Contemporary Entrepreneurship

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

This 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
  • 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
Transition Not applicable
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Seminar paper - Essay for 2,000 - 3,000 words addressing issues presented in Presentation
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Presentations - Individual - Seminar Presentation
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 36 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for GSBS6231
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