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Trust and self-efficacy in formal learning networks: the effects on entrepreneurs’ capacity to act upon business opportunities
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
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2012 (engelsk)Inngår i: International Journal of Innovation and Learning, ISSN 1471-8197, E-ISSN 1741-8089, Vol. 12, nr 2Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

In efforts to promote better realization of business opportunities, government support of formal policy led learning networks among entrepreneurs has been a popular approach world-wide. This article uses survey data from 109 entrepreneurs who took part in formal learning networks to examine how trust in network partners influences the capacity to act upon business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Further, we examine how this influence is moderated by the entrepreneurs’ own self-efficacy. Our results support a positive relationship between developing trust in other networking entrepreneurs and the capacity to act upon business opportunities. Self-efficacy was found to moderate this relationship. For entrepreneurs with low self-efficacy, results support an inverted U-shaped relationship, with the greatest outcomes reached with an intermediate level of trust. For entrepreneurs with high self-efficacy, a positive linear relationship is supported. We discuss implications for further research on trust and realization of opportunities, and for learning network policy.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Inderscience , 2012. Vol. 12, nr 2
Emneord [en]
learning, networks, entrepreneurs, trust, self-efficacy, business opportunities
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företagsekonomi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40850DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2012.048354Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84864672923OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-40850DiVA, id: diva2:403155
Tilgjengelig fra: 2011-03-11 Laget: 2011-03-11 Sist oppdatert: 2023-03-23bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Learning among entrepreneurs in formal networks: Outcomes, processes and beyond
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2009 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation focuses on how entrepreneurs learn to acquire entrepreneurial knowledge and competence, which ultimately can open doors to business success. Contemporary critics suggest that programs designed to develop general competence are not sufficiently relevant to these entrepreneurs. On the other hand, scholars and practitioners have recently noticed that external relations in formal learning networks can be a notable opportunity for learning in entrepreneurs. The aim of this dissertation is to elaborate on the processes and outcomes of government supported learning networks among entrepreneurs who work in small and medium sized enterprises. It draws on reports of four separate but interrelated research studies that author conducted. The research described in the dissertation is based on multiple theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and data sources. To gain a full understanding of the experiences of the different network participants, as well as the interactive processes within the learning network, data were collected from multiple sources: interviews, participant observation, and videotaping. The conclusions stated in appended paper 1 and 2 are primarily based on the interviews, but they are also supported by the observations and written material. Paper three focuses on the videos in combination with the interviews. Finally, to complement the qualitative research with insights regarding the relationships among trust, learning, and self-efficacy, the last paper reports the results of a quantitative survey study. The dissertation makes several major contributions to knowledge. First and foremost, by combining entrepreneurship theory and learning theory, it describes the outcomes that can emerge from formal learning networks and shows how these outcomes can have entrepreneurial consequences. Second, it suggests how the learning situation can be characterized and describes an appropriate learning environment for entrepreneurs from small and medium sized enterprises. The research also contributes to theory on how trust in formal learning networks is built and how this trust contributes to entrepreneurial learning. At the same time, it shows that the potential benefits derived from trust cannot be realized without incorporating the entrepreneur’s level of self-efficacy in the analysis. The dissertation concludes by offering suggestions for exploiting learning and business opportunities through the construction and utilization of learning networks. 

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2009. s. 81
Serie
Studier i företagsekonomi. Serie B, ISSN 0346-8291 ; 70
Emneord
formal learning networks, entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, learning outcomes, learning situation
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
företagsekonomi
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-25691 (URN)978-91-7264-848-7. (ISBN)
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Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet, 90187, Umeå
Disputas
2009-11-07, Samhällsvetarhuset s205h, Umeå Universitet, samhällsvetarhuset, Umeå, 13:00 (engelsk)
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