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Entrepreneurial Intentions Among Stem and Non-Stem Undergraduates of a Private University in Nigeria: A Comparative Study

Olowookere, E. I. and Odukoya, J. A. and Adekeye, Olujide A and Emuchay, Precious and Babalola, Sunday S. and Omonijo, Dare Ojo and Agoha, Benedict Emerenwa (2020) Entrepreneurial Intentions Among Stem and Non-Stem Undergraduates of a Private University in Nigeria: A Comparative Study. In: Vision 2025: Education Excellence and Management of Innovations through Sustainable Economic Competitive Advantage of 14015.

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This study compared entrepreneurial intentions of STEM and non- STEM undergraduates of a private University in Nigeria. The survey research design and systematic random sampling technique were used in data collection and selection of participants. A total of 250 students (126 STEM and 124 non-STEM) across the five academic levels (100-500) participated in this study. Fifty-two percent (52%) of the participants were males and forty-eight percent (48%) were females. Four hypotheses were raised and tested using t-test for independent samples. The result revealed significant difference in entrepreneurial capacity [t (248) = .084, P<.01] and entrepreneurial intentions [t (248) = 2.397, P<.01] of STEM and non-STEM students. Furthermore, the result showed that non-STEM students reported higher entrepreneurial capacity [non-STEM (=12.19); STEM (=12.13)] and entrepreneurial intentions [non-STEM (=14.79); STEM (=12.56)]. Conversely, no significant difference was fou nd in STEM and non-STEM students’ capacity for developing new products and services [t (248) =1.387, P>.05] and attraction to entrepreneurship [t (248) = 1.296, P>.05]. This study concluded that although STEM and non-STEM students were similar in their entrepreneurial attraction and capacity for developing new products/services, non-STEM students displayed more entrepreneurial capacity and intentions. Therefore, it was recommended that equal attention and opportunities be given to STEM and non-STEM students for entrepreneurship training and capacity building towards increased competitiveness and sustainable development in Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurial Intentions, STEM, Non-STEM, Undergraduates, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: AKINWUMI
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2023 14:06
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 14:06

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