Fr-OR-S97-3 - University's Contribution To The Entrepreneurial Training

Self-employment and Entrepreneurship
Oral Presentation
Part of:
Friday May 19   03:30 PM to 03:45 PM (15 minutes)
Entrepreneurship/Self employment
Self-employment and Entrepreneurship
University's contribution to the entrepreneurial training
S. Marcon 1,*, M. Panizzon 1, M. C. Bohnenberger 2, S. Schmidt  2, E. Toivonen 3, S. C. Barbieri 1
1Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, 2FEEVALE, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, 3HAMK, Elsinki, Finland
Content: Universities can provide important support mechanisms that can foster and collaborate with academics that are motivated to create their own entrepreneurial initiatives (GARCIA et al, 2012), and therefore, need resources to develop their entrepreneurial behavior. These mechanisms can be associated with opportunity identification related to scientific and technological knowledge-based business, business management method's learning and pedagogical approaches in entrepreneurship education for entrepreneurial behavior. According to the taxonomy of the pedagogical approach's practices in entrepreneurship education, Perera et al. (2004) proposes that the entrepreneur itself can be developed among these characteristics groups and with a practical approach: strategic vision, developed with strategic thinking courses; innovation, developed with creativity and new-product development courses; business management, developed with courses and techniques about business analysis. Therefore, becomes a research opportunity to investigate the relationship between the activities offered from Universities and the development of the student's entrepreneurial behavior of the academics. The main goal of this investigation was to analyze the University effectiveness through the development of the entrepreneurship behavior among the students. The scale applied assessed entrepreneurial behavior with eight dimensions: self-effective, opportunity detector, persist, sociable, creative, planner, risk-calculative, leader. Also, entrepreneurial intensions were measured by: opening a new bussines, motivations, obstacles resistance for opening a business. The survey method with transversal cut was applied to collect data from two universities in Brazil and one in Finland, with a sample size of 2.180 students and 95 variables. The ANOVA results presented a positive association between entrepreneurial behavior and business opening, motivation and obstacle's resistance in order to open a business. However, preliminary results point out that isn´t a positive relation between the current practical activities offered from Universities and the level of entrepreneurial behavior, keeping the pattern from previous studies.

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