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ERIC Number: EJ999416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Students' Propensity toward Business Ownership
Tomkiewicz, Joseph; Bass, Kenneth; Robinson, Joanna
College Student Journal, v46 n4 p914-920 Dec 2012
During periods of economic turmoil and uncertainty, employment opportunities are often greatly diminished. The Great Recession beginning in 2007 caused such a labor market disruption, hitting new college graduates especially hard. Under such conditions, business ownership may appeal to some as a conceivable substitution to "finding a job." The present paper sought to investigate the predisposition of students in a college of business to operate their own business or to work for an established organization. Further, measures for fear of success and fear of appearing incompetent were examined to see whether either, or both, influence either preference. Both underclass students and graduating seniors were surveyed. Results showed that while many students at both levels expressed a preference for operating their own business, considerably fewer believed it to be a likely outcome. Also, males expressed a higher preference than did females for operating their own business. The relationship of the fear of success and the fear of appearing incompetent with the decision to operate one's own business was inconclusive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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