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Entrepreneurial intentions of students from Latvia, Poland, and Ukraine: The role of perceived entrepreneurial education results

Abstract

Our main aim is to establish which factors influence entrepreneurial intentions, with a particular focus on the role of entrepreneurial education and university support in Central and Eastern European countries (CEE). To verify hypotheses quantitative research was conducted using surveys among 2,085 first-year undergraduate students from three technical universities in three countries: Latvia, Poland and Ukraine. The results of the study indicate that entrepreneurial self- efficacy, perceived entrepreneurial education results, and perceived educational and relational support all influence the intention of students to launch a venture. The research did not provide support for the hypothesis of the impact of perceived structural support (PSS) on intentions. The impact of perceived educational and relational support appeared to be less important than the impact of ESE and PEER on intentions. Additionally, we identified significant differences between students from the analysed countries. Implications for theory and practice: Our research has identified a new factor, not previously used in studies of entrepreneurial intentions, that is, perceived entrepreneurial education results. This new factor can be used in research as a complement to self-efficacy and it refers to hard skills related, in this particular case, to entrepreneurship. The results show the importance of the national context, implying the need to consider this when modelling support policies at a national level. The findings can be used to remodel how this knowledge is delivered to young people. Originality and value: Firstly, we proposed the inclusion of a new education-related component called perceived entrepreneurial education results, which can examine the perceived results of education at any level, in our case, at the secondary school level. Secondly, we showed the stronger influence of factors related to perceptions of one's skills than perceptions of support from the environment. In addition, we demonstrated that making judgements or recommendations about entrepreneurial support for similar countries should be considered separately. Furthermore, we conceptualised the three aspects of ESE, PEER and ESM in a new way.

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Category:
Articles
Type:
artykuły w czasopismach
Published in:
Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation no. 20, pages 103 - 121,
ISSN: 2299-7326
Language:
English
Publication year:
2024
Bibliographic description:
Wasilczuk J., Licznerska M.: Entrepreneurial intentions of students from Latvia, Poland, and Ukraine: The role of perceived entrepreneurial education results// Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation -Vol. 20,iss. 1 (2024), s.103-121
DOI:
Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.7341/20242016
Sources of funding:
  • COST_FREE
Verified by:
Gdańsk University of Technology

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