UNIZIK JOURNAL OF BUSINESS 3(2) 2020                               DOI: 10.36108/unizikjb/0202.30.0250


STRUCTURAL EQUATION TEST OF ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL INTENTIONS AMONG NIGERIAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Chidera Christian Ugwuanyi
University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
Pamela Ifeoma Nwagbo
University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
&
Ikechukwu Joseph Attamah
University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus

Abstract:
The purpose of this paper is to examine the causal relationship between entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurial intention among undergraduates. The paper investigates how the outcome of an effective entrepreneurial education system- attitude, skills and knowledge could affect the intentions of the students to choosing entrepreneurship as a career choice. The study was conducted in Enugu state, Nigeria among university undergraduates. A total of 250 students were engaged but only 196 valid responses were gathered. The structural model and the hypotheses were tested using partial least square structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) approach in SmartPLS M2.0 software. Our findings reveal that the proposed determinants all bear positive relationships with entrepreneurial intention in varying degrees. Also we found entrepreneurial knowledge to have a direct impact on entrepreneurial attitude. Managerial and practical implications were made as well as future research avenues suggested.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Intention, Entrepreneurial Education, Youth Unemployment, Partial Least Square-Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM)

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