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Systemic Entrepreneurship focuses on creating an awareness of systemic entrepreneurship and illustrates the fact that one needs to approach entrepreneurial support activities from many different angles.



1. An Overview of Systemic Entrepreneurship

Finding answers for renewed socioeconomic growth in the current global landscape seems to be a daunting task. Although a plethora of entrepreneurial development initiatives exist results seems not to be forthcoming. Rethinking the way entrepreneurship is promoted is therefore called for and the focus of this drive is systemic entrepreneurship. Through systemic entrepreneurship a broader holistic and heuristic approach can be achieved leading to improved policy formulation promoting socioeconomic growth. Within this chapter systemic entrepreneurship is discussed and supported by input on the role of business schools supporting systemic entrepreneurship. The chapter concludes underlining the fact that systemic entrepreneurship is a multi-disciplinary and multifaceted approach to the current and future challenges faced worldwide.

Gideon Maas, Paul Jones

2. An Overview of Entrepreneurship Education

There has been a significant global growth in entrepreneurship education within the university sector in the last two decade owing to its potential social, economic and educational benefits. However, there remains a longstanding debate within the university sector regarding the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education and further evidence is required to confirm both best practice and its actual impact in terms of enabling entrepreneurial activity. This chapter seeks to inform this debate. While the key academic literature has been drawn from a largely USA and European context it is refreshing to see a new evidence base emerging from an African context. All the papers within this chapter are drawn from the pedagogical experience and projects in an African context.

Gideon Maas, Paul Jones

3. Entrepreneurship Support

When referring to ‘entrepreneurship support’ the support in the majority of cases refers to activities associated with the individual entrepreneur. Although the individual entrepreneur is important they represent only one of the sub-systems within the total entrepreneurial eco-system. In this chapter, a specific subset of an entrepreneurial eco-system was discussed that can support the accelerated and coordinated manner in which entrepreneurial activities are approached in a Higher Education Institutions (HEI). This eco-system can support institutions to map and coordinate the journey of potential entrepreneurs within the specific institution. This entrepreneurial eco-system should be complemented by contents considerations that focus specifically on promoting systemic entrepreneurship such as the examples being used in lecture rooms and the business ideas supported.

Gideon Maas, Paul Jones

4. Quo Vadis?

It cannot be expected of individual entrepreneurs to carry the burden alone of reviving economies worldwide. Individual entrepreneurs should be able to operate in an eco-system that allows them to be innovative within a society. The question therefore is not whether an exact approach to the development of entrepreneurship can be created but rather how a flexible eco-system can guide entrepreneurs and society through this challenging environment. Despite potential difficulties, institutions cannot distance themselves from these challenges. The question is therefore not whether institutions should play a role in systemic entrepreneurship but rather how and therefore this book ended with suggested guidelines for regions and institutions to follow.

Gideon Maas, Paul Jones


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