Multinational companies as a source of entrepreneurial learning: examples from the IT sector in Ireland

Helen McKeon (Research Assistant, Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland)
Kate Johnston (Senior Researcher, Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland)
Colette Henry (Head of Department of Business Studies and Head, Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 1 October 2004

Abstract

Entrepreneurial learning has recently become a topic of significant interest, with academics and economists alike recognising that the success of any new business venture is closely linked to the learning and knowledge of the entrepreneur. To date, research into entrepreneurial learning and the specific ways in which entrepreneurs learn is severally limited. By way of extending research in this area, this study examines the role of multinational companies (MNCs) as an important source of learning for entrepreneurs, and as a catalyst for new business creation and growth. Based on a small‐scale qualitative study of a group of indigenous entrepreneurs in the information technology sector in Ireland, this paper presents evidence consistent with the argument that multinational enterprises provide an important source of learning for mall to medium‐sized enterprise entrepreneurs. The evidence suggests that MNCs have a positive impact at the firm level, both at the formation and growth stage of development.

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Citation

McKeon, H., Johnston, K. and Henry, C. (2004), "Multinational companies as a source of entrepreneurial learning: examples from the IT sector in Ireland", Education + Training, Vol. 46 No. 8/9, pp. 433-443. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910410569551

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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