Department of Management

Learning to become entrepreneur(ial): New perspectives on enterprise education in practice

Research output: ResearchPh.D. thesis

This PhD dissertation contributes to research in enterprise education with new perspectives onto its practice. There is growing recognition in education policy and research that entrepreneurship as a subject in higher education has more to offer students and society than the skills to start up and manage a business. It is also valuable as a way to develop in students the attributes and behaviours of the enterprising person, understood to be valuable in various contexts beyond commercial business. Hence, entrepreneurship education is no longer “just” about starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur, but also (and increasingly so) a question of becoming entrepreneurial. This study aims to better understand the conditions set upon students and their participation in enterprise education and thus how higher education settings become contexts for entrepreneurial learning.
In three essays, I address the question of how the process of becoming entrepreneurial is imagined and practiced in higher education. Two empirical studies attend to this question through analyses of how students operate in learning settings organized to facilitate entrepreneurial becoming. The third essay treats the question of access to enterprise conceptually through an analysis of how entrepreneurship education is organized to facilitate an initiation into a specific belief system. The empirical material was derived through an ethnographic method for inquiry, which is highly legitimised in education
research, however seldom employed in enterprise education research.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAarhus University
Number of pages233
StatePublished - Mar 2017

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