A resource-based view of extending the breadth or depth of practice-based learning programs

Jennifer Ruskin, Anne-Marie Fannon, Judy Hutchison, Erin Smith

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Two approaches to work-integrated learning (WIL) at university include multiple, extended placements (Co-op) and building practice-based learning into every student’s degree (PBL). A combination of depth (Co-op) and breadth (practice-based learning for all) strategies is more likely to maximise graduate employability by providing WIL opportunities to more students. We adopt a resource-based view of university competitive advantage to explore how existing resources associated with a Co-op program might provide advantages for launching new PBL programs, or vice versa. Relevant resources include, for example, university commitment at multiple levels, partner relationships and the national policy environment. Offering multiple types of WIL enables universities to meet diverse student and partner needs. Drawing on the findings from this exploratory research, we identify examples of good practice to support universities as they expand the depth or breadth of WIL programs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2019
EventGlobal Internships Conference: Integrating Employability Outcomes through Global Internships - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Jul 20195 Jul 2019


ConferenceGlobal Internships Conference
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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