The influence of stakeholders on developing enterprising graduates in UK HEIs

Matlay, Harry (2011) The influence of stakeholders on developing enterprising graduates in UK HEIs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 17 (2). pp. 166-182. ISSN 13552554 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to explore the influence of primary, secondary and tertiary stakeholders on developing enterprising graduates in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). Design/methodology/approach: Longitudinal telephone surveys were conducted annually over a ten-year period (2000 to 2009) to document and analyse a total of 331 stakeholders' influence on developing enterprising graduates in UK HEIs. Findings: The findings highlighted a number of interesting trends relating to their involvement in, and impact on, entrepreneurship education provision in UK HEIs. A wide range of stakeholders can influence the development of enterprising graduates. Primary stakeholders, such as students, teaching and research staff, managers and administrators emerged as most influential in the development of enterprising graduates. Their influence, representing both the demand and supply sides of entrepreneurship education, was significant and directly relevant to the development of enterprising graduates in UK HEIs. Practical implications: The results emerging from this longitudinal research study provide valuable stakeholder perspectives into the development of enterprising graduates in UK HEIs. Policy makers should use these findings to inform relevant entrepreneurship education policies and initiatives, focus them on the specific needs of UK students and ensure that scarce resources are targeted efficiently to develop successful graduate entrepreneurs. Originality/value: This study provides an empirically rigorous insight into stakeholder involvement in developing enterprising graduates in the UK. It provides valuable longitudinal data relating to the influence of a wide range of stakeholders on the development of enterprising graduates in UK HEIs. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Entrepreneurialism, Graduates, Higher education, Stakeholder analysis, United Kingdom
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA19: Business and Management Studies
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Strategy, Marketing and Economics
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 12:24
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 12:24
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2153

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