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Insights for Shaping Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from the European Entrepreneurship Centers

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Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Department of Mathematics, Informatics and Economics, DiMIE, University of Basilicata, 85100 Potenza, Italy
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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4323; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114323
Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 17 November 2018 / Accepted: 17 November 2018 / Published: 21 November 2018
The pivotal role of Entrepreneurship centers in the development of Entrepreneurship Education (EE) is receiving more attention. This study aims to open the “black box” of “how, when, why and what” entrepreneurial mindset and competencies in the field of technology entrepreneurship are learned over time in the Entrepreneurship Centers. The study adopts an empirical web-based content analysis of ten entrepreneurship centers in European Universities from seven countries, analyzing 105 curricular and extra-curricular entrepreneurship education programs. This method allows researchers to address generalization bias and to effectuate a cross-case comparison, thus revealing more common patterns regarding the phenomenon. Findings reveal some common pillars of EE as developed within the Entrepreneurship centers in terms of five key dimensions: target audience, learning objectives, entrepreneurship contents, learning pedagogies and stakeholders’ engagement. This analysis provides the basis to introduce a process-based framework for entrepreneurial mindset creation in EE that is organized around four main phases: inspiration, engagement, exploitation and sustainment. The process-based model of EE supports entrepreneurship centers in designing learning initiatives that are aimed to inspire students at all levels of education, young entrepreneurs and start-uppers and scientists in their need to be equipped with an entrepreneurial mindset for technology entrepreneurship. The originality of the paper stands on the “process-based” framework that is proposed that serves as an interactive pathway that dynamically combines the phases toward entrepreneurial venture creation, the entrepreneurial competence level, the entrepreneurial learning strategies and collaboration with the University’s stakeholders’ network toward the achievement of the competence goal. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurship center; entrepreneurial mindset; entrepreneurship education; entrepreneurial learning; process-based framework entrepreneurship center; entrepreneurial mindset; entrepreneurship education; entrepreneurial learning; process-based framework
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Ndou, V.; Secundo, G.; Schiuma, G.; Passiante, G. Insights for Shaping Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from the European Entrepreneurship Centers. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4323.

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