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This foundation course is designed to stimulate the student's interest in entrepreneurship, thereby
cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit. By means of case studies, articles, videos and presentations,
students will have the opportunity to learn about many prominent entrepreneurs who have
demonstrated commitment, passion, risk-taking, strategic thinking and implementation, and the
ability to develop core competencies as they create and grow their successful enterprises.
Various topics in entrepreneurship will be introduced as a result.
How do entrepreneurs behave? Can we learn anything from their behaviour with respect to
leadership, management, strategic thinking, ethics, opportunity identification, and dealing with
failure and adversity? Do they have anything in common? This course, primarily by means of a
wide selection of case studies and biographical videos, will try to find out what appears to make
an entrepreneur successful.
Students should expect to read two cases per week, make notes on
each case prior to class according to a template for analysis that will be provided and used where
To develop an appreciation of the merits of entrepreneurship.
To understand the entrepreneur’s challenges and competitive realities.
To develop an awareness of Canadian entrepreneurship.
In compliance with the objectives, various teaching techniques will be used.
These may include
lectures, case studies, biographies, research papers, guest speakers, classroom discussions,
documentary videos, and handouts.
In order to derive the maximum benefit from weekly
lectures students are expected to attend class having read the required material prior to class as
per the detailed course content listed below.
If absent, students are still accountable for all
material, changes and announcements covered in class
. It is advisable to make a friend or two
in class to find out what was missed in case of absence.
Office hours will not be used in order to
repeat course material.
Every effort will be made to manage the course as stated.
adjustments may be necessary at the discretion of the professor.
If so, such alterations will be
announced prior to implementation.
For more detail, see course content section below. Most
handouts will be made available on Blackboard after class.
Some selected lecture notes will also
be made available on Blackboard but students are still strongly encouraged to take notes,
especially from the white board during class lectures.