n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - A metacognitive approach to explaining entrepreneurial intentions

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



This study contributes to research which suggests that cognitive adaptability enabled by metacognition may be important in contexts that can be characterised as complex, dynamic, and inherently uncertain, such as entrepreneurship. In this study, multidimensional constructs representing metacognition and entrepreneurial intention were operationalised and empirically investigated. More specifically, it was hypothesised that the metacognitive dimensions of goal orientation, metacognitive knowledge, metacognitive experience, metacognitive choice and metacognitive monitoring are predictors of entrepreneurial intentions. Hypotheses were tested using correlational and regression analyses. Results provide support for only the metacognitive knowledge dimension as a predictor of entrepreneurial intentions. Understanding metacognitive processing can assist national policy makers who are trying to encourage more opportunity-focused entrepreneurial behaviour in South Africa.

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