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Axelsson, K. & Westerberg, M. (2018). Entrepreneurship in teacher education: conceptualization and tensions. In: Ulla Hytti, Robert Blackburn, Eddy Laveren (Ed.), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Education: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research (pp. 123-145). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurship in teacher education: conceptualization and tensions
2018 (English)In: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Education: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research / [ed] Ulla Hytti, Robert Blackburn, Eddy Laveren, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd , 2018, p. 123-145Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2018
Keywords
Entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurship, Teacher education, Entrepreneurial learning, Qualitative
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41753 (URN)9781788972291 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2018-12-18Bibliographically approved
Axelsson, K. (2018). Informationens värde och digitalisering ur ett strategiskt styrningsperspektiv: en förstudie inom Trafikverket. Stockholm: Akademin för ekonomistyrning i staten, Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Informationens värde och digitalisering ur ett strategiskt styrningsperspektiv: en förstudie inom Trafikverket
2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Akademin för ekonomistyrning i staten, Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, 2018
Keywords
Digitalization, Management, Strategy, Strategizing
National Category
Engineering and Technology Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41752 (URN)978-91-981634-7-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2018-12-18Bibliographically approved
Axelsson, K., Höglund, L. & Mårtensson, M. (2018). Is what’s good for business good for society?: Entrepreneurship in a school setting. In: U. Hytti, R. Blackburn & S. Tegtmeier (Ed.), The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Contexts.: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research (pp. 54-75). Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Is what’s good for business good for society?: Entrepreneurship in a school setting
2018 (English)In: The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Contexts.: Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research / [ed] U. Hytti, R. Blackburn & S. Tegtmeier, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 54-75Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
Series
Frontiers in European Entrepreneruship Reserach
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Innovation and Design; Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35233 (URN)9781788110983 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-04-23 Created: 2017-04-23 Last updated: 2018-12-10Bibliographically approved
Omorede, A. & Axelsson, K. (2018). Migrant Entrepreneurs and Their Spark for Entrepreneurial Exploration. Paper presented at ICEIRD 2018 : 20th International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Barcelona, Spain, August 20-21, 2018. International Journal of Law and Political Sciences
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Migrant Entrepreneurs and Their Spark for Entrepreneurial Exploration
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Law and Political SciencesArticle in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The war and violence around the world today has brought a mass increase of forcibly displaced individuals to seek refuge in the European Union, where they have to leave their homes and restart a new life built on other cultural, social, economic and legal premises than they are used to. Since 2014, the EU have accepted such individuals to help deal with the crisis by providing protection and refuge. Countries like Germany, Hungary, Austria and Sweden accepted around two- third of EU’s asylum seekers. Statistics from the Swedish migrations agency shows that about 163, 000 people applied as asylum seekers in December 2015 as compared to the 20, 000 persons who applied in April of the same year. This dramatic rise in population brought an overwhelming shock to Sweden because they needed to find quick and suitable solutions to be able to accommodate the thousands of refugees. Due to this, it posed a challenge for the Sweden to immediately tackle the problem of integrating the new arrivals in the labor market. With less societal integration and little or no skills to connect to the workforce, these immigrants faced a shaky beginning, as they had to struggle with not just integrating into a new society but also to get suitable jobs. These uncertainties brought pressures to the immigrants which drove a certain number of them to move from city to city seeking for a place seek for alternatives not just to contribute to their own well-being but also to contribute to the environment which provided a safe haven for them. As a result, they brought in their own skills, experiences, and cultural orientation to exploring and exploiting new opportunities and filling the gaps in their new environment. Recently, immigrants contribute with multidisciplinary collaborations and insights, international relations and to national growth through the exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities because they come with different backgrounds and see their new society with a different “lenses” from the locals in the country. Our study, seek to understand how these uncertainties led migrant entrepreneurs towards entrepreneurial activities. We seek to understand their processes towards exploring and exploiting opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as their role in contributing to the regional growth. To reach these aims, we conducted a qualitative study using open-ended interviews of several migrant entrepreneurs – both female and male – that took part in two different entrepreneurial projects in mid-Sweden. The first projects was a business program for African women, the other was an entrepreneurship hub for immigrants. Both were focused on inspiring and coaching immigrants during their entrepreneurial process. An integrated part was to work with the participants’ entrepreneurial skills and abilities. In addition, we also collected archival documents to support our data. We analyzed our data using content analysis for qualitative research. The study aims to contribute to the entrepreneurship literature by understanding the influences of cognitive and environmental factors towards entrepreneurial activities. This study also provides several suggestions for policy makers on how they can better integrate migrants into becoming contributors of the society.

