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The perceived added value of entrepreneurial education. A study on graduate entrepreneurship students at Lund University

Lega Castillo, Ana Maria LU and Gecevic, Matea LU (2013) ENTN19 20131
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
There is a recurring argument among scholars concerning entrepreneurship education: some argue that it lacks value, others disagree, pointing out that concrete outcomes can be achieved by a combination of academic learning while obtaining practical experiences at the same time. There have been studies of both aspects but without a clear conclusion. In this study, we conduct personal interviews with six graduates from the entrepreneurship programme at Lund University and attempt to identify what, in their opinion, is the added value of their education in entrepreneurship. The findings are grouped in five main themes: action orientation, learning through failure, diversity of networks, mentorship and personal growth. The overall results... (More)
There is a recurring argument among scholars concerning entrepreneurship education: some argue that it lacks value, others disagree, pointing out that concrete outcomes can be achieved by a combination of academic learning while obtaining practical experiences at the same time. There have been studies of both aspects but without a clear conclusion. In this study, we conduct personal interviews with six graduates from the entrepreneurship programme at Lund University and attempt to identify what, in their opinion, is the added value of their education in entrepreneurship. The findings are grouped in five main themes: action orientation, learning through failure, diversity of networks, mentorship and personal growth. The overall results suggest that graduates perceive the education they took part in as valuable and with actual outcomes that they use in their professional lives. However, as the programme in question has so far produced only five generations of graduates, it could be argued that the given time period is too short in order to measure the real long-term outcomes of this education. (Less)
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author
Lega Castillo, Ana Maria LU and Gecevic, Matea LU
supervisor
organization
course
ENTN19 20131
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
added value, entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education outcomes.
language
English
id
4054030
date added to LUP
2013-09-19 13:46:15
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2013-09-19 13:46:15
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  abstract     = {There is a recurring argument among scholars concerning entrepreneurship education: some argue that it lacks value, others disagree, pointing out that concrete outcomes can be achieved by a combination of academic learning while obtaining practical experiences at the same time. There have been studies of both aspects but without a clear conclusion. In this study, we conduct personal interviews with six graduates from the entrepreneurship programme at Lund University and attempt to identify what, in their opinion, is the added value of their education in entrepreneurship. The findings are grouped in five main themes: action orientation, learning through failure, diversity of networks, mentorship and personal growth. The overall results suggest that graduates perceive the education they took part in as valuable and with actual outcomes that they use in their professional lives. However, as the programme in question has so far produced only five generations of graduates, it could be argued that the given time period is too short in order to measure the real long-term outcomes of this education.},
  author       = {Lega Castillo, Ana Maria and Gecevic, Matea},
  keyword      = {added value,entrepreneurship education,Entrepreneurship,entrepreneurship education outcomes.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The perceived added value of entrepreneurial education. A study on graduate entrepreneurship students at Lund University},
  year         = {2013},
}