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NOTE: Since 2009 the title of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (IJEE) has been changed to the title above.  ISSN numbers: IJEE 1649-2269 and IRE 2009-2822

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ISSN Number: 2009-2822. Frequency: 4 Issues per year (online only)  

Impact of a Simulation-Based Pedagogy in Entrepreneurship Education: Comparative Insights from Germany, Spain, Thailand and China

IRE Vol 7: Issue 4, 2009 , Pages 327-352

Author(s): Heiko Haase (Worms University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Management and Economics, Germany) and Arndt Lautenschläger (University of Applied Sciences Jena, Department of Business Administration, Germany)

The objective of the present paper is to evaluate an entrepreneurship education pedagogy that involves computer-based start-up simulations. In a longitudinal study with 163 university students in Germany, Spain, China, and Thailand, we analyzed the impact on the participants’ entrepreneurial intentionality, perception, risk assessment, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Above all, we found a positive effect of the applied educational concept. However, in a discriminate analysis we also learnt that the impact depends on the cultural context where the pedagogy is inserted. Moreover, prior entrepreneurial attitude and knowledge as well as gender are influential. In conclusion, we recommend entrepreneurship educators to keep the participants’ educational and cultural background in mind when developing and implementing an entrepreneurship education program.

Keywords: entrepreneurship education; simulations; universities; teaching methods; evaluation; impact measurement.

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