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Influences of entrepreneurship skills and universities on the promotion of entrepreneurial intentions of students; mediating role of business simulation games

Muhammad Salman Shabbir (Department of UBDSBE, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam)
Ebetuel Pallares-Venegas (Department of Finance, College of Business at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 15 February 2024

Issue publication date: 13 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Entrepreneurship has become a widely accepted concept in the past few decades due to its prominent role in economic activity and economic development of a nation. Promotion of entrepreneurship can be ensured with the help of entrepreneurship teaching and learning through higher education institutions. Similarly, entrepreneurship skills play a significant role in the promotion of students’ intentions to become entrepreneurs. This study aims to examine the role of universities and entrepreneurship skills on the entrepreneurial intentions of students.

Design/methodology/approach

Business simulation games is taken as mediator between university role and entrepreneurial intentions as well as entrepreneurship skills and entrepreneurial intentions. This research has used Smart PLS to perform a PLS-SEM technique with a data of 378 students from higher education institutions of Malaysia.

Findings

The results of data analysis show a positive role of universities and entrepreneurship skills in the promotion of student’s entrepreneurial intentions. Moreover, business simulation games positively mediates the relationship between dependent and independent variables.

Originality/value

Results of this research prove that entrepreneurial skills and university support have a significant part in the promotion of entrepreneurship intentions of students. As students use the electronic resources such as business simulation games, their skills, attitude and practical knowledge is positively enhanced and eventually it positively impacts the intention of students to become entrepreneurs. Therefore, it is believed that promotion of entrepreneurial skills in students via business simulation games and positive role of universities in promoting entrepreneurship will have a significant positive influence on the students’ entrepreneurial intentions.

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Citation

Shabbir, M.S. and Pallares-Venegas, E. (2024), "Influences of entrepreneurship skills and universities on the promotion of entrepreneurial intentions of students; mediating role of business simulation games", On the Horizon, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/OTH-10-2022-0062

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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