Entrepreneurship & Regional Development

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode GEMERD
Vaknaam Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
Rooster GEMERD

Uitgebreide vaknaam Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
Leerdoelen 1) After following the course, students can summarize and explain, using relevant theoretical and empirical approaches which role entrepreneurship (and firm dynamics) plays in regional economic development – and the career development of the individual entrepreneur (LO-1A; LO-2.B.; LO-2.G; LO-2.H.).
2) Furthermore, students can summarize and explain, using relevant theoretical and empirical approaches, where and under which circumstances entrepreneurship is prevalent (LO-1.A.; LO-2.B.; LO-2.G.; LO-2.H.)
3) As well as being able to communicate information and ideas and solutions regarding the use of entrepreneurship as a regional development tool (LO-4.A.; LO-4.B.; LO-4.C.).
4) Overall the students will learn to adapt an academic attitude towards research questions, literature, methodology, result and interpretation of academic research done in this field of investigations (LO-3.B.; LO-3.C.; LO-3.D.).
Omschrijving In this course we focus on the founding of firms and (individual) entrepreneurs. From the founding of the firm we follow the firm through the life course (growth, migration & dissolution) and how these events have an effect on regional development. Entrepreneurship (and firm dynamics in general) is an important mechanism in regional economic development.
This field of study is interdisciplinary. Therefore, we pay attention to different disciplines: sociology, economics, business, demography and geography. Within each view we emphasizes the importance of the regional environment for entrepreneurial and firm dynamics and also study the spatial and regional effects of these. During the course we ask questions such as: what is the optimal spatial environment for start-ups? Where do we find the highest founding-rates? What are good incubators for successful entrepreneurship? What is the impact of entrepreneurial activity on innovation and economic welfare? How can entrepreneurship be a tool for regional policy?
Next to the literature and empirical knowledge we pay attention to tools to analyze these dynamics. Students will have to critically review work of other academics and therefore will learn to think in an academic critical way towards the research process. Furthermore we want to practice what we preach and students will have to develop a business-case for a region, analyzing the entrepreneurial ecosystem within these regions and present their findings to a panel of policy makers, consultants and academics.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Independent study, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments digital, Individual assignments digital, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. A.E. Brouwer
Docent(en) dr. A.E. Brouwer , Guest lecturers
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography  (Optional courses Cultural Geography) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Economic Geography  (Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade (track)) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Economic Geography  (Basic programme Economic Geography) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Pop Studies) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Socio-spatial Planning  (Optional courses Socio-spatial Planning) 1 semester I a keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional courses GERMTTO year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) 1 semester I a keuze