Exploring the impact of entrepreneurship education on university nonbusiness undergraduates

Vij, Vijay and Ball, Steve (2010) Exploring the impact of entrepreneurship education on university nonbusiness undergraduates. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 9 (1). pp. 86-109. ISSN 1476-1297

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2010.029509

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the entrepreneurship education offered by final-year nonbusiness undergraduate programmes has equipped, encouraged and created an interest in 75 nonbusiness students setting up their own enterprise and/or developed entrepreneurial skills and thinking, which is supported by previous studies (Sarri and Trihopoulou, 2005; Vij, 2004). These students agreed that the entrepreneurship module has boosted mostly their self-confidence, determination, self-belief, drive to succeed by hard work and the acceptance of possible failures. The majority had a positive experience of creating business plans for their proposed enterprises. Only a few decided that they would rather be in employment. All agreed that the entrepreneurial skills gained from this module are transferable to any future working environment. Now, universities need to both focus on how to equip nonbusiness students with entrepreneurial skills, as well as create awareness that there is an alternative route to working other than being in employment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial skills, entrepreneurial awareness, higher education, universities, transferable skills; business plans; small businesses; new business ventures, non-business students, employment, final-year undergraduates
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
N100 Business studies
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 12:08
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10594

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