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Stakeholder collaboration in entrepreneurship education: an analysis of the entrepreneurial ecosystems of European higher educational institutions

Kathrin Bischoff (), Christine K. Volkmann () and David B. Audretsch ()
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Kathrin Bischoff: University of Wuppertal
Christine K. Volkmann: University of Wuppertal
David B. Audretsch: Indiana University Bloomington

The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2018, vol. 43, issue 1, 20-46

Abstract: Abstract Stakeholder theory has thus far received limited attention in the context of entrepreneurship education and university management. This paper addresses this research gap by examining the collaboration of stakeholders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in entrepreneurship education at European higher educational institutions (HEIs). We contribute to existing research by combining literature streams from the fields of entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial ecosystems and stakeholder theory. Empirical research is based on a cross-case analysis of 20 HEIs from 19 different European countries. Data sources include next to secondary data and observation a total 216 interviews with entrepreneurship education stakeholders at these 20 HEIs. The results of the case studies are further validated through an independent peer group and through 14 interviews with international experts in entrepreneurship education. Based on this data, an overview of the key external stakeholder groups of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of HEIs and their forms of involvement in entrepreneurship education is provided. Furthermore, the strength and coordination of stakeholder collaboration and the overall approaches to stakeholder management are discussed. This analysis results in the development of a set of propositions on stakeholder involvement in the context of entrepreneurship education at HEIs. The findings of this paper highlight the importance of stakeholder collaboration from the entrepreneurial ecosystem at HEIs. Implications of the findings for entrepreneurship educators and university management are ultimately discussed along with suggestions for further research.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship education; Higher educational institutions; Stakeholder involvement; Stakeholder collaboration; Entrepreneurial ecosystem (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A20 I23 M13 O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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