Teemu Kautonen is Professor of Enterprise and Innovation, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK, and is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Aalto University, School of Business.
Robustness of the Theory of Planned Behavior in Predicting Entrepreneurial Intentions and Actions
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2013
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Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 655–674, May 2015
How to Cite
Kautonen, T., van Gelderen, M. and Fink, M. (2015), Robustness of the Theory of Planned Behavior in Predicting Entrepreneurial Intentions and Actions. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 39: 655–674. doi: 10.1111/etap.12056
The authors wish to thank Ralph Bathurst, James Derbyshire, and Christopher Schlaegel for their constructive and insightful feedback on previous versions of the manuscript. This research has received financial support from the Academy of Finland (grant numbers 135696 and 140973).
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2015
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2013
- Academy of Finland. Grant Numbers: 135696, 140973
This analysis demonstrates the relevance and robustness of the theory of planned behavior in the prediction of business start-up intentions and subsequent behavior based on longitudinal survey data (2011 and 2012; n = 969) from the adult population in Austria and Finland. By doing so, the study addresses two weaknesses in current research: the limited scope of samples used in the majority of prior studies and the scarcity of investigations studying the translation of entrepreneurial intentions into behavior. The paper discusses conceptual and methodological issues related to studying the intention–behavior relationship and outlines avenues for future research.