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Impact of training on entrepreneurial intention: an interactive cognitive perspective

Fayçal Boukamcha (Department of Management, Higher Institute of Business Administration of Gafsa, Gafsa, Tunisia)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 12 October 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to clarify the impact of the entrepreneurial training on a Tunisian trainee’s entrepreneurial cognitions and intention. An interactive cognitive perspective was adopted to test the interaction effect between the entrepreneurial cognitions: the perceived entrepreneurial self-efficacy, the perceived entrepreneurial feasibility and entrepreneurial desirability. A research model was built showing several relationships between entrepreneurial training, cognitions and intention.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was conducted on a convenience sample of 240 participants in four business incubators. The maximum-likelihood test was used as a structural equation modeling method to test the model.

Findings

The results show the importance of the entrepreneurial training in the development of entrepreneurial cognitions. Further, the findings, to some extent, validate the interaction between the entrepreneurial cognitive patterns. However, entrepreneurial intention was only predicted through the entrepreneurial desirability. Several implications are discussed at the end of this paper.

Practical implications

The findings seem interesting insofar, as they show the importance of entrepreneurial trainings in the entrepreneurial intention development through the enhancement of desirability. This process can be triggered by a training program that contains case studies, success stories and conferences to make the youth enthusiastic about self-employment.

Originality/value

The significant impact of the entrepreneurial training on trainees’ cognitions should encourage governments and incubators to promote entrepreneurial training programs to enhance the youths’ willingness to create their own businesses. The findings in this paper seem interesting insofar as they show the importance of entrepreneurial trainings in the entrepreneurial intention development through the enhancement of desirability. This process can be triggered by a training program that contains case studies, success stories and conferences to make the youth enthusiastic about self-employment.

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Citation

Boukamcha, F. (2015), "Impact of training on entrepreneurial intention: an interactive cognitive perspective", European Business Review, Vol. 27 No. 6, pp. 593-616. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBR-12-2014-0090

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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