Conceptualising the Entrepreneurship Education and Employability Nexus

Walmsley, Andreas; Decker-Lange, Carolin and Lange, Knut (2022). Conceptualising the Entrepreneurship Education and Employability Nexus. In: Larios-Hernandez, Guillermo J.; Walmsley, Andreas and Lopez-Castro, Itzel eds. Theorising Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education: Reflections on the Development of the Entrepreneurship Education. Cham: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 97–114.



The relationship between entrepreneurship education and the development of students’ employability presents an area of ongoing interest to those engaged in delivering and promoting entrepreneurship education. However, critical engagement with the concept of employability and how it relates to entrepreneurship education is less frequently observed. This chapter explores the nexus between entrepreneurship education and student/graduate employability, shining some light on how developments in the world of work in particular are placing greater emphasis on graduates to display enterprising behaviour. The chapter also tries to move thinking about employability away from a pure ‘skills approach’ and highlights areas where entrepreneurship education may develop attributes that are antithetical to traditional definitions of employability. Overall, the chapter seeks to broaden the discussion of the relationship between employability and entrepreneurship education and highlights three dimensions of the relationship (business start-up, intrapreneurship and career development/life skills) that could provide a foundation for further research.

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