This course is an integrative capstone course dealing with the processes, methods and steps involved in starting and growing small to mid-size business ventures with special emphasis on new venture creation, social entrepreneurship, and corporate entrepreneurship. Prior business courses encouraged students to focus solely on one of the functional areas (e.g. marketing, finance, accounting) and to view problems in terms of that one discipline. In BUS 405A, your view of the organization is from the perspective of the entrepreneur or top executive and requires you to consider the entire organization.
This course begins at the macro level exploring the impact of entrepreneurship on the economy and progresses to the micro level exploring the individual entrepreneur and new venture creation. Students will develop a greater self-awareness of their fit with entrepreneurial environments and learn the processes of opportunity identification, resource analyses, strategic entry, and opportunity assessment. This will be accomplished through a combination of readings and exercises designed to convey the unique environment of entrepreneurship and new venture creation.
Any two courses from the following: FIN 305 (Fundamentals of Finance); MGT 305 (Fundamentals of Management); MKT 305 (Fundamentals of Marketing). For nonbusiness majors only.
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, 4th Ed. (2012)
Barringer & Ireland
Dawn R. DeTienne
Dawn R. DeTienne is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University. Her research focuses upon entrepreneurial exit, gender and entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and opportunity identification. In 2008, Professor DeTienne received the Michael H. Mescon/Coles College of Business Best Empirical Paper Award for the Entrepreneurship Division and, in 2009, the IDEA Award for Research Promise. She is a Dean’s Scholar and was awarded the Colorado State University College of Business Researcher of the Year in 2009. Dr. DeTienne recently received the Accenture Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award and exclusively teaches entrepreneurship courses. She is a Financial Board Member for Ten Thousand Villages – a fair trade, not-for-profit organization – and serves as Faculty Advisor for CSU’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and as Faculty Director for the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she founded, co-owned, and successfully exited a small business venture.