Managing Small Business Development
The basic objectives of the course are to delineate some of the challenges associated with guiding the small firm through the phases of development, point out the differences between these phases, and suggest ways to deal with the impact of these differences on the way small enterprises manage their growth and development. This course is designed to stimulate thinking about small business management in general, as well as the validity of the five-phase model as a framework for managing the small enterprise and anticipating future problems and opportunities. For some students, this course may prove to be a useful preparation for an entrepreneurial career; however, it is not the purpose of the course to promote this particular career path. Indeed, the topic coverage should appeal to a fairly broad range of students given the growing importance of small business to such disparate fields as consultancy, technology development, government programming and public accounting. Prerequisite: permision of the instructor.