Edited by Charles H. Matthews and Eric W. Liguori
Chapter 9: Internet of Things (IoT) and entrepreneurship education: opportunities and challenges
Entrepreneurship education and training programs are attracting significant student followers in colleges and universities in the US and countries across the globe. The strong correlation between entrepreneurship and economic development has informed policymakers at various levels of government to enact policies and legislations supporting entrepreneurship that is further fueling demand for entrepreneurship education. This has notably increased the call to improve entrepreneurship education in general, and a need for greater numbers of qualified faculty to teach entrepreneurship. The limited availability of entrepreneurship faculty, however, coupled with rapid growth of entrepreneurship course offerings in colleges offers multiple opportunities for improvement. We believe the current entrepreneurship education can be transformed using the application of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). In this article, we examine the transformative power of the IoT and related technologies and its current and potential impact on entrepreneurship education. The application of IoT is already disrupting many industries, transforming consumers’ lives, and changing business operations. Institutions of higher education can benefit through the application of IoT. The application of IoT can specially benefit entrepreneurship education and training programs leading to more startups by graduates. We argue that IoT allows faculty and universities to customize entrepreneurship course content for each individual student. The application of IoT empowers faculty to offer an enriching experiential learning, leverage resources, integrate various stakeholders, and engage and support students in a post-graduate phase.
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