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Research for a better understanding of universities’ entrepreneurial potential

Objectives

The strategic objective of this study is gaining insights about the factors that enable entrepreneurial potential in higher education. The overall objective of the study is to explore a broad and heterogeneous range of educational activities – including curricula and extra-curricular issues – and institutional drivers for their effects on teaching and training of students and their entrepreneurial mind sets, entrepreneurial activities, capabilities, and characteristics. Business creation is ultimately the result of a sequence of actions which are at least as important as the result itself. This study thus focuses on the enabling factors of entrepreneurship which could but must not always lead to new business creation.

The operational objectives of the study are as follows:

1.            Analyse existing and identify emerging models for realising the entrepreneurial potential of higher education in curricular activities;

2.            Analyse existing and identify emerging models for realising the entrepreneurial potential of higher education in extracurricular activities;

3.            Analyse existing and identify emerging institutional models for realising the entrepreneurial potential of higher education institutions;

4.            Synthesise the interrelationships and dependencies of curricular, extracurricular, and institutional factors enabling the development of entrepreneurial potential of higher education;

5.            Develop policy recommendations.

The study’s findings will also be highly relevant for practical use at universities, supporting stakeholders in their activities to create and enhance entrepreneurial environments.

Methods: case studies

The key part of the study is producing 20 case studies of European universities, highlighting their experiences in establishing entrepreneurial education, extra-curricular activities as well as attitudes and codes favourable for entrepreneurship. Case studies will be based on a sound theoretical framework. They will be selected and assessed also by way of interviewing 20 external experts.

Peer group

The study team will be supported by a peer group of four renowned experts in the field of entrepreneurship.