Promoting Institutional Entrepreneurship: Institutional Change in Engineering Education When Introducing Innovation and Entrepreneurial Training


The development and dissemination of well developed and tested instructional strategies and curriculum for engaging students in entrepreneurial training are just one of the steps to realizing a new entrepreneurial training for engineers and scientists. Ultimately universities must accept and adopt the new curriculum as well as agree upon the desired educational outcomes for the innovative technologist in a global economy. The changes to the new curriculum including the content and process through which our students are trained must also function within a university structure that values and can sustain the new educational paradigms.

We propose to continue our work from the Epicenter retreat by building an interactive prototype based on issue mapping. Issue mapping is used to make explicit the different actors, groups, priorities, incentives, barriers and challenges surrounding a change initiative. The approach increasingly occurs virtually, through a set of digital tools and techniques that help stakeholders identify, analyze and visualize current transitions, and work through related controversies. These tools are uniquely positioned to allow for a participatory approach as well as real-time research on dynamic content and relationships. Our target outcomes for this proposal include: a coded first live version of the model for private beta, and the development of a long-term research proposal to test and improve the tool.

Project members:

John Lesko, Virginia Tech

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