Nurturing Entrepreneurial Competencies Through University-Based Entrepreneurship Centers: A Social Constructivist Perspective

Seminal Ideas for the Next Twenty-Five Years of Advances

ISBN: 978-1-78973-262-7, eISBN: 978-1-78973-261-0

ISSN: 1074-7540

Publication date: 19 June 2019

Abstract

This chapter begins with a reflection on the call for investigating how entrepreneurial competencies are developed (Bird, 1995) in the context of university-based entrepreneurship centers. Through clarifying the nature of entrepreneurial competencies and applying a social constructivist perspective of learning, it is proposed that effective nurturing of entrepreneurial competencies for university students through entrepreneurship centers shall be based on five key characteristics; namely, active experimentation, authenticity, social interaction, sense of ownership, and scaffolding support. The chapter contributes to the literature through establishing a link between entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial competencies in the context of university-based entrepreneurship centers, which have become an increasingly popular way for promoting entrepreneurial development. The practical implications on nurturing entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship centers are discussed, together with the directions for further research. This chapter is designed as a refection upon Bird’s original article articulating the concept of entrepreneurial competencies. In this chapter, the author outlines how entrepreneurial competencies can be developed through education programs, specifically via entrepreneurship centers.

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Man, T. (2019), "Nurturing Entrepreneurial Competencies Through University-Based Entrepreneurship Centers: A Social Constructivist Perspective", Katz, J. and Corbet, A. (Ed.) Seminal Ideas for the Next Twenty-Five Years of Advances (Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, Vol. 21), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 141-161. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1074-754020190000021006

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