Action learning in new creative ventures

Rae, David (2012) Action learning in new creative ventures. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 18 (5). pp. 603-623. ISSN 1355-2554

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Purpose – The purpose of this article is to explore the integrated processes of action learning,
entrepreneurial learning and new venture creation by students and graduates in the creative
industries by addressing two questions: How do action learning and entrepreneurial learning connect
with new venture creation in the context of the creative industries? How does learning influence the
types of creative enterprises developed by students?
Design/methodology/approach – The article is based around the case of the Student Placements
for Entrepreneurs in Education (SPEED) project which ran in 13 higher education institutes (HEIs) in
the UK between 2006 and 2008. This provided an innovative, action-learning based route, enabling
students to create new business ventures as self-started work experience. The article uses the case to
develop theoretical perspectives on creative entrepreneurship and action learning.
Findings – The article draws lessons from the experience of the SPEED programme as an innovative
multi-HEI project, and develops a conceptual model of creative entrepreneurship with illustrative
cases. Transferable insights and a model of entrepreneurial action learning illustrate connections
between venture formation and “pull” learning.
Practical implications – It is increasingly clear that graduate self-employment and entrepreneurship
must make an essential contribution to educational and economic development in the post-recessionary
economic era, but this is problematic, especially in the creative industries. Recommendations for
development based on these models and practices are proposed for educators and policy-makers.
Originality/value – The article connects action learning with theories of new venture creation and
entrepreneurial learning. It develops critical insights and proposes conceptual models of creative
enterprise and “pull” learning in venture creation.
Keywords Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurialism, Creative industries, Action learning, Learning,
Higher education, Students, United

Keywords:Action learning
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:8441
Deposited On:27 Mar 2013 18:21

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