The role of career adaptability in predicting entrepreneurial intentions: a moderated mediation model

Laramie R Tolentino, Vesna Sedoglavich, Vinh Nhat Lu, Patrick Raymund James M Garcia, Simon Lloyd D Restubog

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Guided by the Career Construction Theory (Savickas, 2013), we view entrepreneurship as an adaptive vocational behavior driven by an individual s self-regulatory capacity to thrive in a complex entrepreneurial career context. Our research model posited that individuals rely on their adaptive resources and entrepreneurial self-efficacy as they form entrepreneurial intentions. Career adaptability, as self-regulatory competencies, is further strengthened by prior exposure to family business. We collected data over three measurement periods from Serbian business students (n = 380) and validated the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS). The moderated mediation model was supported and as predicted: (a) career adaptability was positively associated with entrepreneurial intentions and (b) the mediated relationship between career adaptability and entrepreneurial intentions via entrepreneurial self-efficacy was stronger for individuals with prior exposure to family business. In addition, we provide evidence for the psychometric properties of CAAS by examining its internal consistency, test?retest reliability, and factor structure. Taken together, our study offers the groundwork for understanding successful adaptation in the entrepreneurial career context and supports the cross-national measurement equivalence and utility of CAAS in a developing economy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-412
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • career adaptability
  • entrepreneurial career
  • entrepreneurial self-efficacy
  • family business
  • entrepreneurial intentions
  • entrepreneurship

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