ENTREP 7061B - Research in Entrepreneurship Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2016

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 7061B
    Course Research in Entrepreneurship Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 70 hours minimum
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites Completion of all core courses for this Masters Program
    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
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Allan O'Connor

    Program Director Contact Details:
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PG)
    Name: Dr Allan O’Connor
    Email: allan.oconnor@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8 8313 0188


    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.


    Email: allan.oconnor@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

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

    Classes will be held in room 5.01 on Level 5, Nexus 10 Building.

    Every Thursday from 1pm to 4pm during Trimester 3.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    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
    3,4
  • 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. The University Library web page is: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/ 
    From this link, you are able to access the Library's electronic resources.
    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is a self-directed learning course supervised by your teaching staff. Support is provided both on-campus and online.
    Workload

    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). You can expect to commit 312 hours to this 6 unit course.
    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.

    Class
    Content Readings Activities
    1 Introduction To be provided as required Discussion
    Research in Entrepreneurship is a self-directed study program that offers scope for candidates to pursue their own entrepreneurship related interest in three broadly defined areas, namely; innovation and the new enterprise creation process, the strategic management of entrepreneurship or innovation in the context of established organisations, communities or economic regions. The  research will be a theoretical/academic project that requires the collection, analysis and interpreatation of data that targets a specific topic or issue relevant to entrepreneurship and innovation. A candidate will complete the proposed topic submitted to the Course Lecturer for approval prior to commencement of any project work.

    The Research in Entrepreneurship course is therefore designed for a candidate to pursue research into an area or topic related to their entrepreneurship career that holds personal interest or value. Substantial, rigorous and high quality research is required to give any candidate the best opportunity of success with a PhD application.

    This course is designed to integrate much of the course work undertaken to date. The decision about what research to undertake is
    made by the candidate in consultation with the lecturer and/or supervisor. It is expected however that any research will have sufficient challenge and stretch to constitute 20-24 hours per week.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
  • Assessment

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    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 Due Length Weighting Learning
    Outcome
    1. Research Design Proposal Individual

    See ENTREP 7061A

    Typically 1,000-1,500 words 5% 1 & 4
    2. Minor Thesis Individual Week 12 Min 12,000 words 80% 1-4
    3. Minor Thesis Oral Defence Individual Week 12 20 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A 15% 5
    TOTAL 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    NO ASSESSMENT ITEM CAN COMMENCE WITHOUT CONSULTATION WITH YOUR LECTURER. ALL PROJECTS MUST BE NEGOTIATED AND AGREED WITH YOUR LECTURER PRIOR TO SUBMISSION.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Research Design Proposal
    Weighting: 5%
    Due Dates: See MyUni
    Submission Details:
    A hard copy version must be submitted to the lecturer and a soft copy online through MyUni

    Task:
    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: 80%
    Due Dates: See MyUni
    Submission Details:
    A hard copy version must be submitted to the lecturer and a soft copy online through MyUni

    Task:
    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 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/referencing_guides/).

    Assessment 3: Minor Thesis Oral Defence
    Weighting: 15%
    Due Dates:  See MyUni
    Submission Details:
    20 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A
    Task:
    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 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.
    Submission
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
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    Resubmission & Remarking

    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted.  Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
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    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    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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