Students' attitude towards entrepreneurship: does gender matter in the UAE?

Majumdar, Sudipa ORCID logoORCID: and Varadarajan, Damodharan (2013) Students' attitude towards entrepreneurship: does gender matter in the UAE? Foresight, 15 (4) . pp. 278-293. ISSN 1463-6689 [Article] (doi:10.1108/FS-03-2012-0011)


The purpose of the study is to examine whether there is a difference in the entrepreneurial intentions among male and female students in UAE. The study is extremely relevant and interesting since females in the UAE have a higher success rate in education but this has not been translated into comparable increases in employment rates. Given the social, cultural, and religious fabric of the country's indigenous society and the rising number of female graduates, this anomaly in the corporate sector might result in more female entrepreneurs in this part of the globe, as compared to the rest of the world.The authors' results show that male and female students were equally strong in terms of their propensity to become future entrepreneurs. Female respondents showed higher risk‐taking behavior than males, which was contradictory to past research findings that have typically found females to be more conservative in risk‐taking than males. The estimation results showed that the propensity of future entrepreneurship does not depend on gender ‐ it depended on factors like creativity, motivation and awareness. This is a very important result since the authors' sample does not follow the expected trend in the existing literature on gender differences and entrepreneurship propensities where a wide gender gap has been found.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 29102
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Depositing User: Sudipa Majumdar
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 09:07
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 12:10

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