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Our Management and Entrepreneurship MSc will teach you how to start your own business, grow a family business or innovate inside an existing organisation. Studying this entrepreneurship MSc will not only provide you with the management skills and entrepreneurial qualities, it will also offer you networking opportunities to enable you to start and run businesses effectively and imaginatively.

Our Management and Entrepreneurship MSc shares course content, including modules and other course activities, with our top-ranked Management MSc course, which is ranked 3rd in the UK and 30th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management (MiM) 2019 ranking.


  • Start date30 September 2019
  • Duration1 year
  • DeliveryTaught modules 60%, MSc thesis project 40%
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeFull-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

  • Ambitious recent graduates from any academic background who want to launch their own business, or become involved in managing a family business.
  • Entrepreneurs who wish to grow and develop their business at any stage of its life cycle.
  • Aspiring professionals who wish to incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into their future management career.

Class profile 2018/19*

Male 58% - Female 42%
Age Range:
20 - 53 years
Average Age:
24 years
Number of Nationalities: 27
Nationality: UK/EU: 16% - International: 84%
Cohort Size: 116 MiM 86
MCS 15

*The above data combines the 2018/19 class profiles for our three Master’s courses: Management MSc (MiM), Management & Entrepreneurship MSc (MEnt) and Management & Corporate Sustainability MSc (MCS).

Term Dates

Orientation Week:
30 September 2019 – 4 October 2019
Term One:
7 October 2019 – 20 December 2019
Term Two:
13 January 2020 – 27 March 2020
Term Three:
14 April 2020 – 3 July 2020
Term Four:
6 July 2020 – 11 September 2020

Why this course?

  • Cranfield School of Management consistently performs well in international business rankings. We are 6th in the UK and 17th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business School 2018 Rankings.
  • You will learn how to start your own business, grow a family business or to innovate inside an existing organisation.
  • Our approach to teaching is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges.
  • You will develop the knowledge and skills required for the management and funding of new ventures across the entrepreneurship life cycle, from start-up through to exit via sale or succession.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of extracurricular events and initiatives, including Cranfield Venture Programme, Wednesday Business Lecture Series led by the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship and Start-up Weekends.
  • You will have access to ongoing support including the Cranfield Entrepreneurship Association, Cranfield Accelerator Network for Entrepreneurs and Cranfield Business Angel Network.

Course details

The course comprises nine core modules and three elective modules. This enables you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. You will have the opportunity to participate in pitches and competitions, which teach practical entrepreneurship skills, including preparing investment pitches and management consultancy. You will have the opportunity to work with accomplished entrepreneurs, and on real-world international problems, to support your learning. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to develop a comprehensive business plan as an individual thesis project.

Course delivery

Taught modules 60%, MSc thesis project 40%

Individual project

The individual thesis project will enable you to write a detailed business plan for a start-up or for a growing business. Alternatively, you can undertake a research project on an entrepreneurial business issue for an organisation. You will apply your management knowledge, skills and analytical abilities to a real-life entrepreneurial opportunity. This will demonstrate your ability to research issues, critically evaluate data and information, apply tools and techniques to create a persuasive value proposition, and write a plan or report concisely, informatively and persuasively.


Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff. As a result, they may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules affiliated with this course which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. Also (where applicable) some optional modules which were offered in the same academic year. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry as all modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Course modules

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Managing Operations

Module Leader
  • Dr Abdelkader Aoufi

    The module covers:

    • Strategic role of operations
    • Process design and layout
    • Managing the process experience
    • Tools and techniques of process improvement
    • Capacity management
    • Inventory management, lean and agile operations
    • Quality management and improvement
    • People in operations
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Examine the different types of operations employed by organisations and their distinctive characteristics.
  2. Analyse the capabilities of different types of operation including the trade-offs involved.
  3. Show how to select the priorities for operational performance improvement and how to implement them.

Organisational Behaviour: Application

Module Leader
  • Professor Richard Kwiatkowski

    Introduction: success in management, particularly at senior levels in organisations, depends on understanding organisations, the people in them and the relationship between the internal and external environments within which they exist; and in ensuring that they work effectively. 

