ENTREP 7049 - Entrepreneurship Research in Practice

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2017

This course explores the world of entrepreneurship theory and focuses on the skills needed to read academic research papers and write within academic standards. We will examine how to construct and write academic arguments based upon the empirical, 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 literature review and a research proposal. 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; and - Produce an academic literature review paper.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7049
    Course Entrepreneurship Research in Practice
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive: 36-40 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Course Description This course explores the world of entrepreneurship theory and focuses on the skills needed to read academic research papers and write within academic standards. We will examine how to construct and write academic arguments based upon the empirical, 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 literature review and a research proposal. 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; and - Produce an academic literature review paper.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Paul Steffens

    Program Director Contact Details:
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PG)
    Name: Prof Paul Steffens
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7512
    Email: paul.steffens@adelaide.edu.au

    Teaching Staff: 

    Semester 1 and Trimester 1
    Name: Dr Scott Gordon

    Short Bio:
    Scott is the PhD program director and lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship Commercialisation & Innovation Centre (ECIC). Originally trained in Electrical Engineering he spent more than a decade as a practicing professional engineer with the Commonwealth Scientificand Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

    Since 2005 Scott has been actively engaged as an entrepreneurship scholar and academic. He holds a MBA with First Class Honours, and a PhD in Management, for which he received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis citation. He joined ECIC in January 2015 from the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

    Scott's teaching interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. His research explores dimensions of entrepreneurial action and organisational emergence, and has appeared in leading outlets including Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice; Small Business Economics; and Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence & Growth.


    Phone: +61 8 8313 7493

    Trimester 3

    Dr Allan O’Connor

    Short Bio:

    Dr Allan O’Connor is a Senior Lecturer in 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.

    Email: allan.oconnor@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

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

    Opening Intensive:
    Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 October 2017
    9am - 6pm
    Medical School Sth, SG11a, Teaching Room

    Closing Intensive:
    Tuesday 31 October and Wednesday 1 November 2017
    9am - 6pm
    Medical School Sth, SG11a, Teaching Room
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Devise a framework to guide the development of an independent research project in an area of your interest within the field of entrepreneurship
    2. Select a relevant research topic, encompassing the question to be addressed, appropriate theories and potential approaches
    3. Design a literature search strategy based upon key concepts
    4. Apply skills to review, analyse, critique, cite, and reference research literature;
    5. 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    2, 4 & 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2 and 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2 & 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 3 & 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3 & 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Text book:

    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

    Journal Articles:
    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.

    Recommended Resources

    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
    Online resources will be discussed during the course

    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. Access to 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.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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.

    Content Readings/Activities
    1 Introduction and the Research Problem Bui (2014) Chapters 1 & 2
    Draft a research topic and question
    2 Reading & Reviewing The Literature Bui (2014) Chapters 3
    Conduct a literature search on key terms related to your research topic
    3 Choosing Interesting Research Topics: Writing an Introduction Bui (2014) Chapter 2 & 5
    Develop the key issues that shape your research topic
    4 Literature Analysis & Critique: Writing a
    Literature Review; History & Future of Entrepreneurship Research
    Bui (2014) Chapter 6
    Accelerating Academic Language Development
    Selected Readings
    5 Research Ethics; Formatting and Referencing,
    Setting up Styles
    Bui (2014) Chapter’s 4 & 10
    Correctly cite and reference original works in APA style.
    6 Entrepreneurship Research Sub-Topics Selected readings
    Prepare a research synthesis on a key article related to your research topic
    7 Making an Impact: Writing a Discussion &
    Bui (2014) Chapter 9
    Develop the storyline and trace the thread of your Literature Review
    8 Current Debates in Entrepreneurship Research Selected readings
    Presentation on individual research topics
  • Assessment

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    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 Contribution to Discussion N/A 10% Ongoing 2, 3 & 5
    2 Literature Analysis Min 1500 words, but
    expect ~5 pages
    30% Week 6 3 & 4
    3 Research Project Literature Review Max 5000 words 60% Week 10 1, 3 & 5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is experiential learning in group activities during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Contribution to Discussion
    Weighting: 10% (peer assessed)
    Due Dates: Ongoing
    Submission Details: Not applicable

    You are expected to complete all assigned readings, actively contribute to their discussion and debate; as well as initiate and comment upon issues throughout the course.

