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Experiential Learning for Entrepreneurship

Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Enterprise Education

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  • Brings together a range of perspectives on experiential learning from around the world
  • Provides case studies illustrating initiatives where experiential learning has been used for developing entrepreneurship
  • Covers a wide range of business contexts including university incubators, the restaurant industry, voluntary organisations and a small family business

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Experiential Learning in the World of Work


About this book

This topical new book provides an illuminating overview of enterprise education, and poses the question as to whether current establishments have adequate systems in place to prepare students for the world of work. Addressing the increasing need for graduates with practical skills and expertise in the labour market, this collection of insightful chapters analyses the opportunities that are available for aspiring entrepreneurs to develop enterprise skills and experience key aspects of starting and running a business, whilst in a supported environment such as an educational program or incubator scheme. With comprehensive discussion of higher education initiatives and empirical examples of experiential learning in the workplace, this book is an important and timely read for those researching business enterprise, entrepreneurship and higher education more generally.


“This is a timely, useful and thoughtful addition to literature on entrepreneurship, focussing on important issues in entrepreneurial education and posing provocative questions, for instance on the entrepreneurial identities of educators.” (David Weir, Professor, York St John University, UK)

“Learning through doing has long been recognised as the entrepreneurial mode of learning. Reflecting the uniqueness of entrepreneurship practice and context, experience, and experimentation, experiential learning provides the tacit, contextually embedded knowledge useful, and probably necessary, for both starting and running a business.  This book provides interesting and eclectic perspectives about the experiential mode of learning. The thirteen chapters offer different international approaches by a wide range of scholars.” (Alistair R. Anderson, Professor, Robert Gordon University, UK)

“This is an excellent work bringing together not only the best educational practice in this area, but the most rigorous research measuring the impact of pedagogical interventions. It is a must-read for anyone wanting to explore the pioneering experiential learning in the UK higher education sector and the research which validates its effectiveness.” (David Gibson, Professor and OBE, University of Sunderland, UK)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Bolton, Bolton, United Kingdom

    Denis Hyams-Ssekasi

  • University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

    Elizabeth F. Caldwell

About the editors

Denis Hyams-Ssekasi is a Research Coordinator and Lecturer in Business Management at the University of Bolton, UK. He has developed and delivered modules on entrepreneurship, ran several mentoring schemes and offered consultancy to start-up businesses, especially in developing countries. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Elizabeth F. Caldwell is an Academic Skills Tutor at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She received her PhD from University College London and her current research interests revolve around the theory and practice of higher education, including a comparative approach to discipline specific pedagogies. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Experiential Learning for Entrepreneurship

  • Book Subtitle: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Enterprise Education

  • Editors: Denis Hyams-Ssekasi, Elizabeth F. Caldwell

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-90004-9Published: 12 July 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-07913-0Published: 19 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-90005-6Published: 30 June 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 270

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Management Education, Entrepreneurship, Career Skills, Careers in Business and Mangagement, Coaching, Higher Education

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