Timetable and Modules
Classes are run throughout the academic year over two semesters: September - December and January - April.
Dissertation or company research project - this project allows students to showcase the knowledge they have gained and enhance their career potential by specialising in a particular area, developing a new business venture or scaling an existing business.
|Business Model and Innovation||Social Entrepreneurship|
|'Entrepreneurship in Practice' Workshops||
'Entrepreneurship in Practice' Workshops
|Business Ethics and Society|
|Electives (choose three)
NB - Timetable and modules are subject to change.
The module aims to provide students with an introductory and up-to-date perspective of the main phenomena characterizing the entrepreneurship field. A key feature of this Entrepreneurship course is the integration of theoretical constructs and real-business issues and best practices. On the one hand, the module will shed light on the latest theoretical concepts developed in the field of entrepreneurship; on the other, it will offer students the opportunity to focus on the strategies of entrepreneurial ventures, start ups, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the domestic and international market.
This course deals with important aspects of financing the start, the orderly development and the growth a new or emerging enterprise. We begin by defining entrepreneurship and exploring the elements of a classic successful bootstrap entrepreneurial experience. With this as background, we examine the financial issues (including investor return and capital structure concerns) that confront entrepreneurs as they consider financing options such as venture capital, convertible debt, private equity in various case situations and the challenge of managing growth. We conclude with an introduction to exit considerations such as going public and/or the sale of the business.
Business Model Innovation
The primary task of a start-up is to search for a winning business model (BM). A winning BM: creates superior value for customers by meeting their needs; delivers that value more effectively and efficiently than competitors/alternatives; and makes a sustainable profit. The process of business model innovation (BMI) is an entrepreneurial process. The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the BMI process and practically apply key tools and techniques with potential customers and investors.
This course introduces the fundamental concepts, processes and applications of technology entrepreneurship. You will explore the ways in which entrepreneurs create value in and through science and technology, including taking an idea, sourcing high-potential commercial opportunities for it, gathering resources such as talent and capital, ascertaining the best route to the market, and managing the ethical and social consequences of such enterprise.
To gain practical experience alongside the theory, students will work on a staged portfolio which will allow them to apply the concepts to practice, in different industries. Scientific and technological innovations increasingly specialized, hyridized and globalized, and we will explore contexts as diverse as Bitcoin, the Dark Net and genetic testing. This module will also examine the overarching concepts that span the entire field.
Business Ethics and Society
This module aims to prepare the students to understand, identify and shape the responsibility of businesses vis-à-vis society and the future generations. It seeks to help students to think critically about ethical issues that arise in the real business world and analyze the impact of business decisions on a variety of stakeholders. While there are no easy recipes for what corporations should and must, our departing assumption is that learning to effectively manage ethical, social, and environmental issues can produce positive results for the manager, for the company, and for society at large. The key themes in this course will revolve around moral decision making; stakeholder orientation; environment, social and governance dimensions and impact; and corporate social responsibility.
Social enterprises are organisations that seek to create significant social impact through their initiatives and activities. They are often nonprofits, but also operate within the private and public sectors and within a variety of organisational settings. The aim of this module is to help you develop a critical awareness of what social entrepreneurship entails, and the major approaches, opportunities and problems associated with the development of such ventures in an international context. We will examine the theoretical underpinnings and practical aspects concerning various aspects of social entrepreneurship and analyse patterns of social entrepreneurial behaviour locally and internationally.
The module aims to provide students with an introduction to becoming an entrepreneur. A key feature of this Entrepreneurship course is the integration of theoretical constructs and real-business issues and best practices together with the leadership, strategic thinking and cultural understanding required to be an entrepreneur. On the one hand, the module will shed light on the latest theoretical concepts developed in the field of entrepreneurship; on the other, it will offer students the opportunity to focus on the strategies of entrepreneurial ventures, start ups, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the domestic and international market.
Entrepreneurship in Practice Workshops
The ‘Entrepreneurship in Practice’ Workshops consists of six workshops featuring relevant topics in the field of Entrepreneurship that are not addressed in-depth by core or electives modules. Each workshop will be delivered by experienced entrepreneurs, consultants and international professors and will place specific emphasis on real business dynamics. Departing from and building on the topics discussed through the workshops, students will be asked to work in groups in class and after class.
New Company Development
The module on New Company Development focuses on the development trajectories of small businesses through the use of digital tools and aims to provide students with an in-depth analysis of the impact of technology on new companies’ growth. Departing from a theoretical review on new ventures’ growth strategies, this module will feature real-business practices and cases. The bulk of the lectures will be delivered by professionals working Dublin-based hi-tech corporations, like Facebook and Google.
Brands permeate modern economies and are among the most complex and exciting entities in contemporary management. They have evolved from their genesis in consumer products to encompass many forms including B2B, services, retail, corporate and global brands. Strong brands are one of a company’s most valuable assets, so their management and development is crucial to the long-term success. Yet brands are special in that while managed by companies, part of their creation and positioning takes place in the mind of the consumer. This module is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the theory of brand management and its application in a variety of organizational and cultural contexts including entrepreneurial ventures.