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TitleEntrepreneurial intentions of engineering students
Author(s)Vieira, Filipa Dionísio
Rodrigues, Cristina S.
KeywordsEntrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial behavior
Entrepreneurial intentions
Engineering students
entrepreneurial behaviour
Issue dateSep-2012
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Abstract(s)Promoting entrepreneurship is a key opportunity in the current environment, and engineering have recognized this criticism by including in their curricula basic financial disciplines. Given the current economic situation, provide the future engineer with concepts and techniques to move from knowledge to action, can improve the value perception of entrepreneurship as an alternative to employability on behalf of others. The aim of this paper is to present the preliminary results of the ENGEmpreende survey developed to measure the perceived attitudes and values of entrepreneurship by engineering students. Our sample involves 387 students of engineering courses from University of Minho with no experience in entrepreneurial courses, divided into undergraduate (78.55%) or master's degree students in engineering (21.45%). Portuguese engineering students report good levels of thoughts about entrepreneurship. Our study also found that their entrepreneurship predisposition has dependency relationships with gender, thoughts about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activities. The results of the perceived image of the entrepreneur suggest that students recognize the positive image of the entrepreneur in society, but have doubts about what is best: entrepreneur or employee in a large company? As perceived barriers, engineering students perceive as difficult to find a business idea or access to bank loans. Students’ perceived skills and competence suggest a perceived high adaptability, perseverance, technical confidence and orientation to results. The results of ENGEmpreende survey give an additional contribution to the theme of engineering entrepreneurship intentions through the identification of entrepreneurship predisposition, attitude to self-employment, entrepreneurial image, barriers to entrepreneurship, risk perception and technical confidence. We identified differences explained by factors such gender and thoughts about entrepreneurship.
TypeConference paper
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/20966
Publisher versionhttp://www.academic-publishing.org/
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:CAlg - Artigos em livros de atas/Papers in proceedings
CGIT - Publicações em actas de encontros científicos / Papers in conference proceedings
CITEPE - Publicações em actas de encontros científicos / Papers in conference proceedings

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