Assessment 1: Entrepreneurial self-analysis

Assessment 1: Entrepreneurial self-analysis
Weighting:         25%
Guideline length:     maximum 2000 words
Mode of activity:     Individual
This is a reflective self-analysis. Its aim is to get you to use the academic skills learned at Business School 1 to help you assess whether you have the character traits and other characteristics of an entrepreneur and to reflect on the implications of this.
1    Complete the GET test on: Explain the meaning of the results (see chapter 2). A copy of your test results must besubmitted with your report.
2    Provide evidence that supports (or contradicts) these results. For example:
a.    Other psychometric tests such as the ‘AULIVE’ creativity test on:  Please acknowledge the use of any test results that have been submitted on other MBA assessments.
b.    Examples of your actions and behaviours over your life and business career.
3    Give a brief account of the antecedent influences on your character traits such as education, family background, work experience etc., linking specific influences with specific traits wherever possible
4    Reflect on and provide conclusions about your character traits and the implications for your career aspirations.

Marks for this assessment will be awarded in accordance with the grading grid.

Grading grid for Assessment 1
Criteria    Wgt    F/2/fail    E/4/=39%    D/5-7/40-9%    C/8-10/50-9%    B/11-13/60-9%    A/14-16/=70%
Critical evaluation of GET profile    25%    Non-presentation of profile or misunderstanding of results    Lack of understanding or unquestioning presentation of results     Adequate presentation of profile but insufficiently critical    Good critical presentation of profile, but with some gaps and/or some expansion needed    Very good, critical presentation of profile, but could be expanded    Excellent, critical presentation of profile
Supporting evidence for evaluation (including other tests)    25%    No evidence to support evaluation    Insufficient evidence to support evaluation    Relevant but basic evidence to support evaluation, but with some significant gaps    Relevant but basic evidence to support evaluation    Clear, detailed and relevant evidence to support evaluation    Comprehensive, detailed and relevant evidence to support evaluation
Analysis of antecedent influences    25%    Little evidence presented and inadequate analysis    Little evidence presented or inadequate analysis    Some good evidence presented and analysis undertaken, but analysis insufficient    Good evidence presented and good analysis, but with some gaps    Very good evidence presented and analysis    Comprehensive evidence presented and excellent analysis
Reflection, conclusions & implications    25%    No clear structure and/or evidence to support conclusions, unclear implications    Inadequate structure and/or evidence to support conclusions, inadequate implications    Relevant but basic evidence to support conclusions, adequate but basic implications    Good structure and relevant evidence to support conclusions, adequate implications    Very good structure and relevant evidence to support conclusions, good implications    Excellent structure and comprehensive evidence to support conclusions, thoughtful implications

Additional learning resources: Books
At master’s level we expect you to read widely around the subject of entrepreneurship. You will be provided with articles to read during the course. Here are some relevant text books.
Entrepreneurship and start-ups
?    Barringer, B.R. and Ireland, R.D. (2012) Entrepreneurship: Successfully launching new ventures, Harlow: Pearsons.
?    Bessant, J. and Tidd, J. (2015) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3rdedn.), Chichester: Wiley.
?    Blank, S. and Dorf, B. (2012) The Startup Owner’s Manual: The step-by-step guide for building a great company, Pescadero, California: Ranch.
?    Blundel, R. and Lockett, N. (2011) Exploring Entrepreneurship: Practices and perspectives, Oxford: Oford University Press.
?    Burns, P. (2011) Entrepreneurship & small business: Start-up, growth & maturity(3rdedn.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (This is the best-selling UK text on entrepreneurship and a new edition is due to be published in January 2016.)
?    Kuratko, D.F. (2013) Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process, Practise(9th edn), Mason: South-Western Cengage Learning.
?    Read, S., Sarasvathy, S., Dew, N., Wiltbank, R., and Ohlsson, A.V. (2011) Effectual Entrepreneurship, London: Routledge.
?    Ries, E. (2011), The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, New York; Crown Publishing.
Corporate entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship
?    Burns, P. (2013) Corporate Entrepreneurship: Innovation and strategy in large organizations(3rd edn), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Business creativity and ideas
?    Boyd, D. and Goldenberg, J. (2013), Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results, London: Profile Books.
?    Drucker, P.F. (1985) Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles, London: Heinemann.
?    Johnson, S (2010), Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, London: Allen Lane.
?    Osterwalder, A. and Pigneur, Y. (2010), Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers, New Jersey; John Wiley & Sons.
Social entrepreneurship
?    Gunn, R. and Durkin, C. (2010) Social Entrepreneurship: A skills approach, Bristol: The Policy Press.
?    Keohane, G.L. (2013) Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation across the non-profit, private and public sectors, Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill
?    Riddley-Duff, R. and Bull, M. (2011) Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: theory and practice, London: Sage.
?    Yanus, M. (2010) Building Social Business: The new kind of capitalism that serves humanity’s most pressing needs, New York: Public Affairs.
7    Additional learning resources: Journals
There are a number of journals and other periodicals which you should browse and delve into whenever you have an opportunity. Many may be available via the University and its website. Here are the major journals that specialise in entrepreneurship.
?    Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
?    Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
?    Family Business Review
?    International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research
?    International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
?    International Small Business Journal
?    International Small Business Management
?    International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research
?    International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
?    International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
?    Journal of Business Venturing
?    Journal of Enterprising Culture
?    Journal of Entrepreneurship
?    Journal of International Entrepreneurship
?    Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
?    Journal of Small Business Management
?    Small Business Economics
?    Social Enterprise Journal
?    Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

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