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2013/2014  KAN-CBL_FSEU  Field study: Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in Uganda

English Title
Field study: Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in Uganda

Course information

Language English
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Lectures & Student group work 2 hours 4 weeks (weeks 6-8 and 10). Note 4 hours in week 6! Field study during weeks 10/11-13 (from 9.3.-28.3.). Follow-up lectures 2 hours 2 weeks (weeks 17 and 20). Deadline for handing in mini-project (probably) May 24th.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 20
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Søren Jeppesen - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
  • Thilde Langevang - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
BLC-study secretariat / Birgitte Hertz (bhe.stu)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 14-02-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • • Outline and reflect critically on a range of methodologies and methods of relevance to field research in a developing country setting related to the field of Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development
  • • Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the empirical results in the light of the methodologies
  • • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to intercultural team/group work in the light of the practical experiences from the field
  • • Plan and execute social scientific research, including field research in a developing country context
Course prerequisites
Fluency in English. Relevant theoretical knowledge of business in developing and emerging markets, including participation in course on developing and emerging economies as well as field research methods.
Mini-project, with oral exam in groups of two students:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 2 students in the group
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term and May/June
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
Studerende kan medbringe miniprojekt og kursuslitteratur
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

This course provides students the opportunity of applying theoretical knowledge of research methods to a practical, empirical situation. The course focuses on key issues relating to growth, employment and poverty reduction, namely Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in a developing country context. The course elaborates on research methodologies and research methods with an emphasis on doing field work in developing countries. The purpose of the course is to sensitize students to the challenges of doing field work and data collection in a developing country setting, including expanding their intercultural communicative skills by doing group work with students from the local partner university in the chosen country. The course includes six modules: 1) Introduction to relevant research methodologies and methods for field work. In particular, a variety of qualitative methods are presented and discussed, but mixed methods are also included, 2) Assessment of the context (Uganda), its historical, political, economic and socio-cultural features, 3) Key theories concerning Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development, 4) Introduction to and assessment of approaches to intercultural team/group work, 5) Field study in a developing country context (2 ½ weeks in Uganda), engaging with businesses and other institutions, 6) Assessment of experiences.

Teaching methods
Preparational lectures prior to the field trip, including student presentations and group work, along with supportive lectures, company presentations and group work during the field trip, and follow-up lectures, student presentations and group work after the fieldwork.
Student workload
Preparation 100 hours
Teaching 50 hours
Examination, including field course 275 hours
Further Information

The course is intended to provide the students an option of applying and extending their theoretical and practical knowledge of research methodologies and methods. Furthermore, the course provides an opportunity to apply relevant theories  to a practical setting. The CBS students will work together with students from Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda.  

Expected literature
  1. Desai, V. and Potter, R.B. (eds.): ‘Doing Development Research’ (selected chapters), Sage Publications, 2006.
  2. Country info on Uganda
  3. Entrepreneurship literature
  4. Danish-Ugandan Country Programme, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida, 2010
  5. Adler, Nancy C.: ’Cultural Synergy.’ & ’Multicultural teams.’ Pp. 76-122 (chapter 4 & 5), in: Adler, Nancy C.: ’International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior.’ The Kent International Business Series, Kent Publishing Company, Boston, 1986.
Last updated on 14-02-2013