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Maker Faire Twente 2015 : assessment of entrepreneurial intentions among makers

Groot Koerkamp, Tim (2015) Maker Faire Twente 2015 : assessment of entrepreneurial intentions among makers.

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Abstract:It is important to raise the number of entrepreneurs. Therefore we need to understand what drives entrepreneurial intention, particularly for a target group that has the technology to create new things. In this research the entrepreneurial intentions of Makers are assessed by means of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior a questionnaire has been developed that measures entrepreneurial intention and the independent variables attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control. The goal is to find out whether Makers of inventive products intend to commercialize these products by starting a business and how strong the model is in explaining this intention. Data was collected during the Maker Faire Twente 2015 in Enschede. Average entrepreneurial intention among the respondents was found to be neutral. Regression analysis of the model shows significant positive relationship of attitude and subjective norm with entrepreneurial intention. An expanded model also shows age to be a significant predictor of entrepreneurial intention for this group. This research contributes to our understanding of the formation of entrepreneurial intentions and gives insight into how entrepreneurial intentions can be stimulated.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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