Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Date: 28 February 2018 - 11 April 2018
Location: Wageningen

The course provides an introduction to key theories and methods of entrepreneurship and their applications in emerging economies. The key question of the course will entail: why, when and how actors (e.g., farmers, founders of new ventures, business managers or leaders in public or non-governmental organizations) recombine resources (such as technologies, knowledge or other forms of capital) innovatively to seize opportunities or mitigate risks in the unstable, turbulent and dynamic context of emerging economies? To best support students from multiple scientific backgrounds in their PhD or MSc research proposal or thesis development, the focus of the lectures will be on three levels of analysis: individual, organizational/community, and institutional level.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the established and most recent theories of entrepreneurship in emerging economies;
  • Articulate and discuss the key issues under debate facing entrepreneurs and organizations supporting entrepreneurship in emerging economies, especially in food and agriculture;
  • Integrate established theories, methods or concepts related to entrepreneurship in their research proposal or thesis development.

Target group and min/max number of participants:

PhD candidate and research-oriented MSc students at any stage of advancement of their thesis/dissertation: proposal, research design, data collection, data analysis or interpretation of findings.

Approximately, min 8-max 25 participants will be allowed to participate.

Assumed prior knowledge:

Basic knowledge on research methods (i.e. understanding the difference between inductive versus deductive scientific approaches) will be required.

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