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Achieving legitimacy in entrepreneurship education: a case study

Abstract : This paper examines the legitimating process of a French higher education institution entirely dedicated to entrepreneurship. Management and entrepreneurship education strive both for academic and market legitimacies. We think entrepreneurship education is confronted with an additional challenge: building political legitimacy. We analyze the "extreme case" study of Advancia, a Paris business school. We examined the business school's legitimation process over a period of six years, from 2004 to 2010. This "extreme case" may be informative for other business schools willing to reach academic, market and political legitimacies while at the same time trying to develop a coherent and stable global strategy in a competitive higher education landscape. This is the first article dealing with the topic of legitimacy acquisition processes, with the aim of emphasizing the institutionalization of entrepreneurial mindset in French entrepreneurship higher education.
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Miruna Radu Lefebvre, Renaud Redien-Collot. Achieving legitimacy in entrepreneurship education: a case study. Journal of Enterprising Culture, World Scientific Publishing, 2012, 20 (4), pp.481-500. ⟨10.1142/S0218495812500203⟩. ⟨hal-00836392⟩

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