Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsAre you ready to start your entrepreneurial journey and discover how entrepreneurship came to be associated with risk taking, innovation and starting a business? This introductory course aims to give you a strong foundation in the historical and cultural evolution of entrepreneurship. Over the next two weeks you will explore the evolution of entrepreneurship through the eyes of the economist, the psychologist and the sociologist. We will also explore entrepreneurship through your eyes by identifying how entrepreneurship is perceived in different cultures. In addition, we will also discuss whether an individual is born to be an entrepreneur and the importance of your social network when pursuing your venture.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsFinally, you will test your enterprising potential and reflect on what it means to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset.

Welcome to the course

Watch Dr Cherisse Hoyte introduce the course and outline the areas to be discussed over the next two weeks.

This introductory course aims to give you a strong foundation in the historical and cultural evolution of entrepreneurship.

Over the next two weeks, you will explore the evolution of entrepreneurship through the eyes of economists, psychologists and sociologists.

You will also explore entrepreneurship by identifying how entrepreneurship is perceived in different cultures.

Finally, you will test your enterprising potential and reflect on what this means for adopting an entrepreneurial mindset.

We look forward to exploring these topics with you over the next two weeks, as well as providing you with the tools to understand how you might improve your own area of practice.

This short course is the introductory two-week course for a program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which forms part of the BA in International Business online degree at Coventry University delivered on FutureLearn.

Meet the team

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Your lead educator is Dr Cherisse Hoyte, senior lecturer, International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE), of Coventry University. The International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE) is a unique institution formed to support sustainable socio-economic transformation through systemic approaches to entrepreneurship in communities, nationally and internationally.

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Perspectives on Entrepreneurship

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