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Measuring Entrepreneurial outcomes form a residential Enterprise School for Postgraduate Researchers

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Publisher
"RossiSmith Academic Publishing, Ltd."
Publication Date
Aug 23, 2017
Volume
13
Issue
2
Pages
62–90
Source
MyScienceWork
License
Green

Abstract

This paper describes the measurement of entrepreneurial outcomes from a four day residential Enterprise School for Ph.D. and postdoctoral researchers from a mix of subject areas held in North West England. We determine the effectiveness of the programme in terms of encouraging a range of entrepreneurial behaviours from increased confidence to start a business to the actual creation of a business, and also intermediate outcomes such as using their new skills when returning to the workplace. Using a questionnaire at the end of the course and then eight months later, we have tried to fit the outcomes to the Rugby Team Framework as a model to measure the impact of the school in terms of what elements of the course they had incorporated in their workplace. We found that most students after returning still said they were more likely to start a business, a small number had actually started a business but interestingly we found that many were using the skills they learned now in the workplace, for example, opportunity spotting. These intermediate outcomes are often neglected by other studies but could prove valuable for employers and from those employees with them leading to higher employability and faster promotions.

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