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MGT 315 Entrepreneurship

March 7-15, 2014
Tallinn, Estonia

This is a Global Classroom series class, a semester-long course taught at Marymount that includes an international field experience during Spring Break.

Course Description

This multidisciplinary course helps students learn the basic business, strategy, and leadership skills needed to launch and manage new ventures. Topics include learning how to assess the feasibility of a new venture, as well as how to apply best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Students discuss a wide range of issues of importance and concern to entrepreneurs and learn models and "rules of thumb" that help them navigate uncertainty. The opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship are explored, as is the ability to use entrepreneurial skill sets in corporate environments.

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in EN 102


Course Context

Of the Baltic States, entrepreneurial activity is highest in Estonia, allowing for both the absolute number of enterprises founded annually and their ratio to the working-age population (people aged 15 to 64). - SEB

Estonians today vote online and pay tax online. Their health records are online and, using what President Ilves likes to call a "personal access key" - others refer to it as an ID card - they can pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy. All this will be second nature to the youngest generation of E-stonians. They encounter electronic communication as soon as they enter school through the eKool (e-school) system. Exam marks, homework assignments and attendance in class are all available to parents at the click of a mouse. - BBC

The Baltic city of Tallinn hardly looks modern with its blend of medieval towers and Soviet-era architecture. Smoke-spewing buses and noisy streetcars look as if they have been plucked from the past. Even so, the Estonian capital is one of the world's most technologically advanced cities. The birthplace of Skype has repeatedly been cited for its digital accomplishments. Growing private sector Internet and communication technology is a priority in Estonia. Near the Tallinn airport is Technopolis, the city's version of Silicon Valley. Scores of Estonian businesses there introduce the latest in high-tech services and gadgets to visitors from Estonia and abroad. - NPR


Faculty: Dr. Behnaz Quigley

Dr. Behnaz Quigley's main research interest is in the area of global entrepreneurship. For the past several summers she has been invited by Georgetown University to give presentations on entrepreneurship for International executive MBA Students. In July 2013 she presented a paper titled she coauthored called "Incorporating Global Experience in an Entrepreneurship Class" at the IABPAD annual conference in Istanbul, Turkey. In the spring 2013 semester Dr. Behnaz led a group of Entrepreneurship students to Slovenia on a successful Global Classroom Series program.


Important Dates
January - February Class meetings at MU, Wednesday 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm
March 7 Departure
March 8 - 14 Class meetings in Tallinn, company visits, cultural activities, etc.
March 15 Return to Washington, DC
March - May
Class meetings at MU, Wednesday 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Program Cost: $900

The program fee includes:

  • Round-trip economy-class international airfare
  • Double occupancy accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Entrance fees to all required site visits and cultural events
  • Daily continental breakfast

MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

The Center for Global Education will register selected students for this course class after receiving a signed Acceptance of Participation Form. Full-time students do not need to pay additional tuition for this course provided they are registered for no more than 18 credits during the spring semester, including this course. Full-time students enrolled in more than 18 credits are subject to over-enrollment fees.


Application Opens: September 13, 2013

Application Deadline: October 19, 2013

Application Status Updates Sent to Applicants: Week of October 21, 2013

Acceptance of Participation Forms Due: November 6, 2013

Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Learn more about the application process