Title: Student perspectives on entrepreneurship: observations on their propensity for entrepreneurial behaviour
Author: Raymond Peter Oakey, Syeda-Masooda Mukhtar, Michelle Kipling
Address: Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB, UK. Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB, UK. Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB, UK
Abstract: Although small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are of growing importance to the UK economy, we argue that graduate entrepreneurship makes only a limited contribution to employment in the SME sector. In an attempt to inform this disappointing performance, we examine in the following passages the specific issue of student attitudes towards establishing their own businesses. The included data provides evidence on the attitudes of 247 student respondents towards the prospect of new business formation and factors that might enhance or inhibit such propensities, identified during a study of Manchester University-based science departments. The paper concludes with relevant policy recommendations.
Keywords: entrepreneurship; higher education; support networks; entrepreneurial knowledge.
Int. J. of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2002 Vol.2, No.4/5, pp.308-322
Available online: 16 Jul 2003