Statement of interest in the study of entrepreneurship
I am the first professional of my family. None of my relatives went to college before I did. My mom has a restaurantsince 1999, my dad a small truck company since the 80’, and my brother a two-hundred employees’ factory since 2003. I believe globalization can bring huge opportunities for people who haveentrepreneurial spirit and management skills at hand. I mention spirit and skills because I believe successful entrepreneurship contains both. My commitment is to overcome the rationalistic way of thinking todevelop a new pedagogy to educate entrepreneurs. I am working to discover not only the rules that guide entrepreneurial action but also the ontology that constitute the entrepreneurial spirit.
I hold abachelor and a master degree in psychology. Between 2002 and 2005 I taught entrepreneurship at the University of Chile. The main focus of my class was to trigger the desire of students to becomeentrepreneurs. In 2005, with the sponsorship of the industrial engineering department of the University of Chile, I received a governmental scholarship to pursue graduate studies in entrepreneurship. In2005, I arrived to Miami to study a master of science in the school of business at Florida International University (FIU). I finished my master of science in business, and then I started a doctorate ineducation focused on entrepreneurship education.
I have received a very multidisciplinary training, encompassing business, psychology, political science, and education. Since 1997, after I took myfirst class on entrepreneurship, I have been fascinated exploring what constitute entrepreneurial action. For 10 years I have been researching, thinking, and talking with people about what makessomebody to start a business. At FIU I have had wonderful teachers like Dr. Alan Carsrud and Dr Paul Reynolds.
This conference is an important component of my training as future researcher and...