Entrepreneurial intentions of university students: a case-based study

Ramo Palalić*, Veland Ramadani, Arnela Ðilović, Alina Dizdarević, Vanessa Ratten

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Purpose: This study aims to examine the entrepreneurial intentions of university students at the International University of Sarajevo. For this purpose, the entrepreneurial desires and entrepreneurial orientations of the students across several demographic variables were measured. These variables included prior entrepreneurial experience, student’s gender, faculty, year of study and attitude towards more courses on entrepreneurship. Nevertheless, the research also examined how business environment influences the entrepreneurial intentions of students by considering the same set of variables. Design/methodology/approach: The objectives of this paper have been achieved by using a quantitative research instrument, where the cross-sectional survey method for collecting primary data is used. In total, 173 usable responses have been collected from the beginning of April to the end of May in the academic year 2015/2016. Findings: The results indicate that the greater the demotivation with the current business surrounding, the smaller the entrepreneurial intentions of the students are when the prior entrepreneurial experience, gender, year of study and attitude towards more courses on entrepreneurship are considered. The study suggests that improving the overall business surrounding and entrepreneurial education might increase the entrepreneurial intentions of the students. Originality/value: This is the first paper that treats entrepreneurial intentions of University students in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-413
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Enterprising Communities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Entrepreneurial intentions
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management

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