CCGL9031 Global Issues

Entrepreneurship: Global and Social Development

[This course is under the thematic cluster of ‘Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth’.]


Course Description

This course introduces entrepreneurship from historical, economical, global, and social perspectives. First, students will be introduced to the evolution of “entrepreneurship” since ancient civilizations and students will then learn the basic economic analyses of modern entrepreneurship. The course will help students to develop a historical and balanced view on entrepreneurship and its role in human society, particularly in economics. Further it will examine how globalization shapes the landscape of entrepreneurship. Students will be motivated to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship and broaden their view of entrepreneurship in a global context by reaching out the campus and interacting with real entrepreneurs. Lastly, students will be guided to think critically regarding the consequences of entrepreneurship and the impact of entrepreneurship on society and individuals. This course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurship and expose students to the fundamental changes occurring in both the business community and overall society.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop historical and critical perspectives towards entrepreneurship.
  2. Understand economic explanations and consequences of modern entrepreneurship.
  3. Examine how globalization impacts entrepreneurship.
  4. Discuss the impact of entrepreneurship on society and individuals.
  5. Work as a team to identify and present a real entrepreneurial startup.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Second semester (Wed)

Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 12
Fieldwork / Visits / Guest speaker 5
Reading / Self-study 20
Assessment: Essay / Report writing 20
Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation) 10
Assessment: Group project 20
Assessment: Class discussion 10
Assessment: In-class test (incl preparation) 3
Total: 120

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
“Reach out!” Activity 30
Project 40
In-class test 30

Required Reading

Selected chapters from:

  • Ellis, T. (2010). The new pioneers: Sustainable business success through social innovation and social entrepreneurship. London: Wiely.
  • Hisrich, R. (2010). International entrepreneurship: Starting, developing, and managing a global venture. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Landes, D., Mokyr, J., & Baumol, W. (Eds.). (2010). The invention of enterprise: Entrepreneurship from ancient Mesopotamia to modern times. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Schumpeter, J. A. (1962). Capitalism, socialism and democracy. New York: Harper.

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Professor Simon S.K. Lam
Faculty of Business and Economics (Management and Strategy)
Tel: 3917 1008
Teacher(s) Contact
Professor Simon S.K. Lam
Faculty of Business and Economics (Management and Strategy)
Tel: 3917 1008