Original Research - Special Collection: Creating value through entrepreneurial learning

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

Kai-Ying Chan, Elma van der Lingen, Maryse M.H. Chappin
The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management | Vol 15, No 1 | a679 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.679 | © 2023 Kai-Ying Chan, Elma van der Lingen, Maryse M.H. Chappin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2022 | Published: 28 November 2023

About the author(s)

Kai-Ying Chan, Department of Engineering and Technology Management, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Elma van der Lingen, Department of Engineering and Technology Management, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Maryse M.H. Chappin, Department of Innovation Studies, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

Abstract

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).


Keywords

entrepreneurship camp; social network analysis; action-based learning; personality traits; network centrality; cliques; South Africa; Norway.

JEL Codes

D85: Network Formation and Analysis: Theory; I21: Analysis of Education; L26: Entrepreneurship

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 4: Quality education

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