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General Enterprising Tendency (GET) and Recommendations to Boost Entrepreneurship Education in Sarawak

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  • Lee Ming Ha

    (Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus), Malaysia)

  • Edith Lim Ai Ling

    (Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus), Malaysia)

  • Balakrishnan Muniapan

    (Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus), Malaysia)

  • Margaret Lucy Gregory

    (Universiti Institut Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Malaysia)

Abstract

This paper explores the General Enterprising Tendency (GET) test used to examine the enterprising tendency among business students in Sarawak. The findings from a sample of 75 final year business students indicate low scores in five key enterprising tendencies, namely: need for achievement, need for autonomy, calculated risk taking, drive and determination and creative tendency (innovativeness). To explore the reasons for these low scores, focus group interviews with the students were conducted and reasons for the low enterprising tendencies and barriers for entrepreneurial development were identified. The authors provide some recommendations to rejuvenate the interest in entrepreneurship culture among business students and eliminate entrepreneurial barriers. This paper has a practical implication for universities and business schools to re-examine their current business and entrepreneurship curriculum, as one of the purposes of a business school is to produce entrepreneurs or business leaders to contribute to economic growth and development.

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  • Lee Ming Ha & Edith Lim Ai Ling & Balakrishnan Muniapan & Margaret Lucy Gregory, 2011. "General Enterprising Tendency (GET) and Recommendations to Boost Entrepreneurship Education in Sarawak," International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management (IJABIM), IGI Global, vol. 2(1), pages 32-47, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jabim0:v:2:y:2011:i:1:p:32-47
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