Entrepreneurial Skills for International Business

General

Program Description

  • Period: 29 June to 3 July 2020
  • Teaching hours: 22,5
  • Academic coordinator: Raquel Antolín López
  • Knowledge area: Management and International Business
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Introduction

Given growing globalization trends and the increasingly dynamic and complex nature of markets, companies operate in different countries, employ an international workforce and face challenges that require innovation and creativity. They need professionals with entrepreneurship skills (leadership, creativity, innovation, market research in an international environment) applicable to international and changing environments.

In this course, we offer a practical and applied perspective in order to develop these abilities. Interaction among students will be encouraged to obtain and apply entrepreneurship skills in international organizations, understanding the different roles and functions of entrepreneurs and managers and developing basic skills for these positions.

The different sessions will be taught by instructors specialized in Entrepreneurship at the University of Almeria and in the professional world. All the lecturers have teaching experience both in Spanish and English in different bachelor degrees and in Master/Postgraduate courses, including an MBA and a Master in International Business Administration and Modern Languages (in English). The teaching staff is also very active in research with publications in prestigious international journals such as J. Business Ethics, Organization & Environment, Plos One, or Business Strategy & the Environment; as well as international chapters or books. In addition, their works are presented in international conferences such as the Academy of Management, Babson College Conference, Strategic Management Conference, Academy of Management Science. Their research is multi-disciplinary and focuses on strategic management and entrepreneurship. It includes different levels of analysis: teams, enterprises, economic sectors, and production systems.

Objectives

The general objective is to analyze the role of the entrepreneur and innovation in business and develop the basic notions and skills needed to launch a new business project.

Upon successful completion of this course, students shall:

  • Have increased knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship and the process of new venture creation
  • Have the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to develop a business concept and assess its viability and feasibility
  • Understanding and developing competencies for the creation of a new company in an international context

Contents

The sessions are structured following the “Entrepreneurial Cycle” that allows exploring and knowing the process of venture creation from the beginning to the end. In particular, the entrepreneurial cycle covers the following stages: the illumination stage (creativity and the generation of ideas for a business concept), the maturation (assessment of the attractiveness, viability, and feasibility of a business concept), and Development and Implementation (Business model elements and design, legal forms, funding).

Sessions

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Business ideas generation: Creativity and Innovation.
  • Is my business idea attractive? Opportunity analysis
  • Opportunity exploration: Business models design
  • Business idea competition: the investment forum

Company Visits

  • Clisol Agro

Seminars

  • Young entrepreneurs panel

Methodology

  • The methodology of this course will be eminently practical and will foster the active participation and interaction of students.
  • The contents are predominantly oriented toward the development of individual and team entrepreneurial skills. Consequently, students should interact in a particularly intense manner during the classes to reach the goals of the course. Both individual and teamwork are required.
  • The completion of the course will consist of the development of a business idea in teams, that students will have to present to the rest of the class in a competition shape session.
  • The teaching methods include short case studies, group dynamics, role plays, problem-based learning, group debates, and field visits among others.
  • The course is taught in English. All professors in this course have experience teaching in English at an Undergraduate and Master’s level.

Professional Visits and Complementary Academic Activities

This course has an eminently practical focus and the theoretical lessons will be complemented with a visit to an entrepreneurial company that is considered a referent in the agricultural sector in Spain:

  • Visit the headquarters of CLISOL AGRO, a local firm with extensive experience in the field of Mediterranean agriculture and of international reference in the sector worldwide. It has collaborated with the BBC documentary entitled “Europe’s Salad Bowl”. This firm is a clear example of an agriculture company, which has focused on innovation and high qualifications of its staff as a way to differentiate and compete in an increasingly globalized market, and with a higher number of consumers demanding higher quality products. Students will have the opportunity to know the business strategies being applied by the company for years, which have become an international benchmark of quality.

Assessment

Final grade 0-100:

  • Class participation: 10 points
  • Class activities: 40 points
  • Evaluation activities: 50 points
  • The overall pass mark is 50 and a minimum of 80% of attendance is required.
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The University of Almería, Spain, organizes summer courses each July since 2013. They are designed by the most prestigious experts of the leading-edge fields of our University and are taught by Doctor ... Read More

The University of Almería, Spain, organizes summer courses each July since 2013. They are designed by the most prestigious experts of the leading-edge fields of our University and are taught by Doctors and Full Professors of proven expertise and experience in their respective areas of knowledge. All courses have an eminently practical focus and include visits to industries and companies of the field. Read less