Insatiable demand or academic supply: the intellectual context of entrepreneurship education

Andy Adcroft (School of Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK)
Spinder Dhaliwal (School of Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK)
Robert Willis (Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Polytechnic University, Chelmsford, Essex, UK)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To consider whether the growth in management and entrepreneurship education is driven by (external) demand or (internal) academic supply.

Design/methodology/approach

Three key elements of the intellectual context of management and entrepreneurship education are considered: the apparent causal relationship between improved management and economic performance; the privilege afforded to management as an agent of change in the context of globalisation; reforms in the public sector which define problems in terms of management rather than resources.

Findings

There is a lack of clarity as to whether the purpose of entrepreneurship education is about promoting higher levels of activity or better recognising entrepreneurial activity.

Originality/value

The paper offers an alternative perspective on entrepreneurship education through an examination of its purpose rather than its form and content.

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Citation

Adcroft, A., Dhaliwal, S. and Willis, R. (2005), "Insatiable demand or academic supply: the intellectual context of entrepreneurship education", European Business Review, Vol. 17 No. 6, pp. 518-531. https://doi.org/10.1108/09555340510630554

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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