    Organisations are run by and for people, and the success or failure of an organisation depends on the people in that organisation. 

    It is rarely an absence of planning that causes organisational difficulties; rather it is the failure of management in understanding and managing complex personal and interpersonal systems that can lead to significant problems.

    Similarly an acute and critical understanding of these dynamic relationships can lead to profound and enduring success and benefit for the individual, the team, the organisation and wider society.

    In this module students will be introduced to various aspects of people and organisations.  This module combines models, theories and ideas from organisational behaviour, psychology, and sociology in order to provide students with a basic understanding in recognising, understanding and utilising what has been termed the "human factor" in organisations; including ways of conceptualising organisations and how people behave within them.  We shall consider the impact of the external environment; and address notions of organisational change.

    This module is necessarily an introduction; further suggestions of reading and of consequent activities will be provided. 

    It may also be that students will wish to undertake a project in this area; several of the faculty involved will be pleased to discuss this with you.

    • Culture
    • Development
    • Diversity
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Individual and Organisational Change
    • Individual differences
    • Introduction to People and Organisations
    • Leadership
    • Learning
    • Motivation
    • Negotiation, influence & persuasion
    • Performance Management
    • Personality
    • Politics
    • Self Awareness
    • Stress, Resilience, Well-being
    • The Individual and the Team
    • Values
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply a number of different ways of conceptualising people in organisations, including culture, ethics, well-being, diversity, politics, management, performance and change
  2. Assess the importance of relationships at work, group dynamics, effective teams and leadership in achieving effectiveness
  3. Critically engage with various relevant models, theories and ideas in order to enhance personal capability, including identification of gaps in knowledge, skills, and competence, linking to insights regarding one’s personal and professional development agenda, based on sound data and experience

Marketing Management


    A crucial competence for general managers is an understanding of marketing strategy: in simple terms, analysing how a marketplace of customers can be divided into segments, which of these segments are key targets for the firm, determining the firm’s optimal value proposition for each segment is, and what financial results can be expected over a planning period of typically 1-3 years. This module teaches Cranfield’s world-leading step-by-step process for developing such a marketing strategy and documenting it in a marketing plan. This process has been developed with hundreds of blue-chip companies worldwide over the last 30 years, informed by several Cranfield PhDs on the topic which have studied what works in practice. This planning process  is documented in the world’s leading textbook on the topic, McDonald & Wilson’s Marketing Plans, which has sold over half a million copies. This book is used as the course text and students are strongly advised to acquire a copy from the library or through purchase to help bridge from the course to planning for real in their subsequent management roles.

    • Strategic marketing in context
    • 10 steps of the strategic marketing planning process
    • Mission statements and organisational objectives
    • The marketing audit and analytical tools
    • Market maps and market segmentation
    • SWOT analysis
    • The Directional Policy Matrix
    • Marketing objectives and strategies
    • Product and pricing strategy.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Understand the evolution and role of marketing and be able to describe the characteristics of a customer-centric organization.
  2. Appreciate a series of marketing strategy tools and techniques and their application in practice.
  3. Recognise a successful marketing planning process including the importance of including managers from across functional areas of the business in the marketing planning process.
  4. Understand how to structure and prepare a comprehensive written strategic marketing plan for a senior management audience.
  5. Evaluate the quality of marketing analyses and strategies prepared by others.

Strategic Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Richard Schoenberg

    Strategic Management is concerned with the direction and scope of the organisation.  This involves determining the purpose of the organisation, establishing objectives and formulating strategies to achieve the objectives. It predominantly explores how an organisation positions itself with regard to its changing environment, and in particular its competitors, in order to gain and sustain competitive advantage. This means that strategic management considers how an organisation’s internal resources and capabilities can be developed to meet the changing demands of customers, in such a way as to achieve the expectations and objectives of its stakeholders. 

