In search of the entrepreneurial spirit in China

Shi, Jenny Jiwei and Sewell, Peter (2009) In search of the entrepreneurial spirit in China. Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship, 3 (1). pp. 58-71. ISSN 1756-1396

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present research into approaches to employability and entrepreneurship education at two universities: one British (The University of Central Lancashire “UCLan”) and one Chinese (Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade “SIFT”). It explores the similarities and differences in an approach to employability and entrepreneurship education and illustrates best practice. Design/methodology/approach – A combination of questionnaires, observations and statistical comparisons are taken from a PMI2 exchange project (Second Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education) funded by the British Council. Findings – Fundamentally different philosophies in the two countries lead to different models and approaches. Examples of best practices in employability and entrepreneurship education in a global context are highlighted. Models of employability are discussed and the challenges, opportunities and possibilities of future work are also presented. Practical implications – The paper will be of value to teachers and researchers forging links between universities in the UK and China, in particular those that wish to support and encourage employability and entrepreneurship within their curricula. Originality/value – The paper helps to clarify the similarities and differences in approach to employability and entrepreneurship education in the UK and China and offers suggestions for enhancing the success of such collaborations.

Item Type:
Journal Article
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Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship
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69297
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Deposited On:
30 Apr 2014 09:09
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Yes
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Published
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23 Apr 2020 02:37