Entrepreneurial Intention and Perceived Social Support From Academics-Scientists at Chilean Universities

Eduardo Acuña-Duran, Daniela Pradenas-Wilson, Juan Carlos Oyanedel, Roberto Jalon-Gardella

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Within Ajzen's Planned Behavior Theory framework, this article tests a model to estimate the predictors of entrepreneurial intention in academic scientists working in Chile. We adapted into Spanish the entrepreneurship intention questionnaire. We tested the entrepreneurship intention model on a sample of 1,027 scientists leading research projects funded by the Chilean Scientific and Technological Development Fund (FONDECYT), the country's primary scientific research grant. The results show strong empirical support for the entrepreneurship intention model proposed while highlighting some critical issues specific to entrepreneurial intention in scientists. In particular, we found an indirect effect of perceived subjective social support on entrepreneurial intention, which is mediated by entrepreneurial attitude and perceived behavioral control toward entrepreneurship. These results suggest that policies orientated toward promoting academic entrepreneurship should include developing a healthy social environment toward it, meaning that entrepreneurial intention is not only an individual but an organizational challenge. These policies should analyze the social norms guiding the scientists' reference groups to increase their effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number682632
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2021


  • academic entrepreneurial intention
  • academic entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Planned Behavior Theory
  • structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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