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ENTREPRENEURIAL SELF-EFFICACY, INTENT, AND INTENSITY: DOES EXPERIENTIAL TRAINING ENHANCE OR INHIBIT PREDISPOSITIONS?
Vol. Volume 19, Number 1 March/2014

Mark T Schenkel, Rodney R D'Souza & Frank C Braun
Whereas prior research has investigated the relationship between the belief in one’s abilities (entrepreneurial self-efficacy) and the intent to form a new business as a discrete event, little research has investigated relationship between entrepreneurial self-efficacy and his or her focus and commitment (entrepreneurial intensity). Consequently, potential meaningful theoretical and pedagogical aspects remain less well understood. This study addresses this void explicitly by employing a pre-post design that investigates both the dynamics of the relationships between entrepreneurial self-efficacy, intent, and intensity, as well as the moderating influence of different training methodologies. Our results suggest a change in focus from intent to intensity produces important theoretical and practical insights about the dynamics of early stage decision-making.

Keywords: Experiential learning, entrepreneurial self-efficacy, entrepreneurial intensity, entrepreneurial intent