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From entrepreneurial education to entrepreneurial intention: a sequential mediation of self-efficacy and entrepreneurial attitude

Usman Yousaf (University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Syed Ahmad Ali (University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan)
Muhammad Ahmed (Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Bushra Usman (Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan)
Izba Sameer (University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 27 January 2021

Issue publication date: 9 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Does entrepreneurship education (EE) really enhance participants’ self-efficacy and influence their attitudes towards starting new business? How does this attitudinal influence relate to participants’ entrepreneurial intention (EI)? Researchers and entrepreneurs alike have been probing into these questions with a view to capacitate the need of EE. This study aims to understand and operationalize a framework for entrepreneurship development by measuring participants’ intention towards entrepreneurship.

Design/methodology/approach

The study proposed a sequential mediation framework to examine the impact of EE on EI mediated by self-efficacy and attitude towards starting new business. Testing the hypotheses on data collected from 380 individuals, the study provided differentiated support for the theoretical propositions.

Findings

The findings of the study reflect that EE, self-efficacy and attitude towards starting new business contribute in establishing EI of audience. It was concluded that a sequential mediation exists between EE and EI by channelizing through entrepreneurs’ self-efficacy level that transforms an attitude towards starting a new business venture.

Research limitations/implications

The study has both theoretical and practical implications that will enable academicians, managers and practitioners to facilitate entrepreneurship by enhancing their knowledge database, skillset and developing a positive and constructive attitude among potential entrepreneurs.

Originality/value

The study inculcates a cultural lens and differentiates Pakistani context with other developing countries in Asia.

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Citation

Yousaf, U., Ali, S.A., Ahmed, M., Usman, B. and Sameer, I. (2021), "From entrepreneurial education to entrepreneurial intention: a sequential mediation of self-efficacy and entrepreneurial attitude", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 364-380. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-09-2020-0133

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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