Addressing global challenges with compassion: The role of entrepreneurship education

Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

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Title Addressing global challenges with compassion: The role of entrepreneurship education
Creator Lindvert, Marta
Subject Entrepreneurship entrepreneurship education; experience-based learning; compassion; SDGs; India; qualitative methods.
Description Background: Entrepreneurs have the potential to play an especially important role for sustainable development, considering their very foundational character of finding solutions to problems in different creative ways. Thus, we need more entrepreneurs who are willing to address global challenges of today.Aim: This paper aims to discuss the role of compassion in entrepreneurship education, particularly within experience-based teaching.Setting: Based on a 3-week course, where students were exposed to poverty and other challenges in the Global South, the focus is on how experience-based teaching affected their compassion and motivation related to sustainability issues.Methods: This qualitative study is based on longitudinal interview data collected during a 3-week entrepreneurship education course, involving 23 master’s students from various academic disciplines. The course included a field visit to an underprivileged, rural area in India.Results: Students gained a deeper understanding of social and economic sustainability. After the field visit, they expressed stronger focus on compassion and empathy and deeper interest in working with sustainability issues. Further, they expressed an increased interest for entrepreneurship.Conclusion: The rich data collected during the process described above, gives in-depth insights on how students can develop compassion, empathy and a deeper understanding for global challenges of today.Contribution: Findings contribute to entrepreneurship literature, by highlighting the importance of compassion and empathy, and to the topic of entrepreneurship education, by discussing how students can be trained to develop these characteristics.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-10-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative methods, interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.675
Source The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 9 pages 2071-3185 2522-7343
Language eng
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Coverage India — Students
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Marta Lindvert