The influence of culture on entrepreneurial intentions: a Nigerian university graduates’ perspective

Eunice Chukwuma-Nwuba

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Culture influences entrepreneurship and it is becoming essential to determine its role in entrepreneurship development in different countries especially in those with cultural diversities like Nigeria where there are less studies. Nigeria included a compulsory variant of entrepreneurship education in the curriculum of universities to nurture entrepreneurial mind-sets. Despite the general recognition of the instrumentality and significance of entrepreneurship, there are no studies evaluating the programme or the role of culture in entrepreneurial intention development. This study applied an extended version of the theory of planned behaviour to examine the interaction between culture and entrepreneurship how this impact on the entrepreneurial intentions of graduates. This article analysed and reported results of the survey of 409 graduates from six universities using structural equation modelling-AMOS, analysis of moment structures. Findings indicate that culture has both direct and indirect effect on graduates’ entrepreneurial intentions. The study has implications for policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-232
Number of pages19
JournalTransnational Corporations Review
Issue number3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Oct 2018


  • Entrepreneurship education; university graduates; theory of planned behaviour; national culture; Nigeria


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