Student's entrepreneurial intentions: role of entrepreneurial education and risk taken ability

Ana Iolanda Voda1, Daniel Covatariu2, Ovidiu-Aurel Ghiuta3

1 Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Department, Lascar Catargi no. 54, 700107, Iasi
2 Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services, 1 Prof. Dimitrie Mangeron Blvd., 700050, Iasi
3 Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Faculty of Food Engineering, The Business Incubation Lab, 13 Universitatii Street, 720229, Suceava


After the recent global financial and economic crises, unemployment, especially among young people have become a particularly serious problem. Fostering young entrepreneurship represent not only a tool to combat young unemployment and social exclusion but also a way to encourage innovation and a country s economic growth. Education and training can contribute in building an entrepreneurial society and may shape individuals attitudes versus risk-taking. Risk taken ability is an important personality factor who have an influence in process decision making or in entrepreneurial intention. Our main objectives are directed towards identifying whether there is a significant relationship between willingness to take risks, entrepreneurship education and students intention towards entrepreneurship. The present study tested two hypotheses on a sample of 115 university students using a questionnaire-based survey. The response scales use anchors such as 5-point Likert scale (1, strongly disagree to 5, strongly agree) and semantic differentials metrics. Tests and modelling were performed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software, SPSS 21.0. According to our research objective and developed hypotheses, several data analysis have been used: Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and OLS regression models. Our findings reveal that both Risks taken Ability and Entrepreneurial Education significantly influence the entrepreneurial intentions of Technical University students.


education; engineering students; entrepreneurial intention; risks taking

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