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The Challenges of Educating People to Lead in a Challenging World

Volume 10 of the series Educational Innovation in Economics and Business pp 385-398

COMPETENCE DEVELOPMENT IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Role of University Education
  • Greet FastréAffiliated withFaculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Maastricht
  • , Anita Van GilsAffiliated withFaculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Maastricht

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Abstract

At present, entrepreneurship is of fundamental importance for our society (Thornton, 1999; Bruyat & Julien, 2000). Entrepreneurial companies contribute to economic welfare as they increase the innovative capacity of the economy. These enterprises also lead to more flexible markets and intensified competition. Moreover, through entrepreneurship, new businesses and jobs are created (De Clerck & De Sutter, 2003), an issue of utmost importance in today’s global business environment.