What is it about?

This research aimed to explore the perceptions of students (n=110) and faculty members(n=2) regarding the course entitled Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (ENVC) at a private higher education institution in Muscat, Oman.The findings revealed that participants had a very positive view of the ENVC course under study and pointed to several benefits, including improved knowledge of business and entrepreneurship concepts, increased familiarity with the Omani business environment, development of entrepreneurial intention, and improvement of their critical thinking, creativity, and innovation skills. In addition, the results revealed some concerns among the participating students, particularly regarding the lack of adequate training sessions on risk management and financial planning. The participants also requested hands-on experience through industrial entrepreneurship training and in-residence-entrepreneurship programmes.

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Why is it important?

Our research differs from existing studies as it links theory to practice by providing empirical insights into Entrepreneurship course design, course contents, perceptions of students and teachers on the course, and their suggestions to improve the course.

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Even though this study is an exploratory investigation, the framework sets out clear empirical insights into the entrepreneurship course development, its main contents, assessments, and learners' and faculty members' perceptions of the design, intent, content, and delivery of the ENVC course and has crucial implications for all the stakeholders. The originality of this case study lies in the fact that it is the first of its kind in the body of research as it links theory to practice and will be a useful reference for entrepreneurship course developers, higher education faculty, and students.

Samia Naqvi
Middle East College

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This page is a summary of: Student and faculty perceptions on an entrepreneurship course: an exploratory study from Oman, Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, August 2022, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/jstpm-08-2021-0128.
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