Parental and Gender Effects on the Entrepreneurial Intention of University Students in South Africa

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  • Olawale Fatoki Department of Business Management, Turfloop Campus, University of Limpopo, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Abstract

The aim of the study is to investigate empirically whether there is a significant difference in the entrepreneurial intention of students whose parents run a business and those whose parents do not run a business. In addition, the study aims to investigate whether there is a significant gender difference in the entrepreneurial intention of students. The study focussed on the final year students (undergraduate level) in the Department of Business Management of a South African university. These are students that have done entrepreneurship and small business management modules. This study made use of convenience sampling. Data was collected through the use of self-administered questionnaire in a survey. Data analysis included descriptive statistics and the T-test. The results indicate that although male students have a higher level of entrepreneurial intention compared to female students, the difference is not statistically significant. The results also indicate that students whose parents are involved in business have a higher level of entrepreneurial intention compared to students whose parents are not involved in business. However, the difference is not statistically significant.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n7p157

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2014-04-30

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Fatoki, O. (2014). Parental and Gender Effects on the Entrepreneurial Intention of University Students in South Africa. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(7), 157. Retrieved from https://www.richtmann.org/journal/index.php/mjss/article/view/2468

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