June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
26.1020.1 - 26.1020.16
Intrapreneurship: A Collaborative Learning Approach between Industry and Academics to Build Critical SkillsMost of the students engaging in entrepreneurship at engineering schools will not start their ownbusinesses as their first employment. Most will enter industry. The challenge to use theirentrepreneurial interests and skills then resides in their abilities to innovate, engage,communicate and lead in an industrial environment to identify and pursue new opportunities anddirections for these organizations.Building on an extensive study conducted with a team comprised of faculty from four leadingcolleges and encompassing an industrial advisory group composed of leaders from close to adozen companies spanning large material based corporations to large consumer products goodscompanies to recognized world class innovation companies, this paper will provide a formula forsuccessfully identifying and building the skills that today’s industry regards as critical forintrapreneurship. The paper will include the collaborative process used to identify the skills andthe recommended, specific upgrades to the engineering education to develop the skills in thegraduating student. A specific skill example will be used to illustrate both curricula-based andnon-curricula-based educational changes and the collaborative process used to engage facultyand industry to arrive at the recommendation. This will include collaborative internships withspecific metrics to ensure that the industrial experience embraces, tests for, and collaborativelymeasures the progress in the development of the intrapreneurial skill.Finally, an extension of this to post graduate research, at both the Master’s and PhD level, whoseentry jobs also, predominantly, reside in corporations rather than start-ups, will be included.One of these examples will cover a new PhD program that includes a differentiated core conceptbased on one of the identified critical skills.
Hanifin, L. E., & Lee, R. A. (2015, June), Intrapreneurship: A Collaborative Learning Approach Between Industry and Academics to Build Critical Skills Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24357
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