What Tickles Your Fancy? The Case of Technology and Engineering Students Becoming Entrepreneurs

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Fararishah Abdul Khalid
Juhaini Jabar
Mohamad Aidil Hasim
Nur Wahidah Jamaris

Abstract

Manuscript type: Research paper
Research aims: This research aims to investigate the factors affecting
entrepreneurial intention among technology and engineering
students.
Design/Methodology/Approach: Quantitative data were collected
from 210 students majoring in technology and engineering. Data are
then analysed using Smart PLS.
Research findings: Findings indicate that perceived desirability, perceived
feasibility, need for achievement and need for autonomy have
a significant relationship with entrepreneurial intention. This study
highlights the role of entrepreneurship education programme as the
moderating variable among technology and engineering students.
Theoretical contribution/Originality: This study expands on existing
entrepreneurship literature. It looks at the issue from the perspective
of technology and engineering students. The study seeks to determine
the role of entrepreneurship education programme as the moderating
variable.
Practitioner/Policy implication: The findings of this study indicates
the importance of entrepreneurship programme as a platform for
graduate students to develop their entrepreneurial skills, which in
turn would encourage them to be an entrepreneur.
Research limitation/Implications: Since this study measures entrepreneurial
intention rather than entrepreneurs’ actual behaviour,
it has to be reminded that intentionality may not necessarily lead to
actual behaviour.

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