ENTREP 7061A - Research in Entrepreneurship Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ENTREP 7061A Course Research in Entrepreneurship Part 1 Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completion of all core courses for the Masters of Innovation & Entrepreneurship except ENTEP 7048 Incompatible TECHCOMM 5029 or ENTREP 5029; TECHCOMM 5028A/B or ENTREP 5028A/B Assumed Knowledge MUST have completed TECHCOMM 7049 or ENTREP 7049 & COMMERCE 7039 Restrictions Available to MAIE students only ? other students should check their Academic Program Rules Course Description The Research in Entrepreneurship Parts 1&2 (12 units) offers candidates a pathway to increase their research capabilities to a standard compatible with entry into a PhD program. Research can be conducted in one of three broadly defined areas, namely; the new enterprise creation process, the strategic management of growth/innovation relevant to new or established organisations, or the factors, resources, institutions and policy domains that support, stimulate or propel new enterprise creation. A candidate will develop and present their proposed topic to their Supervisor for approval during part A of this course and can expect to develop a research ethics application, collect data and prepare a minor thesis to a publishable standard.
Course Coordinator: Professor Paul Steffens
Program Director Contact Details:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PG)
Name: Prof Paul Steffens
Phone: +61 8 8313 7512
Teaching Staff: Dr Allan O’Connor
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.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate the nature and purpose of innovation and entrepreneurship research and its relationship to innovation or entrepreneurship practice. 2 Apply literature search techniques and research design skills to support a chosen area of enquiry. 3 Conduct research data collection to academic, ethical standards. 4 Construct a minor thesis that produces evidence of an integrated and self-directed research learning experience, including analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the research process. 5 Apply effective communication skills in the development and presentation of research papers, reports, and plans.
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)
1,2 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
3,4 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
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
1,4,5 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
2,3,4 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
Required ResourcesText book:
No text required
A set of articles will be provided on the MyUni site to assist students with the content and conduct of this course. Students are required to expand their search and reading by sourcing their own articles etc because this course is aimed at doing independent self-driven research.
Entrepreneurship and Research
1. Bygrave, William c2007, 'The entrepreneurship paradigm (I) revisited' in Ulhøi, John P. & Neergaard, Helle (eds.), Handbook of qualitative research methods in entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar, Northampton, MA, pp. 17-48.
2. Davidsson, Per 2002, What entrepreneurship research can do for business and policy practice, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 5-24.
3. Alvarez, Sharon A. & Barney, Jay B. 2006, 'Can organizing a firm create new economic value?' in Cooper, Arnold C. (ed.), Entrepreneurial strategies: new technologies in emerging markets, Blackwell Pub., Malden, MA, pp. 11-25.
4. Hall, J.K., Daneke, G.A. & Lenox, M.J. 2010, 'Sustainable development and entrepreneurship: Past contributions and future directions', Journal of Business Venturing, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 439-448.
5. Isenberg, Daniel J. 2010, How to start an entrepreneurial revolution, Harvard Business Review, vol. 88, no. 6, pp. 40-50.
6. Short, Jeremy C., Moss, Todd W. & Lumpkin, G. T. 2009, Research in social entrepreneurship: past contributions and future opportunities, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 161-194.
7. Sarasvathy, Saras D. 2001, Causation and effectuation: toward a theoretical shift from economic inevitability to entrepreneurial contingency, Academy of Management Review, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 243-263.
8. Zott, Christopher, Amit, Raphael & Massa, Lorenzo 2011, The business model: recent developments and future research, Journal of Management, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 1019-1042.
Research Methods and Practice
1. Leedy, Paul D. & Ormrod, Jeanne Ellis. 2001, 'Planning your research design' in Leedy, Paul D. & Ormrod, Jeanne Ellis, Practical research: planning and design, 7th ed., Merrill Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., pp. 91-106, 107-121.
2. Johnson, R. Burke & Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J. 2004, Mixed methods research: a research paradigm whose time has come, Educational Researcher, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 14-26.
3. Knight, Peter 2002, 'Research at a distance' in Knight, Peter, Small-scale research: pragmatic inquiry in social science and the caring professions, SAGE, London, pp. 80-113.
4. Neuman, William Lawrence c2003, 'The meanings of methodology' in Neuman, William Lawrence, Social research methods: qualitative and quantitative approaches, 5th ed., Allyn and Bacon, Boston, pp. 63-88.
5. Sharp, John A. & Howard, Keith c1996, 'Literature searching' in Sharp, John A. & Howard, Keith, The management of a student research project, 2nd ed., Gower, Aldershot, Hampshire, England, pp. 72-102.
