Development of Entrepreneurial Spirit among Students: A Case Study

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A survey was conducted to investigate the factors associated with entrepreneurial spirit. Specifically the objective of the study was to determine whether students with entrepreneurship education experience are more likely to report positive entrepreneurial spirit or not. Data was collected from 2 groups of students. The first group comprised of students who are currently enrolled in a subject emphasizing entrepreneurship component, and the other group of students is those who had not been exposed to entrepreneurship component. Total respondents of the study were 193 students. Findings indicated that students who have entrepreneurship experience scored higher mean in all constructs associated with entrepreneurial spirit. The three main predictors of entrepreneurial spirits were subjective norms toward entrepreneurial behavior, entrepreneurial self efficacy and entrepreneurial interest. The study also found that attitude towards the element of self-employment is significantly correlated to students’ entrepreneurial spirit. The study suggests that students need to conduct self evaluation to determine their entrepreneurial spirit.


Keywords: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Entrepreneurial Education Experience Entrepreneurial Behavior, Entrepreneurial Self Evaluation, Entrepreneurial Self Efficacy, Entrepreneurial Interest, Subjective Norm
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Development of Entrepreneurial Spirit among Students


Prof. Zaidatol Akmaliah Lope Pihie

Professor, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship Education
Department of Science and Technical Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

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Ref: I08P0392