Reflective essay social impact and personal expreince Reflection on thesis
The final essay is an opportunity to reflect upon your experience of working in a team to develop an
entrepreneurial business proposal for social impact.
• This assessment carries 50% of the assessment weight on this course.
• Length: no more than 5000 words (including appendix; excluding reference list/bibliography).
This assignment is distinct from the academic essays that you have written so far during the programme. It
challenges you to provide analytic reflections, including self-reflection, on the process and experience of
the Altruistic Entrepreneur Project. There is therefore no single question to be answered, and your
challenge is to identify the most interesting issues and questions.
The essay should address your entrepreneurial project from a personal perspective and should cover:
how you assessed the opportunity how you tested and reiterated your idea how your team worked and the roles/working practices you developed how your project related to your academic courses and to the literature that you have read – and what you think you’ve learnt from the experience
any problems you encountered, including any particular dilemmas or tensions in bringing together
business approaches and social goals, and how these were managed.
Where possible you should relate your reflections to:
Your own professional experience (as relevant). If some experience, situation or issue in the AEP resonates with your professional experience, then please do explore this.
Your aspirations. Looking to the future, how might you use your learning from these experiences
to inform your future plans? Has the AEP changed anything for you in how you intend to create
social impact, or the processes and approaches that you might use?
Make sure that you move beyond description. Strong essays will move beyond a descriptive report of
what happened to reflection and critical analysis of the situations or processes encountered. Some
description of your project must be included, so that the reader knows the baseline facts of the proposed
enterprise and the process that you went through. But think of these different levels of presentation and
What you did – a simple description of process and project. For example: the identification of
the social problem; design of the enterprise and intervention; moments of group tension or group