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Making the Case for Entrepreneurship: A Survey of Small Business Management Courses within Hospitality and Tourism Programmes

Author(s): Michael G. Brizek | Ali A. Poorani

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Entrepreneurship | Small Business Management | Hospitality Curriculum

Should there be an emphasis on disciplined-based entrepreneurial education in the hospitality schools? Are small business management and entrepreneurship courses with a hospitality focus in demand by students in hospitality and tourism programmes? This paper explores which hospitality and tourism programmes in the United States are currently offering hospitality-specific courses in small business management and entrepreneurship. In addition, the opinions of a large group of undergraduate hospitality students in the Mid-Atlantic region were analysed to assess the level of demand for such courses in hospitality and tourism programmes and variables that might influence their interest. The findings indicate that only twelve out of the top 25 hospitality programmes offered related courses, while there is a relatively high demand among students surveyed for including such courses in their curriculum.
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