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ENFB13-300: Entrepreneurial Growth September 2020 [Standard - Entrepreneurial Growth]

General information

Most new ventures start small. Although many ventures will remain small, entrepreneurial ventures aim to achieve rapid, sustained growth. Such growth can create problems for owners and managers if the necessary resources, structures and systems are not in place. Also, the challenges of identifying and capitalizing on a high potential opportunity differ significantly from those of growing a newly formed venture. This subject examines the problems and issues faced by entrepreneurs beyond the initial start-up of a new venture. It takes an applied approach to the management of entrepreneurial growth, providing students the opportunity to learn and apply the principles, theories and frameworks to both business cases and real organisations.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ENFB13-300
Subject title:Entrepreneurial Growth
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


Prescribed resources:
  • Nil.
  • Churchill and Lewis (1983). The Five Stages of Small Business Growth.
  • Mitchell, R.K., Agle, B.R., & Wood, D.J. (1997). Toward a theory of stakeholder identification and salience: Defining the principle of who and what really counts. 853-886.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Explain the life cycle of a firm, comparing various models of how organisations develop.
  2. Describe the typical challenges facing entrepreneurial firms and explain how both continuance and change contribute to these challenges.
  3. Explain how resources, organisational design, people and organisational culture can affect the growth of an entrepreneurial firm.
  4. Evaluate an entrepreneurial firm in terms of how it is managing its growth and provide recommendations for improvement.
  5. Work in small teams to evaluate an entrepreneurial firm and provide recommendations for improvement.
  6. Communicate your analysis and recommendations of an entrepreneurial firm in a professional report and presentation.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Class Participation Preparation for, and active participation in, all class activities. 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3.
Written Report Prepare a report of your interview with an entrepreneur regarding the growth challenges he or she faced and how they were addressed. Reflect on how you would address these challenges. 20% Week 6 2, 3, 4.
Project Report § Prepare a thorough analysis of an entrepreneurial firm and provide recommendations for managing growth. 25% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Project § Present a summary of your project report to the class. 5% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Final Examination 40% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

A peer-evaluation system will be used in this subject to help determine the individual marks for all group assessments. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Subject curriculum

Provides an overview of the organisation of the subject and an introduction to key concepts used throughout.

Explores growth as a key distinction between entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses. Also examines models of organisational life cycles to understand and appreciate the challenges inherent in each stage of a firm’s development.

Provides an overview of the typical challenges faced by entrepreneurial firms. Introduces the concept of scaling as the challenge of managing the varied demands (e.g., organisational resources, design and culture) of rapid growth. Also introduces the paradox of continuance and change entrepreneurial ventures that will be explored in further detail.

Examines the challenges of mobilising financial, social and other resources necessary to support the growth of entrepreneurial ventures. Ideal firm resource requirements and capabilities for growth are examined.

Formal organisational structures, roles, policies and procedures are all essential for effective organisations. However, young firms often lack many of these elements and must continually develop and adapt these as the firm grows, resulting in a number of challenges.

Growing firms are dynamic and need leaders, managers and team members able to adapt to these dynamics. They must also continually recruit new people and adapt managerial styles to support the firm’s growth. All of this creates challenges for new and existing members of the firm.

Culture is sometimes defined as the beliefs, assumptions and practices within a firm. Separate but related to organisational design, culture is the “glue” that holds an organisation together. Strongly influenced by the founder’s values and leadership style, culture can be an important asset to enable entrepreneurial growth.

Reviews and summarises the paradox of organisational continuance and change in entrepreneurial growth, providing a framework to help manage and address the varied risks and challenges of entrepreneurial firms.

Approved on: Sep 28, 2020. Edition: 3.7