MG428      Half Unit
Enterprise Development

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Lourdes Sosa

Dr Linda Hickman

Dr Yally Avrahampour



This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management, Organisations and Governance. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course will address management problems and internal/external issues that must be resolved in order for startup organisations to succeed. Through application, the students will be able to critically assess management practices and disciplines and evaluate their potential and limitations in developing organisations. To put theory into practice students will progress from an introduction to general principles into creating an enterprise through an iterative process. The course structure will thus offer students a method of problem solving through an action-oriented approach working in collaborative teams.

Topics include product design, resourcing and organisational imprinting, analysing financial viability, among others.


6 hours of lectures, 10 hours and 30 minutes of lectures, 1 hour of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT. 7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

17.5 hours of lectures and 13.5 hours of seminars in the LT.

A one-day session in ST.

Indicative reading

Ries, E. (2011) The Lean Startup (Portfolio Penguin); Beckman, C.M., Burton, M.D. (2008) Founding the Future: Path Dependence in the Evolution of Top Management Teams from Founding to IPO (Organization Science); Baron, J.N., Burton, M.D., Hannan, M.T. (1996) The Road Taken: Origins and Evolution of Employment Systems in Emerging Companies (Industrial and Corporate Change); Hartman, J.M. (2004) Entrepreneurial Financial Management: An Applied Approach (Prentice Hall); Weetman, P. (2013) Financial Accounting: An Introduction (Pearson).


Exam (25%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 1000 words) and essay (10%, 1000 words) in the LT.
Project (40%, 5000 words) in the ST.

The assessment for this consists of the following:

A 1,000 word essay

A 1,000 word report on field research (10% of overall mark)

A group project (40% of overall mark)

A two hour exam (25% of overall mark)


Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: 61

Average class size 2014/15: 21

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness