Entrepreneurial Intention and Its Influence among International Students of Universiti Utara Malaysia

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Wan-Nurisma Ayu Wan-Ismail, Ibrahim Ajibola Olabinjo 


ABSTRACT

Entrepreneurship is an essential driver for productivity, economic growth and social development of the country. The study of entrepreneurship has been a primary focus for academicians, policy makers and practitioners. Although the field of entrepreneurship had expanded rapidly, but there remained a lack of understanding between academicians, policy makers and practitioners (business owners and entrepreneurs). This paper focus on academic perspective of entrepreneurship as it reviews the factors that influence entrepreneurial intention among international students of Universiti Utara Malaysia. The objectives of this study are to determine to what extent that personal attitude, entrepreneurial education, family income and religion influence entrepreneurial intention and also to determine whether the students have an intent to start a business in their home country. The result revealed that only two variables (personal attitude and family background) have positive impacts on entrepreneurial intention among international students of Universiti Utara Malaysia.

 

Keywords: Entrepreneur; entrepreneurial intention; religion; international student; attitude