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PhD student Ida Lindh, Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå

Entrepreneurship, a new research subject in Skellefteå

Published: 14 March 2014

Ida Lindh, a PhD-candidate at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå has just started her research in the field of entrepreneurial learning in school. Skellefteå, known for its entrepreneurial spirit and long history of entrepreneurship in the education system, is part of the project.

The point of departure is that entrepreneurship has been defined as a key competence for all human beings, and by that it has become a concern for schools and education to develop entrepreneurial competences among students by adopting entrepreneurial learning forms. The development of entrepreneurial competences is described as crucial for every human being, regardless of their future career choice.

- There is, however, a wide variety of different approaches, methods and conceptual understandings for how entrepreneurial learning in a wider context can be understood.

Entrepreneurial learning in the education system is not about teaching all the students how to become entrepreneurs, rather learn to act as an entrepreneur in how they identify and create opportunities.

- This got me interested to learn more about the process in which entrepreneurs learn. If students in the education system are supposed to develop entrepreneurial competences by learning as entrepreneurs learn, there is a need to understand the nature of entrepreneurs’ learning process. The main scope for Idas’ dissertation will be to use and develop the literature on entrepreneurs’ learning with the purpose to understand how entrepreneurial learning in a wider context can be enhanced.

Idas supervisor is Mats Westerberg, professor at entrepreneurship and innovation at Luleå University of Technology.