Edited by Gordon E. Shockley, Peter M. Frank and Roger R. Stough
Chapter 3: Teaching Entrepreneurship Outside of Business Schools
Robert F. Ashcraft INTRODUCTION When the question of which academic unit stakes a claim to teaching entrepreneurship is posed, it is expected that schools of business within most universities will rise above all others. However, when the question is asked about teaching social entrepreneurship, it is apparent that many disciplines and organizing units of universities stake a claim. Therefore, to appreciate the teaching of entrepreneurship in all of its variations requires an analysis that extends well beyond schools of business if a complete understanding of the topic is to be achieved. According to the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship (UNSE), the top ten business schools in the United States (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Sloan, Kellogg, Tuck, Haas, Chicago, Columbia and Ross) have developed at least one or more courses in social entrepreneurship. Moreover, the American Association of Colleges of Schools of Business reports 31 member schools of business that have social entrepreneurship programs. Clearly, approaches to teaching social entrepreneurship are found in business schools across the United States and in selected locations internationally. UNSE notes several trends driving interest in the ﬁeld including: (a) increased market demands from students, practitioners and educators desiring more educational opportunities; (b) heightened media attention drawing attention to the subject; (c) signiﬁcant philanthropic investments to colleges and universities for expansion of curricular and extracurricular oﬀerings; and (d) increased numbers of national and international competitions and awards to social entrepreneurship exemplars. The case for developing and teaching social entrepreneurships courses within business schools is largely...
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