Emotional competencies and cognitive antecedents in shaping student’s entrepreneurial intention: the moderating role of entrepreneurship education

  • Virginia Fernández-PérezEmail author
  • Ana Montes-Merino
  • Lázaro Rodríguez-Ariza
  • Patricia Esther Alonso Galicia


This paper focuses on the analytic thinking of emotional competencies and their influence, in particular, in shaping university students’ entrepreneurial intentions, backed by an extended model of Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour, and analyses the moderating role of entrepreneurial education among the variables under study. The results, derived from an ex-ante and ex-post questionnaire addressed to Spanish university students engaged in a compulsory entrepreneurship course, were subjected to structural equation modelling analysis. Our findings show that entrepreneurship by university students is favoured by the development of their emotional competencies, due to the direct influence of the latter in shaping entrepreneurial intention and its positive impact on their cognitive antecedents (entrepreneurial attitudes and perceived self-efficacy), and suggest that students with a higher degree of emotional competencies who receive entrepreneurship education will have a more positive attitude towards entrepreneurship and will perceive themselves more capable of becoming entrepreneurs. The primary contribution of this paper is to spotlight the use of emotional competencies in encouraging entrepreneurship, and to heighten awareness of the positive effect of education on emotionally-competent students, a factor that should be taken into account to improve entrepreneurship education programmes.


Emotional competencies Entrepreneurial intentions Attitude self-efficacy Entrepreneurship education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia Fernández-Pérez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ana Montes-Merino
    • 2
  • Lázaro Rodríguez-Ariza
    • 3
  • Patricia Esther Alonso Galicia
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de Organización de Empresas, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y EmpresarialesUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Economía Financiera y Contabilidad, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y JurídicasUniversidad de JaénJaénSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Economía Financiera y Contabilidad, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y EmpresarialesUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  4. 4.Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Departamento Académico de Administración y EmprendimientoCampus QuerétaroQuerétaroMexico

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