Project Management in Entrepreneurial Ventures - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Group (30-40%) , Reflective Task - Individual (40-50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,233.00
International 3,483.00

This unit aims to understand the decisions and tasks that emerge during the phases of the entrepreneurial life cycle, such as: opportunity recognition process stage; opportunity evaluation stage; committing the resources; market entry; full launch and growth; maturity and expansion and liquidity event. The unit also aims to provide students with an understanding of the importance of developing project management capabilities and competences within an entrepreneurial venture in such a way that it captures organisational learning and influences, as well as establishing a process that clearly aligns project selection to enterprise strategy. The unit will critically analyse personal opportunities to develop entrepreneurial activities within the student’s own role.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical and advanced knowledge of the role of the enterprising leader in project management
  2. Critically evaluate the role of interdisciplinary teams and key stakeholders in supporting projects and operations within the entrepreneurial firm using a group perspective
  3. Critically analyse how a business develops capacity for entrepreneurial activity in response to the changes in its environment
  4. Develop skills in communicating project management plans that meet the needs of an entrepreneurial firm in complex environments
  5. Apply knowledge and understanding to an applied group research project using project management practice within an entrepreneurial context
  6. Analyse entrepreneurial growth scenarios and develop innovative project management approaches to deal with the problems that occur during the stages of growth.
  • Analysis Task — Group (30-40%)
  • Reflective Task — Individual (40-50%)
  • Research Project — Group (20-30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Understanding the terms: what is an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur and a professional manager. What are the characteristics and traits.
2The role of the enterprising leader in project management
3The entrepreneurial life cycle and the role project management plays
4Determinants of a viable entrepreneurial project
5Conditions which stimulate the emergence of enterprise and entrepreneurship
6Understanding the strategic orientation of your enterprising business
7The benefit(s) of feasibility studies
8Negotiation within the entrepreneurial firm and project management
9How to understand and analyse risk in entrepreneurial ventures and during its life cycle
10Managing and dealing with limited resources
11Funding sources for entrepreneurial projects

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