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Determining the influence of entrepreneurship intervention on the entrepreneurial intentions of the youth in South Africa

ZWANE, STEVEN (2023) Determining the influence of entrepreneurship intervention on the entrepreneurial intentions of the youth in South Africa. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



This study aimed to investigate the impact of entrepreneurial interventions (EIs) on the entrepreneurial intentions of disadvantaged youths in South Africa. A survey was conducted among young people who participated in an EIs between 2008 and 2019. The study embraced a survey design that meticulously probed entrepreneurial intentions, personality traits, and skills development.
The results of the analysis indicate that entrepreneurial personality and entrepreneurial skills significantly influence entrepreneurial intention among disadvantaged youths. Attitude and subjective norms were also strongly related to entrepreneurial intention. Additionally, skills related to business management, finance, and marketing unveiled their substantia impact on fostering entrepreneurial intentions.
The study’s outcomes extend beyond theoretical associations, providing actionable insights for policymakers and program developers. By emphasising the role of specific skills and psychological factors, our research advocates for the design of more targeted and impactful EIs.
This research not only contributes to academic discourse but also furnishes practical guidance for shaping interventions that catalyse entrepreneurial aspirations among disadvantaged youth. The nuanced dynamics uncovered in this study pave the way for a more equitable and prosperous society in South Africa.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Business Administration
Keywords:Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurship Intervention, Entrepreneurship Intention, Entrepreneurship Personality, Entrepreneurship Skills, Theory of Planned Behaviour
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Business
Thesis Date:2023
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:13 Dec 2023 13:39

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