The Impact of BA Education over the Entrepreneurial Intentions of Jordanian Students: An Application of Theory of Planned Behavior.

Samer M. Al-Mohammad

Abstract


The purpose of this paper was to assess the effect of BA education over the entrepreneurial intentions of students in one Jordanian university. Applying Ajzen’s (1991) theory of planned behavior (TPB), the paper proposed a framework linking BA education benefits (i.e. learning and resources utilization) to the antecedents of entrepreneurial intentions underlined in the TPB model  (i.e. attitudes towards entrepreneurship, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control). To assess the proposed model and its associated hypotheses, several Statistical techniques were conducted on data collected from a sample of 564 students. Empirical results underlined a positive significant effect of learning over the three antecedents of entrepreneurial intentions. However, empirical results underlined the fact that resources utilization had a significant positive effect only over students’ perceived behavioral control. Furthermore, empirical results indicated that there were no significant differences in students’ entrepreneurial intentions according to their BA majors. Based on the paper’s empirical findings, several conclusions were drawn. Furthermore, several practical implications were suggested, while limitations of this paper and future research avenues were addressed.


Keywords


entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial intentions, Theory of planned behavior (TPB), BA education, learning, resources utilization, entrepreneurial intentions questionnaire (EIQ).

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