Special Issue "Entrepreneurial Intentions: Emerging Issues"

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387). This special issue belongs to the section "Entrepreneurship".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marina Solesvik

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, 5063 Bergen, Norway
Interests: entrepreneurial intentions; female entrepreneurship; strategic alliances; blockchain technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research on entrepreneurial intentions (EI) among young people has been a popular topic for the last thirty years. Starting with the seminal works of Shapero and Sokol (1982), who offered the entrepreneurial event model, and Barbara Bird (1988), who proposed the model of implementing entrepreneurial ideas, a growing number of studies examine entrepreneurial intentions. Krueger and Carsrud (1993) and Kolvereid (1996) linked the theory of planned behavior (Ajzen, 1991) to entrepreneurial intentions. The theory of planned behavior (TPB) is probably the most popular theory of EI research. A variety of scholars from different countries tested the theory of planned behavior alone and with additional variables in relation to the entrepreneurship intentions phenomenon. In this Special Issue, we seek to explore the novel theoretical perspectives of this hot topic. More specifically, we are looking forward to papers grounded on research streams other than the TPB and the entrepreneurial event model. The understanding of what factors lead to higher intentions and subsequent entrepreneurial actions among students may offer novel and constructive insights not only to entrepreneurship scholars, but also entrepreneurship educators and policy makers seeking to involve young people into value creation. 

The following topics are sought for the Special Issue:

  • The influence of national culture on entrepreneurial intentions;
  • The role of context in shaping entrepreneurial intentions;
  • Studies of entrepreneurial intentions across countries;
  • Gender aspects of entrepreneurial intentions;
  • Influence of personality factors on entrepreneurial intentions;
  • General and specific human capital in forming entrepreneurial intentions;’
  • The role of enterprise education in shaping entrepreneurial intentions;
  • Family business and entrepreneurial intentions;
  • The gap between intentions and entrepreneurial actions;
  • Social entrepreneurship intentions among students;
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship intention;
  • Dynamic entrepreneurial intentions models.

This call seeks to highlight new avenues in entrepreneurial intentions research. Several avenues seem particularly promising; for example, we still do not know much about the factors influencing the path from entrepreneurial intentions to real actions. Alternatively, could it be beneficial to design enterprise education programs specifically for females and males? Hence, we seek papers that try to find answers to interesting research questions. As quantitative studies have dominated the field of EI research, we seek papers that use qualitative approach, quantitative surveys, or a mixed method research, as well as longitudinal studies, the present lack of which is also notable. We welcome submissions that explore entrepreneurial intentions across countries. The papers submitted to the Special Issue should clearly highlight novel theoretical and methodological contribution to the knowledge base.


Bird, B. (1988). Implementing entrepreneurial ideas: The case for intention, Academy of Management Review, 13 (3), 442-453.

Bogatyreva, K., Edelman, L. F., Manolova, T. S., Osiyevskyy, O., & Shirokova, G. (2019). When do entrepreneurial intentions lead to actions? The role of national culture. Journal of Business Research96, 309-321.

Edelman, L. F., Manolova, T., Shirokova, G. & Tsukanova, T. (2016). The impact of family support on young entrepreneurs' start-up activities, Journal of Business Venturing, 31 (4), 428-448.

Fayolle, A., & Liñán, F. (2014). The future of research on entrepreneurial intentions, Journal of Business Research, 67 (5), 663-666.

Kolvereid, L. (1996). Prediction of employment status choice intentions, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 21 (1), 47-58.

Krueger, N. (2009). Entrepreneurial intentions are dead: Long live entrepreneurial intentions, in Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mind, Springer, New York, pp. 51-72.

Krueger, N. F. & Carsrud, A. L. (1993). Entrepreneurial intentions: applying the theory of planned behaviour, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 5(4), 315-330.

Liñán, F., & Fayolle, A. (2015). A systematic literature review on entrepreneurial intentions: citation, thematic analyses, and research agenda. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal11(4), 907-933.

Nabi, G., Liñán, F., Fayolle, A., Krueger, N., & Walmsley, A. (2017). The impact of entrepreneurship education in higher education: A systematic review and research agenda. Academy of Management Learning & Education16(2), 277-299.

Shapero, A. and Sokol, L. (1982). The social dimensions of entrepreneurship, In Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship (pp. 72-90).

Schlaegel, C. & Koenig, M. (2014). Determinants of entrepreneurial intent: a meta‐analytic test and integration of competing models, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38(2), 291-332.

Sieger, P. & Minola, T. (2017). The family's financial support as a "poisoned gift": A family embeddedness perspective on entrepreneurial intentions, Journal of Small Business Management, 55 (S1), 179-204.

Solesvik, M. Z. (2013). Entrepreneurial motivations and intentions: investigating the role of education major. Education+ Training, 55(3), 253-271.

Solesvik, M. Z. (2017). A cross-national study of personal initiative as a mediator between self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intentions. Journal of East-West Business23(3), 215-237.

Solesvik, M., Westhead, P., Matlay, H. & Parsyak, V. (2013). Entrepreneurial assets and mindsets: benefit from university entrepreneurship education investment, Education+ Training, 55 (8/9), 748-762.

Solesvik, M., Westhead, P. & Matlay, H. (2014). Cultural factors and entrepreneurial intention: The role of entrepreneurship education, Education+ Training, 56 (8/9), 680-696.

Westhead, P. & Solesvik, M.  (2016). Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention: Do female students benefit?, International Small Business Journal, 34(8), 979-1003.

Prof. Dr. Marina Solesvik
Guest Editor

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  • entrepreneurial intentions
  • national culture
  • intention–action gap

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