Title: Predicting entrepreneurial intentions among postgraduate students using the theory of planned behaviour: Jordan case

Authors: Mohammed Iqbal Al-Ajlouni

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Abstract: The current study used the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to predict the intentions toward the entrepreneurship and identify insignificant antecedents for these intentions. The study targeted postgraduate students majoring in business and finance schools in the two top universities in Jordan. Through purposive sampling and completion of a self-administrated questionnaire, (308) respondents were included in the sample. Adopting a quantitative descriptive approach and structural equation modelling (SEM) with the use of partial least squares, results reported that TPB predicted (41%) of variance in respondents' intentions: attitudes toward behaviour and subjective norms (SN) were seen to be moderate-level significant antecedents, while perceived behavioural control (PBC) was seen to be an insignificant antecedent; moreover, the entrepreneurship education programs (EEP) significantly influenced the three antecedents. Following the results, implications and suggestions are discussed; directions for further research are suggested.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; intentions; entrepreneurship education programs; EEP; theory of planned behaviour; TPB; postgraduate students; developing economies; Jordan.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2021.119229

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2021 Vol.44 No.3, pp.235 - 255

Received: 09 Feb 2019
Accepted: 07 Mar 2019

Published online: 30 Nov 2021 *

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