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Entrepreneurial intentions of university students: a case-based study

Ramo Palalić (Department of Management, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Veland Ramadani (South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia)
Arnela Ðilović (Department of Management, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Alina Dizdarević (Department of Economics and Management, International University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Vanessa Ratten (La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)

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

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the entrepreneurial intentions of university students at the International University of Sarajevo. For this purpose, the entrepreneurial desires and entrepreneurial orientations of the students across several demographic variables were measured. These variables included prior entrepreneurial experience, student’s gender, faculty, year of study and attitude towards more courses on entrepreneurship. Nevertheless, the research also examined how business environment influences the entrepreneurial intentions of students by considering the same set of variables.

Design/methodology/approach

The objectives of this paper have been achieved by using a quantitative research instrument, where the cross-sectional survey method for collecting primary data is used. In total, 173 usable responses have been collected from the beginning of April to the end of May in the academic year 2015/2016.

Findings

The results indicate that the greater the demotivation with the current business surrounding, the smaller the entrepreneurial intentions of the students are when the prior entrepreneurial experience, gender, year of study and attitude towards more courses on entrepreneurship are considered. The study suggests that improving the overall business surrounding and entrepreneurial education might increase the entrepreneurial intentions of the students.

Originality/value

This is the first paper that treats entrepreneurial intentions of University students in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Citation

Palalić, R., Ramadani, V., Ðilović, A., Dizdarević, A. and Ratten, V. (2017), "Entrepreneurial intentions of university students: a case-based study", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 11 No. 03, pp. 393-413. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-12-2016-0046

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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