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Ecosystem Engagement in Entrepreneurship Education: A View from Sri Lanka

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Theorising Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education

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Can universities foster a conducive environment for undergraduates aspiring for an entrepreneurial career? Research suggests that this is a collective effort by universities and stakeholders. In this chapter, we take the view of university-based entrepreneurship ecosystem (U-BEE) through a stakeholder lens. To do so, we explored current practices, gaps and opportunities for ecosystem engagement in Sri Lanka through interviews with multiple stakeholders. New to the U-BEE framework are these findings: (1) parents as a U-BEE stakeholder with influence on student’s study and career, (2) pedagogy including tutorials facilitated by alumni entrepreneurs and (3) assessments involving work placements and short projects at start-ups and SMEs. These findings associate with subjective norms, perceived behavioural control and attitude towards behaviour from the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Context-specific insights from this study may be extended to similar developing countries. The implications are connections with stakeholders from the wider community and better engagement opportunities.

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    Third mission refers to the third role beyond teaching and research that centers on the contribution for economic and social development.

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Gallage, N., Laferriere, R., Selvarajah, C. (2022). Ecosystem Engagement in Entrepreneurship Education: A View from Sri Lanka. In: Larios-Hernandez, G.J., Walmsley, A., Lopez-Castro, I. (eds) Theorising Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87865-8_15

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