Self-efficacy mediates the relationship between entrepreneurial passion and entrepreneurial behavior among Master of Business Administration students

Xiaomeng Sun1
1School of Economics, Zhejiang Gongshang University, People’s Republic of China and Graduate School, University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, Republic of the Philippines
Cite this article:  Sun, X. (2020). Self-efficacy mediates the relationship between entrepreneurial passion and entrepreneurial behavior among Master of Business Administration students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 48(9), e9293.

Volume 48 Issue 9 | e9293 | Published: September 2020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.9293

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Passion as a central characteristic of entrepreneurs has gained credence in explaining entrepreneurial behaviors, yet there is still a lack of knowledge about the mechanisms that explain the effect of entrepreneurial passion. I extended the growing body of research on the entrepreneurial passion–entrepreneurial behavior relationship by focusing on the mediating role of self-efficacy. To test my hypotheses I used structural equation modeling to analyze data obtained from surveys completed by 307 Master of Business Administration students from 6 Chinese universities. Results show that the effect of entrepreneurial passion on entrepreneurial behavior was fully mediated by self-efficacy. This finding sheds light on the role of self-efficacy in transmitting the impact of entrepreneurial passion on entrepreneurial behavior, providing valuable evidence on how to promote entrepreneurial behavior. Limitations and directions for future research are presented.

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