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ACADEMICIA: An International Multidisciplinary Research Journal
Year : 2012, Volume : 2, Issue : 10
First page : ( 24) Last page : ( 42)
Online ISSN : 2249-7137.

Level of entrepreneurial intention of the management undergraduates in the university of jaffna, Sri Lanka: Scholars and undergraduates perspective

Achchuthan Sivapalan*, Nimalathasan Balasundaram**

*Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

**Department of Accounting, University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Online published on 9 October, 2012.

Abstract

Purpose

To examine the level of entrepreneurial intention among management undergraduates in the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Design/Methodology/Approach

Qualitative approach was utilized in this study, especially three final year students (one male & two female students) and three scholars in the entrepreneurship academic field (Two male senior lecturers & one female senior lecture) from the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce were interviewed by the researcher with the help of the structured questions. Separate questions for students and scholars who are involved in the entrepreneurial field were prepared by the researcher.

Findings

Based on the qualitative study, the entrepreneurial intention level of the management undergraduates are in the weakest level. There are so many barriers for the lowest level of intention, such as problems in the financial assistance, lack of infrastructure facilities, lack of technological facilities, lack of awareness in the entrepreneurial field, lack of support from governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the Jaffna district, cultural burdens, lack of research focus in the entrepreneurial field etc.

Practical Implications

Based on the findings from qualitative approach, we recommend to the government, non government organization, financial institutions, educators, and policy makers to provide the financial, marketing, social, technological infrastructures to the management undergraduates to enhance the entrepreneurial intention level.

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Keywords

Entrepreneurial Intention, Management Undergraduates.

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