Developing entrepreneurial competencies in the healthcare management undergraduate classroom

J Health Adm Educ. Fall 2005;22(4):399-416.


Recently, entrepreneurial behavior is becoming more accepted in the healthcare field. This article describes an attempt to foster development of positive entrepreneurial competencies in the undergraduate health administration classroom. Through a literature review on entrepreneurs, eight competency clusters are identified; decision making, strategic thinking, risk taking, confidence building, communicating ideas, motivating team members, tolerance of ambiguity, and internal locus of control. These clusters are used to promote entrepreneurial skills for students though identified learning-centered activities and supplement an instructional style that facilitates thoughtful reflection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Competency-Based Education*
  • Entrepreneurship*
  • Health Facility Administrators / education*
  • Health Services Administration*
  • Humans
  • Program Development*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Universities