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Course module: USEMRP-BDE
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship
Course infoSchedule
Course codeUSEMRP-BDE
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Law, Economics and Governance; Graduateschool REBO; International Economics and Business;
Contact persondr. T.H. van Balen, MPhil
Course contact
dr. T.H. van Balen, MPhil
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
2  (15/11/2021 to 06/02/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotBD: BD
Study mode
RemarkRequired in master Business Development and Entrepreneurship
Enrolment periodfrom 31/05/2021 up to and including 27/06/2021
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Additional informationYou will be enrolled for this course by administration of the programme of this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course goals
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the student is able to:
·          Understand the latest developments in business development and entrepreneurship research
·          Analyse and critically evaluate academic research-in-progress
·          Apply  methods which are specific to the field of business development and entrepreneurship
·          Analyse and evaluate existing academic literature
·          Create a research question and research design
·          Evaluate potential impact of research to academics and practitioners
·          Write a persuasive introduction to academic research.
This course equips students with a state-of-the-art overview of the latest insights in business development and entrepreneurship research and provides them with the competences to contribute to academic knowledge themselves, in such a way that it will impact decision-makers.
The aim of the course is threefold: 1. Understand the latest developments in business development and entrepreneurship research, 2.  Being able to apply methods which are specific to the field of business development and entrepreneurship, 3. Develop competences to evaluate existing academic research, and create a research design that will be informative to tomorrow’s decision-makers (academics, managers, entrepreneurs),
Part I of the course is a mixture of lectures and workshops. In the lecture series professional BDE researchers present ongoing work. They elaborate on their research strategies, gaps identified in the state-of-the-art literature, research methods chosen, and (preliminary) findings. Students will be exposed to different research methods and will be able to assess which type of methodology is suitable for a specific research question. In the workshops some core research methods are taught – tailored to the field of business development and entrepreneurship. This includes (but is not limited to): psychological measurement, primary data collection techniques, qualitative data analysis, and more.
In part II, students develop elements of an academic research design themselves. First, they collect a topic of their own interest, within the domain of business development and entrepreneurship. Next, they conduct a literature review relevant for their research topic, identify gaps in the literature, formulate a research question, and learn how to report about these issues persuasively. Students then develop a research strategy, think ahead about the potential implications of their research, and present their work. 

Lecture and workshop series with individual assignments and peer reviewing.
Assessment method
•        Integrated paper reflection & research method assignment (50%)
•        Research project proposal and presentation (50%)
All grading components are 100% individual

In case online access is required for this course and you are not in the position to buy the access code, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for an alternative solution. Please note that access codes are not re-usable meaning that codes from second hand books do not work, as well as access codes from books with a different ISBN. Separate or spare codes are usually not available.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Required materials
Recommended materials
Yet to be specified
No material required
Instructional formats

Workshop with assignments + peer reviews

Test weight1
Minimum grade1

Paper reflection & research method assig
Test weight50
Minimum grade1

Research project proposal & presentation
Test weight50
Minimum grade1

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