Creating an entrepreneurial culture in an engineering university

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This paper describes the process followed at Michigan Technological University (MTU) over the past dozen years to develop an entrepreneurial culture, not only at the university but in the surrounding rural area as well. Michigan Tech offers programs primarily in the areas of engineering, the sciences, and business administration. The process of developing an entrepreneurial culture was gradual, and many obstacles had to be overcome, ranging from patent and licensing practices that discouraged innovation to faculty attitudes that were skeptical of “nontraditional” course content. Perhaps the greatest obstacle was a pervasive culture in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that conditioned people to wait for somebody else to do something.

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© 2008 American Society for Engineering Education. Publisher’s version of record: https://peer.asee.org/3814

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2008 Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society of Engineering Education