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Impact of social environment indicators on students´propensity to do business: Case study from central European countries

Vol. 14, No 3, 2021


Ján Dvorský


Faculty of Management and Economics, 

Tomas Bata University in Zlín,

Czech Republic 

ORCID 0000-0002-6078-2636

Impact of social environment indicators on students´propensity to do business: Case study from central European countries

Zora Petráková


Faculty of Civil Engineering, 

Slovak University of Technology,

Slovak Republic 

ORCID 0000-0002-1398-9415

Jiří Mezuláník


Institute of Entrepreneurship and Marketing,

University of Entrepreneurship and Law,

Czech Republic 

Zdeněk Caha


Faculty of Corporate Strategy,

Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice,

Czech Republic 

ORCID 0000-0003-2363-034X




Abstract. The aim of the article is to identify and quantify the impact of selected social environment indicators on students’ propensity to do business. A survey-based questionnaire was conducted with students in the last year of their economic studies at 25 universities. The database contains 1,352 filled-out questionnaires showing Slovak, Czech and Polish students’ attitudes. A linear regression analysis was used to evaluate the formulated hypotheses. This approach was implemented separately for each country (Czech Republic - CR, Slovakia – SR, and Poland – PL). The results showed several findings. The comparison of social environment indicators’ impact on students’ propensity to do business confirmed common attitudes (significant indicator – support of family environment; not significant indicator – media) of students based on their nationality. The businessperson in a student´s family is the most important social environment indicator according to students’ attitudes for each country. The fact that society generally appreciates business people has a positive impact on Czech and Slovak students´ propensity to do business. Politicians and public perception of entrepreneurs as a social indicator has a negative impact on Czech students´ propensity to do business. The results are important for national and non-profit organizations that help young people to start a business.


Received: March, 2021

1st Revision: August, 2021

Accepted: September, 2021


DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2021/14-3/13


JEL ClassificationH70, L26, M13, M21

Keywordspropensity to do business, case study, impact, student, social environment, linear regression