Submission Type

Presentation

Submission Title

Deconstructing the organization through Indigenous education, The unexpected entrepreneurship outcome

Session Title

Session 3-2-D: Case Studies – Engagement

Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

30-5-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

30-5-2019 12:25 PM

Disciplines

Other Business

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to show that education in gaming and hospitality creates entrepreneurial outcomes within the industry. This research is based on the case study method with interviews of students who have graduated from the First Nations University of Canadas certificate in Hospitality,Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management.

In 2003 the certificate was launched in partnership with industry. The purpose of the program was to address the specific human resource training needs of its stakeholders. The goal was to provide students with the skills and knowledge to effectively compete in the labour markets related to the hospitality, tourism and gaming entertainment management industries. Although we anticipated that our graduates would find employment in the gaming and hospitality industries we didn't expect student entrepreneurship to be an organizational outcome.

Many of our senior graduates have used their training to research the organizational systems and are now in management positions. In these roles they are affecting change to eliminate systemic barriers in the hospitality industry. Having an entrepreneurial approach they are using innovation to create change and impacting systems to forge pathways for Indigenous participation. This study shows that they are deconstructing organizational norms and bringing inclusion of Indigenous culture into non-indigenous organizations using entrepreneurial approaches.

Keywords

First Nations, Education, Management, Entrepreneurship, Inclusion

Author Bio

Joanne Goodpipe Bio

A member of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan. I obtained my Bachelor of Administration through First Nations University of Canada and a Masters of Human Resource Management through the University of Regina. Currently, I am working towards my PHD in Human Resource Development.

I have been with The School of Business and Public Administration since 2005. My areas of interest that I have taught are in Human Resource Management, Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming as well as Organizational Behavior.

Richard Missens Bio

A member of the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan. Richard obtained his Bachelors of Business from the First Nations University of Canada and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Currently he is a PHD candidate for the University of the Netherlands.

Richard been a professor at First Nations University of Canada for over twenty years and his area of teachings are in Indigenous Entrepreneurship, First Nations Governance, First Nations Economic Development and Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming

Jada Yee Bio

A member of the Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Working in the gaming industry for 20 years and having held numerous management jobs in operations at Casino Regina as Pitboss, Slot Manager and Manager of Casino Operations.

I have obtained my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and currently enrolled in the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business in the Masters of Administration in Leadership.

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May 30th, 11:00 AM May 30th, 12:25 PM

Deconstructing the organization through Indigenous education, The unexpected entrepreneurship outcome

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

The purpose of this paper is to show that education in gaming and hospitality creates entrepreneurial outcomes within the industry. This research is based on the case study method with interviews of students who have graduated from the First Nations University of Canadas certificate in Hospitality,Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management.

In 2003 the certificate was launched in partnership with industry. The purpose of the program was to address the specific human resource training needs of its stakeholders. The goal was to provide students with the skills and knowledge to effectively compete in the labour markets related to the hospitality, tourism and gaming entertainment management industries. Although we anticipated that our graduates would find employment in the gaming and hospitality industries we didn't expect student entrepreneurship to be an organizational outcome.

Many of our senior graduates have used their training to research the organizational systems and are now in management positions. In these roles they are affecting change to eliminate systemic barriers in the hospitality industry. Having an entrepreneurial approach they are using innovation to create change and impacting systems to forge pathways for Indigenous participation. This study shows that they are deconstructing organizational norms and bringing inclusion of Indigenous culture into non-indigenous organizations using entrepreneurial approaches.