Dr Fei Qin, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science
This course examines new enterprise development and management issues in the context of globalisation. Drawing from decades of research in entrepreneurship, strategy, and organisational behaviour, we explore the key components of new venture creation – evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities, writing and presenting effective business plans, applying various funding mechanisms, and developing growth and exit strategies, etc., with a special emphasis on the impact of the globalisation of technology, capital, and labour markets and the opportunities and constraints facing start-ups.
The orientation of the course is both analytical and managerial. We will review classic theories and cutting-edge research in the evolving field of entrepreneurship. We will also discuss a diverse set of cases that represent firms operating in various industries and countries and illustrate both successes and failures. In addition, students will get hands-on experience by working in teams to develop a business plan.
Through a combination of these teaching methods, we aim to achieve the following goals: to provide students with the conceptual models and tools for analysing business opportunities and formulating entrepreneurial strategies; to equip them with practical skills and techniques essential to planning, financing, and operating new business ventures; and to familiarise them with strategic, organisational, and managerial approaches appropriate in different contexts, both in developed economies and emerging markets.
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About the Instructor
Dr Fei Qin is on the faculty of Management at LSE. She was Phelan Fellow at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva in 2005 and a visiting faculty at the Sloan School of Management of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011. She is also a core member of the research team of the Innovation Co-Creation Lab. Dr Qin holds a PhD from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Her research focuses on international entrepreneurship, global production networks, and business model innovation. She has led research projects in China, India, Italy, the UK, and the US on entrepreneurship and global value chains. One of her papers was selected by Emerald as among the top 50 academic articles in management worldwide in 2007.
This course also features guest speaker sessions. Each year a number of successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are invited to share their insights.