The Emergence of Entrepreneurial Behaviour
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The Emergence of Entrepreneurial Behaviour

Intention, Education and Orientation

Edited by Susana C. Santos, António Caetano, Craig Mitchell, Hans Landström and Alain Fayolle

In recent years entrepreneurship has become one of the most popular fields of research in management studies. As the subject has broadened, increasing attention has been paid to the behavioural aspects of different practices to identify and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. This timely book analyses three key strands of contemporary research into entrepreneurial behaviour: intention, education and orientation. It offers novel insights that can be applied to foster entrepreneurial activities in different settings.
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Chapter 6: Formal mentorship in experiential entrepreneurship education: examining conditions for entrepreneurial learning among students

Gustav Hägg and Diamanto Politis


In this study we examine how formal mentorship facilitates learning for students engaged in experiential entrepreneurship education. Based on a diary-interview method we build a process model that depicts how formal mentorship relations are initiated and developed over time. Our analysis identifies critical conditions for generating a prosperous learning environment in this relation. The findings provide explanations for why certain mentorship relations are associated with different forms of learning outcomes depending on how the relations mature over time. The study shows that psychosocial support is important in the early stage, where openness, commitment and motivation create mutual trust within the mentoring dyad. In all, the study provides ample evidence in support of mentorship programs as a viable pedagogical method in experiential entrepreneurship education.

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