Formation of ties through action learning: A case from a multicultural entrepreneurship camp

Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

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Title Formation of ties through action learning: A case from a multicultural entrepreneurship camp
Creator Chan, Kai-Ying van der Lingen, Elma Chappin, Maryse M.H.
Subject entrepreneurship entrepreneurship camp; social network analysis; action-based learning; personality traits; network centrality; cliques; South Africa; Norway.
Description Background: Entrepreneurship camps are an important platform for students to learn through action-based learning, problem-solving, knowledge and information sharing, which is enhanced through the development of social networks and their dynamics within the networks.Aim: The research aims to: (1) explore the formation and development of networks and structure in the network over time and (2) explore the association between predominant personality traits and network position measures and network locations in the networks.Setting: This study is conducted on a multicultural entrepreneurship camp involving 35 master’s students from three Norwegian and two South African universities, which took place for two weeks in South Africa. The objective of the entrepreneurship camp is to empower students through entrepreneurship by knowledge and action-based learning.Methods: This is a quantitative study using social network analysis (SNA) in a case study. Three rounds of questionnaires were distributed to capture the network data, individual learning and personality traits.Results: There is an increase in network density over time, and the students’ network positions have improved during the camp. The two predominant personality traits that positively relate to network position and cliques are extraversion and openness to experience.Conclusion: The case provides evidence of a favorable climate for learning by improved network position and overall network density. The predominant of personality traits in relation to a specific network measure were also identified.Contribution: This study contributes to theory by offering one of the first empirical investigations of entrepreneurship camps using social network analysis and also exploring the personality traits (Big Five).
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor Norwegian Intpart programme
Date 2023-11-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Social Network Analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.679
Source The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 14 pages 2071-3185 2522-7343
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa; Norway — Master students with age between 21 to 39 from South Africa and Norway.
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Kai-Ying Chan, Elma van der Lingen, Maryse M.H. Chappin