Abstract

Entrepreneurship scholars have discovered Entrepreneurship Education (EE) as a popular field of research (Heuer and Kolvereid 2014). It has been argued that new ways of teaching could improve traditional EE approaches (Gielnik et al. 2015). As entrepreneurship can be understood as highly experiential (Morris et al. 2011) and emotional (Cardon et al. 2012), action-based approaches in EE are believed to be more adequate for promoting entrepreneurial action, than traditional EE programs (Barr et al. 2009). These approaches are believed to better stimulate entrepreneurial learning (Pittaway and Cope 2007) and to provide learning environments to develop an expert mind-set - a key characteristic of successful entrepreneurs (Krueger 2007).

Although action-based learning environments are seen as especially suitable to study the important link between emotion and learning in EE (Lackéus 2014), research in this area is scarce (Nabi et al. 2016).

Therefore, this paper explores the role of emotional dynamics in developing an entrepreneurial mind-set in action-based entrepreneurship education.

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