“Making an Impact”: a profile of a Business planning competition in a Welsh University


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    This study explores the issues and challenges experienced in the delivery of a business challenge to a cohort of Business undergraduate students at the University of Glamorgan. The challenge involved initiating and running a “real” business and returning a profit within a week. The students worked in groups of up to eight and were given start up capital. The study evaluates the impact of the study in terms of changing entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviour. Moreover the study examines the skills competencies acquired by the individual student. This study employs a mixed method approach to examine the respondent experience. The basis of the investigation involved a semi structured questionnaire undertaken on completion of the challenge. In total, in excess of 50 students completed the research instrument. The questionnaire enabled the author to quantitatively explore the overall impact of the business challenge by student age and gender. The semi structured design enabled the authors to explore the qualitative “rich data” of individual student experience based on their reflections. The findings revealed a positive impact in terms of enhanced attitudes towards the attainability and attractiveness of an entrepreneurial career. Furthermore the findings revealed that the business challenge provided the students with a significant enhancement in generic enterprise skills including team working, leadership, communication and specific business skills such as sales and marketing behaviour. The students valued the opportunity and personal responsibility offered by the business challenge to apply their theoretical knowledge in the business world. Several individuals reported that the positive experience with their business venture meant that they wished to continue the business alongside their graduate studies. The paper contributes to a limited literature in assessing the impact and benefit of business challenges on student cohorts. This study will be of value to enterprise education providers in organising and planning such activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationN/A
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2010
    Event 33rd Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference - London
    Duration: 2 Nov 20104 Nov 2010


    Conference 33rd Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference


    • enterprise
    • business challenge
    • education
    • entrepreneurship


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