Nastaran Simarasl, a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Organizations and Strategy Ph.D. Program, has been awarded $3,200 from the W.K. McClure Scholarship Fund for the Study of World Affairs to research behaviors of female entrepreneurs.
Under the guidance of her advisor, Tim Munyon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Management, Simarasl will conduct a survey of female entrepreneurs from two very different entrepreneurial environments to study the impact of human and social capital on the entrepreneurial behaviors of women, taking into account the influence of institutional environment. One sample group will be from the United States where female entrepreneurship is encouraged, and the other will be from Iran, where female entrepreneurs receive very little support. Simarasl and Munyon hope the research will shed light on the role environment plays in the entrepreneurial endeavors of minorities, specifically women.
Simarsl will gain access to her sample groups by working with entrepreneurship schools in Iran and entrepreneurship organizations in the United States to identify and survey female entrepreneurs. The $3,200 will be used for travel expenses and to fund data collection.
Simarasl will present her findings in the spring of 2016.