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 (US)
Pages (from-to)403-412
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • Career adaptability
  • Entrepreneurial career
  • Entrepreneurial intentions
  • Entrepreneurial self-efficacy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family business

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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