ENTREP 7049 - Entrepreneurship Research in Practice
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code ENTREP 7049 Course Entrepreneurship Research in Practice Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Trimester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description This course explores the world of entrepreneurship theory and focuses on the skills needed to read scholarly research papers and write within academic standards. We will examine how to construct and write academic arguments based upon the published empirical evidence, or theoretical and conceptual research of others. The course will cover selecting a research topic, defining the research question(s), preparing and organising a thesis structure, ethical considerations, referencing styles and formatting and how specifically to prepare a critical analysis and review of the current literature. At the end of this course, you will - Know how to select and prepare a research topic; - Be able to design a literature search strategy based upon key concepts; - Be able to cite and reference materials correctly; - Understand the structure of a research thesis; - Be able to engage with scholarly sub-topics or current debates in the entrepreneurship literature and - Produce an academic literature review paper.
Course Coordinator: Dr Scott GordonProgram Director Contact Details: Postgraduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Name: Associate Professor Stephen Zhang
Name: Dr Scott Gordon
Researcher profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/scott.gordon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Devise a framework to guide the development of an independent research project in an area of your interest within the field of entrepreneurship
- Select a relevant research topic, encompassing the question to be addressed, appropriate theories and potential approaches
- Design a literature search strategy based upon key concepts
- Apply skills to review, analyse, critique, cite, and reference research literature
- Express familiarity with the field of entrepreneurship research including it's history of development, the main knowledge areas and sub-topics and the current debates at the research frontier
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
2, 4 & 5
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2 and 3
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
2 & 5
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
2, 3 & 4
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
3 & 5
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Bui, Y. N. (2014). How to write a Master’s Thesis (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, California, USE: Sage Publications Inc.
Also available through Google Books eVersion
A selection of readings will be assigned on the history of entrepreneurship research, entrepreneurship sub-topics, and current
debates. Completion of all assigned readings is compulsory. See MyUni for details.
Additional Online Resources that may assist
Davidsson, P. (2016) Researching Entrepreneurship: Conceptualization and Design (2 ed.). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.
Murray, R. (2011). How to write a Thesis, Open University Press, McGraw Hill Education, England.
Whisker, G. (2008), The Postgraduate Research Handbook: Succeed with Your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, USA.
Evans, D., Gruba, P. & Zobel, J. (2011), How To Write A Better Thesis, Melbourne University Publishing, Australia.Additional Print Resources
The following authors and texts I have found useful in developing research approaches. While the dates may be a little old in some cases, more up to date editions by these authors are available.
- Creswell, J. W. (1998). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design, Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, California.
- Denzin, N. K. & Lincoln, Y. S. (2003). The Landscape of Qualitative Research (2nd ed.). Sage Publications, California, USA.
- Johnson, R. B. & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2004). Mixed Methods Research: A Research Paradigm Whose Time Has Come. Educational Researcher, 33(7), 14-26.
- Neuman, W. L. (1994). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2nd ed.). Massachusetts, USA: Allyn and Bacon.
- Sharp, J. A. & Howard, K. (1996). The Management of a Student Research Project, England: Gower Publishing Ltd.
- Yin, R. K. (1994). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications, Inc.
- Veal, A. J. (2005). Business Research Methods: A Managerial Approach, Australia: Pearson Education Australia.
Online resources will be discussed during the course
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. Access to the Library's electronic resources.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.
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.
Topic Content Activities 1 Introduction and the Research Problem Draft a research topic and question 2 Reading & Reviewing The Literature Conduct a literature search on key terms related to your research topic 3 Choosing Interesting Research Topics: Writing an Introduction Develop the key issues that shape your research topic 4 Literature Analysis & Critique: Writing a
Literature Review; History & Future of Entrepreneurship Research
Accelerating Academic Language Development 5 Research Ethics; Formatting and Referencing,
Setting up Styles
Correctly cite and reference original works in APA style. 6 Entrepreneurship Research Sub-Topics Prepare a research synthesis on a key article related to your research topic 7 Making an Impact: Writing a Discussion &
Develop the storyline and trace the thread of your Literature Review 8 Current Debates in Entrepreneurship Research Presentation on individual research topics
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# Assessment Length Weighting Learning Outcomes 1 Literature Search & Selection Max 1000 words 10% 2, 3 & 5 2 Literature Analysis Min 1500 words 30% 3 & 4 3 Research Project Literature Review Max 5000 words 60% 1, 3 & 5 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailLiterature Search & Selection
You are required to give a brief descriptive overview of your selected research project topic, including an elaboration of the research question(s) you expect to address. Design a literature search strategy based around this research topic and present a summary of your search terms / strings, and your overall approach including the particular databases used. Execute your selected literature search strategy, then summarise and assess the quality of the results received.
Prepare an analysis and critique of a current debate or sub-topic in contemporary entrepreneurship research. Present your finding to the class, and lead discussion of your research stream. For your selected topic five journal articles are assigned (as per course reading list) as a starting point to discuss elements of this research stream. For each topic the articles - cover some core areas of research activity and relevant results; common threads and may represent a partial accumulation of research based knowledge; or they might highlight a divergence in argued positions Please review these articles and discuss the reasons for (and the veracity of) any divergent claims made by these authors regarding their debated topic; or identify and elaborate on areas where of research foci and findings converge or are in agreement.
Based on your review and analysis of these articles, you are required to take a position – either on one side or the other of a debate, or be able to conceptualise and draw connections between papers. Please motivate your response based on the literature and provide support using other scholarly resources. Discuss any limitations of, or conditions for your findings. As part of leading the discussion during teaching intensive two you will be expected to either present your ideas to class across each of the original five papers that seed your specific topic or select one of these particular papers to focus on present as if your own.
Research Project Literature Review
Prepare a research topic literature review in two parts. The first part develops the rationale for your future research project and research question framing its relevance and importance to particular stakeholders. The second part details the basis of academic literature that grounds your research question in theory. All reference material must be correctly cited and referenced in APA style.
The Research Project Literature Review will include the project’s aims and rationale and provide a literature review.
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