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Entrepreneurial attributes and intention among management students: a longitudinal approach to evolution and applicability of conceptual and empirical constructs

Published Online:pp 156-182https://doi.org/10.1504/JIBED.2020.106189

In the era of technological disruption and automation, job creation for the aspiring youth is a challenge for all countries across the globe. Yet technology is offering immense opportunities for the new startups and venture creation for those who have intentions. This research is an attempt to adopt the theoretical constructs to investigate whether or not Indian aspirational youth of management education is being motivated to entrepreneurial intention. We have used six constructs on students' perceptions on (business environment, business knowledge, social norms, self-efficacy, entrepreneurial intentions and future choice of career) for two period of analysis to evaluate the effect of one year management education. Data are collected through survey method at entry point of students for two year PGDM course and after one year. We used paired t-test to find mean difference with reference to entrepreneurial intentions due to one year of management education. Moreover, we employed higher order structural equation modelling to test study hypotheses. In conclusion, we point out inadequacies of present entrepreneurial intention models and propose a direction of future research for improving efficacy of entrepreneurial intention model and its influence on pedagogy development of higher education.

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entrepreneurial intentions, business environment, business knowledge, social norms, self-efficacy, future choice of career