The Challenge of HOW to teach Entrepreneurship?

February 23rd, 2011 → 1:19 pm @

I am increasingly realising that teaching people how to be entrepreneurs and more importantly how to become successful as an entrepreneur is definitely learned and is not innate.

As I say many times in my book, there are some people who instinctively act in an entrepreneurial manner – but these are skills that can be acquired.  You are not born an entrepreneur. (more…)

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Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

February 16th, 2011 → 5:57 am @

Hard questions demand hard answers. Here’s my slide deck that I use teaching entrepreneurship to students.

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The Search For the Fountain of Youth – Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Enterprise

February 14th, 2011 → 6:03 am @

It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin

Companies have a fairly predictable life cycle. They start with an innovation, search for a repeatable business model, build the infrastructure for a company, then grow by efficiently executing the model.

Over time, innovations outside the company (demographic, cultural, new technologies, etc.) outpace an existing company’s business model. The company loses customers, then revenues and profits decline and it eventually gets acquired or goes out of business.  (Looking at the Dow-Jones component companies over time is a graphic example of this.) (more…)

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Can’t we agree about who are the entrepreneurs!

February 7th, 2011 → 2:48 pm @

Mistaken ideas about the nature of entrepreneurship abound. This morning I sat in a meeting with various people involved in economic development.  One had just returned from an academic conference on entrepreneurship.  He reported that only about 10% of entrepreneurs started commercial companies …say again! (more…)

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Universities teaching Entrepreneurship

February 4th, 2011 → 12:08 pm @

I have been doing some research with my team into Universities who are teaching entrepreneurship classes.  This has been very interesting indeed.

We believe that

  • Most of these courses, as discrete entities, are less than 4 years old
  • Having entrepreneurship as a separate and stand-alone course outside an MBA is a new development in tertiary and business education
  • Australia has the largest number of schools teaching with 48 separate institutes offering courses ahead of USA with 40

We have published the list on Google Docs if you are interested in downloading a copy – or editing and updating our information.

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Book Review from Fiona Rotherham, Business Editor

January 21st, 2011 → 5:59 am @

I’m very pleased to report a fabulous book review from Fiona Rotherham, Managing Editor of Business for Fairfax media.

Mr Evans’ book contains an entrepreneurial balance sheet assessing the typical entrepreneur….  Most failures he has witnessed result from three causes – stupidity, greed and laziness.

Most entrepreneurs he knows have a mix of fear and arrogance – fear of failure that pushes through all obstacles to reach their goals and an arrogance that drives them to take risks others won’t.

“They are simply experts in getting innovative new businesses started.  It is an expertise which can be learned by many.”

You can download the document here.

Or read her text in full (more…)

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