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    Cold grass or hot sands? A comparative study of immigrant Punjabi–Pakistani entrepreneurs in London and Dubai
    (John Wiley and Sons Inc, 2022) Yasin, Naveed
    The purpose of this paper is to cross-nationally compare one immigrant community's business start-up experiences in ethnic enclaves of London (UK) and Dubai (UAE). The primary data were collected through 20 in-depth semi-structured interviews (10 from each country) identified through personal contact networks and snowball sampling approaches in each country. The data were collected from November 2020 to March 2021 and analyzed using the template analysis approach. The findings reveal positive and ambitious business start-up motivations and experiences among a psychologically “transient” migrant community in the UAE, despite starting their business under stricter business start-up regulations in comparison with the UK sample where adverse motivations for business start-up were reported with negative business start-up experiences among a “naturalized” migrant community with comparatively liberal business start-up regulations. This study contributes to the death of empirical cross-national studies in immigrant entrepreneurship and provides impetus to the mixed embeddedness model while also reviving the seminal works of Phizacklea and Ram as a continuation of a stagnant discourse on cross-national ethnic entrepreneurship. © 2022 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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    “Dump the paper quiz”—The PERI model for exploring gamification in student learning in the United Arab Emirates
    (SAGE Publications Ltd, 2022-10) Yasin, Naveed; Gilani, Sayed Abdul Majid; Nair, Gayatri
    This paper explores the effects of gamification (a game-based student response system) on student learning in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The data, collected through a series of semi-structured in-depth interviews with 32 learners, were analyzed using qualitative thematic analysis (i.e., template analysis). Based on an in-depth analysis of the data using NVIVO 10, the authors propose and apply the “PERI” model to develop multi-focal insights into gamification and its influences on student learning. The model proposed is original and comprehensive, encompassing (1) Preferabilities (P), (2) Experiences (E), (3) Recommendations (R), and (4) Impressions (I). Although most of the findings were positive with regard to application and receptivity across all dimensions of the PERI model for the gamification tool—a game-based student response system (GSRS) used for delivering education—they also reveal areas in need of development for the successful embedding of gamifying technology–enhanced learning provisions and their efficacy in teaching and learning pedagogy. The conclusions of this study outline implications for educators, students, education leaders, and gamification product developers. © The Author(s) 2021.
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    Exploring the challenges for entrepreneurship business incubator hubs in the United Arab Emirates
    (Inderscience Publishers, 2021) Yasin, Naveed; Khansari, Zeinab; Tirmizi, Kaiser
    There is a dearth of studies that explore the challenges and experiences among business incubators (BIs), as providers, for their effective performance and operations. An exploratory research design model has been adopted by developing multiple case studies to explore the challenges for BI providers in Dubai (UAE). This study adopts qualitative methods of inquiry through 25 semi-structured interviews with executive members of seven UAE-based BIs. The data were analysed using NVIVO to perform a qualitative thematic analysis (template analysis approach). The findings resulted in the identification of five key thematic areas of challenges, which comprised: 1) financial challenges; 2) market barriers; 3) entrepreneurial infrastructure challenges; 4) socio-cultural barriers; 5) restrictive legislation. The motive-related overlaps between financial challenges and sociocultural barriers were also identified. The results of this research provide initial empirical insights for academics and recommendations for policymakers. © 2021 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.. All rights reserved.
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    Assessing the enterprising tendencies of Arab female undergraduate engineering students in the Sultanate of Oman
    (SAGE Publications Ltd, 2020-03) Yasin, Naveed; Khansari, Zeinab; Sharif, Taimur
    This study assesses the enterprising characteristics of first-year undergraduate Omani female chemical engineering students in Muscat, Oman. Pre and post surveys were conducted with 27 respondents from an entrepreneurship boot camp module mandated by the Oman Ministry of Higher Education. The variables, measured on a 10-point Likert scale, included need for achievement, need for autonomy, creativity, risk-taking, and locus of control. Statistical analysis was performed on the integrated data to measure the impact of student learning using a t-test approach and comparing mean averages. This was followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews that were examined using thematic analysis. The comparison of students’ enterprise tendencies before and after the module indicates minor to moderate improvements in their entrepreneurial abilities and their understanding of entrepreneurial behavior. The most noticeable impact was on students’ risk-taking abilities, followed by their creativity, need for achievement, need for control, and, lastly, their need for autonomy. The findings illustrate that students perceived entrepreneurship positively but were concerned about the scheduling of the module and its integration into their core program of study. Students may have benefited further from a module of extended duration as opposed to the block delivery “boot camp” mode of learning. Due to the limited number of participants and the focus on female students only, the results of the study cannot be generalized. However, the article presents an initial exploration of and offers insights into enterprising characteristics among an empirically underexplored demographic and nonbusiness group. © The Author(s) 2020.