Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Known Worlds and New Frontiers

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Known Worlds and New Frontiers

We explore three “worlds” that entrepreneurship educators generally teach in and introduce a new frontier where we discuss teaching entrepreneurship as a method.  The method is a way of thinking and acting, built on a set of assumptions using a portfolio of techniques to create. It goes beyond understanding, knowing, and talking and requires using, applying, and acting. At the core of the method is the ability for students to practice entrepreneurship and we introduce a portfolio of practice-based pedagogies. These include starting businesses as coursework, serious games and simulations, design-based thinking, and reflective practice.   Neck & Greene, 2011

The International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) has been held in South Africa, USA, Thailand, Canada, and Malaysia and attracts scholars, practitioners, and leaders from over 30 countries.  The 6th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2018 (March 5-6, 2018) was co-hosted by the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Georgetown University, and George Washington University.  Collaborative presentation of "Catalyzing Cross-Generational Entrepreneurship to Foster Economic Growth, Employ Youth, and Optimize Retirees’ Experience," was complemented by the invited work-in-progress poster, "Do Then Learn:  Operationalizing Intergenerational Entrepreneurship."

Conference presentations were divided into streams, including:

  • Teaching entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable business
  • Problems facing entrepreneurs
  • Mini track on entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems
  • PhD colloquium
  • Youth incubator excellence awards
  • Mini track on quadruple quintuple innovation helix themes - Ecology, knowledge, innovation
  • Mini track on the design and culture of innovation
  • Leadership and management
  • Poster presentations on research

As in previous conference experiences, learning is reciprocal.  Participant inquiries, contributions, and shared experiences ignite reflection on the "known worlds and new frontiers" introduced by Neck and Green (2011).  Examples include:

  • Sustainable Success - Essential Ingredients:  Keynote speaker Dr. Pawan Handa retired from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 2017 after holding several global R&D leadership positions in the fields of tire mechanics, tire/vehicle system dynamics, manufacturing process modeling, and long-term strategy development and integration.  His current interests include strategic planning, next-gen workforce, math education and climate change, as reflected in his disruptive innovation:  An Idea:  Industry/Near-Retiree/Education.
  • Impact of Neighborhood Context on Human Development and Innovation—Evidence from Baltimore’s Annual Vital Signs Report: Keynote speaker Dr. Seema D. Iyer, Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor, Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business, interpreted Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance data in the context of entrepreneurial innovation and challenges.
  • Innovation is Hope:  ​Conference presenter Professor George Teodorescu, Chairman of the Danubius Academic Consortium Ecosystem for Integral Innovation, delineated "Innovation is Hope" as a  response to the contemporary "creativity crisis," "focused on "kenotomy" as a model for reactivating creative aptitude, and suggested that current forms of education stifle human creativity. 

Conference benefits included representing the University of Phoenix, encountering new approaches to persistent entrepreneurial challenges, strengthening existing partnerships, and considering new invitations to disseminate research to the global community of scholars.  Insights gleaned from these two days will be incorporated into evolving "Do Then Learn" research.

 
References:

Neck, H. M., & Greene, P. G. (2011) Entrepreneurship education: Known worlds and new frontiers.  Journal of Small Business Management, 49(1), 55–70.

Underdahl, L., Isele, E., Leach, R. G., Heuss, R., & Knight, M.  (2018, March 5-6). Conference proceedings:  Catalyzing cross-generational entrepreneurship to foster economic growth, employ youth, and optimize retirees’ experience. Washington DC:  6th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2018 < http://www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/icie/ >

Underdahl, L., Isele, E., Leach, R. G., Heuss, R., Knight, M., & Perlman, J.  (2018, March 5-6).  Conference proceedings:  Do then learn poster presentation.  Washington DC:  6th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2018 < http://www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/icie/ >

Comments

Walker Ladd's picture Walker Ladd | March 9, 2018 11:37 am MST

Fantastic work, Louise! Thank you for sharing!