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What Can SMEs Learn from Universities?: Transferring Entrepreneurship Education Knowledge from the University to the Corporate World

  • Times of high dynamic and growing new knowledge demand for entrepreneurial education and university engagement. Higher education institutions (HEIs) have established intensive knowledge and resources about entrepreneurial education and relating activities and formats over the last years. As smaller companies (SMEs) are increasingly experimenting with entrepreneurship, they seem to struggle with setting up entrepreneurial activities within their established corporate strategy and innovation structures. It is beneficial for them to collaborate with higher education institutions to minimize the risk and uncertainty associated with implementing entrepreneurship education (EE) and catch up with larger corporates. Further, research lacks a systematic characterization of EE activities in those companies and classification of collaboration formats. Therefore, this study uses qualitative research methods to analyze data from interviews conducted with two German SMEs. Our study contributes to a better understanding of EE in SME and respective HEI collaborations by (1) characterizing EE in SME and SME-HEI collaboration based on attributes and collaboration types defined by their locus of collaboration and intensity of knowledge inflow and (2) identifying differences among EE in SME and HEI. We provide implications to practice—corporate and university EE initiatives—for a more effective design and implementation of EE in SMEs and the SME-HEI collaborations themselves.

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Author:Isabella FitzkyORCiD, Christina Lang, Guido H. BaltesORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Progress in Entrepreneurship Education and Training. FGF Studies in Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Place of publication:Cham
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Publication:2023
Release Date:2024/01/15
Tag:Entrepreneurship Education; Knowledge Transfer; Collaboration; Small and medium-sized enterprises; Higher education
First Page:199
Last Page:221
Corresponding author: Christina Lang
Institutes:Institut für Strategische Innovation und Technologiemanagement - IST
Open Access?:Ja
Relevance:Keine peer reviewed Publikation (Wissenschaftlicher Artikel und Aufsatz, Proceeding, Artikel in Tagungsband)
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International