Contemporary Trends in Engineering Entrepreneurship Education

This study investigated the contemporary dimensions of engineering entrepreneurship education aiming at creating a landscape of the most important theories and trends found in the literature, mapping the most important authors, countries, and journals and the often-used research methods. The research methodology included a systematic literature review, combining bibliometrics, networks, and contents analysis. The sampling process was conducted in the Web of Science and Scopus databases, with two filters: research areas (engineering field) and document types (articles and reviews). The sample of 324 articles published from 2001 to 2017 was analyzed in-depth. The results show an exponential growth of interest in the study of engineering entrepreneurship education, with 74% of the samples published in the last 3 years. There is a trend of transition towards a more confirmatory research perspective. There is an increasing focus of the literature on the development of educational programs and methodologies and, consequently, on the evaluation of the results. Two dimensions of contemporary engineering entrepreneurship education stood out: the influence of entrepreneurship education on students’ entrepreneurial intention and the definitions of entrepreneurship education. Finally, three main clusters of the literature were identified: entrepreneurial behavior and entrepreneurial intention; entrepreneurship education; and entrepreneurship education challenges, results, and best practices.