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Transformative Capacity of Entrepreneurship Education in Two Different Cultural Settings — Morphogenetic Analysis of Egypt and Finland

Agnieszka Kurczewska (), Paula Kyrö and Amal Abbas ()
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Agnieszka Kurczewska: Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland
Paula Kyrö: Aalto University Business School, Finland

Journal of Enterprising Culture (JEC), 2014, vol. 22, issue 04, 401-435

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the dynamics of the transformative capacity of entrepreneurship education by studying the interplay between structure (society and the education system) and agency (individuals — students) that takes place in two different cultural settings: Finland and Egypt. By adopting the morphogenetic theory and by combining the etic-emic approach we compare society and the education system in these countries, and analyse Finnish and Egyptian students' views on entrepreneurship. The results indicate that structural conditioning is strong in both societies and students' views tend to follow the national policy rather than show any tendency to transform it. Thus the national policy may be an efficient tool with which to advance entrepreneurship education. The findings lead to the anticipation that while in Egypt entrepreneurship education offers opportunities for morphogenesis within and by crossing the borders of the social classes, in Finland morphostasis is more likely to take place in the future.

Keywords: Structure and agency; morphogenetic theory; entrepreneurship education; cross-national comparative study (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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