Predicting entrepreneurial intentions from work values: implications for stimulating entrepreneurship in UAE national youth

Syed Tipu ( University of Sharjah Sharjah United Arab Emirates )
James Ryan ( United Arab Emirates University Al Ain United Arab Emirates )

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 3 March 2016



The primary objective of the current research is to extend the current debate on value-intention link by investigating the hitherto unexplored relation between the concepts of the Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile (MWEP) and entrepreneurial intentions (EI). In addition, this research seeks to offer specific insight into the work values and entrepreneurial intentions of United Arab Emirates (UAE) national youth in an effort to contribute to decision making and policy formation for enhancing entrepreneurship.


309 UAE youth completed an Arabic version of the short form Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile (MWEP-SF) and a measure of Entrepreneurial intention.


Results confirm the value-intention link and support the view that values can direct work choices in entrepreneurship. The regression model identifies that the work ethics of Wasted Time, Leisure, and Self-reliance positively predict EI, while Centrality of work is unrelated to EI.


The relation between work values and EI of youth is underexplored in the context of the UAE. The current extreme underrepresentation of UAE nationals in the private sector of the UAE economy highlights a significant problem for the UAE strategy of workforce nationalization. As the current findings reveal that the UAE youth possess work values which can predict entrepreneurial intentions, the policy initiatives in the UAE may encourage Emirati nationals to more actively participate in the new venture creation and development. This will potentially facilitate the government to achieve the balance between public sector employability and self-employment contributions in the private sector.


Tipu, S. and Ryan, J. (2016), "Predicting entrepreneurial intentions from work values: implications for stimulating entrepreneurship in UAE national youth", Management Decision, Vol. 54 No. 3.

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