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 8: Perceived learning outcomes of experiential entrepreneurship education: the case of Latvian business schools

Inna Kozlinska, Tõnis Mets and Kärt Rõigas

Abstract

The empirical study presented in this chapter addresses a major gap in entrepreneurship education (EE) research: the lack of empirical evidence that the experiential approach to teaching is associated with superior outcomes in comparison to the traditional approach. It focuses on perceived learning outcomes specifically and applies the tripartite competence framework to assess them. The analysis is based on eight semi-structured interviews with entrepreneurship educators and a survey of 306 imminent and recent bachelor’s graduates taught by the interviewed educators at four Latvian business schools. The study has somewhat unexpected results, revealing that more experiential EE does not necessarily lead to better outcomes, and in some cases is even associated with an adverse effect, and that other factors unrelated to the interventions-in-question directly exhibit significant influence on these outcomes.

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