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The role of autonomy as a predictor of entrepreneurial intention among university students in Yemen

Al-Jubari, Ibrahim and Hassan, Arif and Hashim, Junaidah (2017) The role of autonomy as a predictor of entrepreneurial intention among university students in Yemen. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 30 (3). pp. 325-340. ISSN 1476-1297

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Abstract

Autonomy is one of the most valued motives by entrepreneurs. However, it has been rather less emphasised in entrepreneurship research. Therefore, the main objective of the present study is to examine the role of autonomy in fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and intention. Drawing on theory of planned behaviour, the relationships between autonomy and intention directly and via mediators were examined. Data were obtained from 622 undergraduate students using standardised instruments. Structural equation modelling was used to test the hypothesised model and structural relationships. The findings emphasise the relevance and importance of autonomy. It is found that autonomy is an influential predictor of entrepreneurial intention, but not directly, rather through its proximal determinants and the autonomy-intention relationship is fully mediated by attitude, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control. The present study contributes to body of knowledge of entrepreneurial intention by extending theory of planned behaviour model and incorporating one of the most valued motivational determinants namely autonomy. Copyright

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2898/52903
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autonomy; Entrepreneurial; intention; Mplus SDT; Self-determination theory; SEM Structural equation modelling; Theory of planned behaviour TPB Yemen;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD72 Economic growth, development, planning
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Arif Hassan
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 10:50
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 10:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52903

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