Develop Your Model

of Entrepreneurship

An Evidence-Based Methodology for Teaching Entrepreneurship

The DYME Institute

The DYME Institute was established in 2018, by Dr. John Alver Dobson to provide entrepreneurs in developing economies with access to world-class entrepreneurial education.

The content of our program is based on what we know about effectively teaching entrepreneurship. Combining our team's decades worth of experience in research, practice, and teaching we have developed modules that will help entrepreneurs become more successful. The focus is on developing the necessary skills to improve the lives of entrepreneurs within marginalized communities in the developing world.

In response to the ineffectiveness of traditional entrepreneurial education, DYME Institute also aims to change the way entrepreneurship is taught around the world. The institute offers academic development for entrepreneurial educators, entrepreneurship workshops, and professional training. 

Our Services

Academic Development

Faculty Teaching and Learning

Workshops hosted in Boston or your university that introduce faculty to the essence of Problem-based entrepreneurial education.

 

Curricular and Co-curricular Programming

We work with faculty and staff to develop effective courses and programming for their schools.

 

Entrepreneurship Pedagogy and Research

We examine the effectiveness of teaching approaches in developing entrepreneurs and create interventions that improve learning outcomes.

Entrepreneurship Workshops

Teaching

We bring together faculty who provide small-scale producers with world-class entrepreneurial education that improve livelihoods and markets through the development of the following skills:

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Sales/Marketing

  • Accounting/Finance

 

Service Learning

Students are an essential part of our on-site projects. students engage in real-life problem-solving, while they help small-scale producers in developing countries.

 

Students build a garden for a family, supplementing nutritional needs. Surpluses are sold to earn extra family income.

Professional Training

Creativity and Innovation

We have developed an active learning tool-set igniting entrepreneurship within organizations. Enabling trainers to get the most out of their team.

 

Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurship

Trainers learn to successfully apply the DYME methodology. Fostering creativity while

creating entrepreneurial agency.

 

Facilitating Learning

Unpacking entrepreneurial theories to practice. Trainers learn about adult education teaching and learning methods related to how entrepreneurs learn to become entrepreneurs.

An Evidenced-based Approach

Figure. Results of attitudes between the problem-based and process-based classes.

Figure. Results of changes in subjective norms between the problem-based and process-based classes.

Figure. Results of changes in PBC between the problem-based and process-based classes. PBC = perception of behavioral control.

Figure. Results of changes in intentions between the problem-based and process-based classes.

Investments in entrepreneurial education are failing to develop entrepreneurs

 

Our research was based on the hypothesis that, current entrepreneurship teaching methods are undermining entrepreneurial intention for students interested in becoming entrepreneurs. We explored the effectiveness of traditional teaching approaches, which tend to rely on developing business plans and models that focus on teaching students about entrepreneurship, against a Problem-Based learning approach that uses action-learning methodologies designed to teach students entrepreneurship.

Using the Theory of Planned Behavior, which links one’s beliefs with their behavior, we compared the changes in attitudes and intentions of students in two introductory entrepreneurship courses. We examined results within and between groups. Data was collected at the start, middle, and end of courses.

Results support our hypothesis in that, current teaching approaches undermine students’ intention to become an entrepreneur. In contrast, exposing students to actual entrepreneurship results in statistically different outcomes. But the students must first learn the struggles and failures of entrepreneurship. Once they start figuring out product/market fit their attitudes and intentions about entrepreneurship go up. Students showed an increase in entrepreneurial activity at the end of the semester.

Partner schools implementing the DYME

teaching & learning methodology

Clark University, Worcester, Ma. USA

Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico

CESA, Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Adminstracion.  Bogota, Colombia

Instituto Yucateca de Empredimiento, Merida, Mexico

IAE Montpellier. Ecole Universitaire, Montpellier, France

Jardin Botanico de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia

Nepal Innovation Technology & Innovation Center, Pokora, Nepal

Pontifical Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Stawa University, Kampala, Uganda

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Universidad International, Cuernavaca, Mexico

University of Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia

Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Upcoming Events

The DYME Institute offers a variety of Training and Development sessions. Check out and register for an upcoming event in your city

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Develop Your Model of Entrepreneurship Institute, Inc.

by Prof. John Alver Dobson

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