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Entrepreneurial Intention Among Tourism Undergraduate Students in Egypt

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This study examines entrepreneurial intention of undergraduate tourism students in Egypt and the effect of specific beliefs and subjective norms on this intention. It also investigates students' perceived motives and barriers to entrepreneurship. Although there have been many studies handling students entrepreneurial intention, only a limited number of studies have focused on tourism students' entrepreneurial intention, and it is worth noting that from an educational perspective, investigating entrepreneurial intention of tourism students may play a role in the design of tourism curricula. Furthermore, there is a shortage of studies explicating entrepreneurial intention in the Middle East countries. Thus, the current study helps in filling this gap. A sample of undergraduate tourism students in Egypt was surveyed. Results showed that the majority of students have intention to start their own business after graduation. They perceive that lack of entrepreneurial education is their main barrier to entrepreneurship. Implications for educators and governmental bodies and succeeding research directions are highlighted.
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Keywords: ENTREPRENEURIAL INTENTION; ENTREPRENEURSHIP; TOURISM STUDENTS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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