The Entrepreneurial University: An Exploration of the Approaches to Fostering Entrepreneurship at Educational Institutions at the University of California, Berkeley, and Copenhagen Business School, and the Implications for Aspiring Student Entrepreneurs

Mick Kalle Mickelborg

Studenteropgave: Kandidatafhandlinger


The importance of entrepreneurship cannot be understated. It is one of the major drivers for economic growth of a given region. In that regard, the role of educational institutions on entrepreneurship is an interesting research area. For one, it is highly researched from a very specific positivist stance, but heavily under researched from a interpretivist stance. The issue with this is, as entrepreneurship is a highly divergent career choice compared to many other conventional careers, it requires a deep and thorough exploration of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship, not only from the locus of educational institutions, but generally in entrepreneurship research as well. If innovation strategies, educational programs and supportive policies are to be effective at fostering student entrepreneurship, it is crucial to understand the deep underlying criteria for what is needed for aspiring student entrepreneurs to have a higher propensity to succeed, whether that means in the pursuit of creating successful business ventures, or utilizing their entrepreneurial abilities in organizations.
The study highlights that educational institutions foster student entrepreneurship in a number of different ways. One, educational institutions bridging academia and practice helps students use their academic and theoretical knowledge in real-world situations. Second, educational institutions catalyzing interdisciplinary formation help the formation of cross-pollination for student entrepreneurship. Third, educational institutions help student entrepreneurs by providing them with emotional support when facing uncertainty and challenges. Fourth, educational institutions strengthen students' mindset by challenging them on their capabilities and through deliberate feedback. Fifth, educational institutions provide extensive help to student entrepreneurs through regional or international integration with industries. And sixth, educational institutions that create a symbiotic relationship between students, lecturers, postdocs, professors, startups, and alumni create a feedback loop that bolsters entrepreneurial activity.
The aim of the study is to introduce more interpretivist research into the field of entrepreneurship education, and especially in relation to educational institutions. The field is a heavily under researched area in qualitative and interpretivist studies. And given the complex nature of entrepreneurship itself, it prompts the use of more interpretive studies to explore the phenomena.

UddannelserMSc in Business Administration and E-business, (Kandidatuddannelse) Afsluttende afhandling
Antal sider75
VejlederePhilipp Hukal