Differences In Technopreneurial Intention: An Analysis Based On Background Of Students

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Wei-Loon Koe


The Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), 5G technology and COVID-19 pandemic have emphasized on use of technologies in business and entrepreneurial activities. Thus, technopreneurship could be regarded as an important form of entrepreneurship in future. However, technopreneurship is a new breed of entrepreneurship which faces great challenges. This study scrutinized the differences in technopreneurial intention among university students. A total of 361 final-year undergraduate students registered in a Malaysian public university were surveyed through questionnaire. Data regarding student’s background information and level of technopreneurial intention were collected and analyzed through one-way ANOVA. The results indicated that differences in technopreneurial intention were found among the students from three different clusters of studies (i.e.: business and management, science and technology, and social and humanities), four different living locations (i.e.: City Hall, City Council, Municipal Council and District Council) and three different types of working experience (i.e.: no experience, part-time and full-time). However, students who had family members/friends doing business (i.e.: no one, family members, friends, both family members and friends) and students from three different household income groups (i.e.: B40, M40, T20) did not show any differences in technopreneurial intention. It concluded that background of students could cause students to have different level of technopreneurial intention. This study was crucial for higher learning institutions and governmental agencies to carry out successful technopreneurship development programs.

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