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Unit Overview


This unit concentrates on the management of small business and the aspects of coping with survival and growth of small and medium-sized businesses. Topics include the role of small business in the economy; starting a small business; management challenges of running a small business; critical stages of growth; alternative modes of growth; the small business conglomerate; advising small businesses; franchising; family businesses; succession problems and small business strategies. Aspects of entrepreneurship and new venture creation are considered only briefly as these are covered in detail in MGMT5608 Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Students relate case studies of Australian small businesses with theory and undertake a substantial practical assignment which can include interviews with owner-managers or a consulting assignment.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) conceptualise the approach required in advising small businesses, franchising, family businesses; (2) explain the role of small business in the economy; (3) explain the challenges management faces in running a small business; and (4) identify the critical stages of growth of small businesses.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual research paper; (2) group project; and (3) oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Helen Cripps
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Business Administration (coursework)
or Master of Business Administration by Coursework and Dissertation
or the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
or approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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