Richard Beresford

Richard Beresford is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and formerly Director of of the Centre of Creativity and Enterprise Development at the same institution. He was a member of the Executive Group of the recent Enterprise Education Review led by Lord Young (2014) having previously worked on the government Cox Review of Creativity in Business. He is currently a Director and Vice Chair of the Enterprise Educators UK, a national network comprising over 90 universities across the UK. Faculty of Business Oxford Brookes University OX33 1HX 01865 485958 rberesford@brookes.ac.uk

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To what extent can live projects contribute to creating entrepreneurial learning environments? A critical evaluation of the MBA Enterprise Elective

The paper provides a critical evaluation of the extent to which live projects on the Oxford Brookes MBA enterprise module can support the creation of entrepreneurial learning environments. The main premise argued is that entrepreneurial learning cannot be achieved through traditional class-based environments with pedagogical approaches, rather that entrepreneurial learning is an andragogical process which enables rather than determines student learning. Live projects provide such an opportunity and particularly provide for an environment in which students can be stimulated to do something entrepreneurial which requires an investment of self and in doing so learn experientially, including through failure. There are obvious challenges in adopting this approach: to students, who have been acculturated into seeking greater clarity and uncertainty; to clients, many of whom want solutions not simulated experiments, and to universities who have to balance the tension between the two. It is argued nevertheless that these tensions need to be managed If we are to equip graduates with the skills and attributes to manage and lead in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.

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