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The Internal Pathways that Condition University Entrepreneurship in Latin America: An Institutional Approach

In: Innovative Pathways for University Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century


  • Maribel Guerrero
  • David Urbano
  • Eduardo Gajón


Within a knowledge-driven, entrepreneurial economy, an increase in a university’s importance is observed because of its significant affect on the economy. Thus, entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that could be observed among all university levels: management, academicians, researchers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students. Entrepreneurial universities could produce several externalities in terms of demography, economy, infrastructure, culture, mobility, education, and societal challenges that will later be reflected in productivity, competitive advantages, and regional capacities, networks, identity, and innovation. In this context, entrepreneurial universities have or are positioned to develop innovative pathways to reinforce entrepreneurship in their communities. This chapter explores how entrepreneurial university pathways (education and training) have had an impact on students’ start-up intentions and actions. Adopting the institutional economics approach, this research proposes a conceptual model, tested with a sample of 1,759 university students enrolled in three entrepreneurial universities (ITESM, Mexico; UNICAMP, Brazil; and UPC, Chile) in Latin America. Our findings confirm the relevant effect of entrepreneurial university pathways on start-up creation. Not only do the results provide important contributions to the literature, they also provide insights for policy-makers to design policies that further benefit society and educational organizations.

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  • Maribel Guerrero & David Urbano & Eduardo Gajón, 2014. "The Internal Pathways that Condition University Entrepreneurship in Latin America: An Institutional Approach," Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth, in: Sherry Hoskinson & Donald F. Kuratko (ed.),Innovative Pathways for University Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, volume 24, pages 89-118, Emerald Publishing Ltd.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:aseizz:s1048-473620140000024004

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    1. Centobelli, Piera & Cerchione, Roberto & Esposito, Emilio & Shashi,, 2019. "Exploration and exploitation in the development of more entrepreneurial universities: A twisting learning path model of ambidexterity," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 141(C), pages 172-194.

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    Entrepreneurial university; entrepreneurship education; start-up intentions; institutional economics; Latin America; L26; I23; A23;

    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate


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