Teachers’ entrepreneurial behavior and its impact in school: Cases studies in Hong Kong

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This study explores the impact of teachers’ entrepreneurial behavior (TEB) in school in the context of the Hong Kong system. Schools face continuous education reform and a decline in birth rates. In order to survive and thrive in the keenly competitive education market, teachers need to wrestle continuously with a new school-based curriculum. In fact, business corporate employees also deal with new tasks and projects every day. Many empirical studies indicate that developing Employee entrepreneurial behavior (EEB) is an effective way to facilitate employees to deal with the problems currently facing teachers. However, there are only a few empirical studies about TEB in education. As a result, I would like to investigate the impact of TEB. The following research questions guide the study.
1. How do teachers and leaders understand and enact TEB and its components?
2. How do they perceive TEB’s impact in schools?
3. What school conditions enhance or challenge TEB?
This study employs a qualitative multiple-site case study to answer the research questions. This research provides insights drawn from teachers’ views about TEB in Hong Kong. Enacting TEB is a process by which a teacher demonstrates entrepreneurial competencies and attributes in actualizing an innovation at school. Entrepreneurial teachers have a positive impact on teachers, students, and school branding given conducive school conditions. It contributes to the knowledge base by clarifying and justifying the impact of TEB on school development. This study also promotes the professional development of teachers and principals across the profession with a rubric for assessing the key contribution made by entrepreneurial teachers. Furthermore, this study generates a practical means of defining the term ‘innovative teacher’ for the policymaker. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Education
Awarding Institution
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • BRYANT, Darren Anthony, Supervisor
  • LU, Jiafang 陸佳芳, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Thesis (Ed.D.)--The Education University of Hong Kong, 2019.


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