Keywords
Entrepreneurial Processes, Entrepreneurial Intentions, Migrant Entrepreneurship, Uncertainty
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41754 (URN)
Conference
ICEIRD 2018 : 20th International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Barcelona, Spain, August 20-21, 2018
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved
Höglund, L. & Axelsson, K. (2018). Tensions that Enable or Constrain Strategy Making: The work of digitalizing a public-sector agency. In: The relationship between the theory and practice of strategic management in the public sector.: theme 4. Paper presented at EGPA Permanent Study Group XI on: Strategic Management in Government.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tensions that Enable or Constrain Strategy Making: The work of digitalizing a public-sector agency
2018 (English)In: The relationship between the theory and practice of strategic management in the public sector.: theme 4, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There has been a request for more studies on how public sector organizations apply Strategic Management (SM) in practice. This paper is our attempt to meet this request by presenting a qualitative case study of how a digitalization strategy was used to apply SM in the Swedish Transport Administration, a central government agency in Sweden. The empirical data contains 67 interviews at different hierarchical levels, focus group interviews and document studies. Eight of the interviews specifically targeted the work on the digitalization strategy. To analyse the empirical data, we aligned with the strategizing perspective focusing on possible tensions in strategy work. Thus, the aim of the paper is to further develop our knowledge of strategy work in the public sector by enhancing our understanding of what tensions strategy work brings about in the public sector and how these tensions potentially affect strategy making. By analysing strategizing micro processes, our results indicate that when working on digitalization, public sector organizations need to be aware of at least four possible tensions that can enable or constrain strategy making. These tensions are: legitimacy vs. practicality, administrative management vs. innovative approaches, accessibility vs. security and planned vs. emergent strategies.

Keywords
public sector organization; strategic management; strategizing, digitalization, case study.
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41763 (URN)
Conference
EGPA Permanent Study Group XI on: Strategic Management in Government
Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2018-12-21Bibliographically approved
Omorede, A. & Axelsson, K. (2018). To Exist Or To Persist: Exploring The Entrepreneurial Phases For Immigrant Entrepreneurs. In: : . Paper presented at 20th NORDIC CONFERENCE ON SMALL BUSINESS RESEARCH - Entrepreneurship and Collaboration, May 23-25, 2018, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>To Exist Or To Persist: Exploring The Entrepreneurial Phases For Immigrant Entrepreneurs
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study looks into the immigrant entrepreneurial self and their opportunity identification strategies along the entrepreneurial phases. It addresses the recent surge in entrepreneurship literature that has attracted more attention due to the inflated level of immigrations especially in the European countries. The study draws samples from immigrants who have the intentions of starting a venture (the pre-start-up phase), those who have already started their venture (start-up/early phase), those who have nurtured their ventures to maturity (growth/development phase) and those who are in the process of exit (exit phase). Findings suggest that immigrant entrepreneurs adopt several strategies for capturing opportunity during the early phase which, in turn, influence their self-image. Additionally, for the immigrant entrepreneurs included in this study, the identifying and capturing of these opportunities becomes as important as how they perceive themselves. This study shows that the immigrant entrepreneurs’ affective motivation served as an essential mechanism leading their strong selfimage towards their aspirational goals

Keywords
Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Opportunity, Entrepreneurial process, Exit
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-40870 (URN)
Conference
20th NORDIC CONFERENCE ON SMALL BUSINESS RESEARCH - Entrepreneurship and Collaboration, May 23-25, 2018, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden
Available from: 2018-09-20 Created: 2018-09-20 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved
Axelsson, K. & Haglund, A. (2016). En undersökning av entreprenörskap i förskola och skola i Västmanland: Nuläge, utmaningar och behov.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En undersökning av entreprenörskap i förskola och skola i Västmanland: Nuläge, utmaningar och behov
2016 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. 42
National Category
Social Sciences Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35299 (URN)
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2017-05-09Bibliographically approved
Axelsson, K. & Mats, W. (2016). Entrepreneurship in Teacher Education - Conceptualization, Design & Learning outcomes. In: RENT XXX, Antwerpen, Belgium, 18-19 November, 2016: . Paper presented at RENT XXX "Innovation, Relational Networks, Technology and Knowledge Transfer as Drivers of Global Competitiveness".
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurship in Teacher Education - Conceptualization, Design & Learning outcomes
2016 (English)In: RENT XXX, Antwerpen, Belgium, 18-19 November, 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Currently some novel initiatives in Sweden aim to introduce entrepreneurship broadly in teacher education programs. The purpose of this paper is to shed light on one of these early attempts. Specifically we will answer the following research questions: How is entrepreneurship conceptualized in teacher education programs? How is the education designed in terms of pedagogy and didactics? What are the main learning outcomes that the education strives for?

