Entrepreneurship and SMEs development for graduates

Entrepreneurship and SMEs development for graduates

Human capital (knowledge, abilities and skills) is considered as stimulus of the innovation process for economic growth and development. This workshop has been designed to introduce a variety of perspectives on entrepreneurship and SMEs in the public and private sectors. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as: “a person who undertakes an enterprise or business with the chance of profit or loss; a contractor acting as an intermediary; the person taking effective control of a commercial undertaking … from the French entreprende, to undertake”. Entrepreneur have an important role in helping the economy to deal with innovation and change and the associated risks and uncertainty. This workshop will discuss four different perspectives for considering who entrepreneurs are. The first set looks at the role or function of entrepreneurs in the economy such as acting as risk takers, resource allocators, and innovators. The second considers that entrepreneurs are those who exhibit particular forms of behaviour. The third set focuses upon the characteristics of entrepreneurs, and the fourth set links entrepreneurship to particular events, such as the creation of a new firm or organisation. There is a large degree of overlap between these differing perspectives, but each can help us to understand various aspects of the entrepreneurship process and entrepreneurs.

Workshop outlines

  • Are entrepreneurs different?
  • Can entrepreneurs be created?
  • Environmental essentials: economic, social and political.
  • Designing entrepreneurial incentives.
  • Differing definitions and perspectives of entrepreneurship.
  • Some theories of entrepreneurship.
  • Examples: SMEs; employee  owned  businesses  and entrepreneurship; social entrepreneurship; networks and entrepreneurship.
  • Implications of the perspectives for individuals, the economy and society.
Key Outcomes
  • Understanding the essentials of entrepreneurship.
  • Understand  differing  definitions  and  perspectives  of entrepreneurship and discuss their main components.
  • Assess the different issues covered by each of these perspectives.
  • Assess  critically the nature  and purpose of generalist theories of entrepreneurship and apply a generalist theoretical framework to case studies of small business entrepreneurs.
  • Develop the essential skills and competencies necessary to plan, monitor and control different tasks and events.
  • Meeting with Entrepreneurs and Businessmen for Q&A.

Target audience

  • Graduates, alumni and students
  • Policy makers
  • ICT Practitioners
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Researchers and academics

Course structure

  • Interactive workshop with set of activities to help you engage with the knowledge and concepts introduced within the workshop.
  • Your tutors will be on hand to guide you through the course and will expect you to bring to bear personal experience and reflection on the topics covered.
  • Group work will be required for participants to engage in the workshop. Such activity allows participants to embed the new knowledge within their experience through active discussion and conceptual challenges.


Professor Ronald McQuaid
Professor of Work and Employment
Management, Work and Organisation Division, Stirling Management School
University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom 

Professor John Adams
Department of Economics
British University in Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

Professor Abudlla Y. Al Hawaj
Founding President & Chairman of Board of Trustees
Ahlia University
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Almoize Ahmed
AA Accountancy
Birmingham, United Kingdom