Professor honored for excelling in entrepreneural ethics education with 3E Award

Sherrie Human also receives honorable mention for International Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award | October 13, 2006

Sherrie Human, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship and the Castellini Chair in entrepreneurial studies, has been awarded the Entrepreneurial Experiential Education Award (3E Award). The award is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, George Washington University Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Delta Epsilon Chi.

Human also received an honorable mention for the international Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award sponsored by the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division and McGraw-Hill.

Entrepreneurial experiential exercises are class exercises, games, projects and experiments instructors create to assist in teaching students about entrepreneurship, small business and new venture creation. The 3E award recognizes and shares the most effective of those activities.

In Human’s board-based exercise, students experience the complexities of ethical decision-making, including differences in perceptions on what is “just doing business” versus what is lying. Pre-class readings and a scenario-based questionnaire are followed by a debriefing and concept development. The exercise results in lively, sometimes heated, discussions.

“This experience taught me that people have very different opinions on ethics and what is ethical and what is not, so it is important to think about when choosing a business partner and when thinking about competition or other business dealing,” says one of Human's students. The Academy of Management applauded Human’s “addition of the ethics approach” to the study of entrepreneurship.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized,” Human says. “I thank all of the awarding organizations for the importance they place on entrepreneurship education. The entrepreneurial mindset and skill set on which we focus helps students build their capacity to create their own futures and the futures of their communities. Also, I am excited that entrepreneurial ethics experiential education is recognized since it allows students to experience the complexities of decisions and situations they will face regardless of their field or interests.”

According to the Ewing Marin Kauffman Foundation, nearly 2,100 schools now offer coursework in entrepreneurship (up from just 380 in 1990) and 500 of those offer concentrations or degrees.