Chapter 1: The evolution of entrepreneurship in universities
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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