Examining development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in engineering students

Timothy John Hobley, Helle Rootzén*, Pernille Hammar Andersson

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We have employed a survey used by the KEEN network to investigate the development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in control courses where innovation and entrepreneurship were not specifically taught and compared these to courses where innovation and entrepreneurship were a central part of the learning objectives. Surprisingly, the results showed that there was a weak trend (not statistically significantly) showing a positive development in the entrepreneurial mind-set in the control courses. Furthermore, the students score themselves very high on the questions posed, both before and after a course. The results raise questions about the adequacy of the surveys used as the only tool for quantifying development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in engineering students. It also indicates that more parameters must be included in a study. Those could for example be to investigate if the faculty teaching courses apply a growth mind-set as their teaching strategy. Such a strategy in itself can be a reason for students to experience that they develop on the traits that define an entrepreneurial mind-set in the KEEN survey. To shed further light on this, DTU and EPFL have initiated an inter-university collaboration and the results will be presented in a future reports.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
Publication date2019
Pages848-855
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520168
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence - DTU Campus, Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Sep 201921 Sep 2019
Conference number: 46
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Conference46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018
Number46
LocationDTU Campus
CountryDenmark
CityLyngby
Period17/09/201921/09/2019
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Hobley, T. J., Rootzén, H., & Andersson, P. H. (2019). Examining development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in engineering students. In Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education (pp. 848-855). European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI).
Hobley, Timothy John ; Rootzén, Helle ; Andersson, Pernille Hammar. / Examining development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in engineering students. Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), 2019. pp. 848-855
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Hobley, TJ, Rootzén, H & Andersson, PH 2019, Examining development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in engineering students. in Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), pp. 848-855, 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018, Lyngby, Denmark, 17/09/2019.

Examining development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in engineering students. / Hobley, Timothy John; Rootzén, Helle; Andersson, Pernille Hammar.

Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), 2019. p. 848-855.

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Hobley TJ, Rootzén H, Andersson PH. Examining development of the entrepreneurial mind-set in engineering students. In Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). 2019. p. 848-855