Title

Entrepreneurship Education at Nordic Technical Higher Education Institutions: Comparing and Contrasting Program Designs and Content

SMC Author

Jan Warhuus

Status

Faculty

School

School of Economics and Business Administration

Department

Management and Entrepreneurship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

The International Journal of Management Education

Description/Abstract

In higher education (HE), science and technology (STEM) institutions were early adopters of entrepreneurship education, recognizing that STEM majors in particular have a disproportional potential to form high-growth ventures in high-tech industries with high-value prospects. Yet, only limited empirical work has been carried out to shed light on how these programs are developed and how and why they are designed and organized the way that they are. What we do know typically comes to us from single-case reports on isolated programs. This study aims to provide deeper insights through an innovative and comprehensive research design that provides a way to compare and contrast case studies of five programs, developed by different educators, in different Nordic nations, and at different HE STEM institutions. The study mainly aims to explore how these cross-case and cross-national studies can guide future entrepreneurship education program development. However, considering the deliberate selection of comparable cases, this study finds a striking diversity in effective and successful programs, and uncovers strong interdependencies between program design and inception and the program developers. As such, in addition to providing guidance for program developers, the study identifies implications for other stakeholders, including students, university management, and entrepreneurship education research.

Keywords

Entrepreneurship education, STEM entrepreneurship, Program design, Progression in entrepreneurship education, Program impact, Higher education

Scholarly

yes

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1016/j.ijme.2014.07.004

Volume

12

Issue

3

First Page

317

Last Page

332

Disciplines

Business | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Economics | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Original Citation

Warhuus J. P. and Basaiawmoit R. V. 2014. Entrepreneurship education at Nordic technical higher education institutions: Comparing and contrasting program designs and content. The International Journal of Management Education 12(3): 317–332. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijme.2014.07.004

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