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Learning Needs Assessment in Entrepreneurship Training: a Practical Approach of Competency-Based Assessment Assessment of Communication Competency in the Context of the VentureLab Twente Training Program for Entrepreneurs of High-Tech/High-Growth Companies

Nicklaus, Timo (2011) Learning Needs Assessment in Entrepreneurship Training: a Practical Approach of Competency-Based Assessment Assessment of Communication Competency in the Context of the VentureLab Twente Training Program for Entrepreneurs of High-Tech/High-Growth Companies.

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Abstract:Development of entrepreneurial competencies is fundamental to start-up founders. Special training programs intend to facilitate the acquisition of specific competencies aimed to enable founders to successfully run their business. Frequently, part of these programs is an initial assessment to identify earlier acquired competencies to facilitate the learning process. This work develops such a competency-based learning needs assessment to evaluate initial communication competency of participants at the VentureLab Twente Training Program. Therefore, the theoretical background of competency-based training and education, competency profiles and entrepreneurship competencies is analyzed and evaluated. Based on these insights different assessment methods are identified and compared to each other with regard to their suitability. Subsequently, a learning needs assessment with use of a discrepancy model is developed. The designed assessment measures communication competency of start-up entrepreneurs by means of a role-play video analysis and represents the results on a spider-chart. An inter-rater reliability analysis among the judgments of six trainers of communication competency is done to evaluate the consistency of the rating scale among different assessors. A qualitative evaluation and a statistical analysis confirm the assessment as a valid instrument to measure communication competency for training purposes of startup entrepreneurs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61634
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