The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education Programs (EEPs) on the Entrepreneurial Attitudes among Higher Education Students

International Journal of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Vol. 7(3), pp. 245–271 (2018)

26 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2018

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Jaithen Alharbi

Dar Al Uloom University

Hassan Almahdi

Jazan University

Aissa Mosbah

Management and Science University (MSU) - Faculty of Business Management and Professional Studies

Date Written: November 20, 2018

Abstract

Using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), this study aimed to investigate the impact of Entrepreneurship Education Programs (EEPs) on entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions among university students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Following the quantitative approach of enquiry, a self-administered questionnaire was distributed among two groups of students: participants studying entrepreneurship courses as part of their degrees (EEPs Group) and participants not taking any entrepreneurship course (Control Group). Data collection took place in the beginning of the semester (Pre-test/t1) and at the end of the semester (Post-test/t2). The results showed that the intention to become self-employed was positively and significantly associated to attitudes towards self-employment, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control. University students' attitudes towards self-employment, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control not only had significant and positive associations with students' intentions to become self-employed but also predicted it significantly. Therefore, while providing useful insights on the situation of entrepreneurship education, these findings help university and government planners to address unemployment of young people by creating greater entrepreneurial awareness, and jobs through entrepreneurship activities.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Higher education, Entrepreneurship Education Programs, Entrepreneurship intention, Saudi Arabia

JEL Classification: D60, E27, H54, I31

Suggested Citation

Alharbi, Jaithen and Almahdi, Hassan and Mosbah, Aissa, The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education Programs (EEPs) on the Entrepreneurial Attitudes among Higher Education Students (November 20, 2018). International Journal of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Vol. 7(3), pp. 245–271 (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287967

Jaithen Alharbi (Contact Author)

Dar Al Uloom University ( email )

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Hassan Almahdi

Jazan University

College Of CS and IT
Jazan University
Jazan, GA Jazan 114
Saudi Arabia

Aissa Mosbah

Management and Science University (MSU) - Faculty of Business Management and Professional Studies

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