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 - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


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


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