    An introduction to the Strategic Management module

    Imran Zawrar


    On successful completion of this module you should be able to: 

    1. Describe the key questions and associated challenges to be addressed in formulating an organisation’s competitive and corporate-level strategies.
    2. Appreciate that to sustain competitive advantage an organisation must harness its internal resources and capabilities and react appropriately to changes in its external environment.
    3. Appraise and differentiate between corporate, competitive (business unit) and functional strategies.
    4. Critically apply a range of tools and techniques to illuminate the key questions of competitive strategy and corporate strategy.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the key questions and associated challenges to be addressed in formulating an organisation’s competitive and corporate-level strategies.
  • Appreciate that to sustain competitive advantage an organisation must harness its internal resources and capabilities and react appropriately to changes in its external environment.
  • Appraise and differentiate between corporate, competitive (business unit) and functional strategies.
  • Critically apply a range of tools and techniques to illuminate the key questions of competitive strategy and corporate strategy

Accounting and Finance

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Templar

    The aim of the Accounting and Finance module is to introduce a number of traditional and contemporary accounting approaches that will increase the visibility of financial information and support management decision making.

    • Interpretation of financial statements;
    • Exploring the relationship between accounting information, management decision making, financial strategies, and financial performance;
    • Applying traditional and contemporary accounting tools and techniques, which can be applied to support business management decisions;
    • Exploring the many cost trade-offs between business processes (Make v Buy).

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. To judge the effect of decisions, transactions and events on financial performance;
  2. To create simple sets of accounts from basic information.
  3. To understand the main variables affecting working capital management;
  4. To interpret financial statements to support decision making, planning and control;
  5. To apply an appropriate costing approaches to solve a range of business issues;
  6. To apply a number of financial tools and techniques to appraise alternative capital investment opportunities;
  7. To use financial information to make informed management decisions

Entrepreneurial Finance

Module Leader
  • Dr Andrea Moro

    This module focuses on financing issues facing small business ventures from the perspective of both the entrepreneur and the investors. The ultimate goal is to provide students with awareness and understanding of the key issues related to the evaluation and financing of entrepreneurial ventures. The students will also explore aspects of deal negotiations and deal structures.

    • Overview of entrepreneurial finance.
    • Identifying and valuing entrepreneurial opportunities.
    • Structuring deals with and without debt.
    • Venture capital funding and valuation.
    • Growth and exit strategies.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Evaluate entrepreneurial ventures from the perspective of both the entrepreneur and the investors.
  2. Determine the funds an entrepreneur requires to successfully start a business venture.
  3. Appreciate the critical role that financing plays in new venture creation.
  4. Be familiar with the various sources of financing available to small business ventures.
  5. Formulate a deal structure for an entrepreneurial venture.
  6. Understand the different investment harvesting alternatives.

Managing Business Growth


    Business growth is a natural extension of the MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship’s initial focus on business start-up, and provides an integrative and holistic overview of the life-cycle of the entrepreneurial venture.  It explores the transition from an informal, emergent organisational model to a sustainable, professionally-managed business which creates independent value for founder and other stakeholders.   It thus links to theory and practice in the key areas of marketing, finance and human resource management. 

    The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the life-cycle of the entrepreneurial business post start-up through to exit via sale or succession.  There will be a focus on high-growth, high-potential entrepreneurial businesses.

    At each stage of development a different set of challenges confront the founder[s] and the senior team leading the business.   These cover markets – customers and competitors, money, management and me [i.e. personal drivers and goals of the founder/s].  This module will explore these critical stages and the associated challenges which research and practical experience at Cranfield have identified must be successfully addressed and overcome if the business is to achieve its full potential.

    Students will emerge with a clearer idea of whether they would like to make a career in this business environment and, in particular, with high-growth businesses, or indeed aspire to found their own high-growth business.

    • The life-cycle and key stages of the entrepreneurial business
    • Identifying and overcoming barriers to growth
    • Identifying and appreciating the diffusion of innovation as part of growth
    • The personal journey of the entrepreneur: from artisan to strategist
    • The readiness of firms as they progress towards maturity
    • Learning about the three crossing points in innovation
    • Building product portfolios for growth – synthesis of products and markets
    • Building entrepreneurial teams and relevant cultures
    • Achieving the entrepreneur’s personal goals
    • Preparing for and managing exit:  value crystallisation

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Analyse by business stage and cycle the personal journey which a successful entrepreneur undergoes in the development of his/her business.
  2. Deploy a set of analytical tools and techniques for describing and analysing key challenges for the business and how these are overcome.
  3. Differentiate high-potential growth businesses – the “gazelles” - from lifestyle and income-replacement self-employment.
  4. Define the transition points through which a growth business progresses to acquire value that is independent of the founding individual[s], and be able to quantify and articulate this through a range of valuation models.
  5. Evaluate the critical management decisions that need to be taken during challenging moments in the growth of a business.
  6. Appraise the contribution of growth businesses to the national economy.


