Identification of different dimensions of entrepreneurial intention in poor people based on the capabilities approach

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PHD Student, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran

2 Associate professor, Department of New Venture and Business Creation, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate professor,Department of Entrepreneurship Development, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Despite the presence of a large body of literature on entrepreneurial intention, apparently there is no consensus among scholars over the factors effective in the formation of entrepreneurial intention. The process of the formation of entrepreneurial intention in poor people is expected to be different from that in affluent people. Hence, this qualitative study used the framework of the capability approach to study the factors effective on the formation of entrepreneurial intention in poor people. In this qualitative study, 17 people who had a history of living in poverty and were involved in entrepreneurial activity at the time of the study were identified and interviewed to investigate the factors motivating them to form entrepreneurial intention. The results of this study showed that, in addition to well-known factors, there are other exclusive factors that are effective in the formation of entrepreneurial intention in poor people.


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