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Competencies of disabled entrepreneurs in Iran: implications for learning and development

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Disability and Society
Issue number1
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)69-92
Publication statusPublished
Early online date27/12/16
Original languageEnglish


This qualitative research set out to explore competencies of disabled entrepreneurs by presenting their lived experiences in developing their capabilities to create and manage their own business. The research also aimed to identify the dimensions and components of entrepreneurial competencies of disabled entrepreneurs. The participants were 16 entrepreneurs with physical and mobility disabilities, four educational managers of disabled vocational education and rehabilitation centers, and four entrepreneurship academics. Our findings suggested that the disabled entrepreneurs possess specific personal and functional entrepreneurial competencies. Personal competencies include attitudinal competencies, entrepreneurial self-efficacy and entrepreneurship learning self-efficacy. Functional competencies encompass entrepreneurial competencies, commitment and social competencies.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Society on 27/12/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09687599.2016.1268524