Ramona – Diana Leon, Senior Lecturer, Natonal University of Politcal Studies and Administraton, 30A Expozitei Blvd., Sector 1, 012104, Bucharest, Romania, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The research aims to determine how the economic and business administration faculties within the European Union member states are contributing to the development of students’ entrepreneurial skills. Therefore, a case study strategy is employed, which concentrates on the most important business schools from the European Union member states; thus, 267 syllabuses from 21 higher education institutions are identified and analyzed. The results prove that European business schools manage to develop most of the required entrepreneurial skills among their students. Their graduates are both task and people-oriented. On the one hand, they value performance, are capable of solving problems and taking calculated risks. On the other hand, they know how to communicate and collaborate within a team. Besides, it may be stated that the analyzed educational programs are combining the “about entrepreneurship” approach with “for entrepreneurship” perspective; they focus on developing cognitive, functional, and behavioral competencies by combining lectures with active learning techniques. These actions are influenced by cultural specificity and have an impact on a country’s capacity to be a top performer in terms of entrepreneurship development. These findings have both theoretical and practical implications. On a conceptual level, they extend the literature regarding the development of entrepreneurial skills by providing accurate information about the skills on which the academic curricula focus. On a practical level, they provide valuable insights regarding the skills that the future entrepreneurs will have; these will influence their behavior in a business environment no matter whether they will choose to be the owner of a business or an enterprising employee.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, risk-taking, communication, university, European Union.