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2014/2015  KAN-CCBLV3004U  Entrepreneurship for Development

English Title
Entrepreneurship for Development

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 40
Max. participants 70
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Thilde Langevang - MSC
Secretary Tove Pedersen - tpe.stu@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
Last updated on 09-04-2014
Learning objectives
By the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Describe and contrast different approaches to the study of entrepreneurship
  • Discuss the role of the institutional environment and social networks for entrepreneurship in developing countries
  • Identify different approaches to entrepreneurship promotion and critically examine their strengths and weaknesses
  • Apply relevant theoretical frameworks and concepts to concrete cases of entrepreneurship in developing countries
Course prerequisites
Relevant Bachelor degree (e.g. Economics, Business Administration, Sociology, Development Studies).
Entrepreneurship for Development:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course ‘Entrepreneurship for Development’ focuses on key issues in the entrepreneurship, development, and poverty reduction debate. The course examines different approaches to the study of entrepreneurship and explores the characteristics of entrepreneurship in developing counties (in Africa, Asia and Latin America). The course examines concrete examples of ‘development entrepreneurship’, ‘social entrepreneurship’, and ‘sustainability entrepreneurship’ and critically discusses the role of entrepreneurship for development. The course directs attention to the conditions of entrepreneurship in the institutional and socio-economic environment and examines the aim and effectiveness of different approaches to entrepreneurship promotion such as micro-finance, social networks, and business incubation.

Teaching methods
The teaching will comprise lectures, case discussions and resource person presentations (e.g. entrepreneurs and representatives from organisations that support entrepreneurs). First, students will be introduced to theoretical perspectives on entrepreneurship. Second, students will examine different themes related to entrepreneurship and analyse different entrepreneurship cases and concrete initiatives aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries. Third, students will hear presentations of real life experiences with entrepreneurship in developing countries. Finally, students will identify and analyse a business opportunity and formulate a concept for a venture in a developing country.
Further Information

Changes in course scheduel may occur
Wednesday 13.30-16.05, week 36-41, 43-46

Expected literature

To be announced on Learn, but most likely:

Akcomak, S.I. (2009): Incubators as tools for entrepreneurship promotion in developing countries, UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2009/52. http:/​/​www.wider.unu.edu/​publications/​working-papers/​research-papers/​2009/​en_GB/​rp2009-52/​

Amine, L.S. and Staub, K.M. (2009): Women entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa: an institutional theory analysis from a social marketing point of view, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 21 (2):183-211.


Bruton, G.D., Ahlstrom, D. And Obloj, K. (2008): Entrepreneurship in emerging economies: where are we today and where should the research go in the future, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 32 (1): 1-14.

Bruton, G. D., Khavul, S., & Chavez, H. (2011). Microlending in emerging economies: Building a new line of inquiry from the ground up. Journal of International Business Studies 42: 718-739.

Dolan, C. (2012): The new face of development: the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ entrepreneurs, Anthropology Today 28, 3-7. 

Kuada, J. (2009): Gender, social networks, and entrepreneurship in Ghana, Journal of African Business, 10:85-103.

Khavul, S. (2010): Microfinance: creating opportunities for the poor, Academy of management Perspectives, 57-71.

Mair, J. and Marti, I. (2009): Entrepreneurship in and around institutional voids: a case study from Bangladesh, Journal of Business Venturing 24: 419-435 (17).

Mair, J. and Schoen, O. (2006): Successful social entrepreneurial business models in the context of developing economies: An explorative study, International Journal of Emerging Markets 2 (1): 54-68.

McDade, B.E. and Spring, A. (2005): The ‘new generation of African entrepreneurs’: networking to change the climate for business and private sector-led development, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 17 (1): 17-42.

Minniti, M. And Naude, W. (2010): What do we know about the patterns and determinants of female entrepreneurship across countries? European Journal of Development Research, 22 (3): 277-293.

Puffer, S.M., McCarthy, D.J. and Boisot, M. (2009): Entrepreneurship in Russia and China: the impact of formal institutional voids, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 34(3): 441-467.

Tracey, P. and Phillips, N. (2011): Entrepreneurship in emerging markets: strategies for new venture creation in uncertain institutional contexts, Management International Review 51:23–39 

Turner, S. and Nguyen, P.A. (2005): Young entrepreneurs, social capital and Doi Moi in Hanoi, Vietnam, Urban Studies, 42 (10): 1693-1710.

Last updated on 09-04-2014