Ansari, Shahid; Bell, Jan; Iyer, Bala; Schlesinger, Phyllis
June 2014
Journal of Entrepreneurship Education;2014, Vol. 17, p31
Academic Journal
This paper addresses how to educate entrepreneurial leaders who challenge, change, and create solutions inside existing organizations and in new ventures. Entrepreneurial leaders create value for their organizations, their stakeholders, and the wider society. The distinguishing trait of these leaders is the way they think and act, which we call entrepreneurial thought and action, ETA®. We focus on the mind and the method of entrepreneurial behavior, not its outcomes. We argue that educational institutions that infuse entrepreneurial thought and action into their DNA create graduates who will be well equipped to address the risk, uncertainty and "unknow ability" challenges of the 21st Century. We outline a methodology for creating an ecosystem in which students learn about and live as entrepreneurial leaders. In the ecosystem, curriculum, co-curricular activities, and culture are consciously designed and mutually supportive. Traditional curriculum integrates discipline specific learning goals with ETA® learning goals so both are accomplished efficiently. Co-curricular and social activities are planned to introduce or reinforce these learning goals; with conscious design, slowly an entrepreneurial culture emerges and students internalize entrepreneurial leadership principles. We illustrate how design teams apply these design principles in our organization and for our partner institutions.


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