The Impact of IT-based Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurial Intention

Document Type: Original Research

Author

Management Department, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

While the number of entrepreneurship education programs is growing, the use of new technologies like IT and web based platforms can be the drivers and promoters of the efficiency of the entrepreneurship programs. This study aims to investigate the impact of IT-based entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial intention. For this reason, after the literature review of the topic, a quasi-experimental, ex-ante/ex-post, control group, longitudinal, repeated measures research design was implemented with total of 124 matched pairs among university students who are participated in IT-based entrepreneurship education program. The theory of planned behavior was utilized as the underlying theoretical model. The findings show an insignificant impact of IT-based education on entrepreneurial intention. This insignificant impact was not moderated by the length of IT-based entrepreneurship education. However, those who were self-employed at the beginning, at the end of the entrepreneurship program had showed significantly higher entrepreneurial intention compared to those who are not self-employed. IT-based Entrepreneurship Education is one the major sources of inspirational triggers that positively impact on entrepreneurial intention. Using new approaches like web based or IT-based approaches for entrepreneurship education can enhance and increase the efficiency and innovativeness of these types of programs.

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