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What business schools do to support academic entrepreneurship: a systematic literature review and future research agenda

Lookup NU author(s): Professor James Cunningham, Conor O'Kane



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The literature on academic entrepreneurship within business schools is limited and fragmented. The purpose of this systematic literature review is to address this deficit and to identify what business schools do to support academic entrepreneurship and to outline a future research agenda. Based on our systematic literature review we identified three main themes that business schools do to support academic entrepreneurship namely: entrepreneurial education; entrepreneurial networks; and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Furthermore, we identified two further embryonic themes, individual level factors and obstacles to entrepreneurship. Based on our review and analysis we present some future avenues for research.

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Author(s): Walsh G, Cunningham JA, Mordue T, McLeay F, O'Kane C, Connolly N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Studies in Higher Education

Year: 2021

Volume: 46

Issue: 5

Pages: 988-999

Online publication date: 11/03/2021

Acceptance date: 26/02/2021

Date deposited: 19/11/2021

ISSN (print): 0307-5079

ISSN (electronic): 1470-174X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2021.1896805


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