In one of the more thought-provoking sessions I attended, the focus was on how a small liberal arts school was using “entrepreneurial” processes to put a framework around collaborative and critical problem solving. It was striking to see an approach developed by and associated with business education used as a productive experiential framework for learning rather than the more predictable emphasis on bringing an idea to commerce.
I was surprised by how radical this felt. Where business education today openly borrows from the liberal arts toolbox in developing a creative culture, liberal arts institutions do not instinctively see the value offered by harnessing business school strategies to advance their liberal arts mission. Could business schools be more accepting of a creative framework than liberal arts schools are of a business framework?
The intrinsic value of a liberal arts education lies in its ability to develop critical thinkers. How can we encourage the application of business school strategies to develop the capacity to think entrepreneurially?
- Steve Erwin