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Turning students into Industry 4.0 entrepreneurs: design and evaluation of a tailored study program

  • Startups in the field of Industry 4.0 could be a huge driver of innovation for many industry sectors such as manufacturing. However, there is a lack of education programs to ensure a sufficient number of well-trained founders and thus a supply of such startups. Therefore, this study presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of a university course tailored to the characteristics of Industry 4.0 entrepreneurship. Educational design-based research was applied with a focus on content and teaching concept. The study program was first implemented in 2021 at a German university of applied sciences with 25 students, of which 22 participated in the evaluation. The evaluation of the study program was conducted with a pretest–posttest-design targeting three areas: (1) knowledge about the application domain, (2) entrepreneurial intention and (3) psychological characteristics. The entrepreneurial intention was measured based on the theory of planned behavior. For measuring psychological characteristics, personality traits associated with entrepreneurship were used. Considering the study context and the limited external validity of the study, the following can be identified in particular: The results show that a university course can improve participants' knowledge of this particular area. In addition, perceived behavioral control of starting an Industry 4.0 startup was enhanced. However, the results showed no significant effects on psychological characteristics.

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Author of HS ReutlingenMünch, Jürgen; Wahl, Dario
Erschienen in:Entrepreneurship education
Place of publication:Singapore
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2022
Tag:educational design-based research; entrepreneurship education; industrial internet of things (IIoT); industry 4.0; industry 4.0 startups; theory of planned behavior
Page Number:35
First Page:225
Last Page:259
DDC classes:650 Management
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International