Student entrepreneurial propensities in the individual-organisational-environmental nexus

Don J. Webber, Fumi Kitagawa, Anthony Plumridge

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While there is a consensus that universities contribute to entrepreneurship and innovation, it is not clear how different educational environments contribute to different students’ desires to start up a business, and it is even less clear how different universities contribute to entrepreneurship activities in a particular place. This study improves understanding of entrepreneurship education and the university-based entrepreneurship ecosystem at the individual, organizational and environmental levels by examining organizational contexts and individual students’ social contexts including motivations towards and perceptions of graduate start-ups. Applications of logit and ordered logit regression analyses to a unique student-level dataset across two universities in one city-region demonstrates the importance of the university, gender and a series of home and employment experiences as determinants of the propensity to start up a business, while economic factors change attitudes towards setting up a business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-59
Number of pages29
JournalEconomic Issues
Issue numberPart 1, March
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020


  • entrepreneurship education
  • business start-up
  • entrepreneurial propensity
  • student motivations
  • local institutional contexts

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