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The motivation behind an international entrepreneurial career after first employment experience

Demetris Vrontis (University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus)
Hani El Chaarani (Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon)
Sam El Nemar (AZM University, Tripoli, Lebanon)
Zouhour EL-Abiad (Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon)
Rayan Ali (Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon)
Eleni Trichina (University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 18 October 2021

Issue publication date: 29 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to extend the current literature on international entrepreneurial careers by employing the structural equation modeling (SEM) technique. It mainly aims at identifying determinants of international entrepreneurial intentions among young people and after their first employment experience in Lebanon.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses SEM on a sample of 150 young Lebanese employees to analyze the relationships among the model constructs.

Findings

The SEM broadly holds and adequately fits the data. The entrepreneurship context and the motivation of young employees are the variables that positively affect entrepreneurial intentions. Entrepreneurship education and social norms have no statistically significant impact. Finally, risk awareness and professional experience are the variables that negatively affect entrepreneurial intentions. The level of international entrepreneurial intentions among young Lebanese employees is relatively low, which may be justified by the bad economic and political situation.

Research limitations/implications

Data were drawn from organizations located in a specific geographical area, namely, Lebanon. Thus, this may constrain the generalizability as well as causality of the results.

Originality/value

This study provides an empirical explanation of having an international entrepreneurial career after the first employment experience, with a sample of 150 young employees in Lebanon. By applying the SEM, this study developed a multi-perspective framework covering various factors that may affect the choice of an international career in entrepreneurship, especially after the first job experience. Even though this study's results reflect a particular case, its recommendations could facilitate the achievement of better learning outcomes.

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Citation

Vrontis, D., El Chaarani, H., El Nemar, S., EL-Abiad, Z., Ali, R. and Trichina, E. (2022), "The motivation behind an international entrepreneurial career after first employment experience", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 654-675. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-06-2021-0498

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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