Quotation Lüthje, Christian, Franke, Nikolaus. 2003. The "making" of an entrepreneur: Testing a model of entrepreneurial intent among engineering students at MIT. R&D Management. 33 (2), 135-146.




It is widely accepted that the educational system of universities has to provide an academic environment that may serve as a catalysts for high-technology start-ups. The academic tradition of entrepreneurship in German-speaking countries is very short. Until recently, fostering innovations and new product development through entrepreneurship has not been regarded as a primary task of universities. However, perspectives have changed in this respect, and there have been numerous attempts to enhance the role of university graduates as founders of innovative businesses. In this paper, we compare the entrepreneurial intentions of students at two German-speaking universities (the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the University of Munich) with the corresponding results for a leading institution in this field: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We find very distinct patterns of entrepreneurial spirit in these universities. The results also suggest that the lower level of founding intentions among students in Munich and Vienna may be attributed to their less distinctive entrepreneurship education. This leaves a great deal of room for improvement.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal R&D Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title The "making" of an entrepreneur: Testing a model of entrepreneurial intent among engineering students at MIT
Volume 33
Number 2
Year 2003
Page from 135
Page to 146
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9310.00288
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-9310.00288


Franke, Nikolaus (Details)
Lüthje, Christian
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation IN (Details)
Research Institute for Family Business FI (Details)
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