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Hintikka, J., Taipale-Erävala, K., Lehtinen, U. and Eskola, L. (2022), "Let’s be entrepreneurs – Finnish youth’s attitudes toward entrepreneurship", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Let’s be entrepreneurs : Finnish youth’s attitudes toward entrepreneurship

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Author: Hintikka, Jouni1; Taipale-Erävala, Kyllikki1; Lehtinen, Ulla1;
Organizations: 1Department of Kerttu Saalasti Institute, Micro-entrepreneurship Research Group MicroENTRE, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-07-05


Purpose: The purpose of the study is to clarify Finnish youth’s attitudes toward entrepreneurship and evaluate both regional and background factors influencing those attitudes.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors conducted a survey of 1,497 students aged 15 to 24 years and analyzed the data using descriptive statistical analysis.

Findings: The study’s results indicate positive attitudes toward entrepreneurship among the youth. One of the notable findings of the study was the number of students who had already worked as entrepreneurs. The study also revealed background factors that affected entrepreneurial attitudes, such as regional aspects, entrepreneurial background and gender.

Practical implications: The results of this study highlight the importance of regional-level entrepreneurial education activities for increasing the vitality and entrepreneurial intentions within remote areas of Finland. This study suggests to develop new teaching methods to further raise entrepreneurial attitudes and expand gender equal entrepreneurial education programs aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, especially in remote areas.

Originality/value: The study results reveal that the attitudes of young Finnish people toward entrepreneurship seem to be at a more positive levels than indicated by earlier studies. In previous Global Entrepreneurship Monitor studies, researchers evaluated Finnish youth’s attitudes toward entrepreneurship. By contrast, this study’s data was based on the opinions of youth in the region with the youngest population in Finland, and they described the entrepreneurial attitudes of themselves and their peers.

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Series: Journal of enterprising communities
ISSN: 1750-6204
ISSN-E: 1750-6212
ISSN-L: 1750-6204
Issue: Online first
DOI: 10.1108/jec-07-2021-0099
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2022, Jouni Hintikka, Kyllikki Taipale-Erävala, Ulla Lehtinen and Leena Eskola. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial & non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at