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Beyond Simple: Entrepreneurship as a Driver for Societal Change

Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS,volume 390)

Abstract

In this paper, we argue that the important contribution of modern entrepreneurs is not only related to business aims, but also to dealing with complex societal real-world challenges in a systemic, creative, and future-oriented manner. Thus, entrepreneurship is beyond the simplified idea to develop a concept of a business model, but to understand it as a driver for societal change. For that, creativity and systemic approaches are becoming important factors for entrepreneurial thinking, which is geared towards necessary sustainable and future-oriented impacts. What are the necessary competences for entrepreneurs to innovate such new enriched business models, which are embedded in societal changes? We outline the needs for particular educational methods and means that allow for a deeper complex system understanding. We consider system thinking and analysis, problem structuring, co-creation of ideas and improvisation, as well as scenario development tools as means for the empowerment of future entrepreneurs. Sustainable businesses in the long-term perspective (based on the understanding of various time- and agent boundaries), as well as capabilities to respond to emerging unintended effects (e.g., positive and negative side effects of digital transformations) are aimed to be a core focus of such an empowerment.

Keywords

  • Human-nature-technology systems
  • Complex business systems
  • Societal challenges
  • Competences
  • Sustainability orientation
  • Digital transformations
  • Adaptive capacities
  • Education and training

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Satalkina, L., Zenk, L., Mühlmann, K., Steiner, G. (2022). Beyond Simple: Entrepreneurship as a Driver for Societal Change. In: Auer, M.E., Hortsch, H., Michler, O., Köhler, T. (eds) Mobility for Smart Cities and Regional Development - Challenges for Higher Education. ICL 2021. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 390. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-93907-6_95

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