Module Leader
  • Dr Oksana Koryak

    The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and skills relevant for the management of new ventures across the entrepreneurial life cycle. The course will also act to prepare students who want to undertake an internship for a new venture as part of their thesis on the MSc in Management.

    Watch an introduction to the Entrepreneurship module.


    • Entrepreneurial Process
    • Idea Generation and Opportunity Recognition
    • Intellectual Property Protection
    • Industry and Market Analysis
    • Strategy and Business Model Analysis
    • Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurial Team
    • Resourcing and Finance: preparing financial projections and funding the venture
    • Managing venture’s evolution and growth
    • Business Planning
    • The Entrepreneurial Profile and Self-Assessment

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Assess the impact of the business environment on entrepreneurial opportunity identification and exploitation.
  2. Identify and analyse the determinants of the performance of new ventures.
  3. Critically apply the theoretical underpinning of entrepreneurship to the process of managing risk in new ventures and supporting their development.
  4. Critically evaluate their own motivation and skills as they relate to entrepreneurship.
  5. Compare and contrast how managerial challenges vary across the life cycle of an entrepreneurial venture.
  6. Assess the likely financial needs of a new venture and pitch for finance.
  7. Perform due diligence on new ventures.
  8. Develop and write a credible business plan for a new venture.

Disruptive Innovation

Module Leader
  • Dr Clive Savory

    This module introduces disruptive innovation and sets out why it is a distinctive form of innovation. The core theory underpinning the topic is introduced along with the rationale for adopting a contrasting approach to that used for managing incremental innovation. The module presents a range of practical tools to support organisations in building strategic competences that enable them to recognise, create or react to disruptive innovation. The module reviews how disruptive innovation applies, individually or in combination, to technology, processes, services and business models.

    A core element of the module will be a simulation of an innovation project. The project’s aim will be to develop an innovative product that has potential to be disruptive to the existing market. The simulation will involve team-based activities that equip you with practical tools and hands-on experience. The assessment requires a critical reflection on the experience of using various techniques for managing disruptive innovation within the simulation.

    During the module the knowledge and skills required for the simulation will be introduced through a combination of lectures, cases studies and other activities. These will introduce both theoretical elements of the module but also practical techniques that can then be applied within the simulation.

    • Identifying and analysing recent, relevant literature that informs an understanding of an organisational capability in innovation, for example through the individual capabilities supporting the Pentathlon framework.
    • Understand the nature of disruptive Innovation: what is it, and why is it necessary?
    • Understanding how coordinated development effort across a combination of goods, technologies, services and business models can result in disruptive innovation.
    • Use and reflect on specific approaches and techniques that underpin an innovation capability, for example:
      1. Understanding, classifying and prioritising customer needs using the Kano model.
      2. Planning technology and is development trajectories using techniques such as environmental analysis, technology roadmapping, and other foresight techniques.
      3. Analysis and design of services using techniques such as service blueprints.
      4. Analysis and design of business models using techniques such as the business model canvas.
      5. Prioritisation of projects within the innovation pipeline.
      6. Management of the new product development process.
      7. Evaluation of an innovation in terms of its disruptive potential.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Examine the key capabilities, and their interrelationships, that underpin an organisational capability in innovation.
  2. Critically apply and review the theoretical underpinning of innovation management to the process through which innovative technologies, services and business models are developed.
  3. Explain how disruptive innovation might be distinct from other forms of innovation and test whether a specific innovation has disruptive qualities.
  4. Analyse how an organisation’s approach to the innovation process influences the types of innovation created.
  5. Evaluate the use of a range of techniques that enable disruptive elements of an innovation to be analysed and communicated in terms of the contribution of technological, process and business model innovation.
  6. Reflect on the experience of planning an innovation project and critically review the extent to which the new product has disruptive potential.

