How Entrepreneurial Intentions Influence Entrepreneurial Career Choices: The Moderating Influence of Social Context
58 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2019 Last revised: 28 Dec 2021
Date Written: October 31, 2019
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
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