6. Diamantopoulos, A. & Schlegelmich, B. B. c2000, 'It's all over...or is it?' in Diamantopoulos, Adamantios & Schlegelmilch, Bodo B., Taking the fear out of data analysis: a step-by-step approach, Business Press, Thomson Learning, London, pp. 219-225.
7. Veal, Anthony James 2005, 'Questionnaire surveys' in Veal, Anthony James & Ticehurst, G. W., Business research methods: a managerial approach, 2nd ed., Pearson Addison Wesley, South Melbourne, Vic., pp. 142-168.
A worthwhile reference text (sourcing and purchasing is optional) that discusses various emerging viewpoints on entrepreneurship theory and its practice is:Welsch, Harold (2004) Entrepreneurship: The Way Ahead, Routledge, New York.
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Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is an individually directed and learner centred course offered via face-to-face supervision.
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). Therefore each learning period (6 units) will require approximately 312 hours dedicated to this course.
Learning Activities Summary
Class Content Activities Teaching period duration
Specific learning activities will vary from research project to research project.
The key activities are:
1. Regular meetings with the academic supervisor (throughout 7061A/B)
2. Completion and agreement of a research design proposal (week 3 of 7061A)
3. Development, execution and completion of a minor research thesis (by end of 7061B)
The Project in Entrepreneurship is a self-directed study program that offers scope
for candidates to pursue their own entrepreneurship related research interest.
The course is designed as a self-directed learning experience and will be individually supervised. Students are expected to meet regularly with their
Readings will be supplied relevant to each session.
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Assessment Task Collaborative/ Individual Weighting Word Count/ Time Due Date Learning
1. Research Design Proposal Individual
Typically 1,000-1,500 words Part A Week 4 1 & 4 2. Minor Thesis Individual 80% Min 12,000 words Part B Week 12 1-4 3. Minor Thesis Oral Defence Individual 15% 20 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A Part B Week 12 5 TOTAL 100%
Assessment DetailNO ASSESSMENT ITEM CAN COMMENCE WITHOUT CONSULTATION WITH YOUR LECTURER. ALL
PROJECTS MUST BE NEGOTIATED AND AGREED WITH YOUR LECTURER PRIOR TO SUBMISSION.
Assessment 1: Research Design Proposal
A hard copy version must be submitted to the lecturer and a soft copy online through MyUni
The report is a short summary (approx 8-15 pages long) of your proposed research topic and workplan for the two semesters. It should include:
1. A description of the research topic
2. A brief literature review
3. A description of the research to be conducted
4. A work-plan for the proposed research including timelines.
Assessment 2: Minor Thesis
A hard copy version must be submitted to the lecturer and a soft copy online through MyUni
The final deliverable is a detailed summary of the research work conducted as part of your project studies approximately 40-70 pages long. The minor thesis should be an ordered, critical and reasoned exposition of knowledge gained through the student’s efforts and include evidence of awareness of the literature. It should include:
1. A description of the research topic
2. A literature review
3. Detailed description of the methodology and analysis conducted.
4. A presentation of the research results and conclusions (including
5. A detailed set of supporting references.
Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
· The level of originality and insight, specifically
demonstrating the relevance of the particular subject to entrepreneurship
theory and practice.
· Demonstration of a comprehensive understanding of
the issues, theories and shortcomings (where applicable) of the chosen subject
area and clearly relating these to the broad and general practice of
· Clarity of expression and good use of language, correct
grammar, spelling, and punctuation, logical structure and sequence of
presenting your findings.
· Evidence of wide reading, research, and of critical
analysis of the issues and concepts.
· Use of resources, including proper acknowledgement
and the appropriate use of references. (Use the Harvard referencing system.
Guidelines can be found at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/referencing_guides/).
Assessment 3: Minor Thesis Oral Defence
20 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A
You are required to present a professional defence of the research negotiated with your lecturer.
Submission of your minor thesis includes an oral presentation that is to be professionally presented to research examiners. Candidates are required to present and defend their research and should succinctly describe the major objective(s) of the
presentation, any major assumptions and decisions relevant to the research, research method, analysis and major findings. This presentation will be no longer than 30 minutes and will include 10-15 minutes for discussion and questions.
Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
The standards by which your final presentation contribution will be assessed will include:
· Style: Spelling and grammar on presentation slides
(if applicable), fluency of expression
· Presentation structure: Logical sequence and flow
· Content: Relevance of material, coverage of key
issues, depth/breadth of synthesis
· Development: Convincing argument and/or detailed
· Clarity: Supporting evidence and/or data presented
clearly and logically.
· Participation: Thoughtful, respectful, constructive
and concise contribution during the questions, comments and discussion
opportunities offered by your peers.
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