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ERIC Number: EJ943799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1038-4162
Educating for an Entrepreneurial Career: Developing Opportunity-Recognition Ability
Sardeshmukh, Shruti R.; Smith-Nelson, Ronda M.
Australian Journal of Career Development, v20 n3 p47-55 Spr 2011
Entrepreneurship as a career option has become increasingly desirable, and there is a real need to develop an opportunity-oriented entrepreneurial mindset among tertiary students. Current entrepreneurship education heavily relies on the linear process of business planning and rarely encourages the complex and non-linear thinking patterns necessary for entrepreneurial careers. Based on a theory-driven understanding of the nature of opportunity recognition, we propose a two-pronged approach combining classroom exercises with experiential exercises to enhance opportunity-recognition ability. Our model is not limited to new business creation, and it lends itself easily to self-managed, opportunity-driven, entrepreneurial approaches to careers. Links between entrepreneurship and self-managed careers are discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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