    It is requisite that each individual participant fully contributes to the group learning environment.

    Length and Presentation:
    Not applicable

    Criteria by which your assignment will be peer assessed:
    ·        Completion of all assigned readings in preparation for class discussion of their content
    ·        Commitment to active participation in the learning process and class activities
    ·        Responsible behaviour including timely arrival and engagement in classes
    ·        Courteous contribution to class discussions with succinct communication
    ·        Being respectful of the opinions of others

    Assessment 2: Literature Analysis
    Weighting: 30%
    Due Dates: see MyUni
    Submission Details: Online via MyUni

    Prepare an analysis and critique of a current debate in entrepreneurship research. You are assigned a series of journal article
    reading which discuss the reasons for and merits of using business plans during the start-up process:

    Delmar, F., & Shane, S. (2003). Does business planning facilitate the development of new ventures? Strategic Management Journal, 24(12), 1165-1185. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.349

    Honig, B., & Karlsson, T. (2004). Institutional forces and the written business plan. Journal of Management, 30(1), 29-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jm.2002.11.002

    Honig, B., & Samuelsson, M. (2014). Data replication and extension: A study of business planning and venture-level performance. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 1–2(0), 18-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2014.09.006

    Delmar, F. (2015). A response to Honig and Samuelsson (2014). Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 3(0), 1-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2014.11.002

    Davidsson, P. (2015). Data replication and extension: A commentary. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 3(0), 12-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2015.02.001

    Please review these articles and discuss the reasons for (and the veracity of) the divergent claims made by these authors regarding the use of business plans. Based on your review and analysis of these articles, you are required to take a position, either for or against the use of business plans in new ventures. Please motivate your response based on the literature and provide support using other scholarly resources. Discuss any limitations of, or conditions for your findings.

    This assessment item is designed to cover the review, analysis and critique of a series of journal articles regarding a single topic in entrepreneurship.

    Length and Presentation:
    The body of the literature analysis report should at minimum be 1,500 words; however something in the order of 5 pages is expected. Appendices may be used for supporting documents or summary tables of analysis to the extent that is appropriate. The report should be submitted as an electronic version in WORD. All reference material must be correctly cited and referenced in APA style.

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    ·        Analysis & critique (50%): Competent analysis and appropriate critique of the research articles provided.
    ·        Theory & support (30%): Demonstrated use of relevant resources and theory including synthesis of associated literature to
             support arguments.
    ·        Presentation & clarity (20%): Provision of compelling and coherent arguments for positions taken using clear language
             and expression.

    Assessment 3: Research Project Literature Review
    Weighting: 60%
    Due Dates: see MyUni
    Submission Details: Online via MyUni

    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.

    This assessment item is designed to be a major contribution to your Master’s Research Project and as such should be scoped to provide an appropriate platform to anchor discussions with your supervisors. It is also likely that as the Research develops there will be later modifications to the work presented at this time.

    Length and Presentation:
    Presentation will be in the format of a literature review in the style of an academic paper. The typical length will be between 4,000-5,000 words.

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    This assignment will be assessed on the overall basis of completeness, presentation and clarity of your Project rationale and research literature review. The document should reflect professional academic quality. The aims should be clear; the rationale well defined; the theoretical research area should be clearly justified with preliminary investigations detailed. The relationship between your chosen topic and literature should be explicit, reasoned and argued.

    The Research Project Literature Review Outline will need to demonstrate appropriate use of references. (Use the APA referencing system).

    Specifically the criteria by which you will be assessed by are:
    ·        The relevance of your literature search and articulation of key concepts (40%)
    ·        The strength of your arguments in linking the rationale to an academic theoretical base (40%)
    ·        Accurate citations and referencing in APA style (10%)
    ·        Overall presentation including correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (10%)
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    Grade Mark Description
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    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

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