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Educating for an Entrepreneurial Career: Developing Opportunity- Recognition Ability

Published on Oct 1, 2011in Australian journal of career development
· DOI :10.1177/103841621102000308
Shruti R. Sardeshmukh9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UniSA: University of South Australia),
Ronda M. Smith-Nelson1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UGA: University of Georgia)
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Abstract
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.
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