Trends in the Market for Entrepreneurship Faculty, 1989-1998

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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Todd Finkle

University of Akron - Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

David Deeds

Independent

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

The popularity of entrepreneurship programs in the last decade can be measured both in the number of entrepreneurship programs in schools of business and management, and courses taken by graduate and undergraduate students. This popularity has been fostered by several factors: an increase in the popularity of entrepreneurship, an increase in the status of entrepreneurs, and an increase in the recognition of the importance of entrepreneurship in the larger economy by the business press. Acknowledging both the increasing popularity of and resistance to the field of entrepreneurship, it is examined whether entrepreneurship is moving toward institutionalization or has already been institutionalized as part of the curriculum and research in schools of business management. In order to assess the institutionalization of the field, the change in the number of and level of entrepreneurship positions, the quality of the recruiting institutions, and the number, level, and training of entrepreneurship candidates between 1989 and 1998 are analyzed using data obtained from the Academy of Management Placement Roster and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results show that both the demand and supply of entrepreneurship faculty have increased during the time-span examined. Between 1989/90 and 1997/98, the number of entrepreneurship positions increased 253%, while the number of candidates increased by 94%. These figures point to the field's significant progress towards institutionalization. At the same time, as entrepreneurship remains an elective in most schools, it may be too soon to conclude that the commitment to entrepreneurship by schools of business and management is definitive.(CBS)

Keywords: Experimental/primary research, Entrepreneurship education, Business education, Curriculum, Faculty, MBA degree

Suggested Citation

Finkle, Todd and Deeds, David, Trends in the Market for Entrepreneurship Faculty, 1989-1998 (2001). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1511007

Todd Finkle (Contact Author)

University of Akron - Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies ( email )

United States

David Deeds

Independent

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