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Sustainable entrepreneurship undergraduate education: A community of practice perspective

Ramirez-Pasillas, Marcela; Evansluong, Quang

Authors

Marcela Ramirez-Pasillas



Contributors

J. A. Arevalo
Editor

S.F. Mitchell
Editor

Abstract

This chapter explores how an undergraduate elective course employs a community of practice to change students’ perceptions on sustainable entrepreneurship. For this purpose, we conducted a case study of an undergraduate elective course in a Swedish Business School re-designed to adopt sustainability and sustainable entrepreneurship education. We found evidence that when students engage in a community of practice for sustainable entrepreneurship, they become aware of the importance of individual agency. We proposed two key activities: project work and embracing an active citizenship to nurture the full-participation of students in a community of practice. Through project work – developing ideas and prototypes for sustainable ventures, lean mentoring and participation in a sustainability festival -- students were provided with a learning context for changing their perceptions on sustainable entrepreneurship. By embracing an active citizenship, students coined potential solutions to societal problems. Individual and collective reflections on class activities were important for them to become aware of their roles and capacity to act as change agents.

Publication Date May 1, 2017
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Handbook Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach through University Leadership, Scholarship and Partnerships.
ISBN 978 1 78536 123 4
APA6 Citation Ramirez-Pasillas, M., & Evansluong, Q. (2017). Sustainable entrepreneurship undergraduate education: A community of practice perspective. In J. A. Arevalo, & S. Mitchell (Eds.), Handbook Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach through University Leadership, Scholarship and PartnershipsUSA: Edward Elgar Publishing
Keywords sustainable entrepreneurship, undergraduate education, active citizenship, Sweden