Is there an entrepreneurial core?

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Bubba posts

Is it possible to teach entrepreneurship? While some argue that the intangible features of the entrepreneur make any ent.ed . meaningless because we cannot teach these features there is another aspect to take into account, perhaps we have too much to teach. Social entrepreneurship is a multi-level and multi-disciplinary subject so exactly what constructs, theories, methods etc. are most important. When we tried to design an introductory course in nonprofit entrepreneurship the problem was what not to talk about. Even economists appears to have this problem:

“Several months after having completed an introductory economics course, most students are no better able to answer simple economic questions than students who never took the course. The problem seems to be that principles courses try to teach students far too much, with the result that everything goes by in a blur”

These conclusions come from Robert Frank who instead proposes that we ought to focus on key principles rather than bombarding students with more complex material. Frank also suggests a simple tool for students to utilize:

“the “economic naturalist writing assignment,” an essay in which students must pose an interesting question about something they have personally observed and then use basic economic principles to answer it in no more than 500 words”

Are there such core principles in social entrepreneurship hiding behind all the “clutter”? This is what I am trying to figure out and hopefully transform into a paper to be presented in San Diego next year. I will try to post the preliminary results in the future.



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