Youth employment in start up ventures in Jordan: an exploratory study

Caputo, Andrea and Lombardi, Rosa and Akeel, Farah and Almallah, Haneen and Dakkak, Basma and Qubbaj, Nadia (2016) Youth employment in start up ventures in Jordan: an exploratory study. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 28 (4). pp. 468-491. ISSN 1476-1297

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Abstract

Youth in developing countries are faced with high unemployment rates, even when they possess higher education degrees. In the developing world, small business and entrepreneurial ventures constitute the main drivers of economic development and offer employment opportunities for youth. Nevertheless, when faced with a career decision after their studies, youth seem to prefer careers in established companies over start-ups. As a consequence, start-ups find it more difficult to find and hire the right employees although they are available in the market. This study aims at examining the factors behind youth career decisions to work for a start-up company and provides suggestions for both research and practice. By relying on both entrepreneurship and career decision-making literature, we developed a theoretical model that includes background factors and individual characteristics. Results from a survey on youth graduates from Jordan show that a high school education fostered critical thinking and international exposure, the participation in entrepreneurial events and creativity, which predicted the willingness to work for a start-up.

Keywords:Youth, start-up, career decision-making, entrepreneurship, education, unemployment, developing countries, Jordan, JCNotOpen
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:18580
Deposited On:10 Sep 2015 09:05

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