Abstract

Few graduates transition immediately to entrepreneurship upon graduation; rather they need a stepping stone to launch their venture and become self-employed. Paid employment can serve as such a training ground because it is a source of entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, social capital, and inspiration. This study addresses the question of how EI of young business graduates relates to entrepreneurial actions within an environment of paid employment. More specifically, this longitudinal study sets out to investigate the relationship between the evolution entrepreneurial intention (EI) (from EI in the final months of university studies (2008) to early-career EI three years later (2011)) and innovative job behavior (IJB) three years after graduation. We aim to advance current understandings of the EI - behavior link by showing that the evolution of young people’s intentions to create new ventures connects to their level of IJB, moderated by organizational factors and personal characteristics.

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