Title: Effects of innovativeness and long-term orientation on entrepreneurial intentions: a comparison of business and engineering students

Authors: Marcus Wagner

Addresses: Julius Maximilians University Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Stephanstr, 1, 97070, Wurzburg, Germany; Bureau d'Economie Theorique et Appliquee (BETA) Universite de Strasbourg, Avenue de la Foret Noire, 67085 Strasbourg, France

Abstract: Entrepreneurship has become an increasingly researched area, because it has caught the attention of policy makers as one promising response to sustainable development challenges. Given the emerging character of the field to date, however, most contributions remained conceptual or reported results of case study research. The discussion of sustainable entrepreneurship should therefore benefit from the analysis of large-scale empirical research projects. This paper contributes with a large scale empirical analysis at the individual level, where sustainable development crucially depends on concerned individuals behaving entrepreneurially. Despite this being a crucial pre-condition, its empirical validity has rarely been analysed. Using large-scale survey data to analyse how innovativeness and long-term orientations relate to entrepreneurial intentions, this contribution also compares engineering and business students with regard to this.

Keywords: long-term orientation; social concerns; sustainable entrepreneurship; concerns; entrepreneurial orientation; entrepreneurial intention; innovativeness; business students; engineering students; sustainable development; sustainability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2011.039009

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2011 Vol.12 No.3, pp.300 - 313

Available online: 11 Mar 2011 *

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