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Yes You Can Teach Entrepreneurship

Increasingly entrepreneurship is looked at around the world as an (if not "the") leading answer to economic and social problems.  At the same time, entrepreneurship as a business discipline has grown substantially, with more than 5,000 entrepreneurship courses delivered at over 2,600 colleges and universities and over 250 business plan competitions in the United States alone (Kauffman Foundation, 2006).  And yet a substantial number of questions are asked about the state of entrepreneurship education, including ones about content and delivery.

Focusing a lens on entrepreneurship content begins with how the discipline is defined when taught, a question too seldom explicitly asked and answered by those  designing and delivering entrepreneurship education programs.  The content has been approached largely from lenses of person (who is the entrepreneur); process (business planning); and cognition (thinking) (Neck & Greene, 2010).  Each lens drives the type of content included in each course. 

Entrepreneurship education is recognized for innovative approaches, with courses that often lead schools in their efforts to meet AACSB recommendations for curriculum that is taught through more integrated and experiential approaches.  This also fits with the idea that the strongest approach to entrepreneurship education rises above the false dichotomy of rigor-relevance by blending academic and practitioner approaches to provide frameworks that guide action.

Entrepreneurship education is also the unique position of being a desired mind-set and skill-set, identified as needed by students beyond the boundaries of the business http://aom.directfrompublisher.com/catalog/book/yes-you-can-teach-entrepreneurshipschool and as having outcomes that create value beyond that of individual financial wealth.  In fact, social entrepreneurship may be considered as one of the most rapidly growing areas in entrepreneurship education.

This special issue enables us to take stock of the contribution that research published in the Academy of Management Learning & Education has made to address some of the most pressing entrepreneurship education questions of our time, such as:

1.      What is the role of education in developing an entrepreneurial mind-set?

2.      Is the educational emphasis on business planning appropriate?

3.      How can education make the most of students' desires "to do good" and help alleviate the suffering of others?

4.      To what extent is there a gap between entrepreneurship education and practice?

5.      How can students learn to identify opportunities?

Are we limiting the potential of entrepreneurship education by making it the exclusive domain of business schools?

Virtual Collection Co-Editors: Patricia G. Greene, Babson College & Dean A. Shepherd, Indiana University

References:

Report to the Kauffman Panel on Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Higher Education," Report 1 on Research Projects", May 26, 2006, Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation.  101 pages.

Neck, H. M., and Greene, P.G. Entrepreneurship education: Known worlds and new frontiers." Journal of Small Business Management 49.1 (2011): 55-70.

Entrepreneurial Mindset:  What is the role of education in developing an entrepreneurial mindset?

Béchard, J., & Grégoire, D. 2005. Entrepreneurship Education Research Revisited: The Case of Higher Education. Academy of Management Learning & Education,   4(1): 22-43.

Shepherd, D. A. 2004. Educating Entrepreneurship Students About Emotion and Learning From Failure. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 3(3): 274-287.

Shepherd, D. A., Douglas, E. J., & Fitzsimmons, J. R. 2008. MBA Admission Criteria and an Entrepreneurial Mind- Set: Evidence From "Western" Style MBAs in India and Thailand. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 7(2): 158-172. 

Planning: Is the educational emphasis on business planning appropriate? 

Honig, B. 2004. Entrepreneurship Education: Toward a Model of Contingency-Based Business Planning. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 3(3): 258-273.

Kwong, C. C., Thompson, P., & Cheung, C. W. (2012). The Effectiveness of Social Business Plan Competitions in Developing Social and Civic Awareness and Participation. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 324-348.

Social entrepreneurship:  How can education make the most of students' desires "to do good" and help alleviate the suffering of others?

Elmes, M., Jiusto, S., Whiteman, G., Hersh, R., & Guthey, G. 2012. Teaching Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Perspective of Place and Place Making.Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(4): 533-554.

Pache, A., & Chowdhury, I. (2012). Social Entrepreneurs as Institutionally Embedded Entrepreneurs: Toward a New Model of Social Entrepreneurship Education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 494-510.

Kickul, J., Janssen-Selvadurai, C., & Griffiths, M. D. 2012. A Blended Value Framework for Educating the Next Cadre of Social Entrepreneurs.Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3):479-493.

Smith, I. H., & Woodworth, W. P. 2012. Developing Social Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators: A Social Identity and Self-Efficacy Approach. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 390-407. 

Interviews - Social Entrepreneurship 

Driver, M. 2012. An Interview With Michael Porter: Social Entrepreneurship and the Transformation of Capitalism. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 421-431.

Worsham, E. L. 2012. Reflections and Insights on Teaching Social Entrepreneurship: An Interview With Greg Dees. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 442-452.

Kickul, J., Terjesen, S., Bacq, S., & Griffiths, M. 2012. Social Business Education: An Interview With Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 453-462.

Weber, J. M. 2012. Social Innovation and Social Enterprise in the Classroom: Frances Westley on Bringing Clarity and Rigor to Program Design. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3): 409-418.  

Practice/experiential: To what extent is there a gap between entrepreneurship education and practice?

Gendron, G. and Greene, P.G. 2004. Practitioners' Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education: An Interview With Steve Case, Matt Goldman, Tom Golisano, Geraldine Laybourne, Jeff Taylor, and Alan Webber. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 3(3): 302-314.

Edelman, L. F., Manolova, T. S., & Brush, C. G. 2008. Entrepreneurship Education: Correspondence Between Practices of Nascent Entrepreneurs and Textbook Prescriptions for Success. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 7(1): 56-70.

Opportunity identification: How can students learn to identify opportunities? 

DeTienne, D. R., & Chandler, G. N. 2004. Opportunity Identification and Its Role in the Entrepreneurial Classroom: A Pedagogical Approach and Empirical Test. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 3(3): 242-257.

Muñoz C, C. A., Mosey, S., & Binks, M. 2011. Developing Opportunity-Identification Capabilities in the Classroom: Visual Evidence for Changing Mental Frames. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10(2): 277-295.

Broadening the Curriculum: Are we limiting the potential of entrepreneurship education by making it the exclusive domain of business schools? 

Mustar, P. 2009. Technology Management Education: Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MINES ParisTech, a Leading French Engineering School. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 8(3): 418-425.

Thursby, M. C., Fuller, A. W., & Thursby, J. 2009. An Integrated Approach to Educating Professionals for Careers in Innovation. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 8(3): 389-405.

Boni, A. A., Weingart, L. R., & Evenson, S. 2009. Innovation in an Academic Setting: Designing and Leading a Business Through Market-Focused, Interdisciplinary Teams.Academy of Management Learning & Education, 8(3): 407-417.

Baker, D. F., & Baker, S. J. 2012. To "Catch the Sparkling Glow"1: A Canvas for Creativity in the Management Classroom. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(4): 704-721.

Cohen, A. R. 2003. Transformational Change at Babson College. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2(2):155-180.

 

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