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Student Entrepreneurs: The Influence of University, Entrepreneurship Education and Research
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Knowledge Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Research (KEEN).
2009 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This licentiate thesis deals with the questions if and how entrepreneurship education and access to research at university stimulate student start-ups. The phenomenon of student entrepreneurs is approached in three empirical studies. In the first study mail questionnaires were sent out to former entrepreneurship students at three universities in Sweden, in order to find out if the students’ entrepreneurial behaviour was influenced by education. The second study explores differences in communication skills and the handling of liabilities of newness between entrepreneurs with entrepreneurship education at university and/or previous start-up experience. Student entrepreneurs are compared with a control group of randomly chosen Swedish entrepreneurs. In the third study, the influence from university research on student entrepreneurship as well as direct and indirect regional effects are examined through interviews with university spin-offs around Halmstad University. Entrepreneurship education at university is found to influence entrepreneurial behaviour, to increase the student’s awareness of business opportunities and to result in high start-up frequency early in life. The student entrepreneurs perceive fewer problems to handle some aspects of liability of newness as well as communicative skills in terms of openness and adaptation. Other-orientation is on the other hand supported by previous start-up experience. Hence, with experience from both entrepreneurship education and previous start-up, the students seem well prepared for future start-ups. The case study show multiple and long term indirect effects from student entrepreneurship in developing an entrepreneurial region. Established student entrepreneurs support less experienced student entrepreneurs by linking them to supplementary resources. Students are found to shoulder an important role as academic entrepreneurs in interaction with other individuals connected to the university.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Chalmers University of Technology , 2009. , p. 130
Series
Licentiate thesis, report (Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology), ISSN 1654-9732 ; 2009:033
Keywords [en]
Student entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship education, student start-ups, university spin-offs, academic entrepreneurship
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-5319OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-5319DiVA, id: diva2:343119
Presentation
2009-10-02, O 124, Högskolan i Halmstad, Linjegatan 12, Halmstad, 14:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-08-24 Created: 2010-08-12 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Creating an entrepreneurial region: Two waves of academic spin-offs from Halmstad University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Creating an entrepreneurial region: Two waves of academic spin-offs from Halmstad University
2009 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 17, no 8, p. 1171-1189Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a Swedish case study of the regional effects of academic spin-offs.It is based on empirical data from Halmstad University and the Halmstad region, on the west coast ofSweden. The Halmstad case functions as an illustration of co-existing territorial and functionalrationales, where a “rurban” lifestyle is combined with an increasingly “pracademic”knowledge. Spillover effects of university research (directly as well as indirectly) in the form ofacademic spin-offs have been traced over time. In doing so, we are able to identify two waves ofacademic entrepreneurship with direct and indirect regional effects. These waves contribute tothe strengthening of the regional entrepreneurship and the attractiveness of the region. Theestablishment and (early) actions of the university can be seen as a stone that was thrown in thewater, causing several waves to appear in the region. Whether these waves will be reinforcedenough to create an entrepreneurial region, or just slowly disappear as rings on the water, alsodepends on the creation of an absorptive capacity and construction of the regional innovationsystem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2009
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4538 (URN)10.1080/09654310902981037 (DOI)000267667600005 ()2-s2.0-70449435767 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2010-06-03 Created: 2010-06-03 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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