Learning Sustainability Entrepreneurship by Doing: Providing a Lecturer-oriented Service Learning Framework

Jantje Halberstadt, Christoph Schank, Mark Euler, Rainer Harms (Corresponding Author)

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    Due to its growing practical relevance, sustainability entrepreneurship receives a high degree of academic attention. However, literature on how to educate sustainability entrepreneurs remains scarce. A promising didactical approach in this context is service learning. We ask if service learning is an effective way to educate sustainability entrepreneurs, and which framework conditions impact those educators. First, we draw on an established sustainable entrepreneurship capability framework and provide direct evidence from entrepreneurship educators about the effectiveness of service learning. Second, based on grounded theory, qualitative interviews with those educators reveal a framework composed of personal and institutional factors that they have to navigate when provide service learning. Our findings contribute to the interface of service learning and sustainability entrepreneurship by highlighting its effectiveness and the framework conditions for educators.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1217
    Number of pages22
    JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2019


    • sustainability; entrepreneurship; education; service learning


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