ISBE April Blog – Learning and education: Exploring entrepreneurial actions and practice

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ISBE’s purpose is to enable excellence in small business and entrepreneurship across research, policy, practice and learning communities. We are always delighted to hear about examples of work where these connections have produced tangible outputs.

The Institute actively contributes to nurturing the growth of research in our key areas, and supporting members in our vision to connect our membership and their communities to pursue excellence in small business and entrepreneurship. In addition to our programme of funded projects through our Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) fund, the ISBE annual conference continues to inspire and foster collaboration amongst our membership.

With this in mind, we’re pleased to feature the latest issue of Industry and Higher Education, guest edited by Laura Galloway of Heriot-Watt University, David Higgins of the University of Liverpool (and ISBE Vice-President, Communities) and Pauric McGowan of the University of Ulster (and ISBE President). With permission from Sage, we include an introduction from Laura and David:

“Following the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference in Glasgow in Autumn 2015, we were delighted to develop a special issue of Industry and Higher Education on ‘Learning and education: Exploring entrepreneurial actions and practice’ – the 5th special issue we have done so far. Included are seven papers, collated to comprise a robust contribution to the field.

Several of the papers are on the broad topic of entrepreneurship education in universities, including:

  • ‘Lost in Space’: The Role of Social Networking in University-based Entrepreneurial Learning by Lockett, Quesada-Pallarès, Williams-Middleton, Padilla-Meléndez and Jack who explore the impact of social networking on learning in the UK and Sweden;
  • Entrepreneurship in Vocational Education:  A Case Study of the Brazilian Context by Stadler and Smith, in which entrepreneurship education in vocational studies in Brazil is explored;
  • Breaking in the Waves: Routines and Rituals in Entrepreneurship Education by Neergaard and Christensen, who present an exploratory study of how classroom routines and rituals impact on entrepreneurship education;
  • The Phenomenon of Student-Led Enterprise Groups by Preedy and Jones who investigate how the simulated business ‘roles’ performed in student-led enterprise groups afford and enhance experiential and social learning;
  • A Mystagogical View of ‘Withness’ in Entrepreneurship Education by Refai and Higgins investigates entrepreneurship education from a mystagogy perspective, exploring notions of identity with and initiation into entrepreneurship.

Papers on learning amongst those in firms are also included in this special edition:

  • Help Wanted! Exploring the Value of Entrepreneurial Mentoring at Start-Up by Brodie, Van Saane, and Osowska presents a qualitative study of mentoring in five start-up ventures;
  • Up the ANTe: Understanding Entrepreneurial Leadership Learning through Actor-Network Theory by Smith, Kempster and Barnes focuses on leadership in the small business, how it is learnt and its importance.

These papers form a valuable contribution to the study of entrepreneurship education and learning amongst entrepreneurs. Through this special issue we seek to present a scholarly voice which seeks to foster innovative and accessible scholarly writing which is of crucial importance to any research field. The ability of any publication to develop material which engages with practical experience and action must be a key priority in the advancement of future practice and scholarship. The uniqueness of the ISBE community to develop and stimulate activities which can serve the ISBE community provides an extremely valuable network of resources for early career researchers, students and practitioners.

The special issue articles ‘Breaking in the Waves: Routines and Rituals in Entrepreneurship Education’ by Neergaard and Christensen, and ‘‘Lost in Space’: The Role of Social Networking in University-based Entrepreneurial Learning’ by Lockett, Quesada-Pallarès, Williams-Middleton, Padilla-Meléndez and Jack are currently free to read through IHE”.

The 2017 Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference is taking place 8-9 November 2017 in Belfast, and has a theme of ‘‘Borders’, prosperity and entrepreneurial responses’.

If you would like to showcase your work that has grown out of an ISBE conference or collaboration, please let us know at info@isbe.org.uk

The blog post promoting the special issue is now live and can be found here: https://managementink.wordpress.com/

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