Entrepreneurs – Born or Made?

Literature on the subject of entrepreneurship has historically viewed entrepreneurship resulting from certain unique entrepreneurial character and personality traits, and has focused heavily upon identifying those particular traits and describing the exploits of “born entrepreneurs” who possess those traits. A logical extension of the view that entrepreneurship rests upon innate characteristics would imply that entrepreneurship cannot be taught. The authors adopt the more recent view that there are certain identifiable skills that increase the chances of being a successful entrepreneur for anyone, whether “born entrepreneur” or not. In part, this results because entrepreneurial skills can be applied successfully in several contexts–the CEO of an entrepreneurial enterprise, an intrapreneur within a larger corporate environment, or a social entrepreneur who applies entrepreneurial skills to development of enterprises with primarily social rather than economic goals. This paper identifies those characteristics and methods used by the authors to teach them.

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