European Research in Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Alain Fayolle and Paula Kyrö
Chapter 14: Conclusion: Towards New Challenges and More Powerful Dynamics
Alain Fayolle and Paula Kyrö Entrepreneurship is a social and economic phenomenon, a research object and a teaching subject (Fayolle, 2007). The chapters of this book demonstrate convincingly how social demand is booming and results in the emergence of new needs in terms of support, training and access to new knowledge. Undeniably, meeting the challenges of the coming years and improving the economic and social dynamics are directly linked to catering for these new needs. The gatekeeper in this process is training of teachers, researchers and professionals who specialize in entrepreneurship. As Carrier (2005) summarizes it, the question of whether entrepreneurship can be taught has become obsolete, and the more relevant question is ‘what should be taught and how should it be taught?’ In this concluding chapter, we would like to elaborate and focus on this speciﬁc type of need in order to expand the horizon for future books in this series. Entrepreneurship training programmes are steadily developing (Katz, 2003; Kuratko, 2005), and one can rightly wonder whether this expansion is supported by suﬃcient availability and quality of knowledge, resources and especially teachers who are able to foster entrepreneurial and enterprising learning (Fayolle and Gailly, 2007). Since the ﬁrst-ever class in entrepreneurship at Harvard in 1947, soon followed by a second one delivered by Peter Drucker at New York University in 1953, how dramatically have things changed, and how fast! Today in the USA, entrepreneurship accounts for more than 2200 courses in more than 1600 institutions, 277...
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