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Individual entrepreneurial orientation: comparison of business and STEM students

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Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this study is to determine whether there are differences in Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation (IEO) between students who are doing their major in business studies and the ones whose areas of study are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Design/methodology/approach – The current research investigates which factors and components contribute to EO orientation development among different groups of students. The researchers conducted a survey in Latvia and Poland applying non-parametric inferential statistical methods as well as linear regression analysis to verify the research hypotheses. Findings – The authors identified that there are significant differences between business and STEM students when they analyse their IEO. It turned out that STEM students obtain significantly lower scores for risk-taking and innovativeness but higher for proactiveness. Additionally, it was detected that the chosen field of study affects students’ perception of educational support, thus influencing their innovativeness, proactiveness, and risk propensity. Originality/value – The current research investigates which factors and components contribute to IEO development among different groups of students in under-researched Baltic countries which experienced systemic transformation. The authors believe that universities can use the analysis of their students’ IEO to better allocate their resources, adjust curricula to the real needs of students, because undeniably future societies need entrepreneurial people.

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Category:
Articles
Type:
artykuły w czasopismach
Published in:
Education and Training no. 65, pages 565 - 586,
ISSN: 0040-0912
Language:
English
Publication year:
2022
Bibliographic description:
Licznerska M., Nikitina T., Ozoliņa-Ozola I., Lapina I.: Individual entrepreneurial orientation: comparison of business and STEM students// Education and Training -Vol. 65,iss. 4 (2022), s.565-586
DOI:
Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.1108/et-07-2021-0256
Sources of funding:
  • COST_FREE
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Gdańsk University of Technology

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