Papers

“Entrepreneurship, Self Organization, and Eudaimonic Well-Being: A Dynamic Approach”

Originally posted in our June 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. We move onto a recent paper published by Nadav Shir and Carol D. Ryff emphasizing how entrepreneurial activity can increase our well-being. With a focus on the self-directed nature of entrepreneurship, Shir and Ryff expand on our learning from the PERMA+ Model. “[They] define self-organization in entrepreneurship as the autonomous act of organizing goals, activities, and behaviors in pursuit of a personal vision, and further as…

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“How College Contributes to Workforce Success”

As we think about how we bolster resiliency, while also acknowledging the difficult situations many of us are facing during the second year of a pandemic, it can be difficult to focus on what skills we need to develop in ourselves and our students. One important factor is to look at what employers are asking for. Given the highly unstable job market, focusing on what employers are looking for can become quite difficult, since it…

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White Paper: The Entrepreneurial Mindset Imperative

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative is proud to present our latest publication, a white paper titled The Entrepreneurial Mindset Imperative. Read the abstract for the white paper below, and follow the link to download the entire piece! “The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, from artificial intelligence, robotics, and the new “gig” economy, to global warming and mass immigration, the evidence of change is abundantly clear. And it’s all happening at lightning speed. Suddenly, the…

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“Self-efficacy”

“Perceived self-efficacy is defined as people’s beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how people feel, think, motivate themselves and behave. Such beliefs produce these diverse effects through four major processes. They include cognitive, motivational, affective and selection processes.” This paper breaks down the above and further explores the following concepts: Sources of Self-Efficacy Beliefs Efficacy-Mediated Processes Adaptive Benefits of…

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Entrepreneurship in Education: What, Why, When, How

We often talk about the benefits of entrepreneurial learning beyond business creation. Much of our understanding of this concept started with this paper, published by the OECD. This report discusses many of the opportunities with entrepreneurship in education, such as its capacity to trigger deep learning and instill engagement, joy, motivation, confidence, and feelings of relevancy among students, but also its stated and, to some extent, evidenced effects on job creation, economic success, renewal, and…

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European Conference on Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The Language of Successful Entrepreneurs

A recent study published by the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship found that an entrepreneurial mindset is not a personality trait, which is relatively fixed, but can be learned and adopted. After studying successful entrepreneurs, the journal defines the entrepreneurial mindset at a high level while breaking down the key components behind it. Download Journal Article

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Born to Choose: The Origins and Value of the Need for Control

Locus of control and self-efficacy are two key constructs behind the entrepreneurial mindset. And, our power to choose (to express a preference or assert one’s self) reinforces our perception of control and self-efficacy. In this significant National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, NIH confirms that the belief in one’s ability to achieve their goals and exert control over their environment is essential for an individual’s well being, a psychological and biological necessity. Read the full…

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Oamk LABs practices for bridging work life 21th century skills and higher education

“What if education were less about acquiring skills and knowledge and more about cultivating the dispositions and habits of mind that students will need for a lifetime learning, problem solving and decision making? What if education were less concerned with end-of-year exam and more concerned with who students become as a result of their schooling? What if we viewed smartness as a goal that students can work toward rather than as something they either have…

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World Economic Forum: The Global Human Capital Report 2017

How nations develop their human capital can be a more important determinant of their long-term success than virtually any other factor. The Global Human Capital Index 2017 ranks 130 countries on how well they are developing their human capital on a scale from 0 (worst) to 100 (best) across four thematic dimensions and five distinct age groups to capture the full human capital potential profile of a country. It aims to be used as a…

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