The influence of role models on students' entrepreneurial intentions

Kennedy, Jessica, Drennan, Judy, Renfrow, Patty, & Watson, Bernadette (2003) The influence of role models on students' entrepreneurial intentions. Queensland Review, 10(1).

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Abstract

The Smart State initiative requires both improved education and training, panicularly in technical fields, plus entrepreneurship to commercialise new ideas. In this study, we propose an entrepreneurial intentions model as a guide to examine the educational choices and entrepreneurial intentions of first-year University students, focusing on the effect of role models. A survey of over 1000 first-year University students revealed that the most enterprising students were choosing to study in the disciplines of information technology and business, economics and law, or selecting dualdegree programs that include business. The role models most often identified for their choice of field of study were parents,followed by teachers and peers, with females identifying more role models than males. For entrepreneurship, students' role models were parents andpeers,followed by famous persons and teachers. Males and females identified similar numbers of role models, but males found starting a business more desirable and more feasible, and reponed higher entrepreneurial intention. The implications of these findings for Smart State policy are discussed.

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ID Code: 26051
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1321-8166
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 University of Queensland Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2009 23:44
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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