Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Initiatives

In addition to the core curriculum, we have been working proactively to integrate entrepreneurial concepts and ways of thinking into disciplines across the campus. All students on the campus are encouraged to enroll in the courses that make up our core curriculum, and we are liberal in terms of enforcement of prerequisites for non-business majors. In addition, we have tailored the Minor in Entrepreneurship to serve non-business majors. While vitally important, we believe these efforts do not go far enough in terms of truly penetrating and applying entrepreneurial concepts to other disciplines. Accordingly, our university-wide curriculum includes the following eleven initiatives: Entrepreneurship & the Arts, Green Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Military Science, Entrepreneurship in Engineering & Science, Entrepreneurship in Health Sciences, Entrepreneurship & Psychology, The Entrepreneurial Architect, Entrepreneurship within Education, Entrepreneurship & Veterinary Medicine, Entrepreneurship & Geology and the Auditing & Entrepreneurship Specialization. We see this as a moving target, and hope to continually add new partnerships.

  • Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Initiatives
    • Entrepreneurship & the Arts

      In collaboration with our Riata Faculty Fellow from the Art Department and other faculty members from Theatre and Music, we are currently teaching a course entitled Entrepreneurship and the Arts. It targets theatre, music and fine arts students and is cross-listed with those departments. The focus of the course is less on how arts students can start their own ventures, although there is some coverage of this, and more on how arts students can apply entrepreneurial thinking and core concepts from entrepreneurship (opportunity recognition, risk management, resource leveraging) in their artistic careers. One of the key deliverables for this course is a group project, the objective of which is to apply entrepreneurial thinking and behavior to contribute to “the reinvigoration and socio-cultural transformation of the arts in Stillwater”. The inaugural group organized the highly successful Stillwater Arts Festival which we hope to make an annual event under the auspices of the E Club and the Creativity Institute. Plans for an Arts Incubator are in its embryonic stage.

    • Entrepreneurship and Architecture

      In collaboration with our Riata Faculty Fellow from the School of Architecture we are conceptualizing a course entitled “Entrepreneurship and Architecture” aimed at students in the Professional School and planned for Spring 2012. In addition to this, introductory modules on Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behavior have been designed for inclusion in the Real Estate Development course as of Spring 2011. Our Riata fellow is also engaged in a project which examines the role of the entrepreneurial architect in the process of conceptualizing, designing, financing, constructing and inhabiting the built environment. The project is entitled the Collaborative Understanding of the Built Environment (CUBE).

      Richardson Riata Forum

    • Entrepreneurship in Engineering

      There is a need to encourage innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset within our engineering and science programs. Toward this end, we have developed the Entrepreneurship in Engineering and Science course. We are also working with engineering faculty on ways in which entrepreneurship modules can be dropped into core engineering courses. In addition, we are working on an entrepreneurial option for the project addressed in capstone engineering courses. Engineering students are being recruited for commercialization projects, and are being supported in their participation in the Riata Business Plan Competition, and are encouraged to take up Riata Entrepreneurial Internships.

We see this as a moving target, and hope to continually add new partnerships.

Another important component of our interdisciplinary initiative is the Riata Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows Program. This provides an opportunity for entrepreneurial faculty from any discipline or academic area to become jointly appointed in the School of Entrepreneurship thereby serving as an advocate for interdisciplinary entrepreneurship. Fellows are also expected to engage in professional activities that reflects the interface between their own academic area and entrepreneurship. This may entail scholarly research or applied research projects, course development or modification, or activities related to entrepreneurial outreach and community development. To date we have seven Fellows from various schools across campus including Psychology, Arts, Health sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Military Sciences, Architecture and Agricultural Sciences.

Critical to our university wide initiative is our “embed” strategy. Faculty from the School of Entrepreneurship (EEE) are encouraged to spend time in other Schools/Departments (and vice versa) interacting with both students and faculty. Office space is currently available to EEE faculty in the School of Education and the Centre for Health Sciences and negotiations with other departments and schools to secure same are ongoing.