Friday, September 13, 2013

Entrepreneurship cannot be taught

A lot of classes in business schools teach rather fluffy material, especially MBA classes. It is all about entertaining the students who pay dearly for their education and expect a diploma. The signaling value from the diploma happened with entry into the school and not through the selection process during classes. And quite a few classes are all about making the students believe they are learning important skills that will make them CEOs. Nowhere is that more true than with "entrepreneurship" classes, whose teachers are often adored by students who think they will turn into the next Bill Gates.

Michael Stuetzer, Martin Obschonka, Per Davidsson, and Eva Schmitt-Rodermund Do not empirical research into what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and I presume their sample includes only successful ones. It turns out education has no bearing at all. It is all about having a varied work experience. Thus, working a long time on the same job will not make you a successful entrepreneur once you quit. And taking entrepreneurship classes or getting an MBA will not help you either.

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