The influence of participation in student organizations on university students' entrepreneurial intensions
Solomon, Gosaitse Ezekiel
University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
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This research study examined the influence of entrepreneurship related student organizations on university students’ entrepreneurial intentions, using the Theory of Planned Behavior model. Fifty students who are members of CEO, DECA and ENACTUS in the state of Wisconsin participated in the study though an anonymous online survey. Of these students, 27 were male and 23 female. The study employed a quantitative research design; hence statistical methods were used to analyze the data. Findings indicated that participation in student organizations correlates with entrepreneurial intentions. The motivational antecedents (personal attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control) were found to be significantly related to intentions. However, the relationship between subjective norms and entrepreneurial intentions was found to be indirect, operating through the other two predictors. Entrepreneurial intentions of students who took an entrepreneurship class in addition to involvement with student organizations were found to have a statistical significant difference from those who participated in student organizations only. There is also indication of contextualized learning and transfer of learning for students who took an entrepreneurship class, a possible explanation for higher entrepreneurial intentions. The major limitation of this study is a small sample size.