Entrepreneurship Education at the Crossroads: Challenging Taken-for-Granted Assumptions and Opening New Perspectives

Michela Loi, Alain Fayolle , Marco van Gelderen, Elen Riot, Deema Refai, David Higgins, Radi Haloub, Marcus Alexandre Yshikawa Salusse, Erwan Lamy, Caroline Verzat, Fabrice Cavarretta

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This work presents a synthesis of a debate regarding taken-for-granted assumptions and challenges in entrepreneurship education, matured after a developmental workshop organized to contrast the slower pace at which entrepreneurship education advances compared to the research in entrepreneurship and wishing to increase the research salience of the field. From the five contributions selected, three entrepreneurship education challenges emerge. The first is recognizing that participants’ representations about entrepreneurship play a crucial role in defining goals and impact of entrepreneurship education; second, integrating new perspectives of conceiving entrepreneurship into the current models of teaching entrepreneurship; and, lastly, facilitating the integration of entrepreneurship knowledge into practice. Pondering these challenges opened up to a conception of entrepreneurship education as a dynamic concept reflecting personal values, societal changes, and cultural differences. As a result, learning places of entrepreneurship education promotes exploration and not adaptation to existing schemes, where personal models for practicing entrepreneurship and being entrepreneurial have room to emerge. Defining knowledge priorities depending on the chosen approach of practicing entrepreneurship, instead of targeting knowledge exhaustiveness, becomes of greatest importance to make entrepreneurship education’s impact more relevant.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Jul 2021


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