Abstract

In this paper, I consider the potential impact of entrepreneurship education on identity. Over the past twenty years, there has been fervent interest in the prevalence, content, and outcomes of entrepreneurship education programs, but very little attention on the effect of entrepreneurship education on participants’ identities. However, the impact of entrepreneurship education on identity would seem to be a fruitful line of research because, as scholars have noted, entrepreneurship education is different in kind from other types of management education, in that it deals with uniquely personal issues such as the emotions of grief and loss from failure (Shepard, 2004, 2003), individual initiatives geared toward channeling resources and stakeholders to the developing organization (Sarasvathy, 2001, 2008), ethics around the “face” that entrepreneurs present to potential investors (Brenkert, 2009) and the ways in which entrepreneurs deal with both exogenous and endogenous contingency (Honig, 2004, Harmeling, 2009).

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