Discusses the importance of learning to the survival and growth of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Considers research from a support programme using previous or existing entrepreneurs as mentors to support and advise new-start entrepreneurs. The paper discusses the issues around learning, entrepreneur development, mentoring and the matching of mentors to client entrepreneurs. In particular the paper considers the role of life-cycle development approaches in planning entrepreneurial development, the importance of double-loop learning and learning from experience or critical incidents. The paper then considers whether "just-in-time", targeted training and support provided directly or facilitated by a mentor may be more cost-effective in the long run than a more traditional up-front prescribed training approach.
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 1, 2000
Keywords: Entrepreneurs; Mentoring; Learning
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