ERIC Number: EJ1074241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Pushed or Pulled? Exploring the Factors Underpinning Graduate Start-Ups and Non-Start-Ups
Nabi, G.; Walmsley, A.; Holden, R.
Journal of Education and Work, v28 n5 p481-506 2015
The study explores the nature and mixture of push--pull factors in the journey from higher education into graduate entrepreneurship. Using longitudinal data from 15 graduates of a British university, it compares graduates who started their own business with graduates that did not. Importantly, both groups had initially indicated a strong desire to start a business on completion of their degrees. Three main themes are identified: personal characteristics; environmental support and context; and the business idea. These are utilised to examine the similarities and differences in the nature and mixture of push--pull factors leading either to start-up (SU) or non-start-up (NSU). Whilst findings revealed SUs tended to share many similarities with NSUs, differences appeared to cluster around some personal characteristics, views of the labour market and their business idea. The paper contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the complexities involved in this transition. Implications for theory, practice, and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Career Development, Entrepreneurship, Business, Career Choice, College Graduates, Foreign Countries, Self Employment, Graduate Surveys, Interviews, Individual Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Qualitative Research
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom