Appraising Entrepreneurial Intensity of Public Universities

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    This paper examines the process of how the local universities in Malaysia are and weretrying to change their roles in the Malaysian economy in order to respond to this currentdevelopment as well as the globalization of the knowledge economy. This study intends toexplore the dimensions of entrepreneurial university in Malaysia and develop questionnaireto test the entrepreneurial intensity of local universities in Malaysia. In aspiring to achievethe status of a fully developed nation by 2020, tertiary education in Malaysia has beentargeted to grow on its own by becoming more entrepreneurial and self-reliant. There is anurgent need for the shift from the traditional model of the universities to the new“entrepreneurial” model. The new entrepreneurial model for public universities in Malaysiais expected to be different from the universities in the advanced economies due to severalreasons. The reasons include more rigid bureaucratic control by the government, emphasison homegrown innovation and lack of commercialization demand and ability.Six main theoretical models of entrepreneurial universities were identified and in each one,there are elements or characteristics associated with the inputs as can be found in Morris‟sInput-Output Perspective theoretical framework. This model will be use to measure theentrepreneurial intensity in the context of education institutions as an organization.Dimensions of entrepreneurial university in Malaysia will be explored through expert surveyemploying Delphi Method. Instruments to measure the entrepreneurial intensity of publicuniversities will then be developed. This will be used to appraise the entrepreneurialintensity of the public universities in Malaysia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10723-10730
    Number of pages8
    JournalElixir
    Volume51
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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