Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Case Study on the Entrepreneurial Mindset and Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation of Six Community College Students
by McHenry, Bruce, Ed.D., Northern Arizona University, 2018, 300; 13419818
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this explorative case study was to understand how the skill building, academic, and life learning experiences align and demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and individual entrepreneurial orientation. The study used a purposive sample of six self-selected students at Southwest Suburban Community College, part of a large community college district, in a major metropolitan area in the southwest United States. An action research approach provided an iterative process for the researcher to reflect and review the research process to ensure the participants’ stories demonstrated their lived experiences.

The study used two conceptual frameworks, Effectuation Theory and Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation, to provide different lenses of entrepreneurial orientation and mindset to frame the findings. The study’s research question explored how skill building, academic, and life learning experiences of a purposive sample of self-selected community college students align with and demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and individual entrepreneurial orientation.

Two assertions emerged from the qualitative data analysis. The assertion of Willing Vulnerability and Purposeful Intentionality demonstrated the participants’ stories aligned with propositions inherent to the entrepreneurial mindset and individual entrepreneurial orientation found in the scholarship. Moreover, the assertions and the researcher’s own meaning making during the action research process suggest several actions can be taken. These actions include curriculum development, faculty pedagogy, and institutional polices and can be employed by the researcher, colleagues, and leaders when developing and facilitating an entrepreneurial culture where students lived experiences are integrated and validated as emerging entrepreneurial mindset and orientation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ewing, Kris M.
Commitee: Eadens, Daniel W., Iffert-Saleem, Audrey, Luna, Gaye
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 80/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Entrepreneurship, Junior Colleges
Keywords: Case study, Community college, Entrepreneurial mindset, Entrepreneurial orientation, Entrepreneurship, Students
Publication Number: 13419818
ISBN: 978-0-438-78766-7
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