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Creativity In Entrepreneurship Education

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  • Yar, Daniel

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    (University College of Borås)

  • Wennberg, Karl

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    (Dept. of Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Berglund, Henrik

    ()
    (Chalmers University of Technology)

Abstract

This paper uses social cognitive theory to investigate entrepreneurial intent among participants in graduate entrepreneurship programs. To the best of our knowledge, the paper is the first to investigate the importance of creativity in entrepreneurship education and theoretical models of entrepreneurial intentions. Specifically, we test whether students creative potential is related to their intention to engage in entrepreneurship. Theoretically derived hypotheses are tested using multiple and ordinal regression analyses. We find that high scores on a creativity test and prior entrepreneurial experiences were positively associated with entrepreneurial intentions, whereas perception of risks had a negative influence. Our theoretical predictors of entreprenurial intention received strong support, indicating that creativity should be considered in models of entrepreneurial intentions. Yet, the use of intentions as dependent variable has its know weaknesses in that we might not distinguish between 'dreamers' and 'doers'. The findings indicate that exercises in creativity can be used to raise entrepreneurial intentions of students in entrepreneurship education. Heterogeneity in creative styles among students also points to the problems of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to entrepreneurship education.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Business Administration with number 2008:4.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2008
Date of revision: 03 Apr 2008
Publication status: Published in Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 2008, pages 304-320.
Handle: RePEc:hhb:hastba:2008_004

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship education; intentions; creativity;

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Cited by:
  1. Erik Stam & Karl Wennberg, 2009. "The role of R&D in new firm growth," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-004, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  2. Olivier Toutain & Melchior Salgado, 2012. "Comment améliorer la performance des pédagogies entrepreneuriales par la mise en action," Post-Print hal-00842210, HAL.

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