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Entrepreneurial motivation and entrepreneurship career intention : case at a Malaysian Public University

Ng, Kim Soon and Ahmad, Abd Rahman and Ibrahim, Nurul Nadia (2014) Entrepreneurial motivation and entrepreneurship career intention : case at a Malaysian Public University. In: 24th International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA 2014), 6-7 November 2014, Milan, Italy.


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Entrepreneurship intention for graduate student like many other job and work career options depends on other considerations. Literature reviews revealed that more research works are needed in examining the determinants of entrepreneurship intentions of students. This study is to determine the relationship between student’s entrepreneurial motivation and entrepreneurship intention. A total of 450 self-administered questionnaires were distributed to the students of the various faculties, races and student seniority at a Public University using the convenient and structured sampling method. Finally, 413 duly completed questionnaires were returned and used in the analyses. Correlation analysis and regression analysis showed that strength of motivation in choosing entrepreneurship as a career option among the students is related with entrepreneurship intention. The entrepreneurial motivation factors affecting career intention to be an entrepreneur are made up of behavioral control, subjective norm, and attitude towards entrepreneurship. Subjective norm (tolerance for risk) and attitude (desirability) of self-employment are significantly related to both student immediate and future intentions to be an entrepreneur. However, behavioral control entrepreneurial motivation is found to be significantly related to student immediate career intention but not significantly related to student future entrepreneurship career intention. Creating of opportunity for practice of key entrepreneurial behaviors is seen as crucial in cultivating entrepreneurial behaviors. Theory of Planned Behavior Model can be used as a tool to identify would be entrepreneur and target them for entrepreneurship career development. This study argued and supported the call that those youths who are really serious to start and own a business as would be entrepreneurs can be identified and targeted to develop through entrepreneurship interventions initiatives

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship intention; entrepreneurial motivation; theory of planned behavior
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Mrs. Nurhayati Ali
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 08:34
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 08:34
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6702
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