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Mitigating the lack of prior entrepreneurial experience and exposure through entrepreneurship education programs
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7541-306X
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8985-2749
Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0235-2387
Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9580-7007
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2023 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, ISSN 1355-2554, E-ISSN 1758-6534, Vol. 30, no 11, p. 19-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

To increase the understanding of how entrepreneurship education impacts entrepreneurial careers, the purpose of the paper is to investigate the role that a venture creation program (VCP) might have in mitigating or surpassing a lack of other antecedents of entrepreneurial careers. In particular, the authors focus on entrepreneurial pedigree and prior entrepreneurial experience.

Design/methodology/approach

Data from graduates of VCPs at three universities in Northern Europe were collected through an online survey. Questions addressed graduate background prior to education, yearly occupational employment subsequent to graduation and graduates' own perceptions of entrepreneurial activity in employment positions. The survey was sent to 1,326 graduates and received 692 responses (52.2% response rate).

Findings

The type of VCP, either independent (Ind-VCP) or corporate venture creation (Corp-VCP), influenced the mitigation of prior entrepreneurial experience. Prior entrepreneurial experience, together with Ind-VCP, made a career as self-employed more likely. However, this was not the case for Corp-VCP in subsequently choosing intrapreneurial careers. Entrepreneurial pedigree had no significant effect on career choice other than for hybrid careers.

Research limitations/implications

Entrepreneurial experience gained from VCPs seems to influence graduates toward future entrepreneurial careers. Evidence supports the conclusion that many VCP graduates who lack prior entrepreneurial experience or entrepreneurial pedigree can develop sufficient entrepreneurial competencies through the program.

Originality/value

This study offers novel evidence that entrepreneurship education can compensate for a lack of prior entrepreneurial experience and exposure for students preparing for entrepreneurial careers.

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UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023. Vol. 30, no 11, p. 19-44
Keywords [en]
Entrepreneurial career, Entrepreneurial experience, Entrepreneurial pedigree, Venture creation program
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Business Administration Learning
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Organisational studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64858DOI: 10.1108/ijebr-07-2022-0607ISI: 001129027500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85180729243OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-64858DiVA, id: diva2:1824782
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