.The aim of the paper is to investigate the entrepreneurial intentions of 252 Italian business graduate students from University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. Based on the Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour (TBP), we used the Entrepreneurial IntentionQuestionnaire (EIQ) to collect the data which were analysed through Structural Equation Modelling (SEM), by using PLS (Partial Least Squares) approach. Consistently with previous studies the main results suggest that entrepreneurial intentions are directly influenced by personal attitudes and perceived behavioural control, while the effect produced by subjective norms is mediated. Differences in working experiences and the presence of a family business also contribute to explain student’s propensity toward entrepreneurship. Furthermore, either gender diversity or the positive valuation about the role of university education seem to contribute significantly to the genesis of entrepreneurial intentions. Based on these results, we propose some considerations about the need to intensify entrepreneurial education efforts at Tor Vergata University. Finally, the paper constitutes a seminal study about entrepreneurial intentions of Italian university students, adding new evidence to a consolidated scientific conversation from a different university context.

The Role and Determinants of Entrepreneurial Intention at University Level: Theoretical Issues and New Empirical Evidence from Italy

BALZANO, Simona
2012

Abstract

.The aim of the paper is to investigate the entrepreneurial intentions of 252 Italian business graduate students from University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. Based on the Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour (TBP), we used the Entrepreneurial IntentionQuestionnaire (EIQ) to collect the data which were analysed through Structural Equation Modelling (SEM), by using PLS (Partial Least Squares) approach. Consistently with previous studies the main results suggest that entrepreneurial intentions are directly influenced by personal attitudes and perceived behavioural control, while the effect produced by subjective norms is mediated. Differences in working experiences and the presence of a family business also contribute to explain student’s propensity toward entrepreneurship. Furthermore, either gender diversity or the positive valuation about the role of university education seem to contribute significantly to the genesis of entrepreneurial intentions. Based on these results, we propose some considerations about the need to intensify entrepreneurial education efforts at Tor Vergata University. Finally, the paper constitutes a seminal study about entrepreneurial intentions of Italian university students, adding new evidence to a consolidated scientific conversation from a different university context.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11580/25876
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus ND
social impact