Re-Defining Entrepreneurship in the 21 Century:
An Academic Study
Entrepreneurship is the Skillset of the 21st Century
You have to be more self directed, more self sufficient, more resourceful and more flexible in the face of ambiguity and change.
In the 21st century – even if you’re an employee – you have to act like an entrepreneur.
Teaching Entrepreneurial Skill Sets
Colleges, Universities and other organizations recognize that being an entrepreneur – or at least possessing entrepreneurial skills – gives students a distinct advantage in their careers.
Developing entrepreneurial skills are certainly relevant if the student is going be a founder and start a company – but this is a rarity. Upon graduation, most students seek employment at established companies, rather than becoming a founder of a new company.
- Does possessing a set of entrepreneurial competencies create an advantage for getting hired today?
The skills and competencies that define successful entrepreneurs and successful employees have changed over many decades.
- Are Universities preparing students with the right competencies to thrive as entrepreneurs, and to thrive as employees, in the 21st century?
The study will collect and analyze contemporary data about skills and traits (competencies) typically associated with entrepreneurs.
We will track whether having entrepreneurial traits is a significant positive (or negative) factor for successful employment.
- In other words – do people with strong entrepreneurial competencies make good employees?
We’ll collect data from surveys of employers and hiring managers, as well as from entrepreneurs and job seekers.
We’ll also analyze data from larger companies that have acquired ‘startups’ – who thus have converted the entrepreneurial founders into employees.
Who is involved
The study is being conducted by