MBAD654-19M4 (C) MBA Four 2019

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

10 points
09 Sep 2019 - 03 Nov 2019

Description

The decision to start business is made hundreds of time each week in New Zealand. In terms of frequency, it is followed by the decision to close a small business. Internationally, New Zealand has a relatively high rate of business start-up, but relatively few of these grow into significant companies. The aim of this course is to develop some practical understanding of the opportunities and problems associated with the start-up and subsequent development of small businesses. The material should be directly relevant to those already in their own (or family) business, or who are seriously thinking of starting one. (Note that the compulsory business plan may be based on a development within an existing business.) It will also be useful for people whose careers will involve dealing with small businesses as customers, clients, suppliers, or employers.

The decision to start a business is made hundreds of time each week in New Zealand. In terms of frequency, it is followed by the decision to close a small business. Internationally, New Zealand has a relatively high rate of business start-up, but relatively few of these grow into significant companies. The aim of this course is to develop some practical understanding of the opportunities and problems associated with the start-up and subsequent development of small businesses. The material should be directly relevant to those already in their own (or family) business, or who are seriously thinking of starting one. (Note that the compulsory business plan may be based on a development within an existing business.) It will also be useful for people whose careers will involve dealing with small businesses as customers, clients, suppliers, or employers.

Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives are that students develop insights and confidence to act on their own or advise others in four aspects of business development:

1. Identification, evaluation and launch of new businesses
2. Growth and development post start-up
3. Issues of family businesses
4. Creating and ‘pitching’ an effective business plan

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval of the MBA Director

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 17:00 - 20:00 Rehua 702 9 Sep - 3 Nov

Timetable Note

Monday 5:00 to 8:15 pm, 10th September to 29th October inclusive, location Law 526

NOTE: the final session on 30th October has the earlier start time of 4pm.

Course Coordinator

Christian Walsh

Christian Walsh, course co-ordinator, founder MSLB Simulators

Glen Senior, owner/CEO, The Small Business Company, https://www.tsbc.com/

Geoff Brash, CEO GBJ Innovation, UCE, Ministry of Awesome, Canterbury Angels, Canterbury Tech, CodeLingo

Assessment

Case study report 35%

Business Plan 50%

Business Plan ‘pitch’ 15%

Textbooks

Background reading for each week is provided in the lecture schedule below.

For more, not compulsory but good background, the text Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Practice and Policy (3rd edition, 2012) edited by Sara Carter and Dylan Jones-Evans gives a good overview of key topics.

Lecture notes and other material will be posted on the course’s LEARN website

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,567.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Executive Development Programme on the department and colleges page.