Entrepreneurial Capacity Building in HEIs for Embedding Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation– a Tripartite Approach

Towers, Neil ORCID: 0000-0002-2582-2241, Santoso, Adhi S., Sulkowski, Nadine B and Jameson, John (2020) Entrepreneurial Capacity Building in HEIs for Embedding Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation– a Tripartite Approach. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. ISSN 0959-0552 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to conceptualise entrepreneurial capacity building as an integrated approach within the international higher education sector. Whilst university-enterprise collaboration is recognised as being essential to promoting graduate employability and entrepreneurship, the lack of an integrated approach towards embedding entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial capacity building with an entrepreneurial skill and mindset, prevails in the higher education sector. With reference to the retail sector, increasingly competitive job markets and the need for entrepreneurial capacity building place growing pressures on universities to nurture career-ready graduates with entrepreneurial acumen. Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical paper presents a rationale for embedding entrepreneurship education into university curricula and for promoting university-business collaboration. Secondly, it reviews the extent to which entrepreneurial capacity building is institutionally embedded to foster graduate entrepreneurship, university-business collaboration and business incubation within one strategic framework. Finally, the paper proposes five propositions within a Tripartite Approach that can foster graduate entrepreneurs with entrepreneurial skills and mindset, useful for existing enterprises and start-ups. The implications for these propositions are discussed. Findings – We propose five propositions with a tripartite approach that can foster graduate entrepreneurs with entrepreneurial skill and mindset, skills for creating enterprises and university-enterprise collaboration within one strategic framework. Practical implications – Increasingly competitive job markets and the need for entrepreneurial capacity building place growing pressures on universities to nurture career-ready graduates with entrepreneurial acumen in social science (e.g. retail, business management and accountancy) and science (e.g. pharmacy, architecture and engineering) programmes centred within the tripartite approach. Originality/value – Whilst university-enterprise collaboration is recognised as being essential to promoting graduate employability and entrepreneurship, the tripartite integrated approach embeds entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial capacity building with an entrepreneurial skillset and mindset in the international higher education sector.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurial capacity building; University-business collaboration; Entrepreneurship education; Entrepreneurial learning outcomes; Retail education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD58 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5717 Business communication
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Business, Entrepreneurship and Financial Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 10:09
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 10:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8321

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