The Journal of Accounting and Management, Vol 8, No 3 (2018)

Mediating Influence of Self-Efficacy in the Development of Entrepreneurial Intentions Among Undergraduates

Saidi Adedeji Adelekan, Mervywn Williamson, Sulaiman Olusegun Atiku, Idris Olayiwola Ganiyu


Increasing unemployment and high demand for social services call for a new action plan by government and higher education institutions in Nigeria. The article explores the mediating influence of self-efficacy on the association between entrepreneurial pedagogy and students’ intentions toward social ventures. A quantitative approach was adopted in data collection and analysis. A sample size of 367 was drawn from the total population (3, 777) of final-year students at selected universities in Nigeria. Multivariate statistical tools were used in analysing the data collected through structured questionnaire from respondents at three selected universities in Nigeria. The results reveal that entrepreneurial self-efficacy mediates the positive relationship between social entrepreneurship pedagogy and undergraduates’ intentions toward social ventures creation in Nigeria. This study recommends that inculcation by instructors of social entrepreneurial orientation among students toward social venture creation, might be a valuable resource in combating unemployment and filling the vacuum in social service delivery in Nigeria.


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