1Department of Management, Sanandaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sanandaj, Iran
2Department of Business Administration, Shohadaye Ghorve Social Security Clinic, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Received Date: 20/11/2017; Accepted Date: 22/11/2017; Published Date: 27/11/2017
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In the current era, the entrepreneurship is in a role of an approach to develop and prosper and the growth of human society and a suitable approach for job creation and income increment in rural areas. The purpose of current study is to survey the role of information in agricultural development and rural women's entrepreneurship. This study is in applied research in the terms of purpose, and in the terms method is considered as a descriptive research and from correlation cluster. The main data collection tool in this research is questionnaire. In this regard, the questionnaire of information technology role in agricultural development was used. The statistic society of this research is the employees of Agricultural Jihad Organization in Kurdistan. For sample selection, Cochran formula was used. In this research, 72 persons were randomly selected as statistic society that it decreased to 60 persons along with the error calculation. The results show that there is a meaningful (or significance) relationship between the information technology role and rural women's entrepreneurship
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According to the subject, the current research is trying to achieve to the following objectives:
• Explore the ability of individual farmers and entrepreneurs in rural women.
• Identify the fields of diversifying the agricultural activities and entrepreneurship development for rural women.
• Identify the potential rural women's entrepreneurs in information technology and its relationship with entrepreneurship.
How much is there relationship between information technology and agricultural development and villagers' entrepreneurship.
How much is there relationship between the level of education and use of technology in agricultural development and entrepreneurship?
How much is there relationship between the skill of using possibilities and agricultural development and entrepreneurship?
How much is there relationship between information technology tools and agricultural development and entrepreneurship?
There is relationship between information technology and agricultural development and villagers' entrepreneurship.
There is relationship between the level of education and use of technology in agricultural development and entrepreneurship. There is relationship between the skill of using possibilities and agricultural development and entrepreneurship. There is relationship between information technology tools and agricultural development and entrepreneurship.
The methodology is a way to profoundly achieve to the methodical knowledge for theorizing or the purpose of methodology is used techniques and methods to collect and analyze the data . The used research method is progressive analytic-descriptive theses that for analyzing the results and assumption tests, the statistic method with correlation tests were used [13-16].
The statistic society of current research is employees Agricultural Jihad Organization of Kurdistan that have activity in the regard of entrepreneurial development and promotion and they are 72 persons which their amount decreased to 60 persons with sample size calculation by Cochran formula.
Information Collection Data
The main data collection tool in this research is questionnaire. In this regard, the questionnaire of information technology role in rural women's entrepreneurship was used. The utilized spectrum in questionnaire was Likert spectrum and questions are designed in 5 options. The questions spectrum was completed to survey the approaches of women's entrepreneurship development from very high to very low. In order to survey the statistical data of current research, at first, the information obtained from questionnaires were extracted and analyzed. For assumption analysis of the study, Pearson correlation test was used. This research was conducted in the Agricultural Jihad Organization of Kurdistan province. This study is cross-sectional which the data collection and distribution of second half of 2016 and data analysis was done in first of 2017. The subject of current research is to survey the role of information technology in development of rural women entrepreneurship.
There isn't relationship between information technology and rural women's entrepreneurship development (Table 1).
|Variables||Number||The amount of r Pearson||Sig|
|Entrepreneurship development in rural women|
Table 1: The relationship between information technology and entrepreneurship development in rural women.
There is relationship between information technology and rural women's entrepreneurship development. In the regard of research main assumption, the results of Pearson correlation coefficient are shown in Table 2. According to the table, the correlation coefficient in the level of P<0.05 is r=0.757 which this coefficient is meaningful (or significant) in the terms of statistics. So, regarding to the (sig=0.000) in the Pearson test, the Assumption H0 is not confirmed and Assumption H1 is confirmed; means there is relationship between variables.
|Variables||Number||The amount of r Pearson||Sig|
|Level of education||60||0.324**||0.012|
Table 2: The relationship between the level of education and use of technology in entrepreneurship development.
First Secondary Assumption
There isn't relationship between the level of education and use of technology in rural women's entrepreneurship development.
There is relationship between the level of education and use of technology in and rural women's entrepreneurship development. In the regard of research main assumption, the results of Pearson correlation coefficient are shown in Table 3. According to the table, the correlation coefficient in the level of P<0.05 is r=0.324 which this coefficient is meaningful (or significant) in the terms of statistics. So, regarding to the (sig=0.012) in the Pearson test, the Assumption H0 is not confirmed and Assumption H1 is confirmed; means there is relationship between variables.
|Variables||Number||The amount of r Pearson||Sig|
|Skills of using possibilities||60||0.403**||0.001|
Table 3: The relationship between the skills of using possibilities in entrepreneurship development.
Second Secondary Assumption
There isn't relationship between the skill of using possibilities and rural women's entrepreneurship development.
There is relationship between the skill of using possibilities and rural women's entrepreneurship development. In the regard of research main assumption, the results of Pearson correlation coefficient are shown in Table 4. According to the table, the correlation coefficient in the level of P<0.05 is r=0.403 which this coefficient is meaningful (or significant) in the terms of statistics. So, regarding to the (sig=0.012) in the Pearson test, the Assumption H0 is not confirmed and Assumption H1 is confirmed; means there is relationship between variables.
|Variables||Number||The amount of r Pearson||Sig|
|Information technology tools||60||0.452**||0.000|
Table 4: The relationship between information technology tools in entrepreneurship development.
Third Secondary Assumption
There isn't relationship between information technology tools and rural women's entrepreneurship development.
There is relationship between information technology tools and rural women's entrepreneurship development. In the regard of research main assumption, the results of Pearson correlation coefficient are shown in Table 3. According to the table, the correlation coefficient in the level of P<0.05 is r=0.452 which this coefficient is meaningful (or significant) in the terms of statistics. So, regarding to the (sig=0.000) in the Pearson test, the Assumption H0 is not confirmed and Assumption H1 is confirmed; means there is relationship between variables.
The purpose of this research was to considered information technology as a functional method to develop the entrepreneurship. According to the research results and survey the relationship between research variables, we found out that there is meaningful relationship between information technology and entrepreneurship development. Nowadays, along with the created changes and evolutions in the concept of rural development, the rural development has been considered as a multi-dimensional process that its final purpose is to increase the sexual justice of rural areas residents. In order to achieve this matter, nowadays the Facilitation of rural entrepreneurship process and rural women in particular can be known as an effective strategy. So that it can be asserted that according to the assumption of research and relationship between information technology and entrepreneurship development is sig=0.000 and for the relationship between education level and entrepreneurship development is sig=0.012 which is the highest and lowest level of relationship, respectively. According to the research of Asadi and Hasheminejad using information and communication technology regarding to its role in providing the on-time information for quick decision-making of people, information exchanges, quick accessing to the scientific resources and updated low-cost information is increasingly notified and can be compatible with primary assumption of the research which introduced the role of information technology in agricultural and entrepreneurship development. According to the research of Mohedi and Yaghubi Farani, one of the major and significant important purposes and objectives in rural women's entrepreneurship development is developing and improving the entrepreneurship culture in rural communities and especially rural women community and also notifying their special skills and education level in activities and it's compatible with the first and second secondary assumptions. Actually, from the results of current research, the positive conclusion can be concluded in the field of information technology on agricultural and entrepreneurship development and measured the level of education and suitable tools in agricultural and entrepreneurship development and the level of their relationships.