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The relationship among technological creativity, self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intentions of selected South African university of technology students

Takawira M. Ndofirepi, Patient Rambe, Dennis Y. Dzansi
Acta Commercii | Vol 18, No 1 | a544 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v18i1.544 | © 2018 Takawira M. Ndofirepi, Patient Rambe, Dennis Y. Dzansi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 August 2017 | Published: 31 May 2018

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Takawira M. Ndofirepi, Department of Business Support Studies, Central University of Technology, South Africa
Patient Rambe, Department of Business Support Studies, Central University of Technology, South Africa
Dennis Y. Dzansi, Department of Business Support Studies, Central University of Technology, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship among technological creativity, self-efficacy and entrepreneurship intentions of university students in an emerging economy context.

Research purpose: This study explores how technological creativity is linked to self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intentions.

Motivation of the study: African countries are pervaded by subdued imagination that breeds survivalist entrepreneurship, which is bereft of innovation. This reality calls for the input of technological creativity to innovative entrepreneurship. Although results from contemporary research acknowledge the explanatory effect of technological creativity on entrepreneurial intentions, they under-explore the mechanism of the relationship, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, hence this study.

Research design, approach and method: Using a quantitative approach and cross-sectional survey design, a self-completion questionnaire was administered to 130 students who had undergone a compulsory entrepreneurship course at a South African university of technology. The study employed Pearson’s correlation test, regression analysis and the bootstrapping procedure to assess the mediation effects and test the different hypothesised relationships.

Main findings: The findings revealed that self-efficacy fully mediated the influence of technological creativity on entrepreneurship intentions.

Practical and managerial implications: The results of the study stress the importance of considering psychological aspects, such as technological creativity and self-efficacy, in the evaluation of ways that can be used to effectively foster the entrepreneurial intentions of students undergoing entrepreneurship education.

Contribution or value-add: The results authenticated psychological frameworks as guiding tools to understanding the intentional component of planned entrepreneurship activity. The study added further knowledge by exploring a previously untested relation between technological creativity and self-efficacy to unravel the complexity of entrepreneurial intentions among tertiary students.


Keywords

entrepreneurship intention; self-efficacy; technological creativity; University of Technology; South Africa

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