How do graduate entrepreneurs perceive the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education at their universities? Royal Holloway School of Management, University of London

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For several decades, the UK government has highlighted the entrepreneurship agenda. Universities have been major contributors to the development of ideas and models concerned with fostering enterprise. Such contributions have been made through the creation, for example, of Centres of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and similarly named bodies established to encourage undergraduates, postgraduates, faculty members and members of the local community to create new and develop existing enterprises, through a variety of support programmes. However, at a surface level or overview, there appears to have been little direct evidence as to whether these programmes are effective, especially from the perspective of graduate entrepreneurs, the intended beneficiaries of these programmes. Similarly, there is little knowledge about which elements of entrepreneurship programmes are perceived as particularly useful by graduate entrepreneurs, and why. In this workshop, we would like to engage in a constructive dialogue with our participants to discover different understandings and the factors affecting the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education. For this purpose, we use the World Café-concept, which encourages different kinds of thinking about a phenomenon of interest. We organize three rounds of discussion at four to five tables, which are guided by pre-specified questions referring to the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education. Data will be collected from the discussions by 1) a short summary from each table per round and 2) a general summary of the discussion at the end of the workshop.
Period31 May 2018
Event typeOther