Students’ entrepreneurial learning through an internship abroad: A cross-cultural experience

Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

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Title Students’ entrepreneurial learning through an internship abroad: A cross-cultural experience
Creator Pettersen, Inger B. Kubberød, Elin van der Lingen, Elma Neethling, Adolph C.
Subject Entrepreneurship education; Entrepreneurial Learning cross-cultural learning; student internship; experiential learning; entrepreneurial self-efficacy; transformational learning; entrepreneurship education; self-Image shocks.
Description Background: Cross-cultural learning provides students with the opportunity for improved self-awareness when they are placed in unfamiliar situations where their understanding of who they are and what they can do is challenged or expanded. This paper built on the concepts of experiential learning in rich contexts and self-image shocks and explored the research question on how cross-cultural learning in entrepreneurship exchange programmes offered students unique personal learning possibilities and outcomes.Aim: The aim was to build new theoretical and empirical knowledge on the influence and importance of cross-cultural learning in entrepreneurship education (EE).Setting: The study involved South African (SA) students taking part in an internship programme in the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem of Bergen, Norway.Methods: Adopting a longitudinal design and purposive sampling, four SA students were included in the study. Data were acquired from two reflective group sessions, on two separate instances, and a final student reflection report. The interviews were transcribed and coded along with the written reflection reports and these data sources were subjected to thematic analysis.Results: Four themes were uncovered: Learning about the entrepreneurial culture triggers comparison with own culture, Embracing uncertainty and developing entrepreneurial capabilities, Transformational learning through self-image shocks, Can I become a future entrepreneur? Where am I going?Conclusion: The research highlighted the importance of cross-cultural experience and foreignness as powerful triggers in stimulating students’ introspection and development of self-image.Contribution: The research combines two research streams, hence advancing our theoretical conceptualisation of cross-cultural learning in EE.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor None
Date 2023-08-24
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.678
Source The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 11 pages 2071-3185 2522-7343
Language eng
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Coverage N/A at start of semester Post Graduate students
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Inger B. Pettersen, Elin Kubberød, Elma van der Lingen, Adolph C. Neethling