Entrepreneurial ICT-Based Skills and Leadership for Business Ethics in Higher Education

Entrepreneurial ICT-Based Skills and Leadership for Business Ethics in Higher Education

José Manuel Saiz-Alvarez (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2548-6.ch021


Ethics in Business, defined as the sum of those entrepreneurial good practices carried out in modern organizations, plays a key role in a globalized planet. Universities are also affected by ethical governance and ethics. The objective of this work is to analyze which entrepreneurial skills are necessary to have for achieving sustainable growth in higher education. To do this, the chapter begins with the study of how technology in education can serve as a practical instrument for internalizing these organizational skills into learners. Then, the author continues describing ethics-related topics, such as how transformational leadership can guide organizations, the importance of resilience and its relation with social capital, and the importance of emotions and empathy in organizations. After this, a theoretical ethical model based on entrepreneurial skills and higher education is proposed that is sustained on openness to change, self-transcendence, self-enhancement, and conservation. The chapter ends with some conclusions and with several future research directions.
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Entrepreneurial Skills And Higher Education

Intellectual capital, formed by the sum of human capital, structural capital, and relational capital (Saiz-Alvarez, 2008), is desired in organizations, especially when intellectual capital possesses entrepreneurial skills. Good entrepreneurial skills make institutions to be more competitive, as they are more market aware, and human capital is more creative in their jobs and market search. This is most evident when human capital tends to foresee which market-oriented jobs match better into their entrepreneurial skills (Kucel, Robert, Buil, & Masferrer, 2016). As a result, new market niches can be discovered, and the existing ones can be enlarged, also increasing both EBITDA (Earnings before Interests, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) and cash flow.

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