This module will also develop a potential foundation for a dissertation. A dissertation could draw on the module content to inform the development of an innovation that has been proposed or is currently in development. A dissertation could focus on various aspects of a disruptive innovation, for example, to analyse and understand the relationship between organisational environment and innovation type (disruptive vs. incremental) or to evaluate a set of potential scenarios for development of an innovation. 

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

People Management and Leadership

Module Leader
  • Professor Michael Dickmann

    In essence this module is concerned with managing the organisation’s key resource – the people who work for it. It aims to help participants understand how effective people management and human resource management can contribute to develop and sustain organisations. The focus of the module will be concerned with helping participants understand the relationship between people management and organisational performance, including the crucial role of line managers. The module aims to develop an insight into the complexities of managing people in a changing environment.

    The module will provide an introduction to the main activities associated with resourcing, developing and day–to-day management of people in work organisations. It is not the intention of the module to develop human resource management specialist, but rather to provide a general introduction to the people management issues that concern all managers. Throughout, the sessions will be highly interactive in order to develop critical insight and core skills in the people management field.

    The module will draw on key academic contributions in the broad field of people management, including current research being carried out by faculty in the School of Management. 

    1. Strategic People Management and Workforce Design
    2. The Changing World of Work
    3. Talent Sourcing
    4. Talent Development  and Succession Planning
    5. Rewards and Remuneration
    6. Managing Performance
    7. Employment Relations
    8. Employment Law: Health and safety, grievance, discipline and dismissal
    9. Building a People Strategy
Intended learning outcomes
  • Have a critical appreciation of the role and scope of people management activities
  • Be familiar with the complex range of established models and factors which influence choices made in the management of people
  • Have undertaken critical analyses of a range of people management issues and have made considered, informed proposals to address them.
  • Understand what constitutes strategic approaches to human resource management and their relationship with business strategies and is able to assess the contribution the people resource makes to developing and sustaining organisations

Social Entrepreneurship

Module Leader
  • Dr Richard Adams

    The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the concepts of social enterprise and intrapreneurism, and enable them to compare and contrast these phenomena with “non-traditional” entrepreneurship. Both business models overlap extensively with what is regarded as traditional entrepreneurship, but have distinctively different features: while being profit-or surplus-making, their aims typically embrace social outcomes and purposes, and their distribution or sharing of value created is frequently closely linked to these declared values.

    Students will be introduced to the history and evolution of non-mainstream modes of entrepreneurship and will develop their understanding of how social entrepreneurs/social intrapreneurs and intrapreneurs create and operate enterprises/intrapreneurial activities in different environments. They will see how such enterprises fit within the spectrum of profit and not for profit entities, and how these are regarded by policy-makers and other stakeholders.

    Students will emerge with a clearer idea of whether they would like to make a career in this business environment or, indeed, aspire to found their own social enterprise or pursue a corporate intrapreneurial initiative.

    • What social enterprise is: the history and evolution of social enterprise/entrepreneurship.
    • How social entrepreneurs compare with “mainstream” entrepreneurs.
    • Legal, commercial and financial structures of social enterprises.
    • Enabling environment for social intrapreneurism.
    • Compare and contrast: social vs non-social intrapreneurism.
    • Measuring the impact of social enterprise and intrapraneurism of all types.
    • Social enterprise and social intrapreneurism: how they are viewed by policy-makers and other key stakeholders.
    • Social enterprise, sustainable business and sustainable value creation.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Describe, analyse and categorise the drivers and motives of social entrepreneurs/social intrapreneurs and intrapeneurs.
  2. Differentiate and delineate the salient features which distinguish these modes of entrepreneurial behaviour from other “mainstream” forms.
  3. Define the factors, both environmental and intrinsic, which promote or hinder the development of both a free-standing social enterprise and social intrapreneurism within the corporation,
  4. Apply the measures of impact used to define the effectiveness of social enterprises.
  5. Explain and appraise the agenda of policy-makers regarding the role, purpose and economic value of social entrepreneurship

Corporate Entrepreneurship


    Corporate entrepreneurship (CE) is a practice of entrepreneurship in established organisations. The module is about (re)configuring existing organisations such that they are able to (continue to) identify, explore and exploit new growth opportunities.

