Identifying the Barriers to Entrepreneurship Development as Perceived by Graduate Students (Case: Faculties of Agriculture in Tehran Province)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Managment Faculty of Farabi College, University of Tehran, Iran

2 MA., Economic Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran


Entrepreneurship development plays an important role in the socio - economic development of various countries and can overcome many of the problems of these countries. The main objective of this research was to analyze the barriers to entrepreneurship development as perceived by graduate students. The population of this study was graduate students of agriculture faculties in Tehran province (N= 2786). 232 respondents were selected using Cochran formula and proportional stratified-random sampling in agriculture faculties in Tehran province. Validity of the questionnaire was approved by a panel of experts. In order to measure the reliability of questionnaire, Cronbach Alpha coefficient was calculated (0.91). The collected data was analyzed by the SPSS (19) and LISREL software (8.5). To identify the barriers to entrepreneurship development, exploratory factor analysis was used, and in order to investigate the fitting indexes of research model, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equations modeling was used. The results showed that barriers are formed by six factors including education, support, communication, attitude, policy and culture.