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The Impact of Opportunity Recognition Skills Training On Entrepreneurial Intention of Female Nursing Students


  • Jahangir Yadollahi Farsi

    () (Associate professor, University Of Tehran, Faculty of Entrepreneurship)

  • Abolghasem Arabiun

    () (Assistant professor, University Of Tehran, Faculty Of Entrepreneurship)

  • Mahmood Moradi

    () (Master of Entrepreneurship University Of Tehran, Faculty Of Entrepreneurship)


This paper using the Theory of Planned Behavior, presents a study of entrepreneurial intentions among nursing students in Zanjan Azad University. By measuring the intention of nursing students, the factors that impact their intention to start business can be recognized and the effective programs to affect their intention can be designed and developed. A sample of 56 nursing student selected and assigned to test and control groups. Data was collected at tow stage: The first down at the beginning of the first semester and before an entrepreneurial training program (ETP) performed, and the second, down at 75 days later, after ETP program was accomplished. The training program focused on opportunity recognition assumed to have positive effect on entrepreneurial intention. Because they not involve in practical aspects of start up and giving participants thought of potential barriers we could measure the effectiveness of the training program. Results shows that unlike many studies that show entrepreneurial training program positively influence entrepreneurial intentions of students, this study find very low effect of entrepreneurial training program on entrepreneurial intentions of nursing students. This paradoxical finding might be as a result of other factors such as greater chance of nursing students to be employed after graduation. Our results also showed that like entrepreneurial intention, self efficacy had not been influenced by training program. Social norms had been influenced by ETP but attitude toward behavior and perceived self efficacy had not influenced.

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  • Jahangir Yadollahi Farsi & Abolghasem Arabiun & Mahmood Moradi, 2012. "The Impact of Opportunity Recognition Skills Training On Entrepreneurial Intention of Female Nursing Students," Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology,, vol. 2(4), pages 1-6, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spp:jkmeit:1303

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    1. Hessel Oosterbeek & Mirjam van Praag & Auke IJsselstein, 2008. "The impact of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurship competencies and intentions: An evaluation of the Junior Achievement Student Mini-Company Program," Jena Economic Research Papers 2008-027, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
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