Military veterans marching towards entrepreneurship: An exploratory mixed methods study

Received 20 January 2014, Revised 10 April 2014, Accepted 18 May 2014, Available 16 June 2014.



Abstract

This study evaluates the effects of a community-based entrepreneurship training program on the entrepreneurial passion (EP) and networking frequency of military veterans. Pre-test and post-test surveys were completed by military veterans who received scholarships to attend a 10-week structured course. These veterans also participated in business mentoring sessions with local business entrepreneurs for an additional nine months. The results demonstrate that the program significantly improved the veterans' entrepreneurial passion scores, as well as raised the level of networking behavior. These findings provide additional validation for the EP survey instrument and contribute to the understanding of integrating military veterans into a civilian-based entrepreneurship ecosystem that provides access to business resources and in turn increases entrepreneurial passion.



Citation


Sharon A. Kerrick, Denise Cumberland, Megan Church-Nally, Bruce Kemelgor,

Military veterans marching towards entrepreneurship: An exploratory mixed methods study,

The International Journal of Management Education,

Volume 12, Issue 3, 2014, Pages 469-478,


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