Colloque CERALE ‐ Chaire Entrepreneuriat : Entrepreneurship, Education & Best Practices
The economic downturn, which began in 2007 and will continue through 2009, is expected by many economists to be amongst the most severe in the past 100 years. While the scale of the downturn remains uncertain, the full impact on the real economy has not yet been felt and more bad news is still to come.
Unemployment is likely to rise soon in many advanced economies, as the global downturn reduces demand for manufactured goods and people have every right to be worried about whether or not they will have a job next month.
Given the gloomy economic context, Entrepreneurship has become increasingly fundamental for developed countries as well as for developing countries. The expectations for new ventures that could relieve the economic situation are very high.
Thus, enterprise creation needs to be pushed, especially by higher education institutions, able to provide e entrepreneurship education and to create relevant structures.
The promotion of innovation not only needs entrepreneurs, but well‐prepared entrepreneurs, with strategic capabilities and knowledge.
Therefore, from an academic perspective, three core questions arise:
- How is it possible to promote Entrepreneurship as a legitimate academic subject?
- How to differentiate undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programmes?
- Which are the best practices to be implemented to foster entrepreneurship?
As the framework chosen is the European and the Latin American continent, the focus will also be put on the following aspects:
- Is there a common perception of Entrepreneurship in Europe and Latin America?
- Are there any specificities that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to launch new business?
- Or, by contrast, is there any form of determinism that would hinder Entrepreneurship in any country?
November 24 ‐ 25, 2008