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Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught in a Classroom?

How some business schools rewrote the script?

By Ashish K. Bhatia and Natalia Levina

As the pandemic reshapes entire industries, the need for agile entrepreneurs have never been more urgent. But traditional business education isn’t always optimized for preparing the next generation of leaders for an uncertain, rapidly changing world. Nevertheless, some business schools have pioneered new teaching models designed to teach entrepreneurship more effectively by focusing on “effectuation,” or leveraging existing resources to take action. New research sheds light on two new models for entrepreneurship education: Rotman’s operating theater classroom, in which startups are interrogated in front of an audience of students, and Darden’s rewiring approach, in which students are encouraged to embrace an action-oriented, collaborative mindset.

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