Original Research

Comparison of the entrepreneurial intent of master’s business students in developing countries: South Africa and Poland

Cecile Nieuwenhuizen, Elana Swanepoel
Acta Commercii | Vol 15, No 1 | a270 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v15i1.270 | © 2015 Cecile Nieuwenhuizen, Elana Swanepoel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 April 2014 | Published: 20 April 2015

About the author(s)

Cecile Nieuwenhuizen, Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg
Elana Swanepoel, Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Problem investigated: The objective of this study was to assess the differences in the levels of entrepreneurial intent and its antecedents of the master’s business students who had no exposure to entrepreneurial education from two culturally different countries, South Africa and Poland. A validated entrepreneurial intent instrument was administered to final-year master’s business management students from a university in South Africa and a university in Poland.

Methodology: A cross-sectional survey design with two samples, one from each country, was used. A previously validated questionnaire developed from Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour model was administered. The results were factor analysed and new scales extracted. These refined scales were used to assess the differences between the two countries. A total of 182 questionnaires were collected from the two universities, University of Johannesburg in South Africa and Krakow Business School in Poland.

Findings/implications: From the t-tests statistically significant differences between the two groups were found on 10 of the newly defined scales. Except on one scale, the South African students scored higher than the Polish students.

Originality/value of research: This is the first study comparing differences between master’s business management students from two culturally diverse countries, South Africa and Poland, in terms of entrepreneurial intent and its antecedents.

Conclusion: Possible reasons for the differences were offered as gleaned from other research, but further research is required to identify the determining factors for the differences.


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