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Student clubs: experiences in entrepreneurial learning

Pittaway, LA, Gazzard, J, Shore, A and Williamson, T (2015) Student clubs: experiences in entrepreneurial learning. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 27 (3-4). pp. 127-153. ISSN 0898-5626

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Abstract

Student-led clubs that seek to enhance entrepreneurial learning can be found in many universities. Yet, like many areas of extra-curricular activity in entrepreneurship education, their role in supporting learning has not been researched widely. The paper introduces research that addresses this gap and investigates the nature of the learning process student's encounter when they take part in clubs. The study explores the literature on entrepreneurial learning; it examines the different concepts and considers their contribution to understanding student learning experiences. From the literature, a conceptual framework is presented, highlighting the key aspects of entrepreneurial learning relevant for the field research. The methodology is introduced, including a series of qualitative studies and a survey of students. The study focuses on two types of student-led clubs ‘entrepreneurship clubs’ and ‘Enactus clubs’ and provides a comparative analysis. The findings reported show a range of student learning benefits that simulate important aspects of entrepreneurial learning, such as learning by doing, learning through mistakes and learning from entrepreneurs. More nuanced findings are also presented showing differences in learning benefits between club forms and heighten benefits for students taking leadership roles. Ultimately, the paper contributes to research in entrepreneurship by illustrating how student clubs support entrepreneurial learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development on 24 Feb 2015 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08985626.2015.1014865
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business And Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 10:31
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/08985626.2015.1014865
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7860

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