Higher education student intentions behind becoming an entrepreneur

Jay Wasim, Moustafa Haj Youssef, Ioannis Christodoulou, Robert Reinhardt

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Purpose: This research aims to identify the intentions behind becoming an entrepreneur and the perception of entrepreneurial failure among different groups of students. There has been significant research discussing the motivations behind becoming an entrepreneur. However, such a research study is often focused on individuals who are already in the entrepreneurial process. Therefore, this research focuses on the understanding of the entrepreneurial process specified on the intentions of becoming an entrepreneur and the associated risk, in the context of a learning process. 

Design/methodology/approach: The perspectives of students towards becoming an entrepreneur and their perception of associated risk are identified. A comparative exploratory case study method is used. Three cases developed in the light of empirical evidence consist of Business, Law and Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

Findings: Major results show that the law and STEM students were on the same line in terms of motivational factors, such as being career driven. In contrary, the business students were more driven by personal factors such as leaving something behind and building something meaningful.

Originality/value: Whilst studies have attempted to understand entrepreneurial intentions, little work has considered students and their views on becoming entrepreneurs. Even with studies that looked at this subject matter, the focus was mainly business students. The authors build on previous work and construct the authors' views based on multi-disciplinary student base to know more about their intentions to become an entrepreneur. The science and law students were more influenced by external factors, whereas business students were focused more on their personal goals. Such classification of the diverse intentions based on student discipline opens a new and promising research avenue to better develop entrepreneurial education not only for business students but across all disciplines in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHigher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning
Early online date1 Aug 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Aug 2023


  • Entrepreneurs
  • Higher education
  • Entrepreneurial intention
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • de-monopolisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Social Psychology


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