Educating for self-interest or -transcendence? An empirical approach to investigating the role of moral competencies in opportunity recognition for sustainable development

Lisa Ploum*, Vincent Blok, Thomas Lans, Onno Omta

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Abstract

Entrepreneurship education with a focus on sustainable development primarily teaches students to develop a profit-driven mentality. As sustainable development is a value-oriented and normative concept, the role of individual ethical norms and values in entrepreneurial processes has been receiving increased attention. Therefore, this study addresses the role of moral competence in the process of idea generation for sustainable development. A mixed method design was developed in which would-be entrepreneurs were subjected to a questionnaire (n = 398) and to real-life decision-making processes in a case assignment (n = 96). The results provide stepping stones for implementing (moral) competencies in entrepreneurship education as a possible avenue to move away from a sole focus on a profit-driven mentality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-260
JournalBusiness Ethics
Volume28
Issue number2
Early online date15 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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Sustainable development
Competency
Opportunity recognition
Profit
Entrepreneurship education
Idea generation
Questionnaire
Assignment
Entrepreneurial process
Decision-making process
Mixed methods
Entrepreneurs

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