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Predicting Entrepreneurial Intention Across the University

Bell, Robin ORCID: (2019) Predicting Entrepreneurial Intention Across the University. Education & Training, 61 (7/8). pp. 815-831. ISSN 0040-0912

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This research is designed to quantify the relative importance of four key entrepreneurial characteristics identified in the literature (proactiveness, attitude to risk, innovativeness, and self-efficacy) in predicting students’ entrepreneurial intention (EI) across a range of faculties offering different subjects at a UK higher education institution (HEI). This approach will help to identify whether there are variations across the faculties in the predictors of EI. This enables recommendations to be made with regard to the development of educational delivery and support to encourage and develop the specific predictors of EI within the different subject areas.

This research uses a 40 item questionnaire to obtain information on students’ demographics, entrepreneurial characteristics and EI, based on 5 point likert type scales. Principle component analysis, correlation analysis and multiple hierarchical regression analysis are used to analyse the data from 1185 students to develop models which predict EI for each of the six faculties.

Individual models which predict EI are developed for each of the six faculties showing variations in the makeup of the predictors across faculties in the HEI. Attitude to risk was the strongest predictor in five of the six faculties and the second strongest predictor in the sixth. The differences, together with the implications, for educational approaches and pedagogy are considered.

This research breaks down the level of analysis of EI to the individual faculty level in order to investigate whether different entrepreneurial characteristics predict EI in different academic disciplines across a UK HEI. This enables entrepreneurship educational approaches to be considered at a faculty level rather than a one size fits all approach.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Emerald Publishing in Education + Training, available online: © 2019 Emerald Publishing Limited.

Staff and students at the University of Worcester can access the full-text of the published article via the UW online library search. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: entrepreneurial intention, entrepreneurship education, enterprise education, entrepreneurial characteristics, entrepreneurial orientation
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 14:49
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:26

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