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Toward rigor and parsimony: a primary validation of Kolvereid’s (1996) entrepreneurial attitudes scales
Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.
School of Business, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0563-0899
University of St. Gallen, Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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2016 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, E-ISSN 1464-5114, Vol. 28, no 5-6, 358-379 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Questioning the validity of scholarly work is not a typical path to publication in the management field. However, although considerable scholarship assesses entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions models of behaviour, methodological weaknesses in scale development have hampered scholars’ ability to rigorously interpret and build upon their research findings. We review 20 years of research and discover that the pioneer measure of entrepreneurial attitudes as a predictor of self-employment intentions, has yet to be empirically validated. We show that construct and measurement differences, one-off modifications to existing scales and a lack of adequate justification may partially explain why studies in the entrepreneurship education domain have produced inconsistent results. We address this limitation by performing factor analytic techniques on data from two sets of English-speaking university students from two North American countries. The result is a more parsimonious and streamlined ‘mini-Kolvereid’ scale. We further demonstrate that this scale is an effective predictor of entrepreneurial intentions.

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2016. Vol. 28, no 5-6, 358-379 p.
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entrepreneurship attitudes, Entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship intentions, methods, scale validation
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34369DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2016.1154985ISI: 000382194000003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84963830287OAI: diva2:1057990
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-19Bibliographically approved

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