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1 COEUR (Competence in Europreneurship) Business Creativity: A New Educational Challenge for European Students Presentation at the XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education Andrew Turnbull The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland Prof. Dr. Matthias Eickhoff Institute for Entrepreneurial Behaviour IUH Fachhochschule Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany

2 Entrepreneurship Theory Entrepreneurship needs to be considered more as an European, not just an US, phenomenon, with local adaptation of the entrepreneurial mindset All European societies need to be entrepreneurial with focus on the entrepreneur, developing entrepreneurial people and profitable business opportunities COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education

3 Europreneurship Encouragingly, a new business generation is emerging in Europe, with shared aspirations, values and outlooks. The common features among Europes 20 and 30-something entrepreneurs are far more striking than the differences (Leadbeater and Ussher 1999) COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education

4 Europreneurship Europe needs new entrepreneurs, more now than ever! Entrepreneurship education is on the increase but the creative/innovation stage lacks focus Cross border collaboration and exchange is also desirable – less than 20% of faculty teach internationally Sharing of good practice needed, supported by joint research and new materials COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education

5 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education COEUR Competence in European Entrepreneurship COEUR offers a platform for a variety of activities, benefits and services for numerous stakeholders: Conferences Publications Benchmarking Networking Idea Generation Research and many more… Idea Generation

6 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education The Initial Idea 1996 We want to organise a conference, where students from different universities meet in an open atmosphere of initiative, creativity and responsibility to learn with experienced entrepreneurs and to establish a common basis for the entrepreneurial future in a Europe of regions, forming a nucleus for development and change, a junction in a quickly developing European business-culture. Matthias Eickhoff FH Mainz – University of Applied Sciences Andrew Turnbull Robert-Gordon University, Aberdeen

7 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education COEUR (5 day) Workshops First held in 2004 in Mainz, Germany and since in 4 other European countries. Also in China and Brazil! 10th conference just completed in Wroclaw, Poland. Now an accredited source of ECTS for participating students.

8 Workshop Focus Recognising the role and importance of an entrepreneurial perspective Social skills Presentation skills Intercultural competences Language exercise Supported by key note speeches, creativity training and idea check ups COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education

9 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education The COEUR Business Creativity Module Business Creativity is a one semester interdisciplinary module focused on problem definition and solution development Initially EU sponsored Jointly delivered, starting 2007, at 8 European universities (Pol,CZ, F, UK, Por, D and Est) Students form intercultural Creative Venture Teams (CVT) to develop entrepreneurial ideas with European dimension

10 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education The Business Evolution Process (Eickhoff & Jakob, 2004)

11 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education Experience creativity and entrepreneurial learning in intercultural teams The COEUR-Basis Euro- Preneurship Process orientation Business Creativity

12 Entrepreneurship Education Business planning already integrated into teaching programmes Business creativity and business development remain less well catered for Different tasks require different approaches and tools and all stages of new business evolution should be covered Innovation and creativity increasingly important in terms of responsiveness to unpredictable change Marketing mostly refers to deterministic or (based on Marketing Research) stochastic change COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education

13 Delivery and Feedback The module is now well established via e-learning platforms (Wimba/Skype) and real life classes Virtual groups complete the assignments 76% of (UK) students rated the module very good Less than 5% rated it poor overall, but some concerns were expressed about liaison and contact with students in other countries Assessment mechanisms combine practice and theory, with written and verbal elements Underlying concept and principles are understood and welcomed COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education

14 Delivery and Feedback A really enjoyable module... I would thoroughly recommend the whole experience to other students... although: The module is a brilliant idea but students in different countries were often difficult to get hold of and had different priorities COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education

15 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education A leverage-effect should serve to spread the COEUR-idea in Europe: European Growth European coverage is not expected by growth of the network but by multiplication of university networks ! Competition and cooperation have been experienced

16 COEUR Business Creativity Module XV International Scientific Conference: Human Capital and Investment in Education Thank you for your attention! Thank you VSFS! For further information please contact a.turnbull@rgu.ac.uk or matthias.eickhoff@wiwi.fh-mainz.de


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