Can you teach creativity to business students? Can colleges prep graduates to go out on their own, instead of Working for the Man? To be founders, innovators, industry disrupters - in a word popularized by 20th-century economist Joseph Schumpeter, entrepreneurs?
Two schools are trying extra hard.: In Philadelphia, Drexel University last month announced a new college, the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, backed by a $12.5 million gift from the late chairman of Compudyne Corp., a 1936 Drexel engineering graduate.
That followed Peoria, Ill.-based Bradley University's move last fall to set up the Robert and Carolyn Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, backed by $8 million in contributions from Robert Turner, a Bradley accounting grad (1977) and MBA ('78) who runs Berwyn-based Turner Investments. On Jan. 28, Turner was named chairman of Bradley's trustees.
-- From my story in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Read it all here.