The antecedents of University Students' Entrepreneurship Intention. The Theory of Planned Behaviour Viewpoint

Keywords: Entrepreneurship intention, entrepreneurial career, entrepreneurship education, career development, perception, motivation


Finding out whether university students will take up entrepreneurship on graduation bodes well for any economy especially the developing ones. This is because it will help governments, and other stakeholders to plan better. Importantly, if university students embrace an entrepreneurial career, it will reduce unemployment and subsequently mitigate the scourge of poverty and inequality. This study was quantitative targeting university students to understand how they perceive entrepreneurship, what they think entrepreneurship is, what they consider as the factors that may discourage them from considering an entrepreneurial career, and also whether they think of themselves as capable of venturing into entrepreneurship. Using SPSS, we analyzed the data which affirmed the three hypotheses that student’s entrepreneurship intention can be positively and significantly motivated and persuaded. Also, the result confirmed that student’s entrepreneurship intention could be positively influenced by their perception of what entrepreneurship is and the perceived characteristics of an entrepreneur. Some further research directions as well as implications are flagged.


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Author Biographies

Chux Gervase Iwu, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. South Africa

Professor/Head of Department. Entrepreneurship and Business Management

Abdullah Promise Opute, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. United Kingdom.

GPROM Academic and Management Solutions: Researcher and Consultant. Visiting Scholar.

Rylyne Nchu, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. South Africa

Lecturer. Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Management. Faculty of Business and Management Sciences. 

Abiola Abimbola Babatunde, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. South Africa.

Lecturer. Department of Cost and Management Accounting.

Charmaine Helena Iwu, Cornerstone Institute. South Africa

Program Coordinator/Lecturer. 

Ikenna Franklin Eze, Cornerstone Institute. South Africa

Graduate Student.


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How to Cite
Iwu, C. G., Promise Opute, A., Nchu, R., Abimbola Babatunde, A., Iwu, C. H., & Franklin Eze, I. (2020). The antecedents of University Students’ Entrepreneurship Intention. The Theory of Planned Behaviour Viewpoint. Harvard Deusto Business Research, 9(2), 221-242.