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Entrepreneurial Learning

New Perspectives in Research, Education and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by David Rae, Catherine L. Wang


290 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the development of the rapidly evolving field of entrepreneurial learning by bringing together contributions from an international team of researchers, who offer new understanding of its emerging development and its potential scope for the future. Using the three domains of theory, education, and learning-in-practice, this book offers differing and complementary perspectives on entrepreneurial learning:

  • Conceptual work which reviews and summarises prior work in the field and advances theoretical understanding of entrepreneurial learning research, enabling a review of the development of research in this area over time.
  • Applied work around entrepreneurship education which develops understanding of teaching and learning practices in educational and institutional contexts.
  • Exploration of learning in ‘real’ business contexts, including new venture creation, family business and small business development, and ‘intrapreneurial’ learning in larger organisations.

Using global perspectives, originating from the different cultural contexts of the USA, UK, Nordic and Chinese perspectives, the chapters converge to address issues, questions and opportunities for the future development of entrepreneurial learning. This book will be of interest to educators and researchers in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise education and entrepreneurial development, as well as policy makers and business advice and support agencies.


This set of exploratory texts draws together significant expertise and sets the scene for future thinking. In the midst of global imperatives to learn, to be more entrepreneurial, it is a most welcome contribution to the debate. - Andy Penaluna, Professor and Director, International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development, University of Wales, UK

In this insightful and timely publication, Rae and Wang explore entrepreneurial learning from its inception as a field of academic inquiry right through to its development in contemporary entrepreneurship literatures. The authors bring together a collection of complementary perspectives on entrepreneurial learning, and in so doing, map out a challenging future research agenda. This text should be of value to researchers and educators alike, as well as to those studying entrepreneurial learning as part of a taught programme. - Colette Henry, Professor, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

I highly recommend this text, which provides a fresh perspective on the area of entrepreneurial learning, exploring new research, practice and pedagogical practices. The contributing authors include some of the thought leaders in the entrepreneurship discipline and this work offers new insights that will be of great interest to the academic community, policy makers and enterprise support agencies. - Paul Jones, Associate Professor, Plymouth University, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction (David Rae and Catherine L. Wang)

2. Entrepreneurial Learning: Past Research and Future Challenges (Catherine L. Wang and Harveen Chugh)

3. Becoming an Entrepreneur: The unexplored role of childhood and adolescent human capital (Dilani Jayawarna, Oswald Jones and Allan Macpherson)

4. Entrepreneurial Learning through Intuitive Decision Making (Cinla Akinci)

5. The Contribution of Momentary Perspectives to Entrepreneurial Learning and Creativity (David Rae)

6. The Structure and Scope of Entrepreneurship Programs in Higher Education around the World (Jeff Vanevenhoven and William A. Drago)

7. Progression and Coherence in Enterprise Education: An overall framework supporting diversity (Per Blenker, Sarah Robinson and Claus Thrane)

8. A Gestalt Model of Entrepreneurial Learning (Rita G. Klapper and Deema Refai)

9. Entrepreneurial Learning in Small Firm Management Teams (Ian McKeown)

10. The Struggle for Product Development and Innovation in a Family-Owned Business: A knowledge transfer partnership approach (Mark D’Souza-Mathew, Robert Pickard, Howard Pickard and Jeff Gold)

11. Learning to Evolve: Developing a practice-based evolutionary language of entrepreneurial learning (Dermot Breslin)

12. Entrepreneurial Preparedness: An exploratory case study of Chinese private enterprises (Catherine L. Wang, Mohammed Rafiq, Xiaoqing Li and Yu Zheng)

13. Entrepreneurial Learning in the Chinese Business Context (Lorraine Watkins-Mathys)

About the Editors

David Rae is Dean of the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, Canada and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research

Catherine L. Wang is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway University of London, UK

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Entrepreneurship

This series extends the meaning and scope of entrepreneurship by capturing new research and enquiry on economic, social, cultural and personal value creation. Entrepreneurship as value creation represents the endeavours of innovative people and organisations in creative environments that open up opportunities for developing new products, new services, new firms and new forms of policy making in different environments seeking sustainable economic growth and social development. In setting this objective the series includes books which cover a diverse range of conceptual, empirical and scholarly topics that both inform the field and push the boundaries of entrepreneurship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship