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The promise of entrepreneurship education: Reconceptualizing the individual-opportunity nexus as a conceptual framework for entrepreneurship education

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This article develops a conceptual framework for entrepreneurship education based on a reconceptualization of the individual-opportunity nexus as presented by Shane and Venkataraman (2000). In order to achieve this objective, we reinterpret both the basic assumptions pertaining to the individual as well as the ontological and epistemological nature of entrepreneurial opportunities.
On this basis we build a six-step teaching model, which operationalizes a series of entrepreneurial learning elements. These include (I) Identity work; (II) Disclosing disharmonies; (III) Qualifying disharmonies into general anomalies; (IV) Constructing innovative solutions; (V) Prototyping; and (VI) Business modelling. Finally, we discuss the implications of the reconceptualized framework in terms of the research questions governing the field of entrepreneurship education, for the practice of entrepreneurship education, as well as for policy to promote entrepreneurship education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Pages (from-to)905-924
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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