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The heirs of Schumpeter – an insight view of students’ entrepreneurial intentions at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics


  • Sascha Ruhle

    () (Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

  • Daniel Mühlbauer

    () (Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

  • Marc Grünhagen

    () (Lehrstuhl für Unternehmensgründung und Wirtschaftsentwicklung, Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

  • Jens Rothenstein

    () (Lehrstuhl für Empirische Wirtschafts- und Sozialforschung, Bergische Universität Wuppertal)


This working paper addresses the question which dimensions of Ajzens (1988) Theory of Planned Behavior, named attitude towards start-up, perceived behavioral control and subjective norms can be used to explain the entrepreneurial intentions of business students. Furthermore we hypotheses an influence of attendance in entre-preneurship lectures, having entrepreneurs within ones family and the cultural background as possible enhancers of entrepreneurial intentions via the dimensions of the TPB. We found not only a highly significant connection between all dimensions of Ajzens model and the entrepreneurial intention, but although evidences for an influ-ence of the individuals social and cultural background on the EI.

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  • Sascha Ruhle & Daniel Mühlbauer & Marc Grünhagen & Jens Rothenstein, 2010. "The heirs of Schumpeter – an insight view of students’ entrepreneurial intentions at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics," Schumpeter Discussion Papers sdp10004, Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:bwu:schdps:sdp10004

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    Entrepreneurial Intentions; Theory of planned behavior; university entrepreneurship; student survey; new firm creation;

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

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