A Preliminary Exploration of the Development of Wisdom in Entrepreneurship Education

McNally, J., Honig, B., & Martin, B. (2018). A Preliminary Exploration of the Development of Wisdom in Entrepreneurship Education. REGEPE - Revista de Empreendedorismo e Gestão de Pequenas Empresas, 7(1), 01-34. Doi: 10.14211/regepe.v7i1.797

34 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2018

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Jeffrey J. McNally

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Benson Honig

McMaster University

Bruce Carruthers Martin

Wilfrid Laurier University

Date Written: February 2, 2018

Abstract

Though the development of wisdom is a primary goal of higher education, it has received little empirical attention in an entrepreneurship education (EE) context. We conduct a preliminary, exploratory investigation into the teaching of wisdom in EE. Applying Sternberg’s (1998) balance theory of wisdom, we examine whether entrepreneurship courses deliver on the potential of wisdom development by studying the syllabi of 50 university entrepreneurship courses from around the world. We also examine the contents of the major entrepreneurship textbooks used in EE classrooms today. We find that both textbook use and course design are negatively related to the development of wisdom in the classroom. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords: entrepreneurship education, management education,Theoretical and practical

JEL Classification: M00, M1, M2

Suggested Citation

McNally, Jeffrey J. and Honig, Benson and Martin, Bruce Carruthers, A Preliminary Exploration of the Development of Wisdom in Entrepreneurship Education (February 2, 2018). McNally, J., Honig, B., & Martin, B. (2018). A Preliminary Exploration of the Development of Wisdom in Entrepreneurship Education. REGEPE - Revista de Empreendedorismo e Gestão de Pequenas Empresas, 7(1), 01-34. Doi: 10.14211/regepe.v7i1.797, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3149544

Jeffrey J. McNally (Contact Author)

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton ( email )

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Benson Honig

McMaster University ( email )

1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

Bruce Carruthers Martin

Wilfrid Laurier University ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
CANADA

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