour ? The Entrepreneurial Experience Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Quadmester 4 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 32 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge 1 Semester of successful undergraduate study Course Description This course is an intensive overseas study tour, with up to 80 contact hours expected. The Study Tour will involve visiting an overseas location for approximately two weeks, and will involve academic seminars, group work, industry and government visits and cultural activities. This course is focussed on Entrepreneurship (the Entrepreneurship Experience). Students will learn to understand what entrepreneurship is all about, particularly in a foreign environment. The course will be relevant to students no matter whether they wish to start up their own business, work for a small entrepreneurial firm or for a larger corporation where there is always a need to find new markets and commercialise new products. The entrepreneurial process is important to not-for-profit organisations, government, and, of course, commercial ventures.
Course StaffName: Dr Allan O'Connor
Short Bio:Dr Allan O’Connor is the postgraduate Academic Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation. Allan combines his extensive experience in confronting the growth issues of small and medium enterprises and business start-up to inform and guide his teaching and research. Entrepreneurship and innovation have many components and Allan's main teaching interests are in the assessment of business opportunities, entrepreneurial strategy and developing research skills. Since 2012 he has co-authored the leading Asia Pacific text, 'Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process and Practice', with Professors Howard Frederick and Donald Kuratko.
His research examines the intersection between entrepreneurship, innovation and socioeconomic development which has led to the development of the Australian Cluster Observatory and an in-depth study of entrepreneurial ecosystems. His growing portfolio of research publications in international peer reviewed journals is testament to the significance of Allan’s research agenda to his research field. In application, his research is designed to inform policy-makers, regional development agencies and the practicing entrepreneur with respect to creating and managing the resources necessary to foster and develop innovation and entrepreneurship in response to the strategic challenges of economic change.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAdditional Information for JAPAN:
This is a 15 day intensive study tour to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto to provide students insight into the Japanese and entrepreneurial culture and characteristics. With a focus on the entrepreneurial ecosystem, students will be exposed to the complexities and challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Japanese context. The tour will include a series of lectures
featuring prominent Japanese guest speakers providing a local context. Tours will be scheduled to both start-up and large corporations to gain a perspective on how innovation and entrepreneurship varies by the nature of its context. Students will have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship with a diverse range of entrepreneurial stakeholders from student peers, university
professors, progressive entrepreneurs, industry innovation managers and government sponsors of entrepreneurship and innovation. The key learning is to identify how each actor in an entrepreneurial ecosystem play's an important role in building social and economic dynamism that is characteristic of entrepreneurial communities.
Examples of Field Trip and Industry Visit
• Entrepreneurial firms, Universities and Government Agencies
• Industry eg Mazda Innovation and Technology Development
• Cultural and Tourist Experiences e.g. Sumo wrestling, Kinkakuji Temple, Peace Museum and many more.
This course is designed as a tour of discovery. We leave Australia with no particular agreed expectations about Japan as an entrepreneurial ecosystem but aware of its significance as a world economy. During the tour we will discuss what an entrepreneurial ecosystem is and explore the various aspects of it through a series of lectures, discussions, meetings and site visits. As the tour progresses we will build a view of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and how it is characterised in Japan.
By the end of this course students will:
1. Experience a culture, rich in tradition and convention to identify the driving forces for an the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
2. Gain an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the importance of place for new venture start-up and growth.
3. Identify how an entrepreneurial ecosystem specifically supports the establishment and growth of new ventures.
4. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the main components of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and how Japan differs to western styled entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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. 1, 3, 4 & 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4 & 5 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. 2 & 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3 & 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4 & 5
Required ResourcesThe University’s preferred textbook supplier is Unibooks: http://www.unibooks.com.au/
Audretsch, D., 2015. Everything in its Place: Entrepreneurship and the Strategic Management of Cities, Regions and States, Oxford University Press, New York, USA. Available at Amazon.com.au (Kindle Version as at 1/09/2015 $18.40)
Hwang, VW & Horowitt, G 2012, The Rainforest – The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, Regenwald, California. Available at Amazon.com.au (Kindle version as at 01/09/2015 $8.41)
O’Connor, A. & Reed, G. 2015 South Australia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Voice of the Customer Research Report. Preparation and delivery for Department of State Development, South Australian Government. University of Adelaide, Australia. Available at:
Library Resource Readings
Bryson, J.M., 2004, ‘What to do When Stakeholders Matter: Stakeholder Identification and Analysis Techniques’, Public Management Review, 6(1), 21–53
Fuerlinger, G., Fandl, U., & Funke, T. 2015, The role of the state in the entrepreneurship ecosystem: insights from Germany, Triple Helix, 2(3), 2-26.
Gilbert, C., 2003, ‘Disruptive Innovation’, Sloan Management Review, Summer edition, p. 27.
Singer, S., Amorós, J.E., & Moska, D., 2015. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: 2014 Global Report, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Available at: http://www.gemconsortium.org/report/49079.
Isenberg, D 2010, ‘How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution’, Harvard Business Review, June 2010, p. 41.
MIT Technology Review (Eds) (2014), 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014. Available at: http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2014/.
O’Connor, A. 2013, ‘A Conceptual Framework for Entrepreneurship Education Policy: Meeting Government and Economic Purposes, Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 28, pp. 546-563.
OECD, 2015 OECD Economic Survey of Japan available at:
Zahra, S.A. & Nambisan, S., 2012, ‘Entrepreneurship and strategic thinking in business ecosystems’, Business Horizons, 55, 219-229.
Additional Reading for Insights in Adelaide’s Innovation System
Roos, G. & O’Connor, A. (2015) Integrating Innovation through Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Capital Strategies and Systems: South Australian Perspectives, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, Australia. Available at:
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/integrating-innovation/ (eBook Free)
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