Educator Workshop: Innovative Pedagogy for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education

“If our collective goal is a more sustainable present and future, we must manifest, encourage and impart values that contribute towards that goal.”

Yona Sipos et al. p.70

With the great power of teaching comes great responsibility—not just for the students, but for all the things that education can and should change. Sustainability is one of those things, and perhaps more so in entrepreneurship education than any other discipline. Future entrepreneurs have the possibility to truly transform our society into a more sustainable one, and it is up to those of us who educate them to provide them with the right tools and conditions to make that possibility a reality. That is why this workshop will introduce the theory and methods of entrepreneurship education with a focus on sustainable entrepreneurship.

Drawing from her many years of experience in the field, Dr Rita Klapper will lead the workshop with a holistic and collaborative approach, taking theoretical inspiration from John Shotter’s phenomenology of insider perspectives as well as the Head, Hands, and Heart principle put forward by Yona Sipos et al. in 2008. The workshop will familiarise participants with these concepts and a range of examples of how they have been applied in the context of sustainable entrepreneurship education.

The workshop aims to achieve the following:

  • Familiarise the participants with Sipos et al’s (2008) umbrella concept of Head, Hands and Heart
  • Provide examples of how this holistic approach has been applied by Dr Rita Klapper in the field of (sustainable) entrepreneurship education
  • Help participants critically reflect on their own educational practices to engage learners in the three dimensions
  • Develop together with the participants ideas for further application and research


Breakout rooms will be available to further explore the topics of the workshop in smaller
groups of participants.


Dr Rita Klapper is (Associate) Research Professor for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at IDRAC Business School in Lyon, France, and holds a Visiting Professor position at IREES, the Institute for Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society at the University of Groningen. Previously, she was Reader (Associate Professor) in Enterprise and Sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. She is a specialist in the pedagogy of sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation, and takes a practitioner-oriented, insider-focused approach. She has held academic positions at Rouen Business School Neoma in France, the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Manchester Business School in the UK.


Gustav Hägg holds a PhD from Lund University, Sweden within the research field of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial learning focused on how reflective thinking could become more integrated in the learning process of students’ entrepreneurs. He is currently a senior lecturer at Malmö University, Sweden. His research interests include theorizing learning in entrepreneurship education and the post entrepreneurship education career of graduates through alumni research. He has also a general interest for entrepreneurial decision-making and the role of ethics in relation to entrepreneurship.


Apr 14,
– 12:00




Educators from all universities and disciplines are welcome to apply.


Event time in Swedish time zone (GMT +1 )


Applications are open until April 12th.

Additional information

This seminar will be held via Zoom. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop there is a set number of spots available. So, in order to secure a seat, please sign up sooner rather than later.


1.5 hours

in collaboration with


Residing on recent insights in the scholarly domain of entrepreneurship education the workshop series aims to give you as an educator useful tools and mind nuggets to advance your teaching. Over time, we hope to shine a light on many issues that occupy your thinking as an engaged educator, while also giving rise to new avenues of inquiry. 

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