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Conceptual Research Model for Studying Students’ Entrepreneurial Competencies

Tanja Zdolšek Draksler, Karin Širec

Abstract


The literature review shows a lack of research on the impact of entrepreneurship
education on entrepreneurial competencies in relation to entrepreneurial
intentions. Further development of the field is needed, but, because of the
shortage of suitable research models or because they only partially cover the
complex area of entrepreneurial competencies, the purpose of this article is the
formulation of a new, updated research model (based on the existing models).
Thus, theoretical research of entrepreneurial competencies based on the
competence study has been performed. Through in-depth analysis of existing
entrepreneurial competencies research models, a congregated hybrid research
model is proposed. A new conceptual research model for studying the impact
of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial competencies in relation to
entrepreneurial intentions has been developed. The model will serve for empirical
testing of investigated phenomena. The original contribution is in the formulation
of a unique research model and the construction of a customized measuring
instrument for studying the phenomena of entrepreneurship education impact
on entrepreneurial competencies and entrepreneurial intentions.


Keywords


competency theory, entrepreneurial competencies, entrepreneurial intentions, entrepreneurial behaviour, higher education, entrepreneurship education

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