9 Between critique and affirmation

An interventionist approach to entrepreneurship education

Bernhard Resch, Patrizia Hoyer and Chris Steyaert

Introduction

The grand narratives of creativity and entrepreneurship, hailed as highly promising elements for growing the economy, have flowed, even flooded, into the lecture halls and curricula of business schools and management programmes around the globe (Steyaert & Dey, 2010). Hence, enacting critical approaches in entrepreneurship education means rowing hard against the tide. In fact, one could argue that any critique – no matter how enlightening or emancipatory – risks being perceived as either detached or hopeless in the face of such a powerful force. Still, we contend that it is naïve, if not potentially ...

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