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Type: Book chapter
Title: Questioning the ethics of university entrepreneurship curriculum
Author: O'Connor, A.
Citation: The Challenges of Ethics and Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment, 2015 / Hoskinson, S., Kuratko, D. (ed./s), Ch.[6], pp.79-107
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Publisher Place: United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2015
Series/Report no.: Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth; 25
ISBN: 1784419508
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Allan O’Connor
Abstract: The task of this paper is to critique the ethics of an university entrepreneurship curriculum. For what purpose is entrepreneurship curriculum designed? Who decides what is to be included in an entrepreneurship curriculum? Ethics has a plurality and implies moral judgment informed by any individual’s values. In applying entrepreneurship education the rationale and justification of what is offered and why should be clear. The paper provides a synthesis conducted on an extant literature review on the ethics of an entrepreneurship curriculum, entrepreneurship education stakeholders, and stakeholder rights and obligations. An ethics enquiry framework is concluded that entrepreneurship education curriculum designers can apply to surface the assumptions underpinning the curriculum and assist educators to be clear and explicit about the intent and ambitions for an entrepreneurship education curriculum design. While this paper develops a framework, it has yet to be tested. Further research can examine specific sets of stakeholder expectations, variations in obligations among regulatory or institutional settings, explicitly examine the range of effects of an entrepreneurship curriculum, and report the usability and practical relevance of such an evaluative framework. Ethics in entrepreneurship education is under-researched and more particularly the ethics of the entrepreneurship curriculum appears to have rarely been questioned. Entrepreneurship education lays the foundation for the future actions of those who shape and socially structure entrepreneurship. Therefore, as educators, there is a greater responsibility for ensuring that the education provided meets certain expectations of and obligations to various stakeholder groups.
Keywords: Ethics; entrepreneurship education curriculum; curriculum evaluation framework; entrepreneurship education stakeholders
Description: ISSN: 1048-4736 (Series)
Rights: Copyright © 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
RMID: 0030038690
DOI: 10.1108/S1048-473620150000025005
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