The mediating role of planned behaviour in the religiosity and nascent entrepreneurship nexus: Religiosity and Nascent Entrepreneurship

Adah-Kole Emmanuel Onjewu, Paschal Anosike*, Eun Sun Godwin

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Purpose – Increasingly, there is scholarly recognition that individuals’ faith constitutes a background factor much like other antecedents conditioning entrepreneurial inclination. Yet, there is room to expand knowledge on how faith interrelates with psychological and social determinants of entrepreneurship, especially in under-researched contexts such as Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach – This inquiry conceptualises associations between religiosity and (1) entrepreneurial self-efficacy, (2) entrepreneurial attitudes (3) and subjective norms as predictors of nascent entrepreneurship. For analysis, 1,259 observations of Nigerian students are assessed by structural equation modelling.

Findings – The path analysis showed that the religiosity–nascent entrepreneurship nexus is altogether mediated by entrepreneurial self-efficacy, entrepreneurial attitudes and subjective norms. Entrepreneurial self-efficacy is found to have the greatest impact on nascent entrepreneurship, followed by subjective norms and then entrepreneurial attitudes.

Originality/value – Theoretically, this study is one of the first to test all three dimensions of the theory of planned behaviour in the religiosity–nascent entrepreneurship nexus. It draws fresh attention to faith motivation and praxis, role-taking and attribution theory as explainers of the inherent correlations. Practically, the findings summon stakeholders to consider religious activity in the delivery of entrepreneurship programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1950-1969
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Issue number8
Early online date16 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2023

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