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Do entrepreneurial education programs impact the antecedents of entrepreneurial intention? An analysis of an entrepreneurship MBA in Ghana

Matteo Pedrini (ALTIS-Alta Scuola Impresa e Società, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy)
Valentina Langella (ALTIS-Alta Scuola Impresa e Società, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy)
Mario Molteni (ALTIS-Alta Scuola Impresa e Società, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Since the number of Entrepreneur Education Programs (EEPs) is constantly increasing, there is an ongoing debate on their effectiveness on entrepreneurial intention, but mixed results were found. This paper aims to analyse the impact of an EEP on the antecedents of the entrepreneurial intention in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

Following the theory of planned behaviour, we analysed the impact of the EEP on 30 participants of the “E4impact MBA” managed in Accra (Ghana), using an explanatory approach with a mixed-method quasi-experimental design featuring pre and post-testing as well as methods for measuring students’ self-perceived change.

Findings

Results show that EEPs strongly and positively affect some physiological characteristics, skills, and knowledge of participants, which are antecedents of entrepreneurial intentions.

Originality/value

The study offers a perspective of EEPs programs in a fast-expanding market, covering the lack of studies on entrepreneurship in these areas, and it is focus on a post-graduate program covering the lacks of studies on these level of education.

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Citation

Pedrini, M., Langella, V. and Molteni, M. (2017), "Do entrepreneurial education programs impact the antecedents of entrepreneurial intention? An analysis of an entrepreneurship MBA in Ghana", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 11 No. 03, pp. 373-392. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-12-2016-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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