July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Entrepreneurship education is being increasingly introduced in engineering fields to develop graduates who possess entrepreneurial characteristics and skillsets. Engineering entrepreneurship programs have evolved from business-centric notion of venture-creation to holistic development of entrepreneurial skills and mindsets in students. In our presented qualitative research, we examine engineering student’s perceptions of entrepreneurship. The purpose of our study is to conceptualize students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship to better inform the development of new and existing entrepreneurship programming for engineering disciplines. We argue that clearer understanding will assist in developing programs which are more aligned with students’ perceived notions and expectations. In our work, an open-ended survey was administered at a large midwestern university, in which 194 engineering students responded to three open-ended questions. These open-ended questions examined students’ perceptions such as definition of entrepreneurship, characteristics of an entrepreneur, students’ self-identification as being entrepreneurial and reflection on their reasons behind their self-identification. Our analysis followed a qualitative interpretative approach, in which we used first and second cycle coding methods to examine students’ responses. Our findings identify different aspects of students’ perceptions pertinent to entrepreneurship definition and characteristics. We provide implications for engineering entrepreneurship education and directions for future research in the area.
Dominguez, H. L., & Vempala, V., & Shekhar, P., & Huang-Saad, A., & Fuher, J. F. (2021, July), Engineering Students’ Perceptions of Entrepreneurship: A Qualitative Examination Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37076
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