Entrepreneurship at Community Colleges: Linking Orientation to Practice

29 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2014

Date Written: November 30, 2014


The current study uses a sample of community colleges to explore the specific organizational practices that mediate the link between entrepreneurial orientation and performance. The study focuses on a set of practices known as ‘strategic enrollment management’ and finds that a college’s entrepreneurial orientation predicts its enrollment management orientation and the effectiveness of specific enrollment management practices for recruitment and retention. However, none of the constructs were associated with higher admission, graduation, or retention rates. The implications of these findings for theory, practice and future research are then discussed.

Keywords: entrepreneurial orientation, community colleges, performance, enrollment management, entrepreneurship, innovation

JEL Classification: M13, I21

Suggested Citation

Bambhrolia, Bhavesh and Phelan, Steven, Entrepreneurship at Community Colleges: Linking Orientation to Practice (November 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2534135

Bhavesh Bambhrolia

Rowan University ( email )

201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
United States

Steven Phelan (Contact Author)

Kennesaw State University ( email )

1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
United States

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