A Framework for Technology Entrepreneur Development: Graduate Training Program in IHL

By Sahadah Hj. Abdullah, Mohd. Hassan Osman and Rose Alinda Alias.

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Rapid development in technology related business has led to renewed interest in the development of technology entrepreneurs globally. In modern days, high-tech start-ups and technology development firms play an important role in developing and commercializing technologies. Many countries have now recognized entrepreneurship as a possible solution to decrease unemployment rates and to boost the economic growth through entrepreneurs and technology entrepreneur development program. The entrepreneurial potential of graduates has become the national agenda and has attracted the interest of policy makers, educationists and development agencies. Malaysia, through the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), and Council of Trust for Indigenous People (MARA) has collaborated with Institutions Higher of Learning (IHL) to introduce programs related to IT Entrepreneur development such as National Unipreneur Development Program and Master of Science in Technology Entrepreneurship with the aim to produce world class IT entrepreneurs. However, many graduates from these programs are unable to turn their IT skills and business knowledge into business opportunities. Thus, there is a need to investigate factors influencing effectiveness of technology entrepreneur development program (TEDP). This may be attained through analysis and integration of previous entrepreneur development theories and models. Many previous theories and models on new venture creation (NVC) and entrepreneur development in general have been introduced. However, very few focused on TEDP through graduate training. This study can lead to a framework that may be used to guide the government in developing graduate technology entrepreneurs that could contribute to economic growth and wealth creation.

Keywords: Technology Entrepreneur, New Venture Creation, Implementation Climate, Entrepreneurial Process, Development Environment

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.141-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.181MB).

Sahadah Hj. Abdullah

Lecturer, Faculty of Information Technology, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Sahadah Abdullah is a lecturer at Faculty of Information Technology, University Utara Malaysia. She had previously held the position as coordinator for Master of Science IT Technopreneurship in University Utara Malaysia (MOST Program) and as assistant coordinator for Master of Science Technopreneurship in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (SKIT Program). Currently she is pursuing PhD in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Her recent research interest which is also her PhD research is on technology entrepreneur development. Her paper on “Technopreneur Education and incubation: Desinging IT Technopreneurship Graduate Program” was published in The Business Review, Cambridge Journal in year 2004. Her other research interest is on Management Information System and Enterprise Information Architecture.

Dr. Mohd. Hassan Osman

Associate Professor, Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development, University Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

Dr. Mohd Hassan Mohd Osman, currently is a lecturer and associate professor at Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development at University Teknologi Malaysia. His research interest is on technology management and technology entrepreneurship development.

Dr. Rose Alinda Alias

Lecturer, Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Systems, University Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Dr. Rose Alinda Alias is a professor at the University Teknologi Malaysia. She holds a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Salford, a MBA and a Ms (Computer Information Systems)from the University of Miami.Rose Alinda has published more than 80 papers including international and national journals and conferences. Her research interests include Knowledge Management, Strategic Information Systems Planning, Information Systems Quality, IT Technopreneurship, Computer Auditing, Security & Control, Computer Aided Instruction.

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