Title: To be or not to be an entrepreneur? Students' perceptions of barriers to entrepreneurship

Authors: Jana Hojnik; Doris Gomezelj Omerzel; Tina Bratkovič Kregar

Addresses: Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia ' Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia ' Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia

Abstract: The aim of this study is to explore how students who are attending or have completed at least one course in entrepreneurship perceive barriers to entrepreneurship. Based on a sample of 193 students from University of Primorska (Slovenia), we first conducted exploratory factor analysis and found five factors related to barriers to entrepreneurship. We then employed cluster analysis and identified barriers to entrepreneurship for four groups of students. The findings of the conducted study enable us to advise and help students who seem to be prospective entrepreneurs to develop the lacking competencies and start their own ventures in the future.

Keywords: barriers to entrepreneurship; clusters; entrepreneurship; higher education/university; Slovenia; students.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2019.099988

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2019 Vol.25 No.4, pp.430 - 450

Received: 19 Mar 2018
Accepted: 25 Aug 2018

Published online: 07 May 2019 *

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