There seems to be some cognitive dissonance between the rapid growth of entrepreneurship education programs in higher education and the insignificant, if not negative, correlation to new venture creation, especially among the college-aged and recent graduate demographic (Fairlie, Reedy, Morelix, & Russell, 2016; National Chamber Foundation, 2012). Is a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship worth it? No, it is argued here that a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship is not worth it for a student whose goal is to be an entrepreneur by founding his or her own venture for two main reasons. First, the most important part of an entrepreneur is the set of the dispositional traits that enable them to acquire and operationalize any skill or knowledge quickly, and these cannot be learned through instruction in any degree program. Second, a major in entrepreneurship necessarily means concentrating the majority of study on the diverse, practically infinite, set of possible skills and knowledge needed, at the expense of a deep focus on an area of specialized knowledge from which high quality opportunities can be discovered. Almost any other bachelor’s degree program offers more in terms of opportunity discovery. Given these points, almost any other bachelor’s degree is worth more to a student whose goal is to found a new venture, as they ultimately allow for the discovery of higher quality opportunities for venture creation.
I would like to thank the organizers of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers 2016 conference for providing me the opportunity to serve on the original debate panel. On the drafting of the chapter, I would like to thank all of the people with whom I have had discussions regarding this debate topic, as well as the many student entrepreneurs who have given their perspectives.
Zorychta, A. (2017), "Aspiring Entrepreneurs Should Not Major in Entrepreneurship", The Great Debates in Entrepreneurship (Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 61-72. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1048-473620170000027008Download as .RIS
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