Title: A multi-country perspective of students' entrepreneurial attitudes

Authors: Michael L. Harris, Shanan G. Gibson, Dennis Barber III, Chunfang Wang, Shohrat Orazov

Addresses: Department of Management, College of Business, East Carolina University, 329 Slay Hall, Greenville, NC 27858, USA. ' Department of Management, College of Business, East Carolina University, 3103 Bate Building, Greenville, NC 27858, USA. ' Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA. ' Shenyang Aeronautical Institute of Engineering, No. 37 Daoyi South Avenue, Daoyi Development District, Shenyang, China. ' UNICEF, UN House, 40 Galkynysh, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Abstract: As part of an ongoing research endeavour aimed at examining the entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions of students from around the globe, the current study extends previous research by examining the degree to which nationality is associated with entrepreneurial attitudes in students from China, Brazil, Turkmenistan, and USA. Hypotheses based upon differences in national culture and entrepreneurial infrastructure were posited and examined. Findings were not as anticipated in that Turkmen students showed a very strong entrepreneurial orientation and US students| attitudes were largely less developed than those of their peers from other nations.

Keywords: entrepreneurial attitudes; entrepreneurial intentions; cultural differences; young adults; China; Brazil; Turkmenistan; USA; United States; national culture; entrepreneurial infrastructure; students; student attitudes; entrepreneurial orientation; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2011.039013

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2011 Vol.12 No.3, pp.373 - 394

Available online: 11 Mar 2011 *

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