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Applying the Theory of Reasoned Action to Entrepreneurship within a University Setting

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  • Rueda Sampedro, Inés

    () (Universidad de Cantabria)

  • Fernández-Laviada, Ana

    (Universidad de Cantabria)

  • Herrero Crespo, Ángel

    (Universidad de Cantabria)

Abstract

This paper analyses the effect of the perceived advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship surrounding the starting of a new business and it is based on the Theory of Reasoned Action. The sample contains 274 students of the Faculty of Business and Economics (University of Cantabria). A structural equation approach is used to test the research hypotheses. The results obtained show that the entrepreneurship advantages influence a college student’s attitude and later have an impact on their entrepreneurial intentions. However, the disadvantages associated with entrepreneurship have no significant effect.

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  • Rueda Sampedro, Inés & Fernández-Laviada, Ana & Herrero Crespo, Ángel, 2013. "Applying the Theory of Reasoned Action to Entrepreneurship within a University Setting," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 26, pages 141-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0234
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    Keywords

    Theory of Reasoned Action; entrepreneurial intentions; college students; advantages and disadvantages of entrepreneurship;

    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship

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