International Entrepreneurship - BUSN7470

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Maggie Zeng checkmark-circle


This module offers both theoretical frameworks and practical guidance for students to understand and evaluate the entrepreneurial opportunities, global expansion path, entrepreneurial decision making, and entrepreneurial mobility in the context of international entrepreneurship. The overall aim is to obtain a holistic as well as nuanced global perspective related to international entrepreneurship.

• Theories of international entrepreneurship
• International opportunities and global entrepreneurial team
• Entrepreneur's global expansion path
• Born-global firms
• High-impact/ high-growth entrepreneurship
• Entrepreneurial mobility/ transnational entrepreneurs
• Regional entrepreneurship and innovation clusters
• Institutional environment and exit strategy


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 21
Private study hours: 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group Presentation (30%)
Individual Report (3500 words) (70%)

Reassessment method:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Hisrich, R.D. (2013) International Entrepreneurship: Starting, Developing, and Managing a Global Venture, 2nd Edition, London: Sage.

Useful texts for complementary and background reading includes:

Etemad, H., Madsen, T. K., Rasmussen, E.S. and Servais, P. (2013) Current Issues in International Entrepreneurship, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar

Gabrielsson, M. and Kirpalani, V.H.M. (2012) Handbook of Research on Born Globals, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts, theories and issues in international entrepreneurship, with a focus on the analysis of the global business environment in which international entrepreneurs operate;
- demonstrate the ability to critically comprehend and utilize key concepts and theories in understanding contemporary issues in international entrepreneurship and apply them to practice;
- demonstrate a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the stages of international entrepreneurial processes facing the entrepreneur;
- demonstrate a balanced view towards the opportunities and barriers to entrepreneur's global expansion path and the strategic decisions necessary to ensure the growth of firms.
- demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the factors that influence the growth, development, and exit strategies for international entrepreneurs.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- work in interdisciplinary areas relating theories from different subjects;
- plan work, study independently and use relevant resources;
- structure and develop appropriate and effective communications, critically and self-critically, orally and in writing;
- receive and use criticism and advice to learn from others constructively;
- produce work in appropriate formats, demonstrating an understanding of academic conventions and nurturing a critical thinking approach;
- understand global phenomenon related to entrepreneurship/enterprise critically;
- work efficiently and effectively in multicultural teams.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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