Students’ views on entrepreneurship and implications for entrepreneurial education: Emerging findings of a Survey Study

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Abstract

The aim of this survey study is to understand undergraduates’ views on entrepreneurship. Scholarly interest in embedding entrepreneurship across the university curriculum is increasing, both within the UK and globally in the university sector. However, there remains ongoing debate about what entrepreneurship is, what characterizes entrepreneurs and distinguishes them from other organisational and social actors, and how can the entrepreneur be identified? Within the area of entrepreneurial education curriculum provision, definitional clarity is critical for designing, delivering and evaluating academic programmes. In this qualitative descriptive survey design, we collected the views of a purposive sample of undergraduates (n=223). Our content analysis reveals a narrow view of identifying business owners, who are male and relatively well-known individuals from the USA, as entrepreneurs is predominant among the respondents. Reference to entrepreneurial context, sources and types of entrepreneurships is almost absent. Seventy-three per cent of students show limited or no entrepreneurial intention, which tends to decrease during the third year of the 4-year programme. We discuss the pedagogical implications of the findings and argue for the need to address definitional ambiguity, while emphasising the importance of context and the possibility of everyone’s ability to create entrepreneurial impact within organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2021
EventInternational Conference on Research in Management and Economics 2021 - Berlin University, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 17 Dec 202119 Dec 2021
Conference number: 6
https://www.imeconf.org/berlin-germany2021/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Research in Management and Economics 2021
Abbreviated titleIMECONF
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period17/12/2119/12/21
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