DOI :10.24924/ijelt/2019.04/v4.iss1/27.37
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IDENTIFYING ENTREPRENEURIAL CHARACTERISTICS AMONG BUSINESS AND IT STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA

Abdulsamad Olalekan Sanusi

FTMS College, Malaysia

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial characteristics, business student

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Abstract

According to previous research carried out by both scholars and economists indicate that the most important entrepreneurial characteristics that students should inherit are risk taking, communication skills, innovation, need for achievement and self-confidence. The purpose of this research was to identify and explore the entrepreneurial characteristics involving business and IT students. Also, the study was conducted in one of Malaysia's public Universities in the education industry. The study included 110 participants comprising of business and IT students. Questionnaires were used as data collection tool due to their effectiveness in providing less biased information. The questionnaires were administered randomly in the target population. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software was used to analyse the collected data. All the variables were found to be significant predictors of entrepreneurship intention except tolerance and innovation. As a result, the two variables were not included in the regression model. Risk taking has a positive standardized Beta coefficient of 0.556, indicating that it increases the intention to venture into business among IT and business students. Need for achievement also had a negative standardized Beta coefficient of -0.258. This shows that the two variables affect each other inversely such that an increase in one lead to a decrease of the other. Self-confidence had positive standardized Beta correlation indicating that it increases leads to increase of the intention to venture into entrepreneurship. Self-confidence, risk-taking and need for achievement are the most common entrepreneurship characteristics among business and It students.

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