Authors: Lida Kyrgidou; Naoum Mylonas; Eugenia Petridou
Addresses: School of Economics and Business Administration, International Hellenic University, 57001, Thessaloniki, Greece ' Department of Economics, Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece ' Department of Economics, Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece
Abstract: The current study aims at examining the importance of characteristics that young individuals perceive as a stimulus in undertaking entrepreneurial activity in future. Two widely acknowledged tests, the attitudes toward enterprise (ATE) and the general enterprising tendency (GET) test, served as the research tools in order to draw indications regarding youth's potential entrepreneurial behaviour in the Greek context. Research in a sample of undergraduate students of different backgrounds indicated that the ATE test seems to work better and ranked youth's attitudes in the following order: creativity, achievement, leadership, personal control and intuition. Provided that young individuals increasingly constitute the recipients of entrepreneurial educational and policy initiatives, the current study contributes in several ways and responds to past research calls for the need to design appropriate entrepreneurial supportive processes, but also to effectively measure and evaluate the outcomes of existing entrepreneurial programmes and frameworks.
Keywords: entrepreneurship education; attitudes towards enterprise; ATE test; potential entrepreneurs; entrepreneurial intention; Greece; general enterprising tendency; GET test; creativity; achievement; leadership; personal control; intuition; young individuals; youth; undergraduate students.
World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2013 Vol.9 No.3, pp.352 - 364
Available online: 27 May 2013 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article