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Entrepreneurship Education at University Level ? Contextual Challenges

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  • Per Blenker

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    (School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus)

  • Poul Dreisler

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    (Department of Management, School of Business, University of Aarhus)

  • John Kjeldsen

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    (Department of Marketing and Statistics, School of Business, University of Aarhus)

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    Entrepreneurship has been declared the most significant driver in the future development of societal welfare. Businesses, organisations and the individual person should be motivated for – and develop competence in – perceiving new opportunities through reflective action and hence participate in the creation of change and growth in society. This capacity and inclination for change and innovation is thus conceived as an important human trait, which has come to be known as “enterprising behaviour” in international research. In which ways do these demands challenge the universities and its role in regional and societal context? Interaction between universities, business sector and political system through the so-called “triple-helix-model” is said to be the basis for growth and innovation. Does it mean that knowledge creation and exchange should be based on the concept of the entrepreneurial university? Related to that, what are then the internal challenges for the entire education culture and for the role of the teacher / researcher? It is some of the questions the paper tries to answer or at least give some deeper insight to

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    Paper provided by Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology in its series Working Papers with number 151.

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    Date of creation: 2006
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    Publication status: Published in Working Papers in Economics.School of Economics and Business Administration,Tallinn University of Technology (TUTWPE), Pages 43-62
    Handle: RePEc:ttu:wpaper:151

    Note: The research project called the PILE-project (Pedagogical Innovation of Learning in Entrepreneurship) is funded by support from the Danish National Agency for Enterprise and Construction. The project comprises both survey and literature studies. Part of the survey is based on studies conducted at Danish and European universities with experience in entrepreneurship education and research. The results of our findings have been published in a series of reports, publications in national and international journals, conference presentations in and outside Denmark. This paper is based on the PILE-project
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    Keywords: Entrepreneurial university; triple-helix; enterprising behaviour; entrepreneurial culture; role of teacher / researcher;

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    1. Etzkowitz, Henry & Webster, Andrew & Gebhardt, Christiane & Terra, Branca Regina Cantisano, 2000. "The future of the university and the university of the future: evolution of ivory tower to entrepreneurial paradigm," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 313-330, February.
    2. Etzkowitz, Henry & Leydesdorff, Loet, 2000. "The dynamics of innovation: from National Systems and "Mode 2" to a Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 109-123, February.
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