The Internal Pathways that Condition University Entrepreneurship in Latin America: An Institutional Approach

in Sherry Hoskinson , Donald F. Kuratko (ed.) Innovative Pathways for University Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century (Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Economic Growth, Volume 24) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 89-118 (2014)

Posted: 18 Aug 2016

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Maribel Guerrero

University of Deusto - Deusto Business School

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Eduardo Gajón

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Laguna

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Within a knowledge-driven, entrepreneurial economy, an increase in a university’s importance is observed because of its significant affect on the economy. Thus, entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that could be observed among all university levels: management, academicians, researchers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students. Entrepreneurial universities could produce several externalities in terms of demography, economy, infrastructure, culture, mobility, education, and societal challenges that will later be reflected in productivity, competitive advantages, and regional capacities, networks, identity, and innovation. In this context, entrepreneurial universities have or are positioned to develop innovative pathways to reinforce entrepreneurship in their communities. This chapter explores how entrepreneurial university pathways (education and training) have had an impact on students’ start-up intentions and actions. Adopting the institutional economics approach, this research proposes a conceptual model, tested with a sample of 1,759 university students enrolled in three entrepreneurial universities (ITESM, Mexico; UNICAMP, Brazil; and UPC, Chile) in Latin America. Our findings confirm the relevant effect of entrepreneurial university pathways on start-up creation. Not only do the results provide important contributions to the literature, they also provide insights for policy-makers to design policies that further benefit society and educational organizations.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial university, entrepreneurship education, start-up intentions, institutional economics, Latin America

JEL Classification: L26, I23, A23

Suggested Citation

Guerrero, Maribel and Urbano, David and Gajón, Eduardo, The Internal Pathways that Condition University Entrepreneurship in Latin America: An Institutional Approach (2014). in Sherry Hoskinson , Donald F. Kuratko (ed.) Innovative Pathways for University Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century (Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Economic Growth, Volume 24) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 89-118 (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2821946

Maribel Guerrero (Contact Author)

University of Deusto - Deusto Business School ( email )

Camino de Mundaiz, 50
San Sebastian, 20012
Spain

David Urbano

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Edifici B, Campus UAB
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain
34935811209 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.davidurbano.eu

Eduardo Gajón

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Laguna ( email )

Paseo del Tecnológico 751
Colonia Ampliación La Rosita
Torreón, Coahuila 27250
Mexico

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