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The intervening effect of entrepreneurial orientation on the nexus between entrepreneurial motivation and self-employment intention: an evidence from Sri Lankan engineering graduates

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N. Jasintha

University of Jaffna, LK
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Entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon that results in economic progress throughout the world via the creation of new and innovative company start-ups and provide solutions to the niches in market economies. The drive of this study is to look at the nexus between entrepreneurial motivation and self-employment intention among Sri Lankan engineering graduates. This study incorporates the expectancy theory into the ground of entrepreneurship research. Despite of prior research focusing on entrepreneurial level, little emphasis has been devoted to entrepreneurial orientation as a predictor of self-employment intention among engineering graduates. This study provided insight on entrepreneurial motivation from the standpoint of graduates' entrepreneurial orientation and self-employment intention. The survey research strategy was employed, and data were obtained from 402 conveniently chosen engineering graduates from both private and state Universities. The data was analysed using Smart PLS 3.0. Findings indicate that those who want to be entrepreneurs are more inclined to consider starting their own businesses as it shows the significant nexus between entrepreneurial motivation and self-employment intention. Moreover, the nexus between entrepreneurial motivation and self-employment intention is mediated by the entrepreneurial orientation. The study pushes the frontiers of entrepreneurial literature while simultaneously offering community members useful, practical applications. This study suggests that the Sri Lankan government must take necessary actions to increase the entrepreneurial motivation of young groups. Furthermore, the government must intervene in entrepreneurial environments to foster the economy of Sri Lanka and the academia must reform their curricula based on the need of entrepreneurship.
How to Cite: Jasintha, N., 2021. The intervening effect of entrepreneurial orientation on the nexus between entrepreneurial motivation and self-employment intention: an evidence from Sri Lankan engineering graduates. International Journal of Accounting and Business Finance, 7(2), pp.181–200. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ijabf.v7i2.101
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Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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