Title: Competency as an enabler for entrepreneurial intention among female post-graduates

Authors: J. Krithika; K.R. Sowmya; P. Syamala Gouri

Addresses: Department of Management Studies, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India ' College of Business and Administration, Kabridahar University, Ethiopia ' Department of Management Studies, Sindhi Institute of Management, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Abstract: Various behavioural theories agree that intention precedes any planned behaviour. One who has a strong entrepreneurial intent becomes an entrepreneur. Ajzen's theory of planned behaviour is one of the psychological theories that predict human behaviour and has been widely used to predict the entrepreneurial intention. Higher education is expected to instil entrepreneurial skillsets among the students. Growing economies witness an increased number of women entrepreneurs. Governments encourage by incentivising the women-owned start-ups. Women entrepreneurs' contribution to the economy is inevitable for a country that has a sex ratio of 933. The paper is aimed at studying the entrepreneurial intent and competencies among the female postgraduates. Research model is developed by extending the theory of planned behaviour with entrepreneurial competency as an additional predictor variable. Results revealed that possessing entrepreneurial competencies has a positive and significant effect on the entrepreneurial intention and can be an enabler for entrepreneurial intention.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial intention; competency; women; theory of planned behaviour; entrepreneurial management development programs.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2023.127241

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2023 Vol.19 No.1/2, pp.14 - 30

Received: 20 Sep 2020
Accepted: 22 Oct 2020

Published online: 30 Nov 2022 *

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