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ERIC Number: EJ840906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Insights into Technopreneurship: Self-Employment Perceptions among Engineering Students
Urban, B.; Barreira, J.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v21 n5 p567-583 2007
Infusing an enterprising spirit into student endeavors and the promotion of entrepreneurial skills has been implemented worldwide as an impetus to promote "technopreneurship". This study empirically investigates entrepreneurial perceptions among non-business engineering students before and after exposure to an entrepreneurship intervention. Initially theory on this relatively new phenomenon--technopreneurship, together with existing findings on intentions, education and perceptions, is presented. After identifying salient themes and variables a hypothesis is formulated to confirm or reject the basic predictions of the research question. Based on a pretest-posttest quasi experimental design, survey data is quantitatively analysed, and findings generally indicate a significant increase in self-employment intentions. Recommendations are made in light of the empirical findings and integrated with existing conceptual findings to advance theoretical and practical developments in this relatively unexplored field. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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