Entrepreneurship Education and Entrepreneurial Intentions: The Role of Theory of Planned Behaviour

International Journal of Advanced Research in Social Engineering and Development Strategies, Vol. 3, No. 1, Dec 2015

18 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2016

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Dr. Emmanuel Ajike

Babcock University

Nnorom Goodluck Kelechi

Babcock University

Akinlabi Hamed

Babcock University

Valerie Onyia

Babcock University

Jerry Dan Kwarbai

Babcock University

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

University education is no longer a passport to secure employment for graduates. This requires young graduates to consider entrepreneurship and self-employment as a viable career option. While the number of entrepreneurship education programmes is growing, their impact is under researched and studies paint an ambiguous picture of the impact of entrepreneurship education. Understanding the determinants of entrepreneurial intention, therefore, becomes important. Drawing on the theory of planned behaviour, this study investigates the impact of entrepreneurship education on the entrepreneurial intention of students in higher education in Nigeria. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The sample for this study comprises of final year Business Administration and Marketing students from selected private Universities. The data collected was analysed using correlation analysis. The results show that participants (students) of entrepreneurship education programs are more likely to have higher intention to form their own businesses compared to non-participants. Furthermore, attitude toward entrepreneurship, subjective norm, and perceived behavioural control mediate the relationship between Entrepreneurship Education and Entrepreneurial intentions. The findings of this report contribute both to the Theory of Planned Behaviour and to the field of entrepreneurship education. On the whole, the findings derived suggest that, in order to promote graduate entrepreneurship, multifaceted and concerted efforts will be required from policy makers (to help shape institutions), practitioners (to devise and implement collaborative support mechanisms), educators (to design and deliver appropriate Entrepreneurship Education content and pedagogy) and scholars (to evaluate and develop knowledge).

Keywords: Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Intentions, University, Perceived Behavioural, Attitude, Subjective Norm

Suggested Citation

Ajike, Dr. Emmanuel and Kelechi, Nnorom Goodluck and Hamed, Akinlabi and Onyia, Valerie and Kwarbai, Jerry Dan, Entrepreneurship Education and Entrepreneurial Intentions: The Role of Theory of Planned Behaviour (December 1, 2015). International Journal of Advanced Research in Social Engineering and Development Strategies, Vol. 3, No. 1, Dec 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2825566

Dr. Emmanuel Ajike

Babcock University

Dept of Business Administration and Marketing
School of Management Sciences
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun Stae +234
Nigeria

Nnorom Goodluck Kelechi (Contact Author)

Babcock University ( email )

Business Administration Dept Babcock University Il
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State +234
Nigeria
07088486773 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.babcock.edu.ng

Akinlabi Hamed

Babcock University ( email )

Dept. of Business Administration and Marketing
Ilishan
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun Stae +234
Nigeria
+23408 235 369 44 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.babcock.edu.ng

Valerie Onyia

Babcock University

School of Law & Security Studies
Iperu Campus
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun Stae +234
Nigeria

Jerry Dan Kwarbai

Babcock University ( email )

School of Law & Security Studies
Iperu Campus
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun Stae +234
Nigeria

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