CUD Professor’s research on Entrepreneurship trends among female Arab engineering students accepted for publication in prestigious U.K. journal

A paper by Dr. Naveed Yasin, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Management at Canadian University Dubai, titled ‘Assessing the Enterprising Tendencies of Arab Female Undergraduate Engineering Students’ has been accepted for publication in ‘Industry and Higher Education’, a UK journal indexed in ABS and Scopus.

The paper assesses the entrepreneurship characteristics of first-year undergraduate female chemical engineering students. Pre- and post-surveys were conducted among 27 respondents from an entrepreneurship boot camp module as mandated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).

According to Dr. Naveed, the variables were statistically measured to assess the need for achievement, autonomy, creativity, risk-taking, and locus of control on the enterprising behaviours of students. This was followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews that were examined using Thematic Analysis approach. The comparison between students’ enterprise tendencies indicates improvements in their entrepreneurial abilities and understandings of entrepreneurial behaviour. The most noticeable impact was on students’ risk-taking abilities, followed by creativity, need for achievement, need for control and lastly, their need for autonomy.

Speaking about his research, Dr. Naveed Yasin said, “The value of this paper provides initial exploration and insights towards the enterprising characteristics among an empirically under-explored demographic and non-business group.” He also mentioned that he is currently working on developing a similar program of research at CUD in collaboration with a colleague from Canada.

Before joining the Canadian University Dubai in August 2019, Dr. Naveed had been teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation over the past 10 years in UK and Oman.