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Social support as a driver of social entrepreneurial intentions: the moderating roles of entrepreneurial education and proximity to the US small business administration

Belay Seyoum (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
Ravi Chinta (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
Bahaudin Ghulam Mujtaba (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Article publication date: 15 February 2021

Issue publication date: 23 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is two-fold: to examine the relationship between social support and social entrepreneurial intentions and to test the moderating roles of entrepreneurial education and physical proximity to the office of the US Small Business Administration.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopts a quantitative methodological approach. The hypotheses are tested on a sample of 1,245 respondents who intend to start a business in the state of Florida. Factor analysis and multiple regression analysis were used to identify the relationship between social support and social entrepreneurial intentions.

Findings

The hypotheses are supported by the results. The study found a positive and significant relation between social support and social entrepreneurial intentions. It also establishes the moderating effects of entrepreneurial education and proximity to office of the US Small Business Administration on the relationship between social support and social entrepreneurial intentions, i.e. our results show not only that higher levels of social support are associated with higher entrepreneurial intentions but that this association becomes stronger with entrepreneurial education and proximity to the office of the US Small Business Administration.

Originality/value

This is the first empirical study that highlights the role of entrepreneurial education and physical proximity to the US Small Business Administration in moderating the relations between social support and social entrepreneurial intentions. The study contributes to the understanding of factors that influence social entrepreneurial intentions.

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Citation

Seyoum, B., Chinta, R. and Mujtaba, B.G. (2021), "Social support as a driver of social entrepreneurial intentions: the moderating roles of entrepreneurial education and proximity to the US small business administration", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 337-359. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-08-2020-0306

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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