    Corporate entrepreneurship typically refers to a processes, practices and structures whereby an individual or a group of individuals, in association with an established company, (a) create a new organisation (i.e. engage in corporate venturing) or (b) instigate renewal or innovation within the current organisation.

    Engaging into corporate entrepreneurship, be it through corporate venturing or less formalised efforts of identifying new growth opportunities through innovation, strategic renewal or business model reconstruction is key to organisational survival and growth. However, entrepreneurial efforts within existing organisations pose a set of nontrivial management challenges such as:

    1. Would an existing organisation benefit from relying on bold, risk-taking individuals?
    2. Is entrepreneurial behaviour consistent with the planned and controlled strategic direction of a company? To which extend would the shareholders be willing to let the management engage heavily into entrepreneurial initiatives?
    3. How would established market presence and corporate reputation be affected by the performance of the new initiatives?
    4. How can a promising corporate entrepreneurship initiative be executed effectively in the presence:
    1. the entrepreneurial team’s limited formal power within the organisation;
    2. the initiative’s needed to achieve legitimacy; and
    3. the need to overcome internal inertia and resistance to change.

    The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the concepts of corporate entrepreneurship and the way they can be applied to develop entrepreneurial management capabilities within existing organisations. We will examine the organisational architecture – i.e. leadership, culture, structure and strategies - needed to encourage creativity, innovation and the development of sustainable competitive advantage in larger, existing organisations.

    We will focus on the skills and resources needed to promote and manage corporate entrepreneurship process which includes opportunity recognition, establishing internal and external legitimacy of the business concept, managing the implementation process and more broadly, achieving organisational ambidexterity (i.e. the ability to manage existing operations and generate new business effectively).

    • The “Entrepreneurial DNA”
    • Configuring Organisational architecture for entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial orientation
    • Structuring the company for entrepreneurship
    • Developing entrepreneurial culture
    • Fostering creativity and innovation within organisations
    • Leading an entrepreneurial organisation
    • Corporate strategy and entrepreneurship
    • Organising Corporate Entrepreneurship efforts – corporate venturing and strategic entrepreneurship
    • Business Model Innovation as a vehicle for corporate entrepreneurship

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Assess the entrepreneurial orientation of an organisation and evaluate the company’s ability to deal with the opportunities and threats it faces.
  2. Elaborate what is required to become an entrepreneurial leader and explain how entrepreneurial leadership can be developed and leveraged in existing organisations.
  3. Appraise and recommend how an organisational architecture can be configured within an existing organisation to secure a sustainable competitive advantage.
  4. Compare and contrast different forms of corporate entrepreneurship.
  5. Develop a way how an existing firm can organise its corporate entrepreneurship efforts directed at fostering and sustaining innovation, initiating strategic renewal.

Family Business Management


    Family businesses make numerous, critical contributions to the economy and to family well-being both in terms of money income and such intangibles as time, flexibility, control, and personal expertise - if they work. When they don't, family businesses can be difficult to manage, painful experiences at best. The path to success for any business can follow many routes. Family businesses add the complexities of family life to business challenges, expanding the range of issues, personalities, needs and potential solutions for every decision. Knowing something about family types, communication patterns, managerial styles and the amount of support members can expect from their families may be as important to beginning entrepreneurs as knowing how to reach a market or managing cash flow.

    The course addresses aspects of managing an established family business, on a day-to-day basis and planning for succession to the next generation: values, life cycles, growth strategies, succession, conflict resolution, governance and cultural change. Family business issues of new companies are a small part of the course content; because there are other modules in the MSc Entrepreneurship and Management programme that concern entrepreneurship and small business management, this module will enable students to run their family businesses in an entrepreneurial manner.

