Mediating role of entrepreneurial alertness between prior entrepreneurial exposures and entrepreneurial intentions


Abstract

Objective: The objective of the study is to ascertain the mediating role of entrepreneurial alertness (EA) on the prior entrepreneurial exposures (PEE) and entrepreneurial intentions (EI) relationship of fresh graduates in Nigeria.

Research Design & Methods: We conducted a survey on fresh graduates in Nigeria (n = 387). The data gathered were analysed using Hayes’ simultaneous entry on SPSS 23.0 and PROCESS 3.

Findings: We found that PEE leads to an entrepreneurship career intention. We concluded that EA improves the PEE–EI relationship amongst fresh graduates in an emerging economy.

Implications & Recommendations: The theory of EA is a good predictor of EI and a good mediator in the PEE–EI relationships, therefore further studies should consider EI models, especially those that involve EA and fresh graduates instead of students.

Contribution & Value Added: We advance the understanding of PEE-EI relationship by utilizing the EA theory as a mediator while also testing this on a fresh graduate population in an emerging economy.


Keywords

Prior Entrepreneurial Exposures; Entrepreneurial Intentions; Entrepreneurial Alertness; Emerging Economy; Nigeria; Fresh Graduates

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Published : 2021-11-25


Edigbo, A., Ogbo, A., Onwe, C., Igwe, A., & Okafor, L. (2021). Mediating role of entrepreneurial alertness between prior entrepreneurial exposures and entrepreneurial intentions. Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review, 9(4), 67-84. https://doi.org/10.15678/EBER.2021.090405

Anthony Ogbuinya Edigbo 
University of Nigeria  Nigeria

Deparment of Management. Phd Candidate


Anastasia Ogbo  ann.ogbo@unn.edu.ng
University of Nigeria  Nigeria
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4569-9623

Department of Management; Senior Lecturer


Chukwuemeka Christain Onwe 
University of Nigeria  Nigeria
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7976-5385

Department of Management; PhD candidate


Anthony Igwe 
University of Nigeria  Nigeria

Department of Management. Senior lecturer


Lawrence Chima Okafor 
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki  Nigeria

Department of Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Senior Lecturer






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