Legitimacy Across the University: Yet Another Entrepreneurial Challenge
HANDBOOK OF UNIVERSITY-WIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION, Edward Elgar, 2009
12 Pages Posted: 9 May 2011
Date Written: May 4, 2011
This Handbook brings together in one volume a collection of essays that explore the current state of the art of university-wide entrepreneurship education programs. Twenty-nine authors from different disciplines in universities in five countries discuss the opportunities and universal challenges in extending entrepreneurship education outside the business school into the sciences, performing arts, social sciences, humanities, and liberal arts environments. The three parts of the Handbook are devoted to (1) philosophy and theory that provide a legitimate intellectual foundation for the fusion or integration of entrepreneurship education with other traditional approaches across the university, (2) the politics and process of implementing entrepreneurship initiatives outside business schools, and (3) examples of fine-grained approaches to implementing entrepreneurship education in major divisions of universities outside business schools. The chapters collectively provide a path for educators to deal with the socio-political and cognitive legitimacy issues, which are central when ‘few precedents exist for the kinds of activities [entrepreneurs] want to found’ (Aldrich and Fiol, 1993: 645). This Handbook is therefore designed to assist educators in developing new programs and pedagogical approaches based on the previous experiences of others who have forged this exciting new path.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, education, liberal arts
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