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HEIs, Minority Communities and Enterprising Behaviour

In: The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Entrepreneurship


  • Emma O’Brien

    (Technological University Dublin)

  • Thomas M. Cooney

    (Technological University Dublin)


A review of the literature relating to HEI community engagement, enterprising behaviour and minority communities was drawn together to produce a new conceptual framework. Nine theoretical constructs were identified and utilised to gain a broader understanding of how HEIs may support the learning of enterprising behaviour in minority communities. These constructs were: Mission and Infrastructure, Academic Staff, HEI Students, Community Partnerships, Ontology, Didactics, Context, Capacity Building and Tailoring. The framework acknowledges that supporting the learning of enterprising behaviour takes place within the broader context of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and HEI education policy and that the outcomes of engaging in enterprising behaviour are focused on personal development and growth prior to any potential start-up or new venture creation. It offers a unique contribution to existing theoretical knowledge about the provision of tailored entrepreneurial education and training for minority communities supporting the learning of enterprising behaviour.

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  • Emma O’Brien & Thomas M. Cooney, 2021. "HEIs, Minority Communities and Enterprising Behaviour," Springer Books, in: Thomas M. Cooney (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Entrepreneurship, edition 1, pages 565-581, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-030-66603-3_24
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-66603-3_24

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