The myth of entrepreneurship education: Seven arguments against teaching business creation at universities

The paper challenges the traditional view that entrepreneurship education (EE) is effective to raise entrepreneurial awareness and the number of start-ups. We present seven arguments that create doubts about the authorization of current EE at universities. The analysis suggests that most educational programs are nothing but temporary fashion. We claim that the deficits existing in entrepreneurial interests and abilities of young people are caused by rational oriented educational systems, which do not promote creativity, opportunity recognition, and problem solving abilities. The implications suggest to rather concentrate on the promotion of entrepreneurial soft skills than on teaching how to start a business.

KEYWORDS: Entrepreneurship education; Universities; Creativity; Teaching methods.

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