Teaching represents an important activity as we grow entrepreneurship scholars for two reasons. First, many of us engage in the process of teaching and mentoring Ph.D. students and junior faculty, helping them learn the craft of research and teaching as a calling rather than a "job". Additionally, most academics spend a considerable amount of time teaching in and outside of the classroom, hopefully with the objective of continually growing as teacher-scholars.

The teaching committee of the Entrepreneurship Division solicits nominations for the Entrepreneurship Division and McGraw-Hill Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award each year and makes the winning innovation available on this website. We also encourage members to submit syllabi, cases (with teaching notes), activities along with directions for using them effectively, and links to entrepreneurship teaching resources. Our objective is to maintain and grow a vibrant community of academics engaged in entrepreneurship pedagogy and to contribute to the division’s goal of collaborating to develop entrepreneurship scholars.

Award Winning Syllabi

Entrepreneurial Strategy

Entrepreneurial Strategy offers a choice-based approach to entrepreneurial education and practice. First developed at MIT and the University of Toronto, the course provides a deep understanding of the core strategic choices facing innovation-based entrepreneurs and a synthetic framework for the process of choosing and implementing an overall entrepreneurial strategy. A central theme of the course is that founders must balance the experimentation and learning inherent to entrepreneurship with the choices necessary to go from idea to impact. 

The full teaching suite – draft textbook (forthcoming from Norton), 18 custom teaching cases, lecture slides, sample syllabi, and workbook materials – are available for instructors on our website, www.entrepreneurial-strategy.net. It includes teaching materials for the Entrepreneurial Strategy course as well as a broader Introduction to Entrepreneurship course. These courses have been adopted at business and engineering schools at both the undergraduate and master’s level, and many faculty have integrated the materials into their established entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology strategy courses. Please reach out to the 2021 award winner, Erin L Scott (elscott@mit.edu), if you would like to discuss how to tailor the materials to your program!

Creativity, Innovation, and Design

The class mission is to give students an understanding of the sources and processes associated with creativity, innovation, and design - three interdependent capabilities essential to our own well being, as well as to the well being of society. We will study the internal and external factors that relate to our own ability to create, innovate, and design. We will also understand the factors that impact a group's ability to act creatively, to innovate, and to produce practical and appealing designs. The class will consist of readings and case studies as well as individual and group projects (more information here). 

Teachers and professors wishing to get a complete syllabus and teaching guide to the class can contact the 2019 award winner, Prof. Derek B. Lidow, directly at: dlidow@princeton.edu

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Alternate Reality Teaching of Entrepreneurship

Looking Glass is a new type of learning simulation for entrepreneurship that puts students in the role of entrepreneurs after the company founder that hired them mysteriously quits. Using our platform over three weeks in real time, students navigate strategic issues, legal challenges, and personnel decisions that tied to a dozen learning objectives – from understanding team structure to dealing with feedback from early customers. So far, a total of 270 MBAs, undergraduates, and part-time students played the game entirely anonymously (selecting their own names and identities), allowing them to experiment with leadership styles and approaches. Engagement was very high: students sent over 30,000 emails and chats, and 2/3 of students surveyed indicated that Looking Glass was more engaging than traditional teaching methods, including cases. Looking Glass will be available widely in early 2017 for classroom use, more information will be available here.

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The Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Community Reintegration

The winner of the award for 2017 is Dr. Charlotte R. Ren, Associate Professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Senior Fellow at Wharton School’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, for her graduate course entitled “The Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Community Reintegration”. This example of innovative pedagogy is part of a program called PREP (Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program), which Dr. Ren designed and launched at University of Pennsylvania while on a 3-year visiting professorship there. The program is geared towards helping formerly incarcerated individuals become legitimate entrepreneurs.

Our award winner Dr. Charlotte R. Ren has generously shared some example material for our members who are interested in innovating their teaching. The material can be found in the following links:

Entrepreneurship Teaching Ressources

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange ( http://www.eiexchange.com ) has a library of video interviews with great entrepreneurs, commentaries, cases, exercises and practitioner oriented articles that are interesting, informative and approachable and perhaps the best part, free.


A Father/Son Sitdown: Howard and Steven Aldrich (https://eiexchange.com/content/193-a-fatherson-sitdown-howard-and-steven-aldrich)

Delivering the Goods: An Interview with Best Buy Founder Dick Schulze (https://eiexchange.com/content/6-delivering-the-goods-an-interview-with-best-buy-and-eix-founder-dick-schulze)

Marnie Abramson: Caring for the Bottom Line and the Planet (https://eiexchange.com/content/123-marnie-abramson-caring-for-the-bottom-line-and-the-planet- )


Managing Conflict in New Venture by Dan Forbes (https://eiexchange.com/content/31-managing-conflict-in-new-ventures )

Should I Participate in a Business Accelerator? By Jon Eckhardt (https://eiexchange.com/content/78-should-i-participate-in-a-business-accelerator )

The Family Way: How Entrepreneurial Values Help Businesses Thrive Over Generations by Ritch Sorenson (https://eiexchange.com/content/59-the-family-way-how-entrepreneurial-values-help-businesses-thrive-over-generations )

EIX is a non-profit organization that is funded by the Schulze Foundation to promote entrepreneurship.

Tools for entrepreneurs –YouTube



Managing the Family Business: Theory and Practice. By Thomas Zellweger (Best Book of the Year Award by the European Academy of Management 2018) 

Do you have resources to share? Please contact Linda Sama, Chair of the Teaching Committee Rashida Justo rachida.justo@ie.edu