Cultural Factors and Entrepreneurial Mindset: The Role of Entrepreneurship Education

Solesvik, M., Westhead, P., & Matlay, H. (2014). Cultural factors and entrepreneurial intention: The role of entrepreneurship education. Education+ Training, 56(8/9), 680-696.

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Marina Solesvik

Stord Haugesund University College

Paul Westhead

Durham University

Harry Matlay

University of Central England at Birmingham

Date Written: December 12, 2013

Abstract

Universities provide entrepreneurship-specific education (ESE) to equip students with the skills required to pursue entrepreneurial careers in new firms and innovative private and public sector organizations. Building upon insights from entrepreneurial event theory, cultural values theory and human capital theory, this study explores the linkage between perceived local cultural environment, ESE investment, and the intensity of entrepreneurial mindset with regard to becoming an entrepreneur. Survey information from 321 students from three universities in the Ukraine was hand collected. Business students taking part in ESE were compared to engineering students not taking part in ESE. Hierarchical multiple ordinary least squares regression analysis revealed that students who cited a perceived desirability and perceived feasibility for entrepreneurship, initiative taking culture, and participation in ESE reported significantly higher intensity of entrepreneurial mindset. Conversely, students who cited the capability beliefs culture factor reported significantly lower intensity of mindset. ESE interactions with perceived cultural factors as well as perceived desirability and perceived feasibility for entrepreneurship were not significantly associated with higher intensity of entrepreneurial mindset. Findings are discussed with regard to research and practitioner implications.

Keywords: enterprise education, entrepreneurial mindset, cultural values, Universities, Ukraine

JEL Classification: L26, M13

Suggested Citation

Solesvik, Marina and Westhead, Paul and Matlay, Harry, Cultural Factors and Entrepreneurial Mindset: The Role of Entrepreneurship Education (December 12, 2013). Solesvik, M., Westhead, P., & Matlay, H. (2014). Cultural factors and entrepreneurial intention: The role of entrepreneurship education. Education+ Training, 56(8/9), 680-696. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2884415

Marina Solesvik (Contact Author)

Stord Haugesund University College ( email )

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Paul Westhead

Durham University ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

Harry Matlay

University of Central England at Birmingham ( email )

Enterprise Research and Development Centre
Business School
Birmingham B42 2SU
United Kingdom
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