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Practice-based learning in the Tequila industry: the business school goes out of the classroom

Practice-based learning in the Tequila industry: the business school goes out of the classroom The purpose of this paper is to present the methodology and results of practice-based learning in the Business School of a higher education institution (HEI) in Mexico, with a focus on students’ participation and learning experience.Design/methodology/approachThis research is a descriptive and qualitative analysis of six team experiences within a larger project developed through university–business partnership with the aim of helping develop organizational capabilities of small and medium enterprises within the Tequila industry in Mexico.FindingsParticipation of students in project-based learning, in genuine scenarios alongside professional consultants, is an effective way to develop learning and to apply prior knowledge. Learning occurs at several levels, including developing professional knowledge, teamwork, leadership and communication skills, and to some extent consulting skills. Client organizations also develop learning in work-based learning (WBL) projects.Research limitations/implicationsThe research methodology does not allow for generalization of the results on a large scale.Practical implicationsThis research shows a successful instance of project- and practice-based learning that may be helpful for HEIs seeking to implement this learning methodology.Social implicationsThere is research evidence that more students are expecting to get practice-based skills as part of their higher education training. This paper supports the argument that HEIs can develop wide scale WBL programs that have impact on students’ learning and skills development as well as on the development of host organizations.Originality/valueThe instance of WBL described in this research paper is unique within HEIs in Mexico. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning Emerald Publishing

Practice-based learning in the Tequila industry: the business school goes out of the classroom

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2042-3896
DOI
10.1108/heswbl-07-2018-0078
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present the methodology and results of practice-based learning in the Business School of a higher education institution (HEI) in Mexico, with a focus on students’ participation and learning experience.Design/methodology/approachThis research is a descriptive and qualitative analysis of six team experiences within a larger project developed through university–business partnership with the aim of helping develop organizational capabilities of small and medium enterprises within the Tequila industry in Mexico.FindingsParticipation of students in project-based learning, in genuine scenarios alongside professional consultants, is an effective way to develop learning and to apply prior knowledge. Learning occurs at several levels, including developing professional knowledge, teamwork, leadership and communication skills, and to some extent consulting skills. Client organizations also develop learning in work-based learning (WBL) projects.Research limitations/implicationsThe research methodology does not allow for generalization of the results on a large scale.Practical implicationsThis research shows a successful instance of project- and practice-based learning that may be helpful for HEIs seeking to implement this learning methodology.Social implicationsThere is research evidence that more students are expecting to get practice-based skills as part of their higher education training. This paper supports the argument that HEIs can develop wide scale WBL programs that have impact on students’ learning and skills development as well as on the development of host organizations.Originality/valueThe instance of WBL described in this research paper is unique within HEIs in Mexico.

Journal

Higher Education, Skills and Work-based LearningEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 23, 2019

Keywords: Project-based learning; Work-based learning; Higher education; Organizational learning; Tequila industry

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