Entrepreneurship Education and Learning Systems: Developing a Holistic Approach to Entrepreneurial Universities and their Ecosystems

  • Jay Mitra Essex Business School University of Essex Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, Essex United Kingdom
  • Su-Hyun Berg

Abstract

This paper explores critically the phenomenon of campus entrepreneurship ecosystems of higher education institutions and their impact on entrepreneurship education and learning. The paper draws on empirical evidence to propose a conceptual model for the effective evaluation of the capacity and capabilities for creating an institutional, internal ecosystem to support an innovative, multidisciplinary form of entrepreneurship education and creative learning. Following Miller and Acs (2017), the paper first employs the Turnerian trinity (Turner, 2008) model of available assets, liberty and diversity to formulate a capacity approach to an understanding of the ecosystem. The authors then draw on Amartya Sens capabilities approach (Sen, 1989; 1984) to augment Turners thesis and connect the substance and meaning of entrepreneurship education and learning systems to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the context of two research universities in two very different economic and social environments: 1) Hanyang University in South Korea, and 2) University of Essex in the UK. The paper examines five propositions and address two conceptual challenges: a) understanding higher education institutions as entrepreneurial campus ecosystems (internal ecosystem) and b) taking entrepreneurship to mean more than new business creation, helping to develop creative new mind sets for effecting change and innovation in learning and practice for dissemination and interaction in the wider environment (external ecosystem).
Published
Jul 18, 2018
How to Cite
MITRA, Jay; BERG, Su-Hyun. Entrepreneurship Education and Learning Systems: Developing a Holistic Approach to Entrepreneurial Universities and their Ecosystems. European Journal of Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 29-48, july 2018. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejed/article/view/3588>. Date accessed: 14 nov. 2018. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejed.v1i2.p29-48.