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.

Conclusion: the ongoing revolution

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

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

Extract

Professor Howard Stevenson of the Harvard Business School (2000) has stated Entrepreneurial educators must be more than cheerleaders. We can no longer simply say ‘entrepreneurship is different.’ Entrepreneurship is now a part of the mainstream. Perhaps the greatest danger of all is that the hardy band of entrepreneurial scholars will become like many successful businesses. Business and scholars fail by not valuing change. Guarding the past, espousing orthodoxy and refusing to see the wisdom inherent in the challenges of the young and inexperienced will lead to the same problems in education as in business. This was a profound statement in 2000 and it continues to ring loudly and clearly today. Entrepreneurship is a dynamic force both within markets and in the educational world. We have witnessed (and described in these pages) what amounts to an entrepreneurial revolution on our campuses over the past 35 or so years. But the dynamics of entrepreneurship suggest that we should be prepared for the next revolution and the one after that.

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