Extracurricular business planning competitions: challenging the assumptions

Watson, Kayleigh, McGowan, Pauric and Smith, Paul J (2014) Extracurricular business planning competitions: challenging the assumptions. Industry and Higher Education, 28 (6). pp. 411-415. ISSN 0950-4222

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Business planning competitions [BPCs] are a commonly offered yet under-examined extracurricular activity. Given the extent of sceptical comment about business planning, this paper offers what the authors believe is a much-needed critical discussion of the assumptions that underpin the provision of such competitions. In doing so it is suggested that these competitions, being based on business plans, could be limiting the entrepreneurial activity they seek to stimulate. As a result it could be said that BPCs are in a state of flux and require an evolved approach emphasizing implementation rather than planning for implementation. The issues highlighted set the scene for further critical questioning of the competition agenda and expected to be of value to those designing and offering competitions as part of their extra-curricular entrepreneurship education portfolio.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Business and Management > Business and Management
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business and Management
International Centre for Research in Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Barry Hall
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 15:06
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 07:55
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/5338

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