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Antecedents of academics' entrepreneurial intentions - developing a people-oriented model for university entrepreneurship


  • Marc Grünhagen
  • Christine K. Volkmann


Research on university entrepreneurship has identified a myriad of exogenous factors which directly influence the recognition of entrepreneurial opportunities in academe, the rate of spin-off and new venture creation, or other technology transfer activities. This paper zooms in on how important selection decisions taken by university scientists to start their own business or not may come about. We develop exogenous constructs influencing the formation of university scientists' entrepreneurial intentions and their cognitive antecedents in terms of personal attitudes, perceived norms, and behavioural control in a theory-of-planned-behaviour framework. Influence factors and hypotheses at three levels are suggested: the university-wide organisation, the scientist's local work environment (faculty/research group) and personal characteristics.

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  • Marc Grünhagen & Christine K. Volkmann, 2014. "Antecedents of academics' entrepreneurial intentions - developing a people-oriented model for university entrepreneurship," International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 6(2), pages 179-200.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijeven:v:6:y:2014:i:2:p:179-200

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