Training on soft skills and entrepreneurship as a way to boost young researcher’s innovativeness

M. Marczewska , Mariusz Kostrzewski

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to describe the importance of soft and entrepreneurial skills for young researchers of the XXI century. It aims to analyze and discuss the effects of soft skills and entrepreneurship training on young researcher’s innovativeness. Main research questions are the following: (1) In which fields of young researcher’s activities is their training on soft skills and entrepreneurship a way to boost innovativeness? (2) How the training on soft skills and entrepreneurship contributes to the growth of innovativeness of young researchers? (3) What are the new activities undertaken by young researchers who successfully completed the training? The article presents the findings of a case-study research of the TransFormation.doc program run by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland in 2015-2016. The qualitative study, mainly based on semi-structured interviews and documentation analysis, confirms that soft and entrepreneurial skills are becoming really important for young researchers. The results demonstrate that researchers after completing the training are more willing to work in interdisciplinary teams, undertake activities aimed at propagating their research results among wider audience, commercialize their research, engage in socially-focused projects, use innovative teaching methods, concentrate on research with higher commercial potential, use their network in order to solve new research problems, focus on challenge-based projects with broader societal implications. Conclusions of this paper may serve to show a still existing chasm between science and industry, which in the future should probably get smaller as researchers seem to focus on practically-oriented, interdisciplinary research.
Author M. Marczewska
M. Marczewska,,
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, Mariusz Kostrzewski (FT / DCFTE)
Mariusz Kostrzewski,,
- Department of Constrctions Fundamentals of Transport Equipment
Pages392-399
Publication size in sheets0.5
Book Okręglicka M., Korombel A., Lemańska-Majdzik A. (eds.): Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference Contemporary Issues in Theory and Practice of Management 2018, 2018, Wydawnictwo Wydziału Zarządzania Politechniki Częstochowskiej, ISBN 978-83-65951-12-0, 713 p.
Keywords in Englishentrepreneurship, innovation, innovativeness, researchers, soft skills.
Languageen angielski
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