Entrepreneurship and Business Development, 7.5 credits

Entreprenörskap och affärsutveckling, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Business Administration

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Aliaksei Kazlou

Course coordinator

Aliaksei Kazlou

Director of studies or equivalent

Svjetlana Pantic Dragisic
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7YEE Business and Economics Programme - International - English (Business) 5 (Autumn 2022) 202239-202243 English Linköping, Valla E
F7YEF Business and Economics Programme - International - French (Business) 5 (Autumn 2022) 202239-202243 English Linköping, Valla E
F7YET Business and Economics Programme - International - German (Business) 5 (Autumn 2022) 202239-202243 English Linköping, Valla E
F7YES Business and Economics Programme - International - Spanish (Business) 5 (Autumn 2022) 202239-202243 English Linköping, Valla E
F7YEK Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration) 5 (Autumn 2022) 202239-202243 English Linköping, Valla E

Main field of study

Business Administration

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Business and Economics Programme - International - English
  • Business and Economics Programme - International - French
  • Business and Economics Programme
  • Business and Economics Programme - International - Spanish
  • Business and Economics Programme - International - German

Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies
Social Studies, English, and Mathematics corresponding to the level of Swedish upper secondary education (Samhällskunskap 1b or 1a1 and 1a2, Engelska 6 and Matematik 3b/3c or Matematik C)
at least 60 ECTS credits passed from the programme, or equivalent

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- account for contemporary and classic theories on entrepreneurship
- account for the historical development of thoughts in the field of entrepreneurship
- criticize theories on entrepreneurship
- describe critical issues within the field of entrepreneurship in relation to related theoretical fields
- develop and refine an idea into a business plan
- make informed choices in developing plans and strategies for entrepreneurial ventures in different organizational contexts
- identify problems inherent in the creation of a new organization

Course content

The aim of the course is to deepen and widen the student’s knowledge and understanding about entrepreneurship, from a theoretical as well as a more practical point of view. Students will learn about perspectives on entrepreneurship, as well as requirements and pre-conditions for entrepreneurship in different organizational contexts.

The course content is based on three submodules:
- The development of the field of entrepreneurship and approaches to entrepreneurship is discussed
- The private context of entrepreneuriship is focused, the development of venture plans are discussed as well as analysis of the marketplace and competitive advantages
- Intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship in the public and non-profit contexts are focused, as well as strategies used by entrepreneurs in such contexts

Teaching and working methods

Students will learn through lectures, seminars and team work. Students are responsible for their own learning process, and lectures provide perspectives on the course content, thus giving an opportunity for students to facilitate the process of structuring the course content. Students may have to prepare tasks and assignments for seminars and team work. Language of instructions: English.


The course content will be examined through participation in team work, seminars, project work and a written examination. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXA1 Written Examination 5 credits U, G, VG
BUS2 Business plan 2.5 credits U, G, VG


Suna Løwe Nielsen, Kim Klyver, Majbritt Rostgaard Evald and Torben Bager, (2021) Entrepreneurship in theory and practice : paradoxes in play 3rd edition Edward Elgar

ISBN: 9781789908039, 9781789908053

Also available as an e-book: https://www.e-elgar.com/textbooks/nielsen, eISBN: 9781789908046


Davidsson, Per, Entrepreneurial opportunities and the entrepreneurship nexus: A re-conceptualization Journal of Business Venturing September 2015 30(5):674-695
Gartner, William B., "Who Is an Entrepreneur?" Is the Wrong Question Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice Summer89, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p47-68. 22p. 1 Chart.
Saras D. Sarasvathy, Causation and Effectuation: Toward a Theoretical Shift from Economic Inevitability to Entrepreneurial Contingency Academy of Management Review (2001) 26:2, 243-263
Scott Shane, Prior Knowledge and the Discovery of Entrepreneurial Opportunities Organization Science (2000) 11 (4), pp. 448-469
Sundin, Elisabeth, Tillmar, Malin, A Nurse and a Civil Servant changing institutions: Entrepreneurial processes in different public sector organizations Scandinavian Journal of Management (2008)
Welter, F, Contextualizing Entrepreneurship-Conceptual Challenges and Ways Forward Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice 35.1 (2011): 165-184



Additional articles and papers (also mandatory) may be introduced at the course start. 

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