The entrepreneurial middle ground: Higher education entry decisions of aspiring entrepreneurs

Pugalis, Lee, Round, Anna, Blackwood, Tony and Hatt, Lucy (2015) The entrepreneurial middle ground: Higher education entry decisions of aspiring entrepreneurs. Local Economy, 30 (5). pp. 503-519. ISSN 0269-0942

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The growing demand for more entrepreneurs has engendered a proliferation of entrepreneurship education programmes, which, in different ways, aim to assist aspiring entrepreneurs ‘learn’ entrepreneurship. Yet, understanding the higher education entry decisions of aspiring entrepreneurs is a veritable research lacuna, which creates fertile ground for investigation. This paper reports on an exploratory study investigating the entry decisions of first-year participants enrolled on a recently launched degree programme employing a team-based, experiential approach to learning. The analysis uses an interpretive frame to explore why aspiring entrepreneurs opt for formal education in place of, or alongside, other learning and career journeys. Findings indicate that some participants opted for a university education as part of a positive compromised decision, reflecting the reticence of these aspiring entrepreneurs to ‘go it alone’ in the world of business. In this sense, such experiential forms of entrepreneurial education may provide a suitable ‘middle ground’ for some aspiring entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-managed learning, team-based learning
Subjects: N100 Business studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 08:50
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:49

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