ARE ENTERPRISING YOUTHS PREPARED TO UNDERTAKE IN HIGH-TECH COMPANIES?

Francisco Ricardo Bezerra Fonsêca, Sérgio Benício C. de Mello, Maria Christianni Coutinho Marçal, Maria Iraê de Souza Correa

Abstract


Entrepreneurship (theoretical and practically) as a phenomenon is capable of fomenting an infinity of issues regarding the dynamic and complex reality of contemporary businesses. This paper aims at to explore the factors that influence the intention of becoming an entrepreneur by alumini and senior students of a major Brazilian University undertaking high-tech degrees. This qualitative study was accomplished through in-depth interviews. In the analytical scope, a content analysis was undertaken comprehending the process of transcription of the interviewees’ reports, codification of contents and interpretation of their meanings. The category will (i.e., the human act of choosing freely to practice or not certain actions) poised as one of the fundamental factors influencing the intentional act of enterprising. The entrepreneurs’ self-perceived profile, which corroborates with the idea of career anchor (major theory used in this study), was evidenced as a relevant empiric discovery while the anchor of managerial career was revealed more frequently. At the end, suggestions of future researches are presented.

Keywords


Empreendedorismo – Âncoras de carreira – Intenções de empreender



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7867/1980-4431.2008v13n3p67-80

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