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A taxonomy for differentiating entrepreneurship education across disciplines

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Entrepreneurship education (E-Ed) is maturing—from debate about whether or not it
can be done, to how it should be done (Katz, 2003; Kuratko, 2005); from business schools
teaching start-ups through a business plan format, toward converging upon a broader attitudechanging
framework (Mwasalwiba, 2010) centered around the learning of enterprise
behavior. Despite these advances, the implicit “one-size-fits-all” assumption of a generic
approach to E-Ed across disciplines remains.
Yet, poor alignment between stakeholder goals (Matlay, 2011), program content and
pedagogy, and success indicators (Mwasalwiba, 2010) are surfacing as major impeding issues
as E-Ed establishes itself outside of the business school setting (Vesper & Gartner, 1997;
Etzkowitz et al., 2000; Gibb, 2005; Heinonen & Hytti, 2010). With the movement toward
broadening target groups for E-Ed, the diversity of stakeholders is increasing, and the need
for a tailored, discipline-specific approach to E-Ed is becoming rapidly apparent.
As a first step toward differentiating E-Ed across disciplines, we propose the
establishment of an E-Ed framework that can guide and align stakeholders, program
designers, and educators in the construction of courses and curricula. At the core of this
framework is a taxonomy for discipline-specific entrepreneurship education content and
learning goals—different educations have varying inherent strengths and weakness vis-à-vis
entrepreneurship, and thus have different pathways and barriers to develop entrepreneurial
graduates (Blenker et al., 2008; Johnson et al., 2006; Neck and Greene, 2011). The objective
of this paper is to establish a taxonomy whereby the differences between university
disciplines are identified and organized from an entrepreneurial perspective (Jones and
Matlay, 2011; Jones et al., 2012), and to analyze and discuss specific impact that these
differences, pathways, and barriers to entrepreneurship represent.
Original languageEnglish
Publication yearNov 2013
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
EventRENT XXVII - Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business - ISM University of Management and Economics , Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 20 Nov 201322 Nov 2013


ConferenceRENT XXVII - Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business
LocationISM University of Management and Economics

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