International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

The Association of Cognitive Style of Unemployed Graduates in Lesotho to Entrepreneurial Intentions and Implications on Venture Start-Ups
Dr. Motšelisi C. Mokhethi, Dr. Regina M. Thetsane

The study aims to determine the association of cognitive style of unemployed graduates in Lesotho to entrepreneurial intentions and implications on venture start-ups. Data was collected from 276 graduates through a non-probability convenience sampling and attained 81.5 percent response rate. The instrument satisfied validity and reliability tests. The results found no statistical relationship between unemployed graduates’ entrepreneurial intensions and cognitive thinking styles. However, there was significant positive relationship between self-efficacy and analytical thinking and a significant positive relationship between self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intentions suggesting a mediating role of self-efficacy, mediating analytical thinking and entrepreneurial intentions of unemployed graduates in Lesotho. The results portray that unemployed graduates in Lesotho are effective at implementation stages of the venture creation and not start-ups.

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