An exploration of the role and contribution of entrepreneurship centres in UK higher education institutions

Paul Jones, Gideon Maas, Sascha Kraus, Lester Lloyd-Reason

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Purpose: This study evaluates current and future roles of UK entrepreneurship centres (ECs) within Higher Education institutions. Literature suggests current activity in entrepreneurship education is strongly associated with the contribution of ECs. However, ECs experience resource limitations and high stakeholder's expectations, leading to a proliferation of aims, roles and identity issues. Design/methodology/approach: The study evaluates five UK EC using evidence from a range of stakeholders within each centre. The study considers the strategic direction of ECs, their aim and roles, resourcing and the leadership role they adopt. Findings: The study assesses the role ECs are fulfilling in the promotion of entrepreneurship and the resource constraints limiting future development. The need for EC identity and community contribution are identified as a determinant of success. Originality/value: This study offers novel insight into factors influencing EC behaviour and future strategy, which will be of value for UK HEI and Entrepreneurship educators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-228
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue number2
Early online date4 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2021

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  • University
  • Entrepreneurship centres
  • UK
  • Contribution
  • Entrepreneurship centre

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management


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