The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education: A Study of Iranian Students' Entrepreneurial Intentions and Opportunity Identification

23 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2015

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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

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

Building on the theory of planned behavior, an ex ante and ex post survey was used to assess the impacts of elective and compulsory entrepreneurship education programs (EEPs) on students' entrepreneurial intention and identification of opportunities. Data were collected by questionnaire from a sample of 205 participants in EEPs at six Iranian universities. Both types of EEPs had significant positive impacts on students' subjective norms and perceived behavioral control. Results also indicated that the elective EEPs significantly increased students' entrepreneurial intention, although this increase was not significant for the compulsory EEPs. The findings contribute to the theory of planned behavior and have implications for the design and delivery of EEPs.

Suggested Citation

Karimi, Saeid and Biemans, Harm J. A. and Lans, Thomas and Chizari, Mohammad and Mulder, Martin, The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education: A Study of Iranian Students' Entrepreneurial Intentions and Opportunity Identification (January 2016). Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 54, Issue 1, pp. 187-209, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2701000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jsbm.12137

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

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