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The effects of students’ entrepreneurial characteristics on their propensity to become entrepreneurs in Malaysia

Nor Azizan Che Embi (Department of Finance, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Haruna Babatunde Jaiyeoba (International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART), International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Sheila Ainon Yussof (Department of Finance, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 25 July 2019

Issue publication date: 13 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the data collected from Malaysian students to investigate the effects of students’ entrepreneurial characteristics (need for achievement, locus of control, propensity to take risk, self-confidence, tolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty, and leadership) on their propensity to become entrepreneurs in Malaysia.

Design/methodology/approach

As a quantitative study, various analyses, such as exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling, were conducted to analyze the data collected from 257 students known to have participated in entrepreneurship course and programmes.

Findings

The results show that leadership skill, need for achievement, tolerance of ambiguity, and risk-taking propensity are positively and significantly associated with students’ intention to initiate entrepreneurial activities in Malaysia.

Originality/value

The researchers have used data from the perspective of Malaysian students to increase the readers’ understanding on students’ entrepreneurial characteristics that could enhance their likelihood to become entrepreneurs in Malaysia.

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Citation

Che Embi, N.A., Jaiyeoba, H.B. and Yussof, S.A. (2019), "The effects of students’ entrepreneurial characteristics on their propensity to become entrepreneurs in Malaysia", Education + Training, Vol. 61 No. 7/8, pp. 1020-1037. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-11-2018-0229

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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