UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSING009: Managing the Growing Firm


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This is a past version of this module for MSING009 16/17.
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Taught by
MSc Technology Entrepreneurship, SoM PGT affiliate students and MSc Business Analytics students
Term 2
Delivery method
3-hour class (x 10 weeks)
2x individual case study write-ups (50%), 1 x group project (40%), class participation (10%)

Course overview

This module considers the challenges faced by small firms that are aiming to become big ones. This is an integrative course that concentrates on the general management challenges facing founders or managers in entrepreneurial, high-growth and high-tech businesses.

Learning outcomes

The main objectives are to:

  • Give students an insight into what running an early stage growing business actually entails.

  • Provide an overview of the major strategic and operational issues that typically confront young growing businesses.

  • Provide frameworks for anticipating the likely growth issues in the business.

Topics covered

Topics covered include:

  • Barriers to growth and strategies to overcome them

  • Finance for high-growth enterprises – including cash management, funding growth

  • Organising for growth

  • Stakeholder perspectives in a growing business

  • Growth models, adaptation and evolution and managing transitions

  • Non-organic growth – e.g. roll-ups, buy/sell businesses

The course will draw on a range of case studies of ventures (not just high-technology) to illustrate the challenges of creating high potential enterprises.

Assessment summary

Students are required to submit write-ups for two of the case studies (weeks 3 and 8) (50%). Students also need to form a team of 4 to research a real business and submit a report after the end of term (40%). At the last session students will make a presentation of their preliminary findings to the class – ungraded but feedback will be provided to help the final report. A mark for class contribution to encourage participation in the extensive case discussions also contributes to the final mark (10%).

Essential reading

A selection of case studies and readings distributed with the course pack.

Past versions of this module

MSING009 17/18

MSING009 16/17

Last updated Thursday, 5 July 2018