The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
The Influence of Stream on the Entrepreneurial Intentions of Engineering Students

Article Details
Pub. Date : October, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJOB241021
Author Name : P Venkateswarlu
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 7



This paper was conceptualized with an objective to identify the entrepreneurial intentions among the students pursuing engineering degree and to assess the influence of the stream, such as Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering. Ajzen's Theory of Planned Behavior was applied to assess the behavioral intentions of the students pursuing engineering degree. The results indicated that no influence of stream was found on the entrepreneurial intentions of the students. However, students pursuing mechanical engineering and civil engineering had shown higher degree of attitude towards entrepreneurship as their career.


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