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Family–work enrichment and entrepreneurial intentions: a family affective support perspective

Zuhui Xu (School of Business Administration, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Nanjing, China) (China Research Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, China)
Yan Zhou (Institute for China Common Prosperity Research, Jiaxing University, Jiaxing, China)
Yue Zhang (School of Business Administration, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Nanjing, China)
Yingying Zhang (School of Management, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu, China)
Zhe Ouyang (School of Business Administration, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Nanjing, China)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 16 December 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Although research on entrepreneurial intentions has outlined the role of family instrumental support, little is known about the impact of family affective support. Building on social career cognitive theory, the purpose of this paper is to investigate entrepreneurial self-efficacy (ESE) as a mediator and work–home segmentation preferences as a moderator in the relationship between affective family–work enrichment and individuals' entrepreneurial intentions.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a sample of 202 business-oriented individuals enrolled in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at a large university in the east of China, this study tests the proposed theoretical framework by analyzing the first-stage moderated mediation model.

Findings

Affective family–work enrichment is positively related to entrepreneurial intentions through the mediating effect of ESE. This relationship is significantly stronger for individuals with lower levels of work–home segmentation preferences.

Originality/value

This study determines the relationship between family–work enrichment and entrepreneurial intentions, and enriches antecedents of entrepreneurial intentions from the perspective of family affective support. Moreover, our study provides novel understanding on the influence mechanisms of family–work enrichment on entrepreneurial intentions by exploring the mediating effect of ESE and the moderating effect of work–home segmentation preferences, which has rarely been explored in the extant literature.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Editor-in-Chief Brandon Randolph-Seng and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions. The authors acknowledge funding from the National Social Science Foundation of China (grant number: 20BJL009), National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant number: 72172056), China Association of Higher Education Special Project of “Research on Morality Building, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education in Colleges and Universities” (grant number: 2020CYYB16), General Project of Philosophy and Social Science Research in Colleges and Universities of Jiangsu Province (grant number: 2020SJA0254), Humanities and Social Science Project of Anhui Provincial Education Department (grant number: SK2020A0993), and Higher Education and Reform and Development Project of Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (grant number: GJGF202023). The usual disclaimers apply.

Compliance with ethical standards: The author declares that he has complied ethical standards.

Conflict of interest: The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Citation

Xu, Z., Zhou, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Y. and Ouyang, Z. (2023), "Family–work enrichment and entrepreneurial intentions: a family affective support perspective", Management Decision, Vol. 61 No. 1, pp. 57-76. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-08-2021-1058

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