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Project "Entrepreneurial and Intra-Entrepreneurial Intentions in the Sarajevo Canton: A Generational Approach"

Following the public call for co-financing scientific research/artistic research and development projects and programs from the Sarajevo Canton budget for 2021 organized by the Ministry of Science, Higher Education and Youth of Sarajevo Canton, International University of Sarajevo has received financial support for three important projects. Associate Professor Dr. Emil Knezović is the initiator of the project entitled "Entrepreneurial and Intra-Entrepreneurial Intentions in the Sarajevo Canton: A Generational Approach" and in cooperation with Assistant Professor Dr. Šejma Aydin, Senior Assistant Ms. Azra Bičo and Assistant Mr. Hamza Smajić will implement this important project in the next 18 months.

The aim of this project is to explore entrepreneurial and intra-entrepreneurial intentions among members of different generation groups in Sarajevo Canton. Entrepreneurial activity in the Sarajevo Canton, as well as in the other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is at a relatively low level, which significantly slows down further economic development of the community. One of the causes of this problem is insufficient knowledge regarding entrepreneurial and intra-entrepreneurial intentions of different generations, and thus the inability of the government, educational and other institutions to adapt their activities to more productive use of these intentions that would lead to job creation and faster economic progress. Understanding human intentions is an extremely important scientific preoccupation given that they are responsible for more than 30% of people's actual behavior.

The research will be based on quantitative methods that will include primary cross-sectional data collection. In particular, the plan is to collect data from at least 1000 inhabitants of different age groups in the Sarajevo Canton, analyze them using the most modern scientific methods and present them through academic and other social channels in the form of scientific papers, reports, round-table discussions and lectures. In addition to raising awareness of entrepreneurship in Sarajevo Canton and publishing scientific papers and their promotion, the results of this research will be used to create concrete recommendations and measures for the government, educational and other relevant institutions. Furthermore, managers will better understand and guide individuals and employees to transforming their entrepreneurial intentions into actual behavior.

International University of Sarajevo continuously supports research aimed at improving the quality of life in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The results of this project are extremely important for the economy and society in Bosnia and Herzegovina and we are proud of the fact that IUS academic staff contributes to creating a better society for generations to come. Many thanks to the Ministry of Science, Higher Education and Youth of Sarajevo Canton for their support in the implementation of this project.

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