Entrepreneurship education in non-business schools: best practice for Australian contexts of knowledge and innovation communities

2009 ALTC Teaching Fellow

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Associate Professor Christopher Collet

Fellowship years: 2009 - 2011

Abstract: In this era of global economic instability, industry has identified a widening gap between graduate skills and employability. An important element is the lack of entrepreneurial skills in graduates. Two sides of a story about entrepreneurial skills and their teaching were investigated. Senior players in the innovation commercialisation industry, a high profile entrepreneurial sector, were surveyed to gauge their needs and experiences of graduates they employ. Work experience as an employability factor quickly emerged as an industry requirement that provides employee maturity. A process-based conceptual model for teaching and learning higher-order entrepreneurial skills has been derived. International contexts of entrepreneurship education were also investigated to explore how their teaching programs impart the skills of entrepreneurship. Such knowledge is an essential for the design of education programs that can deliver the entrepreneurial skills deemed important by industry for future sustainability. From this Fellowship, two linked programs of entrepreneurship education have been implemented at QUT. The QUT Innovation Space is a connected community enhancing innovation and creativity of students, staff and others. The Q_Hatchery is still embryonic; but it is to be an innovation community that brings together nascent entrepreneurial businesses to collaborate, train and support each other.

Fellowship discipline: commercialisation, Entrepreneurship, innovation, technology transfer