Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students gain an overview of the societal role of entrepreneurship and the current themes in this field of research. They develop competencies in conducting a literature review and writing an academic paper. Through online exercises, students develop their skills in searching for suitable literatures and comprehending scientific articles. They also learn to problematize under-explored phenomena in the entrepreneurship literature and to specify a relevant research question and theoretical approach for developing new knowledge on a particular topic. As a final outcome, students are able to summarize an academic discussion and its societal relevance, which can be directly applied in their Master's thesis work or any other research project; in particular, students are able to write a comprehensive and concise theoretical framework for their research, including an introduction and literature review.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 05.03.2021 - 07.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Virva Salmivaara

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Virva Salmivaara

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This online course provides a self-paced learning platform introducing students to the current themes in the field of entrepreneurship research. The course focuses on how to search for literature and how to comprehend scientific articles in the field of entrepreneurship. Further, it addresses how to formulate an interesting and novel research question. The course also provides a series of exercises and tips and tricks useful for conducting a literature review and for developing a theoretical framework for a research.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Individual assignment (100%)
    Mandatory to complete online-exercises

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    160 h independent work


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Detailed instructions will be provided in the course syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course substitutes 25E32000 Entrepreneurship as a field of science.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    17 Partnerships for the Goals