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What Roles do Entrepreneurs Play in Society?

This course will consider the various roles that entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship play in shaping wider society.

What Roles do Entrepreneurs Play in Society?
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours

The role of the entrepreneur and the significance of entrepreneurship in society is very context specific. After all, people exist in specific times and places, and how they think and act can be influenced by certain social, linguistic, and material factors. We must also remember that not all societies approach entrepreneurship in the same way, nor are they at the same stage of their entrepreneurial development and so we must consider this when attempting to determine their role in and influence on wider society.

What topics will you cover?

• The role and function of the entrepreneur in society

• How ‘value’ is created through entrepreneurship

• Intrapreneurship versus entrepreneurship

• Productive and unproductive entrepreneurship

• Opportunity and necessity-based entrepreneurship

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Summarise the role of the entrepreneur in society
  • Assess the ways in which society and social structures can impact on the role of the entrepreneur
  • Compare forms of entrepreneurial action and consider their impact in a range of contexts
  • Reflect upon the role of the entrepreneur and entrepreneurship in your own social contexts

Who is the course for?

For students undertaking the graduate/postgraduate certificate, jointly delivered by Coventry University and Deakin University.

Who will you learn with?

I am the Director of Education and a Professor in Entrepreneurship at Coventry University's International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship. I have also worked in industry and consultancy.

Prof Maas is the Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University. Has broad international business and academic experiences in various countries.

Dr Matt Mount (Ph.D) is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Deakin Business School. He is an expert in the area of strategy and innovation processes.

Dr Colin Higgins is an Associate Professor in Management at Deakin University and also leads Deakin's Global Courses. He teaches strategy and researches how companies engage with sustainability

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established1974
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021