Presenter Bios

Ladan Gharamani: She's a PhD Student in University of North Carolina State University. She is working as an RA and TA in PRTM and 1 PT team (https://www.peoplefirsttourism.com/) of North Carolina State University.

Conference Oral Presenter: Ladan Ghahramani from North Carolina State University is going to present the article in the TTRA conference

Abstract

Abstract

Tourism and entrepreneurship have mutually established a fertile ground for developing destinations economy notably creating job opportunities and innovation in tourism and hospitality industry. The present investigation aims to examine constructs ability of Krueger’s (2009) model, an empirically untested integrated model of entrepreneurial intention, in explaining tourism students’ intention of starting up a business. The statistical population consisted of undergraduate and graduate Iranian tourism management students as potential group of entrepreneurs. Using the SEM- PLS method, the current study’s findings contribute to the improvement of entrepreneurial intentions models literature by examining an untested integrated and structural model in the field. The study findings reveal that there is a statistically significant relationship between entrepreneurial intention and the antecedents except the perceived social norms. Also, the findings provide policymakers, academics and tourism practitioners insights into how to cultivate tourism students’ entrepreneurial thinking.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial intention, Tourism students, Intentions model, SEM-PLS.

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Entrepreneurial Intentions of Tourism Students: An Integrated Structural Model Approach

Abstract

Tourism and entrepreneurship have mutually established a fertile ground for developing destinations economy notably creating job opportunities and innovation in tourism and hospitality industry. The present investigation aims to examine constructs ability of Krueger’s (2009) model, an empirically untested integrated model of entrepreneurial intention, in explaining tourism students’ intention of starting up a business. The statistical population consisted of undergraduate and graduate Iranian tourism management students as potential group of entrepreneurs. Using the SEM- PLS method, the current study’s findings contribute to the improvement of entrepreneurial intentions models literature by examining an untested integrated and structural model in the field. The study findings reveal that there is a statistically significant relationship between entrepreneurial intention and the antecedents except the perceived social norms. Also, the findings provide policymakers, academics and tourism practitioners insights into how to cultivate tourism students’ entrepreneurial thinking.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial intention, Tourism students, Intentions model, SEM-PLS.