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William G. Dudley
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
Office COB 471
713-222-5368
dudleyw@uhd.edu

 

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Center for Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship program continues to develop and implement courses that build from content and exposure to real world situations. We train our students to develop new business opportunities, whether working for existing organizations or in start-ups. With this in mind we have created a two course sequence plus we have added and will continue to add courses as needed to maximize student learning.

The first course, An Introduction to Entrepreneurship, is designed to help students learn how to explore entrepreneurial opportunities, generate ideas for potential businesses and to determine the feasibility of their concepts. Getting students to carefully and analytically consider business opportunities they might like to be involved with are valuable learning experiences.

The second course, Intrapreneurship, focuses on corporate entrepreneurship, the practice of becoming an agent for significant change within an existing business enterprise with the possible result of creating a new business entity or fundamentally changing the existing business model. Case studies, peer reviewed articles and guest speakers are used to provide an understanding of the entrepreneurial process as it works within the space of an ongoing organization. Strategies to gain and maintain the support and resources of executive managment that may be (sometimes with good reason) reluctant or even hostile to advancing technology, new managment techniques or recognition of threats and opportunities are examined. Given the rate at which the business enviroment changes, one of the goals of this course is to prepare the student to add value to a business by being able to successfully lead change.

 
The view that education is something that occurs exclusively between the ages 6 and 22 is obsolete. Today individuals from all ages and walks of life seek formal instruction at multiple points during lives which may involve more than one "career".  Most institutional arrangements for lifelong education are woefully inadequate. At UHD in general and the Entrepreneurship Program in particular, our goal is to fill the unmet needs of the local entrepreneurs, both future and current  for meaningful, lifelong learning opportunities.

 

 

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