Entrepreneurial Intent on Induction to Undergraduate Business Courses: A Comparison of Two Higher Education Institutions in the UK

Pete McLuskie, Charlotte Carey, Kelly Smith, Tom Williamson, Susan Sisay

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This study explores Entrepreneurial Intent (EI) in undergraduate students on induction across two UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) at the transition point between secondary and tertiary education levels.
Aim The aim of this study is to explore patterns of self-reported EI in new undergraduate Business students from two UK HEIs. This study builds on previous research at Coventry University (Williamson and Wick 2013 and Smith et al 2017) in order to see if the high E Irates recorded at Coventry University are replicated across other institutions. It reports on the response of students from two UK HEI Business Schools (Coventry and Birmingham City University – BCU), entering undergraduate study in 2018. The study will compare data collected during induction week, before any formal teaching has commenced .
The study confirms findings from previous studies and demonstrates that students from both institutions recorded higher than normal levels of EI. However, there were several differences between the student responses from the two institutions and these are discussed later in the paper.
Contribution This study explores the EI of students during the university induction period in the moment prior to starting their formal HE studies. This period of undergraduate study has been relatively ignored in the wider field of EI and can help shed light on the shifting aspirations of students as they progress through HEI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBE 2019 Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
ISBN (Print)978-1-900862-32-5
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2019
EventInstitute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Space - Exploring New Frontiers and Entrepreneurial Places - Newcastle , Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Nov 201915 Nov 2019
Conference number: 42


ConferenceInstitute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Abbreviated titleISBE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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