Purpose – To describe an exploration in the use of synergistic learning methods in the delivery of an innovative pilot programme designed to teach entrepreneurship capacities. The programme took a tripartite approach involving nascent entrepreneurs, existing entrepreneurs and facilitators using an action research and action learning approach. Design/methodology/approach – Action research methodology is used to provide insights in entrepreneurship andragogy. The programme is delivered in a collaborative, peer‐learning environment using synergistic learning techniques (action learning). Findings – There is evidence from all participants for the usefulness of the learning methods employed; however there are challenges to using these methods in organisation applications. Research limitations/implications – The implications and challenges of using synergistic learning methods in organisation applications are discussed. Directions for further research into how such a programme could be used in the workplace are also presented. Originality/value – The paper describes innovative and effective methods to teach entrepreneurship capacities that mirror the “real” world experience of existing and nascent entrepreneurs.
Journal of European Industrial Training – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 2006
Keywords: Entrepreneurialism; Educational research; Learning methods
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