How Entrepreneurial Intentions Influence Entrepreneurial Career Choices: The Moderating Influence of Social Context

58 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2019 Last revised: 1 Nov 2019

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Azzurra Meoli

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management; Imperial College London

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Johan Wiklund

Syracuse University

Date Written: October 31, 2019

Abstract

In this paper, we build on social cognitive career theory to examine the relation between entrepreneurial intention and new venture creation (i.e., the entrepreneurial career choice). We model how contextual influences at different levels may favor or inhibit the translation of entrepreneurial intentions into new venture creation. Using unique longitudinal data from almost the entire population of Italian university graduates, we are able to assess how the immediate (i.e., the influence of relevant others) and larger context (i.e., organizational and environmental influences) affect new venture creation. Our research contributes to the emerging literature of the intention–behavior link in entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial intentions; Career choices; New venture creation; Social cognitive career theory; Student entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial behaviour

JEL Classification: 03, J1

Suggested Citation

Meoli, Azzurra and Fini, Riccardo and Sobrero, Maurizio and Wiklund, Johan, How Entrepreneurial Intentions Influence Entrepreneurial Career Choices: The Moderating Influence of Social Context (October 31, 2019). Journal of Business Venturing, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3472955

Azzurra Meoli

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Riccardo Fini (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Italy

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Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Italy
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Johan Wiklund

Syracuse University ( email )

Whitman School of Management
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Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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