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University entrepreneurial intentions: mainland and insular regions – are they different?

João Lopes (European Business School (ISAG), Porto, Portugal; NIDISAG – Research Unit of ISAG, Porto, Portugal) (NECE – Research Centre in Business Sciences, Covilha, Portugal)
Sergio Jesus Teixeira (Instituto Superior de Administração e Línguas, ISAL, Funchal, Portugal) (NECE – Research Centre in Business Sciences, Covilha, Portugal)
João J.M. Ferreira (University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal) (NECE – Research Centre in Business Sciences, Covilha, Portugal)
Paulo Silveira (Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Portugal) (SHERU – Sport, Health and Exercise Research, Castelo Branco, Portugal)
Luís Farinha (Instituto Politecnico de Castelo Branco, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal) (CIPEC – Research Center in Heritage, Education and Culture, Castelo Branco, Portugal) (NECE – Research Centre in Business Sciences, Covilha, Portugal)
João Lussuamo (Universidade 11 de Novembro, M'banza-Kongo, Angola)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 2 January 2020

Issue publication date: 6 February 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to involve the differences in the entrepreneurial intentions of student at higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Portuguese regions (mainland and insular).

Design/methodology/approach

Applying a sample of 594 valid responses, the authors analyzed the data according to linear regression models.

Findings

The results convey how HEI students generally do not intend to become entrepreneurs in both the mainland and the insular regions. Although HEI students broadly do not aim to launch their own businesses, the results show that students in mainland regions feel they have the skills to start a business and drive it to success. In insular regions, students feel encouraged by their friends and family to set up their own business. When comparing insular and mainland regions, the results demonstrate how in insular regions, there is a greater probability that HEI students become entrepreneurs than in the mainland regions. Furthermore, entrepreneurial intentions in the mainland regions develop in terms of “opportunities” while driven by necessity in the insular regions.

Practical implications

This furthermore makes recommendations to regional governments and to HEIs in order to enable better encouragement of entrepreneurship in academia.

Originality/value

This study is original and innovative due to its comparison of the entrepreneurial intentions prevailing in mainland and insular regions and may propose new highlights to the academic scientific literature.

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Acknowledgements

No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.

Citation

Lopes, J., Teixeira, S.J., Ferreira, J.J.M., Silveira, P., Farinha, L. and Lussuamo, J. (2020), "University entrepreneurial intentions: mainland and insular regions – are they different?", Education + Training, Vol. 62 No. 2, pp. 81-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-03-2019-0055

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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