Entrepreneurship education: alumni perceptions of the role of higher education institutions

Carter, S. and Collinson, E. (1999) Entrepreneurship education: alumni perceptions of the role of higher education institutions. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 6(3), pp. 229-239. (doi: 10.1108/EUM0000000006679)

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This paper is concerned with the retrospective perceptions of alumni towards the general provision of entrepreneurship education in higher education institutions (HEIs). Whilst many HEIs provide some form of enterprise training for their student population, relatively few have considered extending this provision to their alumni community. In addition to exploring retrospective perceptions, the research sought to ascertain the current level of entrepreneurial behaviour and the future entrepreneurial ambitions of alumni, and attempted to determine the demand for post‐qualification entrepreneurship training among HEI alumni. The results are encouraging, in that they demonstrate a keen interest amongst alumni in entrepreneurial activities. The main constraints to setting up in business were perceived to be the generation of a viable idea and the lack of both finance and experience. Respondents believed that HEIs should provide a more practical grounding for graduates, specifically citing financial management and business communications skills as key elements missing from the undergraduate curriculum. There was a consensus that HEIs have an important role to play in providing alumni with both formal post‐qualification training and social support networks to encourage entrepreneurial activity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Professor Sara
Authors: Carter, S., and Collinson, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Publisher:MCB University Press
ISSN (Online):1758-7840

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