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Building University 21st Century Entrepreneurship Programs that Empower and Transform

Michael H. Morris and Donald F. Kuratko

A chapter in Innovative Pathways for University Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, 2014, vol. 24, pp 1-24 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract At its essence, entrepreneurship has the potential to empower and to transform. The key to both individual and organizational prosperity in a dynamic, threatening and complex world is the ability to think and act in more entrepreneurial ways. A new wave of economic development is sweeping the world, with entrepreneurship and innovation as the primary catalysts. Within the world of education, it can be argued that the at-risk student is the one not prepared for this entrepreneurial age. While every student has the potential, most lack the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and capabilities that define entrepreneurial competence. Over these past four decades, entrepreneurship has grown within universities faster than virtually any other area of intellectual pursuit. And it appears that the pace is accelerating with more universities seeking to develop programs and centers focused on entrepreneurship. Yet, understanding how to build entrepreneurship programs that empower and transform has remained challenging for some institutions. In this chapter, we investigate the development of entrepreneurship programs in universities. More specifically we contend that they should be created for empowerment and transformation across the campus. We describe some of the most common structural forms, outline the different degree programs, and emphasize the empowering and transforming effects of these programs for all the stakeholders of a university.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship education; empowerment; transformation; academic programs; entrepreneurship centers; university entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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