Title: Bhutanese and Canadian business student attitudes to entrepreneurship: implications for education and learning

Authors: Ron Mulholland

Addresses: Laurentian University, Sudbury, P3E 2C6, Canada

Abstract: This study compares attitudes to entrepreneurship of university business students in the newly democratised Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to those in Canada. Bhutan is a country in transition from a subsistence agricultural economy to a modern service and trading economy. Entrepreneurship is identified as having a key role in economic development. The government has slowly begun to institute programmes and supportive infrastructure. Results indicate that although there is entrepreneurship potential equivalent to that in Canada, current Bhutanese business students do not often consider this route. Entrepreneurial education and learning are reviewed. Recommendations and future research directions are indicated.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; student attitudes; business students; higher education; Canada; Himalayas; developing countries; democratisation; democracy; universities; subsistence economies; economic transition; agriculture; agricultural economies; service economies; trading economies; trade; economic development; government programmes; supportive infrastructures; entrepreneurial education; Royal University of Bhutan; Gedu; Laurentian University; Sudbury; Ontario; entrepreneurs; innovation; learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2012.049352

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2012 Vol.12 No.4, pp.402 - 413

Published online: 03 Sep 2012 *

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