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The potential impact of entrepreneurship education on doctoral students within the non-commercial research environment in Chile

Munoz, Cristian A.; Guerro, Mauricio E.; Mosey, Simon


Cristian A. Munoz

Mauricio E. Guerro

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Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Chilean doctoral programs in science and technology generally do not consider entrepreneurial training within their curricula. Taking an entrepreneurial competency approach, we explore the potential impact of introducing an entrepreneurship education course to doctoral students based within a non-commercial research environment. We identified two main areas of possible impact: the potential effects upon doctoral research projects and the potential effects upon the doctoral students themselves. We followed the learning experiences of science and technology PhD students before, during, and a year after an entrepreneurial course through a multiple case study research design. Our results suggest that entrepreneurship education has a positive impact upon the development of student's creative problem solving and communication skills. This was reported to have a generally positive effect upon the students' doctoral projects and on the student's self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intentions. We conclude that entrepreneurship education complements traditional doctoral training for students within a non commercial academic setting.


Munoz, C. A., Guerro, M. E., & Mosey, S. (2019). The potential impact of entrepreneurship education on doctoral students within the non-commercial research environment in Chile. Studies in Higher Education, 45(3), 492-510.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 17, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 25, 2019
Publication Date Mar 25, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 26, 2020
Journal Studies in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0307-5079
Electronic ISSN 1470-174X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 492-510
Keywords Competence approach, doctoral student, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial skills, STEM doctoral education
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 25/03/2019], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com10.1080/03075079.2019.1597036


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