The video profile of SOM graduate, Jason Pohlman, is a great way to show the impact of entrepreneurship in the the School of Management curriculum. And it all started in the early 1990's.
The Naz SOM was the first school in the greater Rochester area to include entrepreneurship as a required course for all business students.
At the time, it seemed like a bold move. However, my faculty colleagues had the vision to see the business world had permanently changed and that life in organizations was full of uncertainty.
We agreed to stop teaching students to simply be functions in large organizations. We took a more holistic approach and placed greater emphasis on small business and the creation of an enterprise.
It took a little time for students to embrace the initiative but it clearly is a success. Our students have greater control over their career and destiny. My colleagues and I frequently receive phone calls and emails from alumni who have started a business and want to come back and share their stories with our students.
We still educate our students to gain employment in traditional (and not so traditional) organizations but they leave Naz "thinking like entrepreneurs" along with the knowledge and skills to become one.