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To Start or Not: Impact of Engineering Students’ Engagement in Entrepreneurship Competitive Activities on Their Entrepreneurial Intentions

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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ENT Division Technical Session: Competitions, Challenges, and Teams

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Yaxin Huang Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Yaxin Huang received a Bachelor's degree in English language and literature from Hohai University of China (2018), and is studying for a Master's degree in higher education at SJTU. Her research interest includes engineering students' international learning experiences, innovation and entrepreneurship education.

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Jiabin Zhu Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Jiabin Zhu is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her primary research interests relate to the assessment of teaching and learning in engineering, cognitive development of graduate and undergraduate students, and global engineering. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University in 2013.

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Zhinan Zhang Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Dr. Zhinan Zhang is an associate professor at School of Mechanical Engineering,Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research focuses on engineering design,design driven education.

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An increased number of entrepreneurial competitive activities have been organized in engineering schools and beyond to raise students’ entrepreneurial awareness and cultivate relevant skills. In this study, a mixed method based on a revised Planned Behavior Theory (PBT)[1] is being used to explore the outcomes of entrepreneurial competitive activities, in particular the influence of engaging in these competitive activities on engineering students’ entrepreneurial intentions. Using an integrated survey instrument[2], this work-in-progress aims to explore engineering students’ entrepreneurial intentions who have participated in the College Students’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Program from University H. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to further explore how engaging in these entrepreneurship competitive activities have affected those students' entrepreneurial intentions specifically. Preliminary data suggests that engaging in the competitive activities has offered students opportunities to get familiar with varied aspects of entrepreneurship, ranging from writing the business plan to convincing the judges and experts about the feasibility of the plan. Such learning experiences have to some extent helped to increase engineering students’ entrepreneurial intention. Together, such an exploration of the specific ways in which engaging in these activities can affect students’ entrepreneurial intention will facilitate multiple stakeholders to adopt and design suitable activities in entrepreneurial competitions for engineering students.

References [1] Liñán, Francisco, Chen, Y. W. “Development and cross-cultural application of a specific instrument to measure entrepreneurial intentions”. Social Science Electronic Publishing, vol. ED-33, pp. 593-617, May. 2009. [2] Ajzen, I. “The theory of planned behavior”. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, vol. ED-50, pp. 179-211, Dec. 1991.

Huang, Y., & Zhu, J., & Zhang, Z. (2020, June), To Start or Not: Impact of Engineering Students’ Engagement in Entrepreneurship Competitive Activities on Their Entrepreneurial Intentions Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35390

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