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Archived Version 2018 - 2019

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces the concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation from the perspective of individuals, firms, industries and countries; it describes the challenges individuals and firms face in pursuing entrepreneurship and innovation; it identifies factors associated with success in entrepreneurship and innovation; and it explores the outcomes of entrepreneurship and innovation, including firm growth. These issues are explored in contexts such as new businesses, small- and medium sized enterprises, high growth firms, high-tech firms, and rapidly internationalizing firms. The module introduces different perspectives, theories and research underpinning entrepreneurship and innovation. In particular the module: •Provides an understanding of the different approaches to the management of entrepreneurship and innovation. •Reviews challenges and success factors in entrepreneurship and innovation. •Introduces a variety of models and tools to support innovation (such as the innovation value chain).

Learning Outcomes

1. Summarise the factors associated with success in entrepreneurship and innovation.
2. Discuss the factors that explain the growth of businesses.
3. Identify and explain the strategies, skills and systems necessary for innovation.
4. Develop a growth strategy and an innovation strategy.
5. Develop a critical awareness of the role of entrepreneurship and innovation as a key source of competitive advantage and growth.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study214No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Conceptualising entrepreneurship and innovation

Processes of entrepreneurship and innovation

Success factors in entrepreneurship and innovation

Growth in firms

Innovation: types, strategies, tools.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
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