An examination of the relationship between the mission of the university, the business school, and the entrepreneurship center: An application of Chandler’s strategy and structure hypothesis

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Dianne H.B. Welsh, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examines the mission statements of select colleges and universities in the United States in comparison to the mission statements of entrepreneurship centers at their respective institutions. A mission statement is important because the strategic direction, goals and objectives of the organization flow directly from it. It is a public proclamation of the values and mores of the organization. The mission statement is particularly important to an entrepreneurship center because the statement explains the role of the center in the overall mission of the governing institution. The mission statement of an entrepreneurship center works in concert with, and is derived from, the mission statement of its governing institution which follows Chandler's strategy and structure hypothesis. This study explored the mission statements of entrepreneurship centers at Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and their relationship to their governing institutions' mission statement and business schools' mission through thematic analysis. It was found that there was little, if any, relationship between them. Future research is discussed.

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Journal of Applied Management & Entrepreneurship
Language: English
Date: 2009
mission statements, colleges, universities, United States

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