    • Family Business: Definition, Nature, and Significance
    • Life Cycle of a Family Business
    • Growth Strategies of Family Businesses
    • Succession Planning (Are the Kids Good Enough to Run the Business?)
    • Succession (Continued) - Family Participation (Is Family Business the “Right Career”?)
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Corporate Governance in Family Business
    • Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Innovation within a Family Business
    • Managing Culture and Change in Family Business
    • Financing Planning in the Family Business / Selling a Family Business

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their understanding and effectiveness of family firms (either in their own family’s business or someone else’s).
  2. Identify the characteristics that differentiate family business from other businesses.
  3. Examine and critically analyse the life cycles of family businesses from the perspective of business, family and ownership development.
  4. Learn methods to enhance communication ability and conflict resolution with family business owners, managers, and family members, including relatives.
  5. Recognise and evaluate situations and problems in family businesses.
  6. Apply strategic planning skills in dealing with the issues of growth and regeneration of the family business.
  7. Integrate entrepreneurial and professional management concepts for strengthening their family business performance.

Accelerating the Commercialisation of Technology

Module Leader
  • Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam

    Accelerating Commercial Use of Technology (ACUTE) supports the commercialisation of early stage and potentially disruptive technologies. During the module the students assess the commercial potential of already developed but not yet mobilised intellectual property of the University, and produce a commercialisation strategy that may include licensing, spin outs and other forms of venturing. In particular, they develop an understanding of the different applications of their assigned technology, undertake a market analysis for each of these technologies, and prepare a brief on potential routes to market. Moreover, this proposal to the original inventor includes a financial plan that includes appropriate funding models.

    • Intellectual Property protection mechanisms
    • Due diligence on the science and technology
    • Business model creation and commercialisation pathways
    • Market and industry assessment
    • Routes to market for clean technologies
    • Managing ventures

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Appraise the landscape for cleantech commercialisation.
  2. Perform due diligence on a specific cleantech idea.
  3. Articulate the market opportunity including a competitor analysis and industry assessment.
  4. Develop and pitch a commercialisation strategy.

Informed by Industry

Through our entrepreneurship network, business incubator, open innovation centres, technology park, and entrepreneurship research centre, we have created a distinctive entrepreneurship eco-system at Cranfield. Inspired by this, many of our students and alumni go on to create and manage high performing new ventures and to act as innovators within organisations.

The course has had a tremendous impact on my career, whilst writing my thesis I was approached by Unilever to work for them. I joined the global office as a Global Insights Analyst and have recently been promoted. For me, Cranfield really helped me do that.

Cranfield gave me the foundations to get into a FTSE 100 company by giving me the knowledge but the real key thing Cranfield gave me was the ability to thrive in that environment, to move forward and to work collaboratively with others. It really taught me how to lead.

For me, the most valuable element at Cranfield is the opportunity we get to challenge the status quo, and to really make a difference. The professors and staff encourage us to use our knowledge and intuition to be creative while working with up-to-date challenges, is very unique and will be incredibly rewarding for my future career.


The Cranfield Management and Entrepreneurship MSc is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) dual accreditation degree. This provides the opportunity to stand out from other management graduates by achieving the CMI’s professional management qualification alongside your Cranfield degree. 

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, and has a 100,000+ membership. 

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Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

*based on data we hold from our latest School of Management Employability Survey.

How to apply

Our students do not always fit traditional academic or career paths. We consider this to be a positive aspect of diversity, not a hurdle. We are looking for a body of professional learners who have a wide range of experiences to share. If you are unsure of your suitability for our Management and Entrepreneurship MSc programme we are happy to review your details and give you feedback before you make a formal application.

To apply you will need to register to use our online system. Once you have set up an account you will be able to create, save and amend your application form before submitting it.

Application deadlines

There is a high demand for places on our courses and we recommend you submit your application as early as possible. The following application deadlines apply.

Entry for September 2019

  • Applicants domiciled in mainland China must submit their applications by 30 April 2019
  • Applications from all other international students requiring a visa to study in the UK must submit their application by 31 July 2019
  • There is no application deadline for Home/EU applicants, but places are limited so we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.

Entry for September 2020

  • Applicants domiciled in mainland China must submit their applications by 28 February 2020
  • Applications from all other international students requiring a visa to study in the UK must submit their application by 31 July 2020
  • There is no application deadline for Home/EU applicants, but places are limited so we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.

Once your online application has been submitted together with your supporting documentation, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you are successful, unsuccessful, or whether the course director would like to interview you before a decision is made. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.