The Impact of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education on Ent ...

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Abstract

Entrepreneurship education has grown in importance worldwide, with the realization that the entrepreneurs of a country are the backbone of the economy and the largest employers. The aim of this article is to determine whether undergraduate entrepreneurial education has an impact on creating an entrepreneurial intention among undergraduates in Oman. The theoretical framework of the study was constructed by combining the Theory of Planned Behavior and Donald L. Kirkpatrick’s Training Evaluation Model. A cross-sectional or social survey research design was adopted for the research project and data were collected through a structured questionnaire from 141 undergraduates students who had followed an entrepreneurship course, selected through a convenient sampling method. The internal reliability of data was assessed by using Cronbach’s alpha formula and subsequently, a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to assess the validity of constructs. The data were analyzed using multiple regression analysis and confirmatory factor analysis was used for factor reduction. The findings of the research indicated that the intentions to start a new venture were positively related to a positive perception of the program, teaching methods adopted and negatively related to “stand-and-deliver lectures” teaching methods adopted. In addition, the findings also revealed knowledge gained from the program did not contribute to the entrepreneurial intention.