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What do Spanish Engineering Students Think about Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

AuthorsEdwards Schachter, Mónica E. ; Fernández Diego, M.; González Ladrón de Guevara, D.
KeywordsEngineering students
Perceptions
Innovation
Entrepreneurship
Creativity
Competences
Issue Date2010
SeriesWorking Paper Series
2010-4
AbstractThis paper analyzes the interrelationships between creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as key enablers of an entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented culture. Empirical results of exploring perceptions and opinions about these three concepts are presented, using a sample of 121 engineering students. The findings show that the majority of students perceive the traditional linear model of innovation and consider innovation strongly related to creativity but moderately related to entrepreneurship. There are contradictions between the students’ self-perceptions as entrepreneurs, their high desirability to start a new firm and their work preferences after graduation, which are principally to get a job in a private company and become public servants. Their low willingness for mobility and the poor contribution of the education system in developing their innovation and entrepreneurial competences constitutes other relevant obstacles for improving an entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented culture.
Description4 figures, 5 tables, 30 pages
Publisher version (URL)http://www.ingenio.upv.es/?pag=prod_wp&lang=esp
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/26651
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