The impact of entrepreneurship education on succession in ethnic minority family firms

Javed G. Hussain (Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)
Jonathan M. Scott (Teesside University Business School, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)
Harry Matlay (Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 23 November 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact that entrepreneurship education can have on succession in ethnic minority family firms that operate in the highly competitive UK economy.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper employs a complex conceptual model of ethnic minority graduates' economic activities and outlines the possible influence that entrepreneurship education can have on succession in their family firms. An illustrative case study is presented of an ethnic minority graduate who returned to work in the family firm.

Findings

It emerges that entrepreneurship education provision in UK HEIs is insufficiently customised to, and focused on, the specific entrepreneurial needs of graduates. Educators should take into account the complex socio‐economic and cultural differences between native and ethnic minority learning environments. Effective entrepreneurship education emerges as crucial to the survival and growth of ethnic minority family businesses in the UK and could contribute positively to ownership transfer in this type of firm.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed theoretical model has not been empirically tested and it is only indicative of the impact that entrepreneurship education could have on succession in small ethnic minority family businesses in the UK.

Originality/value

Although prior research has explored various aspects of ownership succession, this article focuses specifically on the impact that entrepreneurship education can have on succession in small ethnic minority family firms.

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Citation

Hussain, J.G., Scott, J.M. and Matlay, H. (2010), "The impact of entrepreneurship education on succession in ethnic minority family firms", Education + Training, Vol. 52 No. 8/9, pp. 643-659. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400911011088962

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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