A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship Education
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A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship Education

Edited by Alain Fayolle

This Research Agenda aims to offer a coherent and articulate view on the future of entrepreneurship education from an internationally renowned group of scholars and educators.
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Chapter 3: Dealing with the inconsistency of studies in entrepreneurship education effectiveness: a systemic approach to drive future research

Michela Loi


Drawing upon the systems perspective that was developed to understand the impact of training and development activities within organizational contexts, this chapter presents a systemic approach to the analysis of entrepreneurship education effectiveness. Five main theoretical assumptions are outlined to guide future research in entrepreneurship education: studies show that (1) the effects of a programme vary depending on trainees’ personal characteristics; (2) training strategies can have different impact on learning processes and results; (3) the environment and the social context are intervening variables that might foster or hinder training results; (4) according to the attribute-treatment interaction perspective, people interact with the contexts in which they are embedded giving rise to very different behavioural responses; (5) the impact should be conceived in terms of learning results and generalization processes once a training programme is completed. These assumptions help figure out new possible lines of research to enhance the current knowledge and are thought to encourage a scientific debate regarding the theoretical assumptions that are worth considering for assessing entrepreneurship education.

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