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What do Spanish Engineering Students Think about Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

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  • Edwards, Mónica

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  • Fernández-Diego, Marta
  • González-Ladrón-de-Guevara, Fernando

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This paper analyzes the interrelationships between creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as key enablers of an entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented culture. Empirical results of exploring perceptions and opinions about these three concepts are presented, using a sample of 121 engineering students. The findings show that the majority of students perceive the traditional linear model of innovation and consider innovation strongly related to creativity but moderately related to entrepreneurship. There are contradictions between the students' self-perceptions as entrepreneurs, their high desirability to start a new firm and their work preferences after graduation, which are principally to get a job in a private company and become public servants. Their low willingness for mobility and the poor contribution of the education system in developing their innovation and entrepreneurial competences constitutes other relevant obstacles for improving an entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented culture.

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Paper provided by INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) in its series INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) Working Paper Series with number 201004.

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Date of creation: 08 Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ing:wpaper:201004

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Keywords: engineering students; perceptions; innovation; entrepreneurship; creativity; competences;

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