Students' experiences with learning mergers and acquisition skills in a multi-disciplinary learning community

Miriam Ossevoort*, Daniel Tavenier, Jan Riezebos

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The aim of this paper is to evaluate the implementation of an extra-curricular multi-disciplinary, multi-level Learning Community (LC) on Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) of Small-Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). This LC was developed according to established guiding principles, namely the theme extends beyond the theme of the regular courses, and it should attract both BSc and MSc students of different disciplines, and enhances students’ professional preparation and employability. The LC consisted of 8 meetings of 2 hours and one meeting for a whole day during a full semester. During the whole day, students played a game in which they had to purchase a company using all acquired knowledge and skills. In the guest lectures offered, students discussed different aspects of M&A with professionals within the field. The LC is evaluated by students on e.g. the content of the LC, what they have learned, the social aspect and guidance, and what could be improved. Overall, the students appreciated the content and structure of the LCs, especially the game, the guest lectures, and the fact that they worked together with students of different disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’20)
PublisherEditorial Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9788490488119
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventSixth International Conference on Higher Education Advances - Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 2-Jun-20205-Jun-2020

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
ISSN (Electronic)2603-5871


ConferenceSixth International Conference on Higher Education Advances
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  • Learning Community
  • higher education
  • student-centered learning
  • extra-curricular activity
  • Mergers and acquisitions

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