1 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
For decades, entrepreneurship research and education has focused on understanding why people become entrepreneurs and how we entice students to entrepreneurship. Yet, we cannot seem to shake off the “can-entrepreneurship-be-taught” question. Rather than continuing to be stuck in this question, perhaps we should ask ourselves how we got into this fruitless discussion in the first place, and whether we can make progress with a how-to-become-an-entrepreneur orientation. Without it, we can begin to ask ourselves: why do some people not become entrepreneurs? And how can education and training help lower barriers to entrepreneurship? In the very least, we will not get trapped in discussions of whether certain skill- or mindsets that make someone less likely to remain a non-entrepreneur are teachable.