Posted: September 4th, 2022

Question

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Yvanna Hildaiz

11:58 AM (3 minutes ago)

to me

A good paper will;
• Clearly identify the competitive and other contextual barriers faced by the entrepreneur and how they influenced
what he or she did. Make sure that you have done adequate research on the dynamics and key success factors of
the business that you are writing about. Ask yourself: ‘Does my paper provide useful facts and a good guide to
someone seeking to enter the business or the industry that I am writing about?”
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• Provide rich details about concrete actions: how precisely did the entrepreneur make a sale, recruit a key employee,
or secure a bank loan.
. Cover an interesting venture and a candid entrepreneur. In some cases there simply isn’t enough material to write a
good paper. Pick your subject carefully – unless you do, you might end up wasting your time and writing a marginal
paper, no matter how much effort you put into it.
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Explain the dynamics of the entrepreneur’s actions–how one decision or action led to another or precluded some
other option.
Avoid clichés and will focus on the surprises. For example, unless there is a compelling reason to do so, do not
mention that the entrepreneur found great intrinsic satisfaction in launching the venture and had always wanted to
be in control of his or her own destiny. But a finding that the protagonist had no desire to be an entrepreneur or got
bored with the venture may be noteworthy!
• Provide concrete do’s and don’ts. Ask yourself: ‘Does my paper provide any rules of thumb to someone making a
sale, recruiting employees or securing bank loans?” (“Be persistent does not count as useful rule of thumb.
Concrete ideas on how to be persistent without being annoying does.)
Critique the steps taken by the entrepreneur by comparison with other entrepreneurs in similar situations. The lack
of such comparisons (or dubious ‘pro-forma’ comparisons) provides a clear indication of a “bad” paper.
• Provide good and complete evidence to back evaluations and lessons learnt.
• Develop a rich set of lessons or theory that:
Draws on comparisons with the cases we discuss in class and are contained in the reading materials as well as
other ventures you are familiar with. You cannot draw many sensible inferences on a “sample of one” (ie, the subject of
Challenges or modifies the knowledge and ideas that you have encountered in this or your courses. At a minimum
your paper should contain concrete evidence that you have learned something at Fletcher! If you are writing about
fund raising tasks for instance your paper should reflect what we studied in this course of your other course work in
-Discusses the conditions under which the lessons might not hold (I usually find “if-then” type statements more
interesting than absolute claims).
. Be well written.

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Non-Negotiable rules
Teams of up to three students may work on a single paper. (Under no circumstances, four or more).
. Limit your paper to 15 single-spaced pages. Attach exhibits or appendices as you see fit but note that I will not give
additional credit for bulking up the paper.
• Your paper MUST be properly “sourced”/annotated. If it’s all from your interviews with the entrepreneur, say this on
a footer in the first page. Everything from public sources must be individually annotated. A general “bibliography at
the end of the paper will not be adequate. A reader must be able to identify where every fact in your paper came
from.
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Don’t base your paper on a parent’s or your family’s business.
• Share these instructions with the entrepreneurs you interview.
. I will grade the papers independent of team size: for example, two-person and three-person papers of the same
quality will receive identical grades.
• You are responsible for your expenses: the school will not reimburse you for telephone calls, travel, and so on.
• Give the entrepreneurs you interview an opportunity to comment on at least the descriptive or narrative segments.
– Check with me before you pick your subject. There are some ventures that have been covered repeatedly in
previous years and multiple teams approaching the same person can be annoying.

Yvanna Hildaiz

12:01 PM (3 minutes ago)

to me

A good paper will:
• Clearly identify the competitive and other contextual barriers faced by the entrepreneur and how they influenced
what he or she did. Make sure that you have done adequate research on the dynamics and key success factors of
the business that you are writing about. Ask yourself: ‘Does my paper provide useful facts and a good guide to
someone seeking to enter the business or the industry that I am writing about?
• Provide rich details about concrete actions: how precisely did the entrepreneur make a sale, recruit a key employee,
or secure a bank loan.
.
Cover an interesting venture and a candid entrepreneur. In some cases there simply isn’t enough material to write a
good paper. Pick your subject carefully – unless you do, you might end up wasting your time and writing a marginal
paper, no matter how much effort you put into it.
• Explain the dynamics of the entrepreneur’s actions –how one decision or action led to another or precluded some
other option.
G
Avoid clichés and will focus on the surprises. For example, unless there is a compelling reason to do so, do not
mention that the entrepreneur found great intrinsic satisfaction in launching the venture and had always wanted to
be in control of his or her own destiny. But a finding that the protagonist had no desire to be an entrepreneur or got
bored with the venture may be noteworthy!
• Provide concrete do’s and don’ts. Ask yourself: ‘Does my paper provide any rules of thumb to someone making a
sale, recruiting employees or securing bank loans? (“Be persistent does not count as useful rule of thumb.
Concrete ideas on how to be persistent without being annoying does.)
Critique the steps taken by the entrepreneur by comparison with other entrepreneurs in similar situations. The lack
of such comparisons (or dubious ‘pro-forma’ comparisons) provides a clear indication of a “bad” paper.
• Provide good and complete evidence to back evaluations and lessons learnt.
• Develop a rich set of lessons or theory that:
-Draws on comparisons with the cases we discuss in class and are contained in the reading materials as well as
other ventures you are famillar with. You cannot draw many sensible inferences on a “sample of one” (ie, the subject of
your paper).
.
Challenges or modifies the knowledge and ideas that you have encountered in this or your courses. At a minimum
your paper should contain concrete evidence that you have learned something at Fletcher! If you are writing about
fund raising tasks for instance your paper should reflect what we studied in this course of your other rourse work in
finance
Discusses the conditions under which the lessons might not hold (I usually find “if-then type statements more
interesting than absolute claims).
. Be well writies

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