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An examination on entrepreneurial competencies between lecturers of higher learning institutions in Malaysia and Nigeria

Mohammed Lame, Sulaiman (2015) An examination on entrepreneurial competencies between lecturers of higher learning institutions in Malaysia and Nigeria. PhD thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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The entrepreneurship has emerged over the last three decades as one of the most powerful economic forces the world has ever experienced. To date, the enormous and remarkable international growth in the field of entrepreneurship education focused mostly on course contents or programs and their immediate impacts on students and neglecting lecturers’ competencies as well as their relevant educational qualifications as an important determinant to the success of entrepreneurship program. This has justified the need for this study. A quantitative research approach was adopted and a purposive sampling technique was used to determine the sample size of the respondents – lecturers teaching entrepreneurship courses in Malaysian and Nigerian Higher Learning Institutions. The data was captured using structure questionnaire developed based on extensive literature review related to the study. A total of 1150 questionnaires were administered out of which 620 or 60% were completed and successfully returned by the selected respondents. This represents 237 (68%) from Malaysia and 383 (69%) from Nigeria. In order to achieve the research objectives of the study, three statistical techniques- descriptive statistics, correlations and PLS regressions analyses were employed. Findings from Malaysia showed that entrepreneurial attitudes is found to be most important competencies with the highest mean score of 5.14 which was followed by entrepreneurial skills 5.09 and knowledge with 4.82. Similarly, in Nigeria the result further indicated that entrepreneurial attitude has the highest mean scores rate of 4.89. Knowledge has 4.82 and skill has the lowest mean scores of 4.80. Moreover, a total of nine hypotheses were postulated and tested and the results in both countries showed positive and significant relationships between the independent and dependent variables. However, this study has covered only some selected public universities and polytechnics only. Further study can be conducted on a wider basis that can lead to more general conclusions. Findings from this study has provided the basis for a new model of entrepreneurial competencies on how to develop enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and enterprise culture among students. The outcome of this study will be used by academics, policy makers and students to improve the state of entrepreneurial learning where entrepreneurship is thought as a key competency and set of skills, knowledge and attitudes are developed in students.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2017 06:46
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2017 06:46
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/8894
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