Research manager: Professor Malin Tillmar
Teaching manager: Senior lecturer Anna Alexandersson
Administrator/coordinator: Helena Mallin
The entrepreneurship research within the knowledge platform is characterised by a broad take on the concept of entrepreneurship, where innovation and creativity within all sectors of society (private, public and civil society) and organisations are included. Quite often, entrepreneurship is organised through collaboration across different sectors (as is often the case in social economy and societal entrepreneurship), which is one of our focus areas. Social, economic and ecological sustainability, globally as well as locally, are other overall themes.
Linnaeus University has profiled itself as “The entrepreneurial university”, which, among other things, means that students on a number of different programmes study entrepreneurship. The perceptions of ‘entrepreneurship’ and ‘the entrepreneur’ that many of our students, as well as society in general, have are part of our research – as are critical perspectives of entrepreneurship, the diversity of entrepreneurship and gender perspectives of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship in practice, including entrepreneurship on the countryside, is also part of our focus areas.
Third-cycle (doctoral) education
Ongoing doctoral student projects
We feel therefore we act: Grassroot entrepreneuring and cross-collaboration in sustainable development projects in Africa
The project aims to create an understanding for entrepreneurial organisation and collaboration between grassroot initiatives and organisations that work across different sectors in connection to sustainable development projects in Africa (country will be specified at a later stage).
Social, sustainable and societal aspects of entrepreneurial organisation are studied through an interactive research method that comprises longer field studies, participative observations and in-depth interviews. Among the theoretical perspectives, we find process theories on entrepreneurship and postcolonial theories. The study is financed by the school of business and economics.
Main supervisor is Malin Tillmar.
Students' perception of entrepreneurship
The study investigates how students from different academic fields view entrepreneurship and how student-centered learning in combination with visually-based teaching methods can contribute to the development of entrepreneurship education. The aim of the study is to contribute to method development within entrepreneurship education by trying new methods for involving students and to get a picture of students' perception of entrepreneurship and in this way contribute to an understanding of how the concept can be understood in education. The study uses visually-based research methods and the theoretical framework comes from picture and learning theory as well as from the entrepreneurship field with focus on education. The study is financed by Kalmar Handlande Borgares Donationsfond.
Main supervisor is William Gartner.
Cultural entrepreneurship & Private Art Organisations
Departing from the increased presence of private and civic initiatives among the emergence of cultural organisations, the research project focuses on the creation of art exhibition organisations. The study explores the driving forced behind cultural initiatives springing from the private and civic sectors by studying how founders of art museums and art galleries legitimize and realize their initiatives. By studying how, why and who initiates and carries out these cultural ventures, the project aims to contribute with an increased understanding of how cultural values are produced. The study is financed by the school of business and economics.
Main supervisor is Lars Lindkvist.
Project: Circular economy tools to support innovation in green and blue tourism SMEs (CIRTOINNO) Strengthening international activeness and innovation capacity of the South Baltic blue and green…
Project: Circular ecopreneurs Circular ecopreneurs are entrepreneurs that aim to solve environmental issues. Through their business models they aim to create a more resource efficient society.
Project: Experimental cultural heritage and entrepreneurship The research project “Experimental cultural heritage and entrepreneurship” studies and analyses the role and development of cultural…
Project: Food waste – from non-question to question in focus During the last decade, food waste has gone from being a non-question to an environmental question in focus, in society in general as well…
The knowledge platform is responsible for programmes and courses at first- and second-cycle level, as well as for being a dialogue partner for other faculties involved in entrepreneurship education through ‘The entrepreneurial university’. The aim of the education within our programmes, courses, and ‘The entrepreneurial university’, is to create conditions for a broad entrepreneurship in all sectors of society and to equip our students so that they are able to consciously and critically contribute to society through a sustainable entrepreneurship.
As its basis, our education uses a pedagogy that is based on problem-based learning and co-creation with local and regional actors. To support the development of the education, we have established a co-creator’s council with representatives from the trade and industry, civil society, and authorities in the region.
Much of the research and teaching is carried out in close and interactive collaboration with the surrounding society in Småland, where local and regional actors, researchers and students are co-creators of the knowledge we produce, document and publish.
Co-creative advice Council
Within the knowledge platform, we strive to work more integrated with research, education and collaboration. We stand for a broad view of entrepreneurship (new ideas that are realized in all sectors of society), that collaboration across sectoral and subject boundaries is therefore central and that entrepreneurship exists in our everyday lives.
As part of integrating research and education with collaboration, we have established a Co-operation Council of about 20 actors in the Linnaeus regions (Kalmar and Kronoberg). The council members represent both the private and public sectors and civil society organizations.
The purpose of the Co-operation Council is multiple
- We want to offer an arena for learning and exchange of experience between academia and other sectors of society in entrepreneurship issues.
- We want to ensure the relevance of our research and education in the surrounding community.
- We want our research results to benefit the region's organizations.
- We want to enable mutual exchange between the region's organizations and our researchers and students.
- Alina Husung Doctoral student
- Anna Alexandersson Senior lecturer
- David Calås Doctoral student
- Erik Rosell Senior Lecturer
- Frederic Bill Senior lecturer
- Hans Lundberg Senior lecturer
- Inessa Laur Senior lecturer
- Joacim Rosenlund Senior lecturer
- Karin Berglund Guest professor
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- Katarina Ellborg Lecturer
- Malin Tillmar Professor
- Marina Jogmark Senior lecturer
- Mathias Karlsson Associate senior lecturer
- Setayesh Sattari Senior lecturer
- Shqipe Gashi Nulleshi
- Valentina Vasicheva Project coordinator
- Viktorija Kalonaityte ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
- William Gartner Professor visiting
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