Small Business Management


This module provides students with an ability to articulate the role and contribution of small business to the local, national and European economic and cultural environment. Students will develop a basis for critical evaluation of the regulatory, managerial, entrepreneurial and cultural factors relevant to Small Business Start up and Growth in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the nature, characteristics, importance and contribution of the small business sector to local, regional, national, European and international economies.

  2. Apply conceptual frameworks for understanding entrepreneurship and innovation to interpret observed practice.

  3. Critically assess the nature, impact and implementation of current and evolving Irish and EU policy on small business in Ireland.

  4. Explain the requirements, processes and difficulties involved in starting up, managing and developing a small business, particularly a family managed business in Ireland and reflect on career options pertaining to small business.

  5. Effectively communicate content of assignments, both as an individual and as part of a team, integrating individual reflections on theory with knowledge of current issues affecting small business within the broader business environment.

  6. Produce a documentary review reflecting on various media representations of current affairs which affect the small business environment.

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