Defining and assessing enterprise capability in schools

Peter Davies, Amanda Hughes

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This paper describes the development of an instrument for assessing enterprise capability in schools. The approach to assessing enterprise capability builds on previous work by including three dimensions: self-efficacy, aspirations and knowledge and awareness. We find significant but weak associations between these three constructs suggesting that that, whilst they can be considered as providing a coherent description of enterprise capability they can also be regarded as distinct dimensions. The instrument also distinguishes between aspiration towards not-for-profit and for-profit enterprise and also between self-efficacy towards two broad enterprise capabilities: (i) project planning and (ii) working with people and information and two specific, market related capabilities: (iii) market risk and (iv) price and profit. We found only modest associations between students’ sense of enterpriser self-efficacy and their enterprise knowledge and awareness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-527
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Issue number5
Early online date8 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Accepted: 10 May 2013


  • enterprise capability
  • self\-efficacy
  • aspirations
  • assessment


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