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University-led internships for innovative thinking: a theoretical framework

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Abstract


  • Purpose – This article explains how business internships can be used to develop innovation skills in

    undergraduates.

    Design/methodology/approach – Using work-integrated learning and current literature on innovation, this

    article proposes a theoretical framework to design, implement, and measure outcomes of Innovation-Focused

    Internships (IFIs). The article also uses an illustrative case study from an Australian university to discuss

    practical use of this framework.

    Findings – The theoretical framework illustrates that stakeholders (i.e., students, industry, and university)

    need a common goal. Factors associated with managing innovation and student placements are key features of

    the framework. The illustrative case study demonstrates ways in which students gather both professional

    work experience and innovative skills.

    Practical implications – The illustrative case study outlines practical strategies and challenges in IFI

    programs. Managing innovation-related challenges requires adjustments from all the stakeholders.

    Originality/value – This article modifies the existing stakeholder interdependency model of work-integrated

    learning by combining it with innovation-related literature. The novel insights from the IFI program

    demonstrate how factors associated with students, industry, and university, and associations between these

    key stakeholders shape and determine IFI success.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Ranabahu, N., Almeida, S. & Kyriazis, E. (2020). University-led internships for innovative thinking: a theoretical framework. Education and Training, 62 (3), 235-254.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85081717437

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2700&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1677

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 235

End Page


  • 254

Volume


  • 62

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Purpose – This article explains how business internships can be used to develop innovation skills in

    undergraduates.

    Design/methodology/approach – Using work-integrated learning and current literature on innovation, this

    article proposes a theoretical framework to design, implement, and measure outcomes of Innovation-Focused

    Internships (IFIs). The article also uses an illustrative case study from an Australian university to discuss

    practical use of this framework.

    Findings – The theoretical framework illustrates that stakeholders (i.e., students, industry, and university)

    need a common goal. Factors associated with managing innovation and student placements are key features of

    the framework. The illustrative case study demonstrates ways in which students gather both professional

    work experience and innovative skills.

    Practical implications – The illustrative case study outlines practical strategies and challenges in IFI

    programs. Managing innovation-related challenges requires adjustments from all the stakeholders.

    Originality/value – This article modifies the existing stakeholder interdependency model of work-integrated

    learning by combining it with innovation-related literature. The novel insights from the IFI program

    demonstrate how factors associated with students, industry, and university, and associations between these

    key stakeholders shape and determine IFI success.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Ranabahu, N., Almeida, S. & Kyriazis, E. (2020). University-led internships for innovative thinking: a theoretical framework. Education and Training, 62 (3), 235-254.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85081717437

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2700&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1677

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 235

End Page


  • 254

Volume


  • 62

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom