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Promoting the entrepreneurship agenda across higher education institutes, (HEIs), and the importance of staff engagement

Promoting the entrepreneurship agenda across higher education institutes, (HEIs), and the importance of staff engagement

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  1. Promoting the entrepreneurship agenda across higher education institutes, (HEIs), and the importance of staff engagement Professor Pauric McGowan Director Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, (NICENT)

  2. Promoting the entrepreneurship agenda across higher education and the importance of staff engagement In this presentation I will seek: • Consider the changing context that is redefining the role of the academic in HEIs • Review the experiences of the Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, (NICENT) • Reflect on some of the implications of that experience • Consider strategies to encourage “buy-in”

  3. Promoting the entrepreneurship agenda across higher education Nothing less than the development of the Entrepreneurial University or Institute of Technology……………….

  4. The advent of the entrepreneurial university • Like any enterprise, an entrepreneurial university will be “entrepreneurial” because the people in it are entrepreneurs • Stimulation of entrepreneurial behaviour through curriculum development, • Exploitation of knowledge and technology, • Engagement with business sector

  5. Factors influencing the expansion of universities mission in current times HEIs are increasingly under pressure: To be more relevant in society, To behave more entrepreneurially by government, business and society generally To reflect the new “world of work” for which graduates must be prepared

  6. Entrepreneurship Education, its role “The future prosperity of society depends on all our young people, including the brightest and the best, and their parents coming to regard the business sector and in particular setting up their own business, as a valid and realistic career option” Entrepreneurship and Education Action Plan, DETI, DE, DEL March 2003, p6

  7. The new world of work uncertainty and complexity fluid organisational structures greater probability of self employment wider responsibilities in family and social life global pressures Gibb and Hannon 2006

  8. NICENT’s strategic challenge - building awareness and engagement Through embedding “entrepreneurship” within the curriculum Through extra-curricular activity focusing on entrepreneurial new venturing, (ENV),

  9. Key outcomes for NICENT partnership since 2000 Through Curriculum development >17, 000 at undergraduate >1900 at postgraduate Through extra-curricular activities >900 students in >300 business teams

  10. From the NICENT experience • Staff in HEIs either embrace or reject the agenda • Either way they have a critical impact on its progress as ‘radical participants’ or ‘determined reactionaries’ • As ‘participants’ their roles are as champions, supporters, gate-keepers and role models • As ‘reactionaries’ they are defenders of the “status-quo”, of traditional values

  11. Basis for resistance • Ignorance and myopia about what entrepreneurship is and who entrepreneurial people are • Pre-conceived notions about its associations with starting a new business and with the profit motive • Pre-determination that agenda poses a threat to traditional university values • The credibility of the subject vis-à-vis “real” academic subjects • Perceived as additional effort and a distraction from proper university work

  12. Challenges to an entrepreneurial culture within a university For many within HEIs the concept of entrepreneurship with its associations with business development and its interest in the profit motive provokes,…….. “…an image of shady villainy, a fifth column gnawing away at the basic values that define a university, a wolf masquerading as a milch-cow” McNay 2002, p 2

  13. Entrepreneurial People: People who start businesses - Entrepreneurial New Venturers People who grow businesses - Corporate entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs People who renew communities or social groups – Social or Community Entrepreneurs

  14. Entrepreneurial people by their actions: Exploit the opportunity in innovative ideas Challenge the status-quo Make a difference Add value Display particular traits and competencies

  15. Strategies to encourage “buy-in” • Make the entrepreneurship agenda relevant • Embed it, don’t bolt it on • Build awareness and encourage engagement • Encourage ownership of the agenda, especially beyond Business and Management faculties • Identify, support and reward champions • Confirm credibility of entrepreneurship in research terms • Develop a culture for entrepreneurship through celebrations of success and a “can-do” attitude • Train the trainers • Minimise the hassle-factor • Personal selling

  16. Entrepreneurial people will save the world! ‘The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him…The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man’ George Bernard Shaw

  17. Promoting the entrepreneurship agenda across higher education institutions and the importance of staff engagement Professor Pauric McGowan. Director. Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, (NICENT),