The project ‘The Antecedents of Students’ Entrepreneurial Activity: an Institutional Approach’ financed by the Russian science Foundation is aimed at identifying the specifics of the relationship between the institutions of two levels (University and country levels), on the one hand, and entrepreneurial activities of students, on the other hand. Moreover, the analysis of trends in students’ entrepreneurship development in different countries taking into account the peculiarities of their economic development is planned to be conducted. As a result, it will be possible to identify factors contributing to the formation of students’ positive attitude towards the career of an entrepreneur, and show how these factors vary across universities and countries.
The main objective of the project is to identify factors that influence the formation of students’ entrepreneurial intentions. The idea of becoming an entrepreneur becomes more and more attractive for many students since this prospect is perceived as a way of participation in the labour market without losing personal freedom. The benefits that people get as a result of self-employment (independence, possibility to tackle challenges and self-realization) are becoming increasingly important.
Taking into account the importance of the role of entrepreneurship in economic development of the country, the answer to the question: "At what stage and with the contribution of which factors do young people develop intentions to start their own business?" is timely and relevant. Search for the right answer becomes extremely important as the previous studies have already revealed that intentions are often transformed into real actions, i.e. in the venture creation. In turn, this will lead to increase in entrepreneurial activity creating a basis for the economic and societal prosperity and welfare.
The project lasts for 2.5 years and will be completed in late 2016. The project involves the participation of both Russian and foreign scientists, including leading researchers in the field of entrepreneurship.
- Galina Shirokova – research team supervisor, Professor, Strategic and International Management Department, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Management SPbU;
- Tatiana Manolova, Professor, Bentley University, USA;
- Linda Edelman, Professor, Bentley University, USA;
- Michael Morris, Professor, Florida University, USA;
- Oleksiy Osiyevskyy, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, USA;
- Tatiana Tsukanova, Assistant Professor St. Petersburg State University, junior research fellow, Graduate School of Management SPbU;
- Tatiana Beliaeva, PhD student in "Economics and Management of National Economy," junior research fellow, Graduate School of Management SPbU;
- Karina Bogatyreva, PhD student in "Economics and Management of National Economy," junior research fellow, Graduate School of Management SPbU;
- Anastasia Laskovaia, PhD student in "Economics and Management of National Economy," junior research fellow, Graduate School of Management SPbU;
- Dmitry Knatko, senior research fellow, Graduate School of Management SPbU;