Ntrepreneurship Opportunity Recognition (Interview & Literature Review)

Assessment Task 2: Entrepreneur Interview Project Theory Application Component
Once you have completed your assessment task 1, the Literature Review component, you are ready to interview your entrepreneur. You will get together with your group members and collate the questions you developed to help you organise for the interview. As a group, make sure the questions are all logical and easy to understand. There may be questions that elicit a short response from your entrepreneur. If you need more information, donat hesitate to repeat the question or clarify the question for your entrepreneur. Since you will be analysing the contents of your interview, please record the interview and transcribe the contents onto paper. This will help you with your analysis and provide you the evidence you need to make meaningful connections between theory and reality. Your assessment task 2, the Theory Application component will contain the following sections:

1. Introduction (around 15 20% of word count)
In this section provide the details of the topics your group investigated in relation to the entrepreneur you interviewed and provide again the background of the entrepreneur. It is likely we wonat remember the background from your Literature Review. The next section of the assignment is the body.

2. Body (around 60 a 70% of word count)
The body contains the main discussion of how your entrepreneur confirmed or disproved the theory. Each of the topics your group selected should form the subheadings in this section. For each topic, provide the evidence from your interview transcript that demonstrates how your entrepreneur confirmed or disproved the theory and concepts you drew from your literature review. It is this task that will determine how well your group performs in this assignment. Be clear when you demonstrate how and why the evidence from your entrepreneur confirms or disproves the theory. Donat just leave it to your lecturer to make the connections and hopefully reach the same conclusion you did. It does not work that way. Hereas an example of what weare looking for:

Example of a discussion (By the way, I hope you realise Mr X does not exist and there are no references by authors called Xxxx and Yyyy a these are just made up to provide you an example)

This section will investigate the linkages between the entrepreneur interviewed, Mr X and the literature review on opportunity recognition. During the interview, Mr X advised that his engineering and technology qualifications enabled him to develop skills that helped him recognise and develop computer software solutions for companies operating in the construction industry. The development of software solutions was the main drive that led Mr X to pursue the opportunity he identified in the construction industry. This links well with Xxxx (2008) and Yyyy et al (2009) research that found engineering graduates who became entrepreneurs developed skills through their studies and subsequent work experience that enabled them to recognise opportunities. Mr Xas following statement supports this view:

a?If it was not for the engineering experience in the company I worked for and being exposed to the problems of our customers, I would not be a millionaire today. Of course the qualifications helped because they helped me land a job and the skills Iad learnt in my degree helped me develop the software solutions I developed for my clientsa?.

As you can see from the above example, the connections between the theory and the entrepreneur are clearly stated with segments from the interview transcript used as evidence to support the studentas analysis.

You also need to include the references that you obtained the theory and concepts from your literature review in this assignment. Again, your seminar lecturers will not be able to remember the references you used so be sure to provide references in your Assessment Task 2 Theory Application component. It is possible that you have had to source additional references for this assignment so again, include them in your text and at the end in your reference list.

3. Conclusion (around 15 20% of word count)
Your conclusion will synthesize your analyses and will indicate whether your group considered the person you interviewed to be an entrepreneur and why. The important element here is a well-reasoned explanation of how your group reached its final conclusion and assessment of the entrepreneurial nature of your entrepreneur.