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Strategizing in the Public Sector: Findings from Implementing a Strategy of Entrepreneurship in Education 
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0164-5914
2016 (English)In: International Conference on Enterprise Marketing and Globalization (EMG). Proceedings, Singapore, 2016, 68-77 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Matters of strategy and entrepreneurship are receiving increased attention within the public sector. This paper’s purpose is to advance the understanding how strategizing unfolds in the public sector, an area scarcely researched. The context constitutes of a Swedish public Strategy of Entrepreneurship in Education. With help of the concepts content and process and their relation, the study investigates how entrepreneurship is implemented in the school setting demonstrating expressions of strategizing; how everyday activities are performed and change the outcome of strategy in practice. The paper makes a theoretical contribution to the field of strategic management in public sector and strategizing research by displaying the practitioners’ four main central practices important when it comes to implementing strategy in the public sector. It also enhances the knowledge on how governmental entrepreneurship initiatives are implemented in public settings.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore, 2016. 68-77 p.
Keyword [en]
entrepreneurship, entrepreneruship education, practice, strategizing, strategy, public.
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Innovation and Design; Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35232DOI: 10.5176/2251-2039_IE16.22OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-35232DiVA: diva2:1090181
Conference
6th Annual Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE), Singapore, 12– 13 December, 2016.
Available from: 2017-04-23 Created: 2017-04-23 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Entrepreneurship in a School Setting: Introducing a Business Concept in a Public Context
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurship in a School Setting: Introducing a Business Concept in a Public Context
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Entrepreneurship has during the last decades gained an immense interest in academia, politics and practice. It is argued from politics that more entrepreneurs are necessary for the economic development. In addition, nowadays entrepreneurship is also perceived as a solution to social and societal challenges. This drives a need for entrepreneurial people everywhere in society who can cope with the inconstant and uncertain world of today. As a consequence, there are around the world numerous educational initiatives trying to inspire and fuel an entrepreneurial mind-set. Here, educations of all kind become relevant contexts since they provide an opportunity to affect children, youth’s and adult’s interest and attitudes towards entrepreneurship, and as such give a possibility to reach a vast number of people.

Sweden is no exception, and in 2009 the Swedish Government launched a ‘Strategy for entrepreneurship in the field of education’ in which entrepreneurship is said to run like a common thread throughout education. The main focus is that self-employment is to become as natural as being an employee. As such the Government took an active stand for implementing entrepreneurship in the school setting on a broad front, from preschool to adult education.

This development can be seen as part of New Public Management; a development where concepts from the private sector are lent and transferred to the public sector. Thus, when introducing entrepreneurship in the Swedish educational system, this at the same time means introducing a traditional business concept in a public setting. Therefore, the overall aim of this thesis is to increase knowledge of and insights on how a business concept – entrepreneurship – is operationalised and constructed in a public setting.

When placing entrepreneurship in new societal contexts other questions arise and complexity intensifies. In this qualitative research, the empirical context in focus are schools. It investigates how entrepreneurship is constructed among teachers in their work. But also how this business concept is included in a non-business setting by studying how the entrepreneurship strategy is operationalised in educational practice.

As such the thesis and its findings contribute to the scientific discussions on societal entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, as well as on strategy and strategising in a public context. The research also aspire to serve inspiration, insights and food for thoughts on discussions and reflections on entrepreneurship within the school practice. 

This compilation thesis include five papers. To be able to fulfil the aim this research use a broad theoretical base and multiple qualitative research methods. The combination of methods include semi-structured interviews, in-depth interview using the stimulated recall method, focus group interviews, participative meetings, observations, document studies, digital questionnaires, written inquiries, analysing texts and critical incidents questionnaires.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eskilstuna: Mälardalen University, 2017
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 227
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35234 (URN)978-91-7485-325-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-08, Filen, Mälardalens högskola, Eskilstuna, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2017-04-26 Created: 2017-04-24 Last updated: 2017-07-10Bibliographically approved

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