Entrepreneurial mindset in entrepreneurship education: reorienting towards a competence development perspective

Lucrezia Casulli, Suzanne Mawson, Emilee Lauran Simmons

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In recent years Entrepreneurship Education (EE) has become prevalent throughout Higher Education (HE), with a proliferation of programming for learners from Undergraduate to Post-experience studies. Despite the rapid scaling of provision, the majority of extant EE offerings demonstrate little conceptual evolution and development from early programs, with many approaches falling short of enabling the cognitive and behavioral change so critical to supporting entrepreneurial action. In this article we consider the concept of entrepreneurial mindset as a framing for EE programming, conceptualizing it as an approach to support the development of multidimensional cognitive and emotional competences and behavioral outcomes to enable entrepreneurial value creating activity across a range of contexts. We focus specifically on how educators can actively support the development of an entrepreneurial mindset through EE programming and start a conversation on the practicalities of operationalizing the entrepreneurial mindset concept within HE teaching and learning activity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages31
Publication statusUnpublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes
EventBoosting entrepreneurial skills and mindsets: theories, methods and impact - Bologna Business School, Bologna, Italy
Duration: 18 May 202220 May 2022

Academic conference

Academic conferenceBoosting entrepreneurial skills and mindsets


  • entrepeneurial mindset
  • entrepeneurship education
  • entrepreneurial cognition
  • competence development


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