Business enterprise is about the creation of wealth, the practice of creativity and resourcefulness and the exploitation of change. It provides an antidote to traditional thinking and focuses on the defining feature of entrepreneurship – its ability to challenge accepted ways of doing things and disrupt established markets and organisations through new venture creation. It lies at the heart of Scotland’s future economic and social prosperity and its ability to compete.
Business enterprise is not simply confined to the traditional world of business; it recognises that some of the most significant entrepreneurial challenges to be faced arise out of issues of social, economic and environmental change. It is about leadership and making your own place in the world. It is designed for students with three broad career interests – those who want to start a new enterprise, those who wish to take over the management of an existing organisation or business and those who see themselves taking up leadership positions in a wide variety of business settings, including:
- Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
- High-growth companies
- Family businesses
- Corporate institutions with an entrepreneurial mindset
- Consulting and advisory firms
- Economic and business development agencies
- Social and community enterprises
The Business Enterprise pathway sets out to equip you with real-world skills that are highly valued in an increasingly competitive employment market, opening up new opportunities for venture creation, business acquisition and the transformation of existing organisations and enterprises. The link between theory and practice is an important element of the programme, enabling you to gain an awareness of both academic and practitioner perspectives. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the specific sectors within which the realities of business and organisational life take place, including knowledge, science and technology-based venturing, corporate entrepreneurship and social and community enterprise.
Graduates are increasingly likely both to work within the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector and to start their own enterprises, while graduates within the corporate sector are increasingly likely to work in projectbased venture teams.