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Entrepreneurship education: can business schools meet the challenge?

David A. Kirby (Professor of Entrepreneurship and Deputy Head of School, School of Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



Examines the characteristics and role of the entrepreneur and the challenges for business schools posed by the need to develop more enterprising individuals. Argues that the traditional education system stultifies rather than develops the requisite attributes and skills to produce entrepreneurs, and proposes that if entrepreneurs are to be developed, considerable changes are required in both the content and process of learning. In particular it suggests that there needs to be a shift in the emphasis from educating “about” entrepreneurship to educating “for” it. Stresses equally that entrepreneurship should not be equated with new venture creation or small business management, but with creativity and change. In this context proposes that educational institutions need to change the process of learning to enable their students to develop their right brain entrepreneurial capabilities as well as their left‐brain analytical skills. As Chia argues, business schools need to weaken the thought processes so as to encourage and stimulate the entrepreneurial imagination.



Kirby, D.A. (2004), "Entrepreneurship education: can business schools meet the challenge?", Education + Training, Vol. 46 No. 8/9, pp. 510-519.



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