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.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development|
|Early online date||4 Jan 2021|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 4 Jan 2021|
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- Entrepreneurship centres
- Entrepreneurship centre
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
- Strategy and Management