Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)


University Entrepreneurial Education, Family Entrepreneurial Experience and Family Business Entrepreneurial Intentions: Mediating Effect of Students Benefits in Palestine

Author(s): Issa M.H. Smirat, Mohd Noor Mohd Shariff

 The objective of this study is to examine the mediating effect of student’s benefits on the relationship between university entrepreneurial education, family entrepreneurial experience and family business entrepreneurial intentions in Palestine. The study conducted was based on the outcomes of a survey among 320 undergraduate Palestinian university students. The seven main direct and indirect hypotheses were tested through PLS-SEM to check the structural model. The findings highlighted that students with a family entrepreneurial experience and university entrepreneurial education reported a higher entrepreneurial intention than students who benefits from family networks without such a background. The variables that positively influenced the family business entrepreneurial intentions of the students were entrepreneurial family experience and effectiveness of university entrepreneurship education. Furthermore, this family entrepreneurial experience mediated the relationship between family entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention, and student benefits mediated the relationship between family entrepreneurial experience and family business entrepreneurial intentions. For this reason, emphasis should be placed on both university entrepreneurial education and family entrepreneurial experience which will increase the tendency of university student’s benefits to choose family business entrepreneurial intentions.

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