Action learning and the creative industries: The efficacy of an action learning set in building collaboration between a university and creative industries

J. Calver, J. Gold, Jim Stewart

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    In the UK, the creative sector has been identified as a key strand in the economic recovery strategy. Composed of mostly micro and small enterprises often grouping together for particular commissions and projects, there is a tendency to operate primarily through a series of networks made up of peers. This paper presents the outcomes of a 'peer-to-peer business programme', or action learning set, involving 10 participants from the creative sector over a period of 6 months. The programme was based on a 'Six-Squared' model where participants would address their own needs alongside participating in, and developing further understanding of, action learning sets in order to establish sets with others. Assessment of outcomes indicated that the programme allowed participants to develop new skills with peers, network and strengthen relationships and collaborate in a university programme. The paper concludes by suggesting that, within the context of a growing and vibrant creative industries sector and increasing pressures on universities to engage with the business community, it is essential to develop flexible, peer-led and innovative models of collaboration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-38
    JournalAction Learning: Research and Practice
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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    This is an electronic version of an article published in Action Learning: Research and Practice, 10 (1), pp. 25-38. Action Learning: Research and Practice is available online at:


    • collaboration
    • creative industries
    • intermediaries
    • peer learning

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