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The Entrepreneurial Shift
Americanization in European High-Technology Management Education


  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403390

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  • This volume is a provocative study of how American-led entrepreneurship transformed business education in Europe. Starting with Silicon Valley's high-technology businesses, and examining business schools in France, Germany and the Czech Republic, the book shows how management education shifted in response to an increasingly entrepreneurial business context. Traditionally, training focused on learning about existing models and how to use them to best advantage; there was little room to embrace continuous change. New technologies have been liberating, enhancing variety and change in European business schools. The educational emphasis has turned now to thinking 'outside the box'- embracing technological solutions, and creating organizations in which constant transformation is an everyday phenomenon. This study is an important contribution, and will be of interest to academics, students, and practitioners who are concerned with how and why business is and should be taught today.

    • Uniquely combines three fields that are expanding in modern society: management education, information technology and entrepreneurship
    • Explores the historical development and institutionalisation of entrepreneurship as an educational discipline
    • Co-author Robert Locke has a considerable worldwide reputation in this field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… a thoughtful essay on the difficult terrain of academia and high-tech entrepreneurship.' Professor Les Hannah, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo

    Review of the hardback: 'The Entrepreneurial Shift is an impressive achievement and makes an outstanding contribution to the literature on management education. This book is a demonstration, based on an international study, that technology changes and American entrepreneurial culture play a key role in shaping educational systems both inside and outside the U.S.A.' Alain Fayolle, Professor of Entrepreneurship, E.M. Lyon and I.N.P. Grenoble, France

    Review of the hardback: 'A highly original account of the European response to the Silicon Valley phenomenon and the growth of entrepreneurial studies in American business schools. The book opens up a new dimension to debates about the Americanization of European business and management education.' Geoffrey Jones, Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

    Review of the hardback: 'The study is well researched and written. It is a pioneering work because it looks at entrepreneurship, education, and technological development at the same time, and on a comparative basis in different countries. It should be obligatory reading for those interested in these subjects.' Management Decision

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403390
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Phenomenal Silicon Valley and the second Americanization
    2. American management education - adding the entrepreneurial dimension
    3. Adjusting higher education in France and Germany to a post 1945 world
    4. Creating German and French entrepreneurship studies
    5. Networking for high tech start-ups in Germany and France
    6. The Czech Republic: an arrested development
    7. Conclusions and policy recommendations.

  • Authors

    Robert R. Locke, University of Hawaii, Manoa

    Katja E. Schöne

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