Innovation in Global Entrepreneurship Education
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Innovation in Global Entrepreneurship Education

Teaching Entrepreneurship in Practice

Edited by Heidi M. Neck and Yipeng Liu

As entrepreneurship education grows across disciplines and permeates through various areas of university programs, this timely book offers an interdisciplinary, comparative and global perspective on best practices and new insights for the field. Through the theoretical lens of collaborative partnerships, it examines innovative practices of entrepreneurship education and advances understanding of the discipline.
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Chapter 4: Entrepreneurship education at Waseda University, Japan: challenges in integrating entrepreneurship education programs across universities and beyond

Mikiko Shimaoka, Toru Asahi, Tatsuhiko Inoue, Tomomi Kito, Takahiro Ohno and Shozo Takata

Abstract

This chapter assesses a comprehensive and ongoing dynamic entrepreneurship education program at Waseda University to provide new insights on ways to promote entrepreneurship in countries such as Japan with low-level entrepreneurial activity but high-level industrialization. The Waseda program is at the leading edge of entrepreneurship education, as its unique design generates diverse student team dynamism and creates cross-disciplinary collaboration involving the entire university and external institutions. The success factors include: (a) synergistic effects of the university across science, humanities, and social science departments; (b) provision of a curriculum that grants credits to students from all disciplines; and (c) intermediate organizations that coordinate and promote collaboration among departments. Moreover, the Waseda University-led consortium nurtures strong social capital, which is an essential element in creating an innovation ecosystem comprising people, infrastructure, economic assets, and an enabling environment.

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