Are engineers becoming more enterprising? A study of the potentials of entrepreneurship education

Laura Galloway, Maggie Anderson, Wendy Brown

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    Many of the UK's professional engineering institutes, and education generally, promote the development of enterprise skills: enterprise ability is considered appropriate for the modern economy graduates will operate in; and enterprise should increase levels of innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in the engineering professions, thus contributing to competitiveness. The current paper draws from a study of enterprise education in three universities, and looks specifically at engineering students. The paper compares perceptions, expectations and enterprise skills development amongst engineering and non-engineering students. The study finds that many engineering students do aim to start firms but this tends to be cited as later than that reported by other students. Engineering students also understand that enterprise skills are relevant to employment and personal development. However, perceptions of enterprise skills development are less common than for other students. This is likely to be because engineering students tend to report they have many enterprise skills anyway. Copyright © 2006 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)355-365
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
    Volume16
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    Entrepreneurship education
    Engineers
    Skill development
    Education
    Intrapreneurship
    Competitiveness
    Entrepreneurship
    Innovation

    Keywords

    • Engineering
    • Enterprise
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Higher education
    • Skills

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