Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Course code ECON3005
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course builds on the microeconomic principles developed in first and second year by extending students knowledge of markets and the firm to the role of the entrepreneur and innovation in the wealth creation process. This includes discussion of how business ideas are commercialised within the context of market uncertainty and financial constraints.

The course explores how building wealth in the firm is linked to developing intellectual capital and knowledge management, that in turn promote production development and production. This theme is expanded to the concept of knowledge sharing through inter-firm alliances and networks that sometimes develop into industry clusters. Government policies to support these processes of business development, technological progress and innovation are reviewed. Drawing on case studies and policy analysis, this course will provide a critical understanding of the innovative behaviour of firms and corporate management strategy.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the economic traits and roles of an entrepreneur.

2. Demonstrate the use of microeconomics to analyse entrepreneurial markets and behaviours.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of entrepreneurial financing and capital arrangements.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of public policy and constraints on entrepreneurs.

5. Analyse and present an analysis of entrepreneurial policy.


This course includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  1. Sources of wealth creation.
  2. The role of the property market in investment and production.
  3. Risk in business, and economic development.
  4. The entrepreneur in economic theory.
  5. Sustainable competitive advantage ffor firms.
  6. The entrepreneurial process in practice.
  7. Wealth creation and knowledge management.
  8. Innovation and product development.
  9. The role of inter-firm relations, networks and business clusters.
  10. National and regional innovation strategies and government policy.

Assumed Knowledge

ECON1001 ECON2001

Assessment Items

Presentation: Poster Presentation

Written Assignment: Entrepreneurial Assignment

In Term Test: Mid Term Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks