Graduate Entrepreneurial Intention in South Africa: Motivations and Obstacles

Fatoki, Olawale Olufunso


This study investigates the entrepreneurial intention of South African graduates as well as the motivators and
obstacles to entrepreneurial intention. 701 students in their final year of study participated in the survey and data
was collected through self-administered questionnaires. The principal component analysis, T-test and descriptive
statistics were used for data analysis. The results indicate that the entrepreneurial intention of South African
students is very weak. In addition, the study identified five motivators of entrepreneurial intention. These are
employment, autonomy, creativity, economic and capital. The obstacles to entrepreneurial intention of South
African graduates are capital, skill, support, risk, economy and crime. Recommendations to reduce the obstacles
to graduate entrepreneurship are suggested.

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International Journal of Business and Management   ISSN 1833-3850 (Print)   ISSN 1833-8119 (Online)

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