Experiential entrepreneurship education via US films: why and how

Eric Liguori, Jeff Muldoon, Josh Bendickson

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Abstract

Purpose: Experiential education is key if the authors as scholar-educators are to empower the next generation of students to recognize opportunities, exploit them and succeed in entrepreneurship. Experiences facilitate the bridge between theory and practice; experiencing something serves as the linking process between action and thought. Capitalizing on technological advances of the last two decades, this paper depicts how film can be (and why it should be) incorporated into entrepreneurship classrooms. Design/methodology/approach: The authors analyze the learning literature, broadly defined, to assess and articulate the experiential nature of film. More specifically, this paper establishes a framework for film as an experiential pedagogical approach, offering theoretical connections and best practice recommendations. In doing so, this paper assesses two feature films and provide educators with a guide for their use in the classroom. Findings: This paper establishes a framework for film as an experiential pedagogical approach, offering theoretical connections and best practice recommendations. It concludes with two actionable case examples, broad enough they are deployable in almost any entrepreneurship classroom, assuming English is the primary language. Originality/value: This paper brings to life a concept some have long assumed is effective, but the literature often neglects: the use of film as an experiential medium. In doing so, two new case examples are developed and available for immediate deployment into classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-941
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 23 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

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