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B School, E School, or D School: Does Entrepreneurship Program Location Matter or is it the Ecosystem that Counts?

Jeffrey S. Hornsby

A chapter in The Great Debates in Entrepreneurship, 2017, vol. 27, pp 99-110 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract There has been an ongoing debate regarding where a university should house entrepreneurship programs. Should they be in the business school, at the central administration level, or housed in another college such as engineering? Many argue that the entrepreneurship programs should be housed where the best ideas come from (i.e., engineering, computer science, or biosciences). Others strongly argue on traditional lines that entrepreneurship involves essential business tools so the programs need to be housed there. This chapter asserts that the debate over location is moot in regards to how to more effectively launch start-ups and create entrepreneurial talent. For a university to be effective, it needs to build an ecosystem that integrates programs, people, and ideas from across the campus and avoid the traditional silos that schools and colleges create. A model for this from the University of Missouri-Kansas City is used to illustrate an effective university entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Keywords: University; entrepreneurship; ecosystem; debate; example (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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