Teaching Social Entrepreneurship: An Interview With Greg Dees

By Erin Worsham

Greg Dees is often referred to as the “Father of Social Entrepreneurship Education.” Over the past 20 years, he has taught social entrepreneurship courses in some of the United States’ top business schools, including Harvard, Stanford, and now at Duke. As interest in social entrepreneurship skyrockets and more universities engage in social
entrepreneurship education, Professor Dees’ insights on teaching and building academic programs are valuable for others to learn from and build on. This interview captures Professor Dees’ reflections on the history of social entrepreneurship education, his insights into what works best, where we are still lacking in our teaching pedagogy, and what the future might hold.

Academy of Management Learning & Education 11(3): 442-452, 2012