Title: Socially-oriented entrepreneurial goals and intentions: the role of values and knowledge

Authors: Anna Kunttu; Kaisu Puumalainen; Katharina Fellnhofer

Addresses: School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, Skinnarilankatu 34, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland ' School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, Skinnarilankatu 34, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland ' School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, Skinnarilankatu 34, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland

Abstract: Despite the notion that entrepreneurial intentions and opportunities are at the core of entrepreneurship, only limited attention has been paid to intention formation in social entrepreneurship. The goal of this paper is to examine which factors shape social entrepreneurial goals and socially-oriented entrepreneurial intentions. Moreover, we compare factors that drive both socially-oriented and general entrepreneurial intentions. Our results suggest that socially-oriented entrepreneurial intentions are driven by work values and knowledge that differ from those driving general entrepreneurial intentions, hence implying a need to include entrepreneurial opportunities in entrepreneurial intention models. The findings contribute to the entrepreneurship literature by providing empirical evidence about the differences in key drivers between socially-oriented entrepreneurial intentions and general entrepreneurial intentions.

Keywords: work values; general self-efficacy; entrepreneurial goal; entrepreneurial intentions; social entrepreneurship; specific knowledge; young adults; sustainability.

DOI: 10.1504/JIBED.2017.088711

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 2017 Vol.10 No.4, pp.337 - 361

Available online: 07 Dec 2017 *

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