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Learn or die: the development of an assessment framwork for SME entrepreneurial learning programmes
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, ISSN 1468-4330, Vol. 11, no 1, 92-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The unique features of entrepreneurial learning, that involves multiple dimensions, are not easily captured and today few appropriate assessment frameworks exist. The aim of this paper is therefore to develop an assessment framework for entrepreneurial learning and empirically illustrate its potential on a specific SME learning program. Based on a survey of owners/managers who took part in the government supported learning program, krAft, an exploratory factors analysis and a regression analysis were conducted. The paper proposes a two dimensional framework of cognitive and social/emotional learning outcomes where both are strongly correlated to internal efficiency but only the social/emotional outcomes are correlated to external effectiveness. The paper therefore concludes that the mere focus on cognitive learning outcomes is not enough in order to successfully act upon business opportunities. Hence, the social/emotional learning dimension is of great importance, and should be utilized, in the development of arranged SME learning groups.

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InderScience Publishers, 2011. Vol. 11, no 1, 92-109 p.
Keyword [en]
entrepreneurial learning, learning programmes, learning assessments, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, business owners, managers, exploratory factor analysis, regression analysis, assessment frameworks, multiple dimensions, government support, Sweden, krAft programme, competence, reflection, business development, business growth, cognitive outcomes, social outcomes, emotional outcomes, learning outcomes, internal efficiency, external effectiveness, business opportunities, learning groups, management, enterprise development
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40848DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2011.039660OAI: diva2:403147
Available from: 2011-03-11 Created: 2011-03-11 Last updated: 2012-05-14Bibliographically approved

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