THE ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE IN ROMANIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
The Politechnic University of Bucharest (ROMANIA)
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Appears in: ICERI2010 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:The difficulty of a study concerning the university entrepreneurial culture consists in the fact that it is hard to identify the academics ideas and beliefs and to correlate them with the existing structures, but also with the desired ones, ideas and beliefs to sustain the process of change in the context that the dynamics in which the universities evolve is more and more accentuated. Moreover, it is difficult to approach the subject of the university culture in the conditions in which the financing of the public university sector is below the level of the demand. In other words, public universities engage themselves in a process of change.
The paper presents the results of a research performed in May and June 2009 concerning the degree of acceptance of the concept of entrepreneurial culture by the academic staff from some Romanian public universities.
The data collected after applying the research instrument were statistically recorded and processed with the help of the programme “Statistical Package for Social Science – S.P.S.S.” for Windows, version 10.0.
The results obtained were analyzed in two stages. In the first one, it was effectuated a descriptive analysis of the collected data, calculating the averages for all the selected items. In the second part of the study, in the framework of an exploratory, it was calculated Pearson’s correlation coefficient between the variables included by the analysis. The averages obtained are relevant for describing what Romanian academics expect from the concept and from the practices related to entrepreneurial culture.
The research is restrained as long as it covers only a part from the public universities and does not refer to private universities. In spite of this, the results presented as it follows allow us to affirm that entrepreneurial spirit manifests obviously in some of the Romanian public universities, according the economic environment dynamic, in the context that, at European level, the support of the superior education is in a limited way sustained by the State.
Data interpretation revealed a high degree of acceptance of the concept of entrepreneurial culture and the tendency to associate it with its positive understandings.
Keywords: University, entrepreneurial culture.