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The Role of Environment in Fostering Conductive Entrepreneurial Learning - Teaching the 'Art' of Entrepreneurship in Summer Boot Camps

Kwong, CCY and Thompson, P and Cheung, CWM and Manzoor, H (2012) 'The Role of Environment in Fostering Conductive Entrepreneurial Learning - Teaching the 'Art' of Entrepreneurship in Summer Boot Camps.' Journal of General Management, 38 (1). pp. 45-71. ISSN 0306-3070

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Abstract

The modern globalised economy is prone to periods of change and uncertainty as experienced in the economic downturn following 2007. Others have noted that this has led to the shortening of product life cycles (Tassey, 2000), and the greater importance of innovation in order to retain competitiveness (Smith, 2002; Huggins and Izushi, 2007). These are the environments where entrepreneurs are traditionally felt to thrive, be this in starting their own firms, working within larger corporations, or in their lives in general (Gibb, 2002b; Rae, 2010). This ensures that the need for entrepreneurial skills is greater than ever (Taatila, 2010), with higher education seen as having a key role in providing the necessary entrepreneurial and employability skills (Crayford et al., 2012; Thompson et al., 2010; 2012). There is, however, no consensus on the best way to develop these skills, if it is possible at all (Jack and Anderson, 1999). This exploratory study examines the potential benefits of an entrepreneurship boot camp at the end of an academic year aimed at allowing students the opportunity to participate in multidimensional entrepreneurship activities and discussions in a less formal environment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2013 09:39
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 16:27
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7047

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