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Entrepreneurial learning outcomes in the transition from hybrid to full-time entrepreneurship

Naomi Rugpath, Anastacia Mamabolo
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 53, No 1 | a3359 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v53i1.3359 | © 2022 Naomi Rugpath, Anastacia Mamabolo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 May 2022 | Published: 18 October 2022

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Naomi Rugpath, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, Johannesburg, South Africa
Anastacia Mamabolo, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Purpose: Hybrid entrepreneurship is a career transition path and a learning ground for entrepreneurs moving towards full-time entrepreneurship. Although previous studies have highlighted the benefits of a learning process, the learning during the hybrid phase is mainly underexplored. This study aimed to explore the learning outcomes during the transition from hybrid to full-time entrepreneurship in a South African context.

Design/methodology/approach: This narrative qualitative study collected data from a purposive sample of 15 South African entrepreneurs who transitioned from hybrid to full-time entrepreneurship.

Findings/results: There are three primary learning outcomes during the transition process. Firstly, the meaning-making outcomes in the early transition stage rely on spiritual guidance in the decision-making process and refining the entrepreneurs’ purpose. Secondly, the applied entrepreneurial learning outcomes in the mid-transition stage focus on the entrepreneurial competencies and operating as a jack of all trades to manage the business. Lastly, the constructive entrepreneurial leadership outcomes in the late transition stage are about the entrepreneurs leading themselves, others and the organisation. The findings show that the entrepreneurs’ narratives of the learning outcomes align with the transition stages.

Practical implications: This study contributes to the entrepreneurial practice by developing a framework on learning outcomes during the transition process. Entrepreneurs in the transition process should build some of the identified competencies.

Originality/value: The study addresses an overlooked research area on learning experienced during the transition from hybrid to full-time entrepreneurship. It also suggests propositions that contribute to the growing body of research on hybrid entrepreneurship.


Keywords

entrepreneurial learning; learning outcomes; experiential learning; hybrid entrepreneurship; full-time entrepreneurship; narrative

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