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Williams, Dina; Smith, Kelly; Yasin, Naveed; Pitchford, Ian (2013)
Publisher: Emerald
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: H1, L1
Purpose - This paper seeks to provide insight into the state of enterprise education and skills training at post-graduate level at UK higher education institutions (HEIs).\ud \ud Design/Methodology/Approach – Case study \ud \ud Approach. A case-study research strategy was used to address the lack of existing research on enterprise training for PGRs. The initial task was to identify those UK universities which provide enterprise and entrepreneurship training for their PGRs. Based on this desk exercise, 5 universities were selected according to the nature and structure of their training programmes ands geographical spread such that one university was included from Wales, Scotland, South of England, Midlands and North of England. The next stage of the research focused on gaining in-depth understanding of the enterprise training available to PRGs at selected universities through face-to-face semi-structured interviews with key personnel responsible for the design and management of PGR enterprise education programmes. The data collected was analysed using the Rugby Team Impact Framework to explore the training and development provision and structure, internal and external profile raising and awareness, staff and skills required, research-based practices, the reaction of participants, behaviour and outcomes, stakeholder engagement, and ongoing strategy\ud Results. The study highlights the current best practices in enterprise education for PGRs. It identified key factors contributing to the success of selected programmes including the development of objectives, the modes and pedagogy of delivery, and the involvement of stakeholders. \ud \ud Implications. The results of the research enable universities across the UK to drive the development of a suite of learning opportunities tailored to the needs of the PGR population in order to overcome barriers to engagement and best promote entrepreneurial activity - both within employment and as new venture creation - as appropriate career options.\ud \ud Originality/Value. This paper contributes to the limited literature concerning the state of enterprise training for PGRs which provides a detail analysis of current provisions useful for benchmarking and planning purposes and which can be useful to researchers and enterprise education providers.

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