The Role of Business Schools in Framing Entrepreneurial Thinking Across Disciplines: The Case of Allied Health Professions

  • Briga Hynes
  • Norelee Kennedy
  • Judith Pettigrew
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET)


Educators must distinguish what is the correct balance of knowledge between ‘expert’ and ‘local’ that graduates irrespective of discipline require. The ‘expert’ dimension comprises explicit, theory-based, academic, professional, or scientifically-based knowledge particular to a discipline or profession whereas the ‘local’ dimension comprises forms of knowledge and ways of doing which are practice-based, deriving from experience and problem solving in a specific context. These ‘softer’ skills enhance graduate employability and professional identity and an ability to apply their knowledge in a relevant discipline or profession. How best to encapsulate these skills into non-business disciplines is a challenge for educators and we propose in this chapter that modules focussing on entrepreneurial learning provide a useful conduit to develop the relevant ‘local’ knowledge in a context driven manner. The research provides insights to aid Business Schools wishing to develop similar collaborative modules. It heightens the awareness of the central role of the Business School as a nexus in the provision of relevant expert and local knowledge which enhances the personal and professional capability of the graduate.


Business School Entrepreneurial Intention Ally Health Profession Entrepreneurship Education Entrepreneurial Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Briga Hynes
    • 1
  • Norelee Kennedy
    • 2
  • Judith Pettigrew
    • 3
  1. 1.Kemmy Business SchoolUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Therapies, Faculty of Education & Health SciencesUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.Faculty of Education & Health SciencesUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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