Latest Masters of Business Research (Work in Progress): Actual Adolescent & Alumni Behaviors in an Entrepreneurial Education Programme – A Longitudinal New Zealand Study by Daniel Peter Hunt PG Dip Business (2010)

Actual Adolescent & Alumni Behaviors in an Entrepreneurial Education Programme – A Longitudinal New Zealand Study

Daniel Peter Hunt PG Dip Business (2010)

Dr Robert Davis Doctor of Philosophy (1999)

Abstract submitted in requirements for Unitec 2011 symposium

Unitec Institute of Technology, Business Department of Management and Marketing, Master Programme, Auckland, New Zealand

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

– Peter Drucker

Purpose –

To evaluation of 15 years of untried data captured from the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Entrepreneur Education Programme. Aims to uncover behaviours from circulating and alumni administering raw data and addresses the limited longitudinal field research.

Design/Methodology –

Data was collected between 1995 and 2010 with a total of 43,882 participants and includes 22 Alumni interviews in regards to post program behavior. Secondly, raw data allowed Grounded Theory thinking to approach a conceptual model to generate propositions through statistical editing, coding and categorizing.

Definitions –

‘Adolescent’ term refers to participants aged 11-17 years Secondary School Participants.

‘Alumni’ term refers to post programme participants.

Findings –

Career paths: Advance to specific position, industries and advances further academic education.

Greatest Achievements: Skills, Awards/Rewards, Qualification and Position.

Greatest Flops: Reaction Skills, Identification and future outlooks.

Career Change: Skills attributed, studying, position advancement and working environments.

Greatest Expectation: Contributing Skills, industry movement and employment position.

Limitations/Implications –

Any findings are generalized to New Zealand. Existing International and local research will be included in literature referencing.

Innovation/Value –

This paper may help to explain the attractiveness of participation, improve participation engagement and modify programmes towards encouragement of specific industries.

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