Mentoring functions and entrepreneur development in the early years of university

Nabi, Ghulam and Walmsley, Andreas and Akhtar, Imran (2019) Mentoring functions and entrepreneur development in the early years of university. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

At a time of growing interest in graduate entrepreneurship, this study focuses on the role of mentoring in developing students’ entrepreneurial careers in the Early Years of University (EYU). An integrated conceptual framework is presented that combines mentoring functions and entrepreneurial development (entrepreneurial intentions and nascent behaviour). Data from 18 student mentees who expressed an interest in starting their own businesses, and who were mentored by alumni entrepreneurs of a British University were analysed. Findings support the applicability of our framework in addressing the multi-faceted nature of the mentoring functions, which include a range of knowledge development and socio-emotional functions such as entrepreneurial career development, specialist business knowledge, role-model presence and emotional support. The results contribute to understanding mentoring functions and entrepreneurial development in the EYU. Implications for the design of entrepreneurial mentoring programmes and avenues for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1665009
Date: 27 September 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mentoring; entrepreneurship education; Early Years of University; entrepreneurial intentions; nascent entrepreneurial behaviour
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Management, HR and Enterprise
Depositing User: Imran Akhtar
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 17:13
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 17:13
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8254

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