Learning Through Entrepreneurship: Infusing Immigrant Entrepreneurial Knowledge to Entrepreneurship Education for Students and SMES

4th International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Ohrid, Macedonia, 5-7 May 2011

8 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2012

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Panayiotis Ketikidis

University of Sheffield - City College, International Faculty

Lambros Lazuras

University of Sheffield - CITY College

Carolyn Downs

University of Salford

Adrian Solomon

South East European Research Center (SEERC)

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

The present paper discusses the concept of entrepreneurship in relation to emerging challenges of global markets and changing enterprise, and the ability of higher education to adjust to these challenges and deliver high quality learning outcomes for both students and SMEs. Immigrant entrepreneurship is emphasized as a tool to provide the necessary knowledge and real life experiences that may promote entrepreneurial learning in cross-cultural environments. It is believed that learning through the experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs can lead to a better understanding of the obstacles, challenges, and facilitating factors for successful entrepreneurship in times of economic hardship and globalization. This knowledge can later be infused into higher education curricula in order to better reflect the needs of students and SMEs in developing international and cross-cultural capability. Although immigrant entrepreneurship has been mostly studied in relation to ethnocultural characteristics and processes, we offer a new approach that may potentially lead to culturally-sensitive lifelong learning and training programs, and thus increase access to global markets.

Keywords: Curriculum, Immigrants, International Entrepreneurship, Internationalisation, SMEs

Suggested Citation

Ketikidis, Panayiotis and Lazuras, Lambros and Downs, Carolyn and Solomon, Adrian, Learning Through Entrepreneurship: Infusing Immigrant Entrepreneurial Knowledge to Entrepreneurship Education for Students and SMES (2011). 4th International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Ohrid, Macedonia, 5-7 May 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2143592

Panayiotis Ketikidis (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield - City College, International Faculty ( email )

13, Tsimiski Street
Thessaloniki, 54624
Greece

Lambros Lazuras

University of Sheffield - CITY College ( email )

13, Tsimiski Street
Thessaloniki, 54624
Greece

Carolyn Downs

University of Salford ( email )

University of Salford
M5 4WT Salford, Lancashire M5 4WT
United Kingdom

Adrian Solomon

South East European Research Center (SEERC) ( email )

17 Mitropoleos Street
Thessaloniki, 54624
Greece

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