Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


School of Business

First Advisor

Dr. Annette Nemetz, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Shelton, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Dr. Linda Samek, Ed.D.


“Entrepreneurship education’s impact on entrepreneurial intention: A predictive regression model of Chinese university students” is a dissertation study by Brian A. Lavelle, doctoral candidate at George Fox University. The study investigates the impact of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial intention using quantitative methods and survey data from China. The study uses Ajzen’s (1991) Theory of Planned Behavior and the Entrepreneurial Intention Questionnaire (Linan & Chen, 2009) to investigate the impact between personal attitude, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, and entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial intention. The data was collected from eleven college and university programs in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, in the People’s Republic of China. The primary methodology of the study was regression analysis which allowed the researcher to assess the individual impact of each antecedent factor in the regression model. The findings of the study provide no evidence that entrepreneurship education positively impacts entrepreneurial intention in China. The author concludes that the self-selection bias and differences between ranked universities and vocational colleges in China may explain the results of the study. This research provides findings with implications to university communities and policy-makers in China, which may serve as a performance measurement of entrepreneurship education policies. This research provides findings with implications to scholars as the entrepreneurship education-entrepreneurial relationship in China is currently inconclusive.