Contemporary Entrepreneurship

Course code GSBS6231Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

This unit explores in detail a number of specific issues relevant to the management and success of small businesses. Using a variety of different research tools, and through weekly readings and presentations, students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of some of the important contemporary issues affecting, or likely to affect, small business in the near future. Whereas the preceding unit, Small Business Management, emphasised practical "hands-on" skills, this program enhances conceptual and holistic perspectives important to the long-term growth of the small business owner, both as an individual and as a manager.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis unit will help students to:
* Develop research and written presentation skills;
* Gain an in-depth knowledge of some of the problems associated with running an existing enterprise;
* Develop a working knowledge of contemporary research & information sources, which they can use whilst working in an enterprise; and
* Better understand the broader community context in which enterprises operate
Content* The Nature of Small Business
* History of Australian Small Business, Aboriginal Businesses
* Small Business Success and Failure
* Finance and Growth
* Human Resource Management
* Electronic Commerce and Information Systems
* Small Firms and the Natural environment
* Retirement and Succession
* Small Business Assistance
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Problem Based Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSeminar paper - Essay for 2,000 - 3,000 words addressing issues presented in Presentation
Examination: Formal
Presentations - IndividualSeminar Presentation
Contact HoursLecture: for 36 hour(s) per Term for Full Term