Predictors of Nigerian Students` Desire to be an Entrepreneur; Any differences based on Gender?

Ibrahim KELES


The student entrepreneurship issues create the focus of academic studies over the world. Entrepreneurship is an important element of national economic growth, and university business students represent an important feeder pool for a nation’s supply of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial activities have a positive influence on national development and prosperity (Friedman, 2011; Kirzner, 2009; Acs et al, 2008). As attitudes, beliefs and motives have important implications for career choice and behavior, the motives of entrepreneurs are important yet little empirical research exists that identifies elements that predict the desire to become an entrepreneur. Such research would have vast implications for policy makers that hope to encourage and incentivize entrepreneurship on a national level. The purpose of this study is to identify and contrast predictors of Nigerian students’ desire to be entrepreneurs by using Entrepreneurial Motives Questionnaire (Friedman et al, 2012). Firstly a literature review pertaining to entrepreneur motives, and then hypotheses, results, and study implications were stated by taking gender into consideration.


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