'Lost in space': the role of social networking in university-based entrepreneurial learning

Nigel Lockett, Carla Quesada-Pallarès, Karen Williams-Middleton, Antonio Padilla-Meléndez, Sarah Jack

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalIndustry and Higher Education
Volume31
Issue number2
Early online date16 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • entrepreneurial learning
  • social networking
  • social capital
  • entrepreneurship education

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