Literature review: The broadening of the entrepreneurship concept where entrepreneurship is conceptualized as a general method for human development (Sarasvathy & Venkataraman, 2011) as well as the proposition by Hannon (2013) that entrepreneurism is the development of a set of individual behaviors, skills and attitudes can be applied in many societal contexts, has provided openings to work with entrepreneurship in teacher education. However in relation to entrepreneurship education we still lack knowledge on key educational and didactical issues, in terms of for instance the nature and impact of our activities (Fayolle, 2013) and in relation to teacher education programs this knowledge is even more scarce.

Approach: In this mainly qualitative case study of a Swedish teacher education entrepreneurship module we apply interviews and surveys of both teachers and students to collect our empirical material. Our starting point is that entrepreneurship education activities in this setting needs to be underpinned by thoughts on theoretical concepts and practices from both entrepreneurship and learning theories. We use Fayolle and Gaillys (2008) teaching model framework as an analytic lens to help provide necessary understanding in relation to our pedagogical and didactical questions.

Results: The results show how entrepreneurship education in teacher education is riddled with tensions relating to overall mission, target groups, pedagogy, content and assessments. However, there seem to be viable paths forward that might mitigate these tensions and provide a better opportunity for entrepreneurship education within the realm of teacher education.

Implications and Value: First and foremost, we add to the knowledge about how entrepreneurship is introduced in teacher education programs, helping both researchers and practitioners understand the conceptualization, design in terms of pedagogy and didactic, as well as main learning outcomes. By using and building on Fayolle and Gailly’s (2008) theoretical teaching model framework, we provide structured empirical perspectives and knowledge aggregation on pedagogy and didactic in entrepreneurship education. As such we contribute to the knowledge about how entrepreneurship education is operationalized and perceived in a special case of non-business context, from both a teacher and student perspective.

Keywords
entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship, teacher education, entrepreneurial learning, qualitative
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35231 (URN)
Conference
RENT XXX "Innovation, Relational Networks, Technology and Knowledge Transfer as Drivers of Global Competitiveness"
Available from: 2017-04-23 Created: 2017-04-23 Last updated: 2017-05-17Bibliographically approved
Axelsson, K. (2015). En analys av Skolverkets satsning på utvecklingsmedel för entreprenörskap i skolan. Eskilstuna: Mälardalens högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En analys av Skolverkets satsning på utvecklingsmedel för entreprenörskap i skolan
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eskilstuna: Mälardalens högskola, 2015
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29666 (URN)
Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-11-26 Last updated: 2015-12-02Bibliographically approved
Axelsson, K., Hägglund, S. & Sandberg, A. (2015). Entrepreneurial Learning in Education: Preschool as a Take-Off for the Entrepreneurial Self. Journal of Education and Training, 2(2), 40-58
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurial Learning in Education: Preschool as a Take-Off for the Entrepreneurial Self
2015 (English)In: Journal of Education and Training, ISSN 2330-9709, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 40-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recently the phenomenon of entrepreneurship by political aspirations has entered the school setting. This is a world-wide development affecting education in practice and theory. In 2009 the Swedish Government launched a strategy stating that entrepreneurship should run like a common thread through the educational system. Since childhood is considered the ideal stage to influence attitudes towards entrepreneurship, and preschool constitutes the beginning of this publicly imposed “red thread”, this setting is of particular interest. In school practice the concept of entrepreneurship is translated into entrepreneurial learning. In this study we seek to investigate what characterises entrepreneurial learning in a preschool context according to preschool teachers by conducting both critical incident questionnaires and an in-depth interview using stimulated recall method. The empirical results suggest that entrepreneurial learning has developed the preschool teachers’ educational discussions and has affected the children’s entrepreneurial skills. Further, when analysing the material as to what supports and hinders a positive entrepreneurial learning situation, four main themes emerged: ongoing reflection, active participation, a meaningful learning situation and a tolerant atmosphere.

National Category
Educational Sciences Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Didactics; Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29138 (URN)10.5296/jet.v2i2.7350 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-09-25 Created: 2015-09-25 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved
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