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ERIC Number: EJ836654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1977-0219
Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action--An Educational Responsibility for Europe
Eickhoff, Markus Th.
European Journal of Vocational Training, v45 n3 p5-31 2008
In a general sense, entrepreneurial thinking and action relates to all those in employment, as an attitude to work and working behaviour, and it is accordingly becoming a key factor in competence. For independent entrepreneurs it is also, in a more specific sense, a fundamental precondition for successfully establishing and operating an enterprise. This applies above all to small and medium-sized enterprises, whose contributions to employment, training, gross value added, turnover, innovation, competitiveness and social-policy objectives make them the mainstay of the European economy. Entrepreneurial thinking and action is not a single competence--it combines a bundle of (key) abilities, such as initiative, creativity and single-mindedness. The leading organisations of German trade and industry have developed a plan for promoting entrepreneurial thinking and action, which systematically takes account of these abilities in general secondary education; they are then developed during training into an entrepreneurial attitude to work. Specific skills going as far as management and setting up in business are to be offered in continuing education/training and in higher education. Various coordinated measures are required in the individual phases, in order to put in place sustainable entrepreneurship education. (Contains 2 figures and 42 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; United Kingdom