Entrepreneurship Programs and the Modern University

Entrepreneurship Programs and the Modern University

Michael H. Morris, Donald F. Kuratko and Jeffrey R. Cornwall

After tracing the evolution of entrepreneurship within institutions of higher learning, the authors explore the key elements that constitute a comprehensive entrepreneurship program. Best practices at leading universities and differing kinds of academic environments are highlighted. They examine multiple aspects of program management and infrastructure, including curriculum and degree program development, where entrepreneurship is administratively housed, how it is organized, and approaches to staffing and resource acquisition.

Chapter 1: The evolution of entrepreneurship in universities

Michael H. Morris, Donald F. Kuratko and Jeffrey R. Cornwall

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, management education, management and universities

Extract

Entrepreneurship has emerged over the last three decades as arguably the most potent economic force the world has ever experienced. This economic expansion has paralleled rapid growth in the field of entrepreneurship education. Recent developments in curricula and programs devoted to entrepreneurship, new venture creation and corporate innovation have been remarkable. The number of colleges and universities that offer courses related to entrepreneurship has grown from a handful 35 years ago to over 3000 today. In the midst of this expansion lies the challenge of establishing and sustaining entrepreneurship programs in universities across the globe. In this chapter, we examine the evolution of entrepreneurship as an academic area of study. We first explore the emergence of entrepreneurship as a scholarly field, including the growing body of published research, and the multiple sub-fields that combine to make up the discipline. Next is an overview of the ways in which entrepreneurship education has developed.

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