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The context of enterprise education: insights into current practices

Penaluna, K, Penaluna, A and Jones, CD 2012 , 'The context of enterprise education: insights into current practices' , Industry and Higher Education, vol. 26, no. 3 , pp. 163-175 , doi:

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This paper presents the results of an investigation into
contextual differences in the development and delivery of enterprise education in higher education globally. Using information gathered from an online survey distributed to enterprise educators, distinct differences in the provision of enterprise education are identified, as are differences
of opinion among enterprise educators. The findings demonstrate that although enterprise education is highly diversified in terms of presentation, content and style, there are clear commonalities with regard to expected student outcomes. The respondents reported low levels of
business start-up activity among students during enterprise education and/or within one year of graduation. Over 75% of the educators surveyed had personal start-up experience, and there was limited reliance on academic literature, with a preference for referencing broader stakeholder
perspectives. With regard to the practical implications of this research, the international metric of enterprise education appears to be a broad set of enterprising skills that equip and enable students to recognize and exploit
opportunities in order to navigate future unknowns. The commonly employed metric of business start-up appears less valid in light of this investigation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Penaluna, K and Penaluna, A and Jones, CD
Keywords: enterprise education; student entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship educators; education outcomes; education metrics
Journal or Publication Title: Industry and Higher Education
ISSN: 0950-4222
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