ENTREP 7061A - Research in Entrepreneurship Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7061A
    Course Research in Entrepreneurship Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 3
    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
    Assessment Assignments
    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
    Trimester 1 & 2
    Prof Paul Steffens
    Researcher Profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/index.php/profile/paul.steffens
    Trimester 3
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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:
    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.

    Recommended Resources

    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.

    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
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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
    Content Activities
    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 supervisor.
    Readings will be supplied relevant to each session.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type
    Weighting Length Due Date Learning
    1. Research Design Proposal Individual


    Typically 1,000-1,500 words Part A Week 4 1 & 4
    2. Minor Thesis Individual 70% Min 12,000 words Part B Week 12 1-4
    3. Minor Thesis Oral Defence Individual 20% 20 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A Part B Week 12 5
    TOTAL 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail


    Assessment 1: Research Design Proposal
    Weighting: 10%
    Submission Details:
    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
    Weighting: 70%
    Submission Details: 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 reasoning).
    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 entrepreneurship.
    • 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 https://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/resources/referencing/).

    Assessment 3: Minor Thesis Oral Defence
    Weighting: 20%
    Submission Details: 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:
    • 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 comprehensiveness
    • 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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    Resubmission & Remarking

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    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

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