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TITLE Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practical Approaches

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT E de Bono Inst. for the Design & Dev of Thinking

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will begin by exploring practical approaches to opportunity identification. Students shall then learn what is involved in starting up their own business and will discover that creativity and innovation are important determinants of new venture success. The study-unit will highlight the importance of creativity, clarity and practicality when formulating a venture plan and students will learn that these factors are indispensable whether they should decide to seek employment or to start their own business in the future.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at fostering an entrepreneurial mindset among students by facilitating their development into proactive, flexible and creative thinkers who are able to identify and exploit opportunities.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- explain different practical approaches to identifying, evaluating and exploiting opportunities for the introduction of innovative products, services, processes, etc.;
- describe the key components of a venture plan.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply different practical strategies to identify opportunities for the introduction of innovative products, services, processes, etc.;
- formulate a strategy for the evaluation and implementation of an idea into a new or existing enterprise.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

- Osterwalder, A. & Pigneur, Y. (2010). Business model generation: A handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers. John Wiley & Sons.

Supplementary readings:

- Burns, P. (2016). Entrepreneurship and small business: Start-up, growth and maturity. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Further readings in electronic format will be provided throughout the course.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation No 30%
Assignment Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Leonie Baldacchino (Co-ord.)
Ivan Paul Grixti

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Master in Creativity and Innovation Timetable

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Optional Study Units Timetable
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Diploma Timetable Year 2

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Research Published in International Journal

Mr Ruven Hanohov, who graduated with a Master in Creativity and Innovation in 2015, published a paper related to his dissertation in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, together with his supervisor Dr Leonie Baldacchino. Click here for more information.


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