While entrepreneurship education increasingly uses various means to connect students to the ‘real world’, the impact of social networking on learning remains under-explored. This qualitative study of student entrepreneurs in UK and Sweden shows that their entrepreneurial journey becomes increasingly complex, requiring skills and knowledge not solely developed through formal or non-formal learning. Social networks, and associated informal learning, are shown to be critical in developing social capital important to the students’ entrepreneurial journey. This study exposes a key value of social networking and encourages educators to embed activities that facilitate students’ informal learning within the curriculum.
- entrepreneurial learning
- social networking
- social capital
- entrepreneurship education
Lockett, N., Quesada-Pallarès, C., Williams-Middleton, K., Padilla-Meléndez, A., & Jack, S. (2017). 'Lost in space': the role of social networking in university-based entrepreneurial learning. Industry and Higher Education, 31(2), 67-80. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950422217693962