. Gender and (international) entrepreneurship

Assignment 1 (Individual 25%) This assignment has three parts, A, B and C,



PART A: Case study

Each student in the group will develop a case study on an international entrepreneur from a country of their choice with a specific focus (see list below which will allocated to the members of each group – that is if a group has 5 members each will do a case study on a different international entrepreneur with a specific focus eg technology). (Therefore if you are assigned technology entrepreneurship, you will find an international entrepreneur who is a technology entrepreneur also). Information gathered on the entrepreneur and their firm should be entered on the research template provided (this is available on Blackboard) and submitted with the case study. 1000 words maximum excluding references.


    Template Guidelines:


1.Complete the template as fully as possible.

2.Include references, online sources of information etc.


The template will not count to the word count




Student will then prepare and submit a second part for this assignment, where they are required to identify the main International Entrepreneurship themes emerging from the case study, and how the focal international entrepreneur and their firm confirm/disconfirm the relevant International Entrepreneurship literature, 500 words maximum excluding references


(A+B Total 1500 words)





Indicative topics include:


1.Gender and (international) entrepreneurship

2.Family and (International) entrepreneurship

3.Financing (International entrepreneurship)

4.Technology entrepreneurship

5.Social (International) entrepreneurship

6.Habitual/Serial (Entrepreneurship)

7.Ethnicity & (International) entrepreneurship



Due date: Individual written pieces (Part A & B) should be submitted to in Week 10     

                    through UK Turnitin  on BBL. The presentations will take place in class

                    time in Week 11.


Feedback: General feedback from assignments will be provided in class (Week 11/12). Results including individual written feedback will be available Week 12 and will be e mailed in Blackboard.

                     In addition students may make appointments for further individual feedback.


Students should display competence in K1, K2, K3, K4, I3, I4, P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, T1,T2, T3 and T4.



C.Group presentation (15%) Part of Assignment 1 – The group members will exchange cases and present a short summary of how the cases collectively are similar/dissimilar and how they confirm/disconfirm the extant literature on your allocated topic. This presentation should be approx. 35-40 minutes duration and no more than 10 slides. There will be discussion and synthesis of the presentations at the end of this session, the aim of which is to facilitate peer-to-peer learning.



Recommended Reading



Carter, S., & Jones-Evans, D. (2012) Enterprise and Small business: Principles, Practice & Policy, 2nd Ed, Prentice-Hall. London


Hisrich, R.D. (2013) International Entrepreneurship: Starting, Developing, and Managing a Global Venture, 2nd Ed, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.


Evers, N., Cunningham, J., & Hoholm, T. (2014) Technology Entrepreneurship: Bringing Innovation to the Marketplace, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.




Burns, P., (2014) New Venture Creation: A Framework for Entrepreneurial Start-ups, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.


Evers, N., Cunningham, J., & Hoholm, T. (2014) Technology Entrepreneurship: Bringing Innovation to the Market, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.


Gabrielsson, M., & Kirpalani, VH., (2012) Handbook of research on born globals, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (Available as an ebook in Ulster library).


Gandhi, N., (2011) Born Globals, Hothive, Evesham (Available on iTunes)


Read, S. (2011) Effectual Entrepreneurship, Routledge, London (Available as an ebook in Ulster library)


Journals  (which may be accessed using Athens) include:


Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Journal of International entrepreneurship

International Business Review

Journal of International Business Studies

Journal of International Marketing

Journal of World Business

Harvard Business Review

International Small Business Journal


Changes in the international environment are rapid and often unexpected; keeping up to date is imperative. There is a wealth of international entrepreneurship information online. On-line resources include: (you will find relevant material on International Entrepreneurship on some entrepreneurship sites)

http://www.hbs.edu/entrepreneurship/resources/  Harvard Business School resources

http://www.babson.edu/entrep/fer/index.html Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research Journal, useful links

http://www.prenhall.com/scarbzim/html/resource.html Advice for Small Businesses and entrepreneurs

http://www.internationalentrepreneurship.com  International Entrepreneurship (requires free sign up)

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/ces/resources/international.html Stanford

http://www.gemconsortium.org/  GEM Report – largest report on entrepreneurship

www.ie-scholars.net International Entrepreneurship Scholars resources




You should aim to produce work which:

• Demonstrates evidence of reading a wide range of appropriate supplementary sources (including appropriate referencing);

• Has a logical structure, including clarity and consistency of discussion



      Ideas & layout



Profile of firm






Company age




Size (no. of employees/sales turnover)




Industry sector

Main offerings (try and get on-line brochures, materials etc)




Main Markets






If international, no. of markets

Percentage of sales as exports



Demographic profile of Entrepreneur

(Check and see if the entrepreneurs profile is on firm’s website or if he/she has a personal site.  Do an on-line ‘person’ search and media search)







Age, gender, education, marital status, etc




Prior work experience/s

Worked for/owned another business?





Personal  interests, specialist training, etc.




Other relevant/interesting information




Motivation to start business







What factor/s motivated entrepreneur to start up




What levels of support did he/she get from:

Family & friends


Government agencies

Financial institutions (banks etc.) 




What start-up barriers did they face?

(eg lack of finance/management expertise, etc




How did they overcome these barriers?





What challenges do they currently face?





Future Plans







How has business changed/grown





What future plans do they have for the business





What future ambitions do they have for themselves




What do they consider to be the secret/s of their success





What advice would they give other potential entrepreneurs








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