The 'making' of an entrepreneur: testing a model of entrepreneurial intent among engineering students at MIT

Lüthje, Christian and Franke, Nikolaus (2003) The 'making' of an entrepreneur: testing a model of entrepreneurial intent among engineering students at MIT. R&D Management, 33 (2). pp. 135-147. ISSN 0033-6807

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In the present study a covariance structure model is tested to identify the causes of entrepreneurial intent among engineering students. Specifically, we explore whether steady personal dispositions or whether perceptions of contextual founding conditions have an impact on the intention to found one's own business. The survey of 512 students at the MIT School of Engineering broadly confirms the model. Personality traits have a strong impact on the attitude towards self-employment. The entrepreneurial attitude is strongly linked with the intention to start a new venture. The students' personality therefore shows an indirect effect on intentions. Furthermore, the entrepreneurial intent is directly affected by perceived barriers and support factors in the entrepreneurship-related context. The findings have important implications for policy makers inside and outside universities. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published with Wiley OnlineOpen option
Divisions: Departments > Strategy and Innovation > Entrepreneurship und Innovation
Forschungsinstitute > Familienunternehmen
Kompetenzzentren > WU Gründungszentrum
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2015 10:19
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2015 16:07
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