Obstacles to Establishing Venture Creation Based Entrepreneurship Education Programs
Paper i proceeding, 2011

While many scholars argue for the value of action-based entrepreneurship education programs compared to traditional theory and lecture based teaching (Mwasalwiba, 2010), seemingly few such programs exist. We hypothesized that this could be explained by the existence of obstacles to establishing action-based entrepreneurship education programs, and that these obstacles may be categorized into three main areas – financial obstacles (Mwasalwiba, 2010), educational paradigm obstacles (Taatila, 2010, Hager, 2005, Kyrö, 2005) and incentive obstacles (Wright et al., 2009). The purpose of the paper is to explore a segment of action-based entrepreneurship educations identified as venture creation programs (VCPs), where real-ventures are created within the educational framework, and empirically investigate obstacles experienced by the facilitators of these programs. Thus, the research question is: What obstacles are experienced when establishing (facilitating) a VCP at a Higher Education Institution? This paper is part of a larger research study investigating VCPs. We build from an initial investigation of six VCPs from Europe (Gothenburg, Louvain, Lund and Tromsö) and North America (Eugene and Boston), identified through literature and other written documentation, internet resources, peer reference and snowball sampling. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with program directors in order to explore obstacles experienced in establishing the particular VCP. Among the investigated six VCPs the main hypothesis regarding obstacles in establishing these programs, was not supported – few serious obstacles were identified among the studied VCPs. The main conclusion of this article thus has to be that a rare occurrence of VCPs requires other explanations.

entrepreneurship education


venture creation



Martin Lackéus

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Mats Lundqvist

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Karen Williams Middleton

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Nordic Academy of Management Meeting (NFF) Conference, Stockholm




Innovation och entreprenörskap

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