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An analysis of entrepreneurship education (Birmingham Business School 2007-2009)

Prodromou, Zacharias (2010)
M.Sc. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This research examines university students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship education at the Birmingham Business School. The objectives of this study were to examine the effectiveness of the undergraduate and postgraduate entrepreneurship modules at the Business School based on students’ perceptions. At present little research is available concerning the effects of the recession in 2009 on students’ perceptions about entrepreneurship education so it was decided to examine this for this research. Thirdly differences and similarities between two undergraduate year groups were examined in order to identify any themes concerning the undergraduate entrepreneurship module. Finally the relationship between student satisfaction and the likelihood of students setting up a business was examined. Three questionnaires were administered to undergraduate and postgraduate students who completed entrepreneurship modules at the Business School. Several telephone interviews were also conducted with undergraduate students to help expand on the questionnaire findings. The results show similarities between the two undergraduate years and it was recognised that the undergraduate module requires improvement. The recession impacted upon students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship education and no relationship between student satisfaction with the undergraduate module and the likelihood of setting a business was found indicating other factors may influence students’ intentions of setting up a business.

Type of Work:M.Sc. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Walker, David and Christodoulides, George
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Business School
Subjects:HF Commerce
LB2300 Higher Education
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:734
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