Entrepreneurship Education in the United Kingdom and Germany
In general entrepreneurship education has the basic assumption that the competencies of an entrepreneur can be learned (Kulicke, 2006). This assumption is as well supported as it is doubted within the scientific literature and research. For example, the former researcher of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, David L. Birch, who laid a milestone in entrepreneurship in the late seventies by stating that 82% of all new ventures are created by small businesses, argued in an interview in the Academy of Management Learning and Education in 2004 that it is not possible to teach people to be entrepreneurs (Aronsson, 2004). Drucker (1985) on the other hand states that entrepreneurship is a process and can be learned and is, thus, teachable. Ronstadt (1987) points out, in addition, that “strong indications exist that ‘entrepreneurship education’ will produce more and better entrepreneurs” (p. 37). The positive effect of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial behaviour and activity was found by researchers such as Lee (2003), Webb et al. (1982) and Voigt et al. (2006).
KeywordsEntrepreneurial Activity Entrepreneurial Intention German Sample Entrepreneurship Education Business Idea
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