Understanding Role Models and Gender Influences on Entrepreneurial Intentions Among College Students

Karimi, S., Biemans, H. J. A., Lans, T., Chizari, M., Mulder, M., & Naderi Mahdei, N. (2013). Understanding role Models and Gender Influences on Entrepreneurial Intentions Among College Students. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 93 (2013) 204-214. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.09.179

11 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2013

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Saeid Karimi

Bu-Ali Sina University

Harm J. A. Biemans

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) - Education and Competence Studies

Thomas Lans

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) - Education and Competence Studies

Mohammad Chizari

Tarbiat Modares University

Martin Mulder

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) - Education and Competence Studies

Karim Mahdei

Bu-Ali Sina University

Date Written: November 25, 2013

Abstract

Drawing on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), the present study explores the effects of gender and role models on entrepreneurial intention. Data was collected by questionnaire from a sample of 331 Iranian college students. Consistent with the theory, results indicated that entrepreneurial role models indirectly influenced entrepreneurial intention through its antecedents in the TPB. The study found no gender differences in the relationship between perceived behavioural control and entrepreneurial intention. However, gender affected the other relationships in the TPB, such that attitude towards entrepreneurship was a weaker, and subjective norm a stronger predictor of entrepreneurial intention for female students than for male.

Keywords: Theory of Planned Behavior, entrepreneurial intention, entrepreneurial role models, gender, Iran

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Karimi, Saeid and Biemans, Harm J. A. and Lans, Thomas and Chizari, Mohammad and Mulder, Martin and Mahdei, Karim, Understanding Role Models and Gender Influences on Entrepreneurial Intentions Among College Students (November 25, 2013). Karimi, S., Biemans, H. J. A., Lans, T., Chizari, M., Mulder, M., & Naderi Mahdei, N. (2013). Understanding role Models and Gender Influences on Entrepreneurial Intentions Among College Students. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 93 (2013) 204-214. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.09.179. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2359800

Saeid Karimi (Contact Author)

Bu-Ali Sina University ( email )

Bl. Pajouhesh
Hamedan, Hamedan 6706KN
Iran

Harm J. A. Biemans

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) - Education and Competence Studies

P.O. Box 8130
6700 HB Wageningen
Netherlands

Thomas Lans

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) - Education and Competence Studies ( email )

P.O. Box 8130
6700 HB Wageningen
Netherlands

Mohammad Chizari

Tarbiat Modares University ( email )

Iran

Martin Mulder

Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) - Education and Competence Studies ( email )

P.O. Box 8130
6700 HB Wageningen
Netherlands

Karim Mahdei

Bu-Ali Sina University

Hamedan
Iran

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