June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
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Student Impact of an Entrepreneurship Course Abstract Many individuals believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught. They believe that success is primarily depended on personality characteristics that would not be impacted by course work. This paper investigates the educational impact of one entrepreneurship course, and how it affects the entrepreneurial decisions and interest in entrepreneurship of the engineering students who took it. This compares with earlier studies that have focused on the impact of entrepreneurship courses on career decisions of students with management or other non- engineering backgrounds. This research is based on a survey of 122 engineering students who took an entrepreneurship class offered by the University during the last 25 years.
Students were asked to provide their perspective on the impact this course had on their career. They were asked how the course impacted their understanding and interest in entrepreneurship, if it raised their awareness of this career choice, if it impacted the career path they considered, if it affected the career they chose, if they learned useful techniques that helped them in their careers or in communicating with entrepreneurs. With this information, an assessment can be made of the impact that this course, and the study of entrepreneurship, had on their careers. The students are also asked to describe their entrepreneurial activities since graduating.
The course was the most often cited of the many choices that were given which influenced them to become involved with entrepreneurship. The conclusion of the study is that this course had a significant impact on them. Even though it did not have a major impact on the career path considered and chosen initially by the students, the result of this study suggests that these engineering students perceive they have become more interested in entrepreneurship after taking the course and many perceive to have become successful entrepreneurs.
Introduction “Entrepreneurship is a dynamic process of vision, change, and creation. It requires an application of energy and passion towards the creation and implementation of new ideas and creative solutions. Essential ingredients include the willingness to take calculated risks in terms of time, equity, or career; the ability to formulate an effective venture team; the creative skill to marshal needed resources; and fundamental skill of building a solid business plan; and finally, the vision to recognize opportunity where others see chaos, contradiction, and confusion” 1.
Entrepreneurship is more than the mere creation of business. The characteristics of seeking opportunities, taking risks beyond security, and having the tenacity to push an idea through to reality combined into a special perspective of the entrepreneurs. An “entrepreneurial perspective” can be developed in individuals. This perspective can be exhibited inside or outside an organization, in profit or not-for-profit enterprises, and in business or non-business activities for the purpose of bringing forth creative ideas. Thus, entrepreneurship is an integrated concept that permeates an individual’s business in an innovative manner. It is this perspective that has revolutionized the way business is conducted at every level and in every country.
Until 1970, very few universities offered entrepreneurship courses. The Harvard Business School introduced an entrepreneurship course in 1945, apparently in response to students who were returning from World War II military service to an economy that was in transition due to the collapse of the weapons industries. The subject of entrepreneurship was not generally
Choudhary, A., & Myers, D., & Nystrom, H., & Gokhale, M. (2007, June), Student Impact Of An Entrepreneurship Course Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2300
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