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Research in Higher Education

, Volume 53, Issue 8, pp 831-859

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Exploring Innovative Entrepreneurship and Its Ties to Higher Educational Experiences

  • Matthew J. MayhewAffiliated withSteinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University Email author 
  • , Jeffrey S. SimonoffAffiliated withLeonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • , William J. BaumolAffiliated withLeonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • , Batia M. WiesenfeldAffiliated withLeonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • , Michael W. KleinAffiliated withSteinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to explore innovative entrepreneurship and to gain insight into the educational practices and experiences that increase the likelihood that a student would graduate with innovative entrepreneurial intentions. To this end, we administered a battery of assessments to 3,700 undergraduate seniors who matriculated in the spring of 2007; these students attended one of five institutions participating in this study. Results showed that, after controlling for a host of personality, demographic, educational, and political covariates, taking an entrepreneurial course and the assessments faculty use as pedagogical strategies for teaching course content were significantly related to innovation intentions. Implications for higher education stakeholders are discussed.

Keywords

Innovation Quantitative College student College impact