A panel discussion at this year’s AoM conference caught my attention: Are Resources Allocated to Entrepreneurship Education Wasteful or Efficient? A Global Perspective
World-wide, the teaching of entrepreneurship is a rapidly increasing phenomenon. In line with this increase, over 20 studies investigating the effectiveness of entrepreneurship courses and programs, across 14 countries, have been undertaken in the last decade alone (McNally et al., 2009). Unfortunately, there is little agreement among authors as to: 1) the most appropriate outcomes to measure; and 2) the most appropriate research methods to ensure meaningful, generalizable results.
As such, it is not possible to say with any confidence, at this point, that we are employing educational resources to efficiently develop future entrepreneurs.
This workshop will bring together leading scholars in the field, who will work collaboratively with each other and with participants, to develop some common understanding regarding how to develop future comparative research, and from that, how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of entrepreneurship education, world-wide. Participants will come to the workshop with research project ideas and issues, and through the combination of interactive discussion, group work, and collaborative plan development, leave with either specific research plans, or a greater understanding of potential for improvements in entrepreneurship education. The specific goals of the workshop are: 1. To develop common understanding of the development needs for research on measurable outcomes of entrepreneurship education. 2. To increase the generalizability of research in the field. 3. To develop more international linkages among entrepreneurship education researchers. 4. To increase the likelihood of getting future entrepreneurship education research accepted into top journals.
Participants will be paired with leading scholars to address key issues, build understanding on developing research and entrepreneurship education.