Improving the entrepreneurial potential of rural women entrepreneurs in Northern Iran

Seyed Jamal F. Hosseini, Gerard McElwee

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Rural women in the Northern Iran were surveyed in order to explore their perception about the factors that influence them in the entrepreneurial activities. The methodology used in this study involved a combination of descriptive and quantitative research. The total population was 247 rural women entrepreneurs in the Provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan. Based on the results of the study, 67% of variance in perceptions of rural women about the factors influencing them in developing their entrepreneurial activities can be explained by education, motivation, economic and psychological/cognitive factors. The results also show that there is need for more training and education of rural women in improving their entrepreneurial activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Issue number1
Early online date3 Dec 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


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