Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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Strategy and Entrepreneurship are high-level business activities, performed by managers and executives and which drive critical business decisions, overall direction and profit maximisation.

Entrepreneurship focuses on how to recognise and exploit business opportunities by using innovation, leveraging risk and taking effective competitive action.

Together Strategy and Entrepreneurship help managers grow businesses and establish new ventures.

UC's Strategy and Entrepreneurship major has close ties with UC's Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE), a unique venture that offers students the chance to "get their hands dirty" in business. UCE's flagship course, BSNS 290, enables a student to undertake a project for a start up.

UCE's Incubator and Summer Start Up programmes enable budding entrepreneurs to join a community of like-minded students and staff, access useful resources, gain experience and learn the basics of establishing a new business or take on an internship.

Our programme is flexible and has an industry-focused, international and hands-on approach offering a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in start ups, business competitions, study tours, internships and overseas exchanges. Our graduates experience a wide range of learning outside lecture theatres in businesses of all sizes and are work ready upon graduation.

A popular choice as a double major, it complements most other subjects but in particular Management, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Information Systems. An Entrepreneurship minor or double major with Strategy and Entrepreneurship is a highly marketable addition to a graduate's CV.

UC offers a minor in Entrepreneurship which allows Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Arts students to complement their major subject with study in a different discipline. This increases knowledge at undergraduate level as well as employability.

Strategy and Entrepreneurship students may take part in internships and projects throughout the year. Some involve specific internships, while others may be part of project-based courses at 300-level.

The placements are usually project-based Stage 3 university courses for credit and provide support to organisations for current projects or for future wish-list projects which have been shelved due to time or financial constraints. Students are exposed to real life challenges and gain work experience.

For all enquiries about internships please contact:

Bernard Walker

Associate Professor
Internship coordinator
Law 334
Internal Phone: 93817

The SDS Business Case Competition is an annual international business case contest developed by the Student Development Society (SDS).

The event is a unique collaboration between Victoria, Auckland, AUT, Waikato, Canterbury and Otago universities. With financial and human resources from these universities, SDS provides invaluable opportunities for students.

The competition brings together teams of four students from the six universities. Over the course of three national competitions throughout the year, the teams compete against each other before being joined by an additional six teams from around the globe for a finals week in Queenstown.

At each of the three national competitions, teams have five hours to analyse a business case and prepare their solution for the panel of five judges. The judging panel, alongside an academic from the host university, includes four individuals from the local business community. The competition is designed to emulate a real world scenario in which a team of consultants prepare and present a solution to a board of directors.

Participating in the competition in itself is a highly rewarding experience. You will build your confidence, develop team and leadership skills, hone your analytical thinking and become a polished presenter. As well as the national competitions, the finals week in Queenstown is an opportunity for you to go up against teams from around the globe to further expand your networks on a global scale and benchmark against world-class standards.

Key benefits include:

  • A point of difference for potential employers.
  • Expand your professional networks.
  • Receive fully funded travel around New Zealand.

Key dates:

  • March: Expressions of interest and trials
  • April: Round 1
  • May: Round 2
  • July: Round 3
  • August: Finals week in Queenstown

For all enquiries or to learn more about previous competitions:

A not-for-profit UC company run by students, entré is for all tertiary students in the Canterbury region. It aims to foster an entrepreneurial spirit, to encourage innovation and creativity and to educate students in the basic elements of business development.

entré hosts competitions, workshops and networking events, including seminars designed to cover the basic knowledge essential to an entrepreneur. They are presented by industry experts. Each seminar provides relevant and practical knowledge for students hoping to enter the business world.

So, whether you are in Commerce, Engineering, Arts, Law, Science or Education – entré offers something for everyone.

180 Degrees Consulting is the world’s largest student-driven consultancy, with operations in 81 universities, spread over 33 countries. Each semester they train and support teams of students as they carry out projects to help charities and not-for-profit organisations achieve a greater social impact. Organisations are assisted in the development of innovative, sustainable and practical solutions. Our students make a build their graduate profile and make meaningful contribution to society while developing valuable skills with the guidance of industry leading mentors. See our website for more information.

The MGMT 228 Chinese Business Practices and Culture study tour offers students an opportunity to take courses on Chinese business practices and culture, and interact with Chinese students and businesses. The study tour is open to anyone who has completed a year of study at UC and at least two commerce papers. The course starts in mid-November and an information session is normally held in May.

The tour starts with an orientation week where students learn about and research business in China. While in China, UC students spend three weeks attending classes on management, economics and Chinese language, arts and culture at Zhejiang Gongshang University, followed by a week of visiting international firms in Shanghai. 

The MGMT228 Study Tour to China is a much-anticipated, annual event that attracts students from all disciplines and even students from other tertiary institutions. Visits to New Zealand companies operating in China provide you with an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing international organisations. Learning about another country's business practices and meeting the locals first-hand enriches your cultural experiences and is a great addition to your CV. Plus you can pick up some Mandarin language phrases and make new friends along the way.

This course is limited entry. The maximum enrolment is 30.

Strategy and Entrepreneurship students who wish to obtain a higher qualification could consider the Master of Commerce (in Management), which involves 12 months' of study and a thesis.

Students interested in completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Strategy and Entrepreneurship) should contact our staff to discuss opportunities for supervision.

The Graduate Diploma in Commerce provides an overview of the various functions of Strategy and Entrepreneurship to people with a non-commerce background. It will help students whose first degree is in Arts/Science/Engineering/Education gain an understanding of the concepts, tools, frameworks and language of business. It will also provide students who do not have a degree in Commerce or Management a pathway into Honours and Master's Programmes.

For postgraduate study enquiries please contact:

Sarah Wright

Senior Lecturer
MCom coordinator
Law 336
Internal Phone: 93762

Sanna Malinen

Head of Department
PhD coordinator
Law 337
Internal Phone: 93787

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