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'Lost in space' : the role of social networking in university-based entrepreneurial learning

Lockett, Nigel and Quesada-Pallarès, Carla and Williams-Middleton, Karen and Padilla-Meléndez, Antonio and Jack, Sarah (2017) 'Lost in space' : the role of social networking in university-based entrepreneurial learning. Industry and Higher Education, 31 (2). pp. 67-80. ISSN 0950-4222

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While entrepreneurship education increasingly uses various means to connect students to the ‘real world’, the impact of social networking on learning remains under-explored. This qualitative study of student entrepreneurs in UK and Sweden shows that their entrepreneurial journey becomes increasingly complex, requiring skills and knowledge not solely developed through formal or non-formal learning. Social networks, and associated informal learning, are shown to be critical in developing social capital important to the students’ entrepreneurial journey. This study exposes a key value of social networking and encourages educators to embed activities that facilitate students’ informal learning within the curriculum.