Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Antecedents of Entrepreneurial Career Choice among Chinese College Students
by Ma, Maxine Xiaohui, Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2014, 100; 3669033
Abstract (Summary)

Entrepreneurship is an intentional process, where would-be entrepreneurs choose to start a business rather than out of a reflex. The exacerbating situation of structural unemployment of college graduates in China for the last decade necessitates an urgent need to study entrepreneurial intention as a career choice. To build Chinese college students' readiness for an entrepreneurial career, this paper was an investigation of entrepreneurial intention through an integrated cognitive, affective, social and developmental lens. A total sample of 1,707 senior college students from a university in China was taken and quantitative research method was utilized in this study. An empirical model for developing college students' entrepreneurial intention in China was proposed and tested using structural equation modeling. The findings of the study indicated that human capital, social capital and psychological capital all play important roles in developing students' intentions to start an entrepreneurial career in China. Entrepreneurial self-efficacy and emotional intelligence emerged as the biggest predictor of entrepreneurial intention. Guanxi moderated emotional intelligence and PsyCap approved to be a precursor to the more domain specific entrepreneurial self-efficacy. Therefore, to foster self-employment and entrepreneurship among college students, universities in China should combine formal entrepreneurship education programs that develop practical entrepreneurial skills required in different stages of entrepreneurial process with training interventions that enhance emotional intelligence skills and positive psychological capital.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thompson, Jennifer
Commitee: Carroll, Keith, Fuller, Connie
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Business Psychology: Consulting Track
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 76/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Entrepreneurial intention, Entrepreneurial self-efficacy, Guanxi, Linear/nonlinear thinking styles, Psychological capital
Publication Number: 3669033
ISBN: 9781321444551
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