Improving Young Entrepreneurship Education and Knowledge Management in SMEs by Mentors

Ileana Hamburg

Abstract


Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have a great importance in Europe, but the dynamic nature of markethas created a competitive incentive among companies requiring them to improve their critical area of knowledgemanagement (KM) and corresponding skills to create new business. More entrepreneurs, more innovation andgrowth are necessary and this could be realized particularly by supporting young people who would like to beentrepreneurs but the existing education and training programmes are insufficient.Mentoring is in comparison with coaching/counselling a special form of active supporting of entrepreneurshipcompetence, a “natural support” helping also young people with special needs to believe in themselves and boost herconfidence. The mentoring approach helps young people giving them practical entrepreneurial support and SMEs toimprove the transfer and use of strategic knowledge. Knowledge is the key for all organizations and the success ofmany of them depends on the effective deployment and continual enhancement of their knowledge base so as to beinnovative and to remain/become competitive. The paper first describes the areas of research, mentoring,entrepreneurship education and KM and then used methods and results. Examples for projects supporting theimprovement of young entrepreneurship education and KM also by using mentoring are given.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/wje.v4n5p51

 

World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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