Entrepreneurship education effectiveness and educators’ role : insights from emotional and psychological perspectives

Tavakoli, Mohsen (Haute école d’ingénierie et de gestion du canton de Vaud, HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale) ; Radu-Lefebvre, Miruna (Audencia Business School, Nantes, France) ; Fayolle, Alain (em lyon business school, France) ; Friedemann, Christian (em lyon business school, France)

While the entrepreneurial passion (EP) has attracted attention of researchers, this conceptual paper aims to show how a combination of EP and the dualistic model of passion (DMP) developed principally by social psychology scholars, would be useful to generate new insights regarding the impact of passionate entrepreneurship teachers on entrepreneurship education effectiveness. Do we need passionate entrepreneurship educators to foster entrepreneurship? We take a deeper look at the literature in entrepreneurship, in psychology and educational sciences. We discuss separately the importance of passion for entrepreneurship and passion for teaching to illustrate the necessity of considering them in entrepreneurship education context. We highlight the somehow ignored key role of entrepreneurship teachers, specially the manner they influence the effectiveness of entrepreneurship classes, through emotional/psychological channels (i.e. their harmonious and obsessive passions for entrepreneurship and teaching). This research opens up new avenues to investigate empirically what happens when entrepreneurship educators represent different passions, if any and how they impact the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education. We propose an integrated model of harmonious and obsessive passions for entrepreneurship. Beyond pedagogies, learning objectives and teaching methods already discussed in the literature, this paper tries to demonstrated the essential role of entrepreneurship educators.

Conference Type:
full paper
Economie et Services
IIDE - Institut Interdisciplinaire du Développement de l'Entreprise
Enschede, The Netherlands, 16-18 May 2018
Enschede, The Netherlands
16-18 May 2018
18 p.
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Proceedings of 3E Conference – ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference
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