An “Informed” Intent Model: Incorporating Human Capital, Social Capital, and Gender Variables into the Theoretical Model of Entrepreneurial Intentions

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 24)


This chapter was motivated by a belief, based on a substantial body of research, that prevailing theoretical models of entrepreneurial intensions are underspecified. Currently, such models as represented by the Shapero–Kreuger intentions model (Krueger et al., 2000) are highly focused on cognition in its more limited sense of the thinking process that occurs within an individual’s head rather than the broader, contextually embedded process of social cognition as conceived by Bandura (1977, 1986) and subsequent scholars. In the chapter, we develop six proportions derived from the literatures of human capital, social capital, and gender as they relate to entrepreneurship. We argue, when it comes to start-up intentions, the entrepreneurial mind is indeed broader than current theoretical models indicate. Accordingly, an enhanced model of informed entrepreneurial intent was developed and discussed.


Social Capital Human Capital Entrepreneurial Intention Entrepreneurial Opportunity Entrepreneurship Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Entrepreneurship Research Deakin UniversityAustralia and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship
  2. 2.Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship ManagementPostdoc, Stanford University & University of Southern DenmarkKoldingDenmark
  3. 3.Andrew Rader Professor of Industrial DistributionTexas A&M UniversityUSA

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