Students Spin-Off Intentions in Malaysian Higher Educational Institutions: Founders Characteristics and University Roles

Abdul Rahman, Zahari and Puteri Fadzline, Muhamad Tamyez and Noor Azlinna, Azizan and Fariza, Hashim (2018) Students Spin-Off Intentions in Malaysian Higher Educational Institutions: Founders Characteristics and University Roles. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 21 (3). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1528-2651. (Published)


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This study aims to examine the effects of founders’ characteristics and university roles on student spin-off intentions in Malaysian higher educational institutions. The study of student spin-offs has captured the attention of policymakers, educators and researchers because of its contribution to achieving a university’s vision and mission, regional economic growth, knowledge commercialization and employment generation. This study involved online survey research designed and informed by two research questions. A stratified sampling technique was applied and was able to obtain 369 samples from the founders of student spin-offs from eleven public universities in Malaysia. The data was analysed using partial least squares-structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM). The results indicate that four of the six paths in the conceptual model were significant and affirmed the direction proposed by this study. The need for achievement, innovativeness, a propensity for risk taking and self-efficacy were seen to be positively related to student spin-off intentions. However, two constructs, namely locus of control and university roles were not significant in relation to student spin-off intentions. This study will provide valuable insights for policymakers and universities enable them to reduce the number of unemployed graduates and create a viable entrepreneurial ecosystem within the universities. The majority of student spin-off studies have been conducted in developed countries so this study could offer different insights from previous studies because the setting is a developing country.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Indexed by Scopus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student Spin-Offs, Founders’ Characteristics, University Roles, Higher Educational Institutions, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Industrial Management
Depositing User: Dr. Puteri Fadzline Muhamad Tamyez
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 06:28
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2020 03:13
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