Current Issues in International Entrepreneurship
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Current Issues in International Entrepreneurship

Edited by Hamid Etemad, Tage Koed Madsen, Erik S. Rasmussen and Per Servais

The young field of international entrepreneurship is rapidly expanding in scope and complexity, as increasingly more companies across the world compete to gain a larger global market share and attract consumers both at home and abroad. This book, the fifth volume in the McGill International Entrepreneurship series, brings together 29 scholars and practitioners to explore the contemporary issues, evolving relations and dynamic forces that are shaping the new emerging entrepreneurial system in international markets. It examines entrepreneurial efforts and relations in many firms embedded in and constrained by different national and corporate cultures of their own and offers expert recommendations for further research, better managerial practice and more effective public policy approaches.
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Chapter 11: Comparing entrepreneurial attributes and internationalization perceptions of business students in Germany before and during the economic crisis

Benjamin Danko, Walter Ruda, Thomas A. Martin, Rubén Ascúa and Wolfgang Gerstlberger


The universal objective of improving economic competitiveness is based on systematic discussions about entrepreneurship and the capability of innovation. In Europe entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education have featured intensively as strategic topics in the politico-economic agenda since the Lisbon Agenda 2000, when the European heads of government – based on research results about the positive impacts of innovative business start-ups on employment, growth and competition – declared the joint aim to make the European Union the most competitive and the most dynamic knowledge-based economic area worldwide before 2010, accompanied by more employment as well as higher qualified jobs (European Council 2000; Ofstad 2008). Within the scope of such a challenge facing the major industrial countries, Germany seems to be successively forfeiting its leading position in the arena of highly advanced technology. Therefore, established as well as new, usually internationally oriented, innovative business ventures constitute a crucial criterion in preserving Germany’s worldwide economic position. After the slump of the stock exchange prices at the Neuer Markt the business creation euphoria in Germany, as well as the previously strong start-up interest of academics unfortunately declined, which was reflected in the considerable decrease in business creations within the technology-oriented and knowledge-based sectors since 2001 (ZEW 2005; Breuer 2006).

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