Small Business Management (MGMT5601) is a unit within the MBA program at the University of Western Australia (UWA) designed, developed and taught by Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol. It also forms part of the UWA Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
This course 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.