Intellectual Entrepreneurship as a Platform for Transforming Higher Education


  • Gary D. Beckman The University of Texas


Higher Education, Intellectual Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education


The thesis of this article is that "Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE)" provides an intellectually authentic philosophical foundation capable of sustaining cross-campus entrepreneurship education. Drawing upon initiatives begun at The University of Texas at Austin, we document how IE educates "citizen-scholars." Specifically, IE leverages the knowledge assets contained within the university's walls, empowering faculty and students to become agents of change-both on campus and in their communities. Anchored to the rich humanist traditions of the university, IE harnesses the core philosophy of western education to transform the master-apprentice-entitlement paradigm into one of discovery, ownership, accountability, collaboration and action.