An Examination of the Mediating Role of Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation on the Relation Between Entrepreneurship Education and Entrepreneurial Intention

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Lecturer in Department of Corporate Entrepreneurship- Faculty of Entrepreneurship- University of Tehran

2 Department of new business, Faculty of Entrepreneurship , University of Tehran

3 Department of New Business Creation, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.


Objective: The main objective of this research is to examine the impact of entrepreneurship education on students' entrepreneurial intention, considering the mediating role of individual entrepreneurial orientation.
Methods:This research, conducted in the form of applied quantitative study, involved the creation of a questionnaire based on previous research. It was conducted online in the second half of the year 2021. A total of 143 questionnaires were selected for analysis from among the students of the University of Tehran who had received entrepreneurship education. This sample size was deemed acceptable based on the required sample size. Data analysis involved regression analysis and partial least squares (PLS) structural equation modeling. Both Cronbach's alpha and composite reliability were used to assess reliability. Convergent and discriminant validity were evaluated using convergent and discriminant validity constructs.
Findings: The results of this study indicate that dimensions of individual entrepreneurial orientation, apart from innovativeness, mediate the relationship between entrepreneurship education and the formation of entrepreneurial intention. Therefore, an excessive focus on innovation in entrepreneurship education should be reconsidered.
Conclusion: The specific achievement of this study is the examination of the three dimensions of individual entrepreneurial orientation separately, which is known in research literature as a unidimensional study. Based on unidimensional research, the dimensions of a single variable (in this case, individual entrepreneurial orientation) and its relationship with other variables are measured. Therefore, in terms of the mediating effect of individual entrepreneurial orientation, this research has provided new insights.


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