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Entrepreneurial intention: An analysis of the role of Student-Led Entrepreneurial Organizations

Giuliano Sansone (), Elisa Ughetto and Paolo Landoni
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Elisa Ughetto: Politecnico Di Torino

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2021, vol. 19, issue 3, No 4, 399-433

Abstract: Abstract Although a great deal of attention has been paid to entrepreneurship education, only a few studies have analysed the impact of extra-curricular entrepreneurial activities on students’ entrepreneurial intention. The aim of this study is to fill this gap by exploring the role played by Student-Led Entrepreneurial Organizations (SLEOs) in shaping the entrepreneurial intention of their members. The analysis is based on a survey that was conducted in 2016 by one of the largest SLEOs in the world: the Junior Enterprises Europe (JEE). The main result of the empirical analysis is that the more time students spent on JEE and the higher the number of events students attended, the greater their entrepreneurial intention was. It has been found that other important drivers also increase students’ entrepreneurial intention, that is, the Science and Technology field of study and the knowledge of more than two foreign languages. These results confirm that SLEOs are able to foster students’ entrepreneurial intention. The findings provide several theoretical, practical and public policy implications. SLEOs are encouraged to enhance their visibility and lobbying potential in order to be recognized more as drivers of student entrepreneurship. In addition, it is advisable for universities and policy makers to support SLEOs by fostering their interactions with other actors operating in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, who promote entrepreneurship and technology transfer activities. Lastly, this paper advises policy makers to assist SLEOs’ activities inside and outside the university context.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial intention; Entrepreneurship education; Student-Led Entrepreneurial Organizations; Student entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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