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Behind the scenes: spotlight on the entrepreneurship educator

Birgitte Wraae (Department of Finance and Administration, UCL University College, Odense, Denmark) (Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
Andreas Walmsley (International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 19 March 2020

Issue publication date: 6 April 2020




Explores the role of the entrepreneurship educator and their place in the entrepreneurship education landscape.


The paper uses an adapted version of Jones and Matlay's (2011) conceptual framework that describes the context of entrepreneurship education to explore the entrepreneurship educator's role. In-depth interviews were conducted with eleven entrepreneurship educators from five universities/university colleges in Denmark.


Illustrates the situated nature of entrepreneurship education. The entrepreneurship educator is embedded in a system of dialogic relationships with a range of stakeholders. This paper provides insights into how the entrepreneurship educator navigates these relationships and the influence these relationships have in determining the scope and nature of the entrepreneurship educator's role.

Research limitations/implications

Provides a framework and findings upon which further studies can build in an area that has hitherto received limited attention. Findings could be compared with those in other geographical contexts, for example. The dialogic relationships themselves could be explored either holistically or individually with other stakeholders (e.g. students, institutions, communities).


Research on the role of the entrepreneurship educator is extremely limited in an area that has otherwise seen a proliferation of research. The adaptation and application of Jones and Matlay's (2011) framework provides a novel way of understanding how this role is shaped. Where most studies focus either on course content or the students, this study proposes another way to gain insight into the complex world of delivering entrepreneurship education.



Wraae, B. and Walmsley, A. (2020), "Behind the scenes: spotlight on the entrepreneurship educator", Education + Training, Vol. 62 No. 3, pp. 255-270.



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