The Relevance of Entrepreneurial Orientation to Students Entrepreneurial Intention: Evidence from Federal University Dutse (FUD)

Sani Aliyu Abubakar, Muhammad Sani Yakubu & Babangida Shehu


This paper examined the dimensions of entrepreneurial orientation and its relevance to student’s entrepreneurial intention among Federal University Dutse final year students as at 2017­­/2018 academic session. The study adopts cross-sectional research design using quantitative questionnaire approach to collect the data. To validate the model, data from 282 final year students were analysed using the Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM). Overall, the study revealed that dimensions of innovativeness, pro-activeness and risk-taking are significantly and positively relevance to student entrepreneurial intention. The study used Human Capital Theory (HCT) as a theoretical foundation of the study. This study served as one of the pioneering study with regard to HCT in testing relationship of this nature. This study recommended that other researchers should use this theory to include other dimension of entrepreneurial orientation for further validation. This study also contributes to the current literatures by extending the used of entrepreneurial orientation which is still rare in student entrepreneurial intention literatures. As suggestion to policy, the government should guarantee not only inspiring students with entrepreneurship education but also inculcate the spirit of innovativeness proactiveness, and risk-taking among  youths as it has relevance in explaining students entrepreneurial intention.

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