The Self-Directed Learning of Successful Minority Entrepreneurs through Transcendental Phenomenology
Through transcendental phenomenology we’ll explore the Self-directed learning successful minority entrepreneurs. Two theories serve as lenses for the study, Spear and Mocker’s (1984) Organizing Circumstance and Brockett and Heimstra’s (1991) Personal Responsibility Orientation model. Five themes emerged from the data: (1) hiding minority status to gain success, (2) making a self-directed learner, (3) reacting to SDL triggers and the organizing circumstance, (4) identifying outside resources for learning, and (5) taking personal responsibility. The phenomenological essence of the lived experience with SDL fueled the participant’s desire to become entrepreneurs. Tenets of SDL facilitated intuitiveness, resourcefulness, self-empowerment, and subsequent business success. Findings suggest successful minority entrepreneurship is pluralistic in nature and entrepreneurial training programs should have a broader scope and incorporate meaningful SDL training in conjunction with theory.
Presented by: Nancy Alexander, Langston University