The ‘Teachability Dilemma’ of entrepreneurship

  • Heiko HaaseEmail author
  • Arndt Lautenschläger


Important factors that determine the emergence of new start-ups are the existence of the individuals’ entrepreneurial motivation, knowledge and skills. Entrepreneurship education (EE) seems to play an important role in developing these attributes. However, a fundamental question still remains: is entrepreneurship really teachable? The article, conceptual in nature, offers a survey about the scientific discussion on the teachability of entrepreneurship and comes out with a phenomenon, which we call ‘Teachability Dilemma’. The insights lead us to claim that future EE should desist from simply teaching knowledge on business creation and rather focus on experiencing entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship education Teachability Entrepreneurial motivation Entrepreneurial knowledge Entrepreneurial skills 


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  1. 1.Faculty of Management and EconomicsWorms University of Applied SciencesWormsGermany
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of Applied Sciences JenaJenaGermany

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