The formation of community heroes in Malaysia

An extended theory of planned behavior

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Abstract

Social entrepreneurs are viewed as having the abilities to eradicate social and economic problems. However, it is reported that less than 2% of Malaysians are involved and participated in social entrepreneurship (SE) activities. Consequently, Entrepreneurial Action Us (Enactus) Foundation was introduced which aims to produce students with social entrepreneurial skills holistically. Having said that SE is desirable, one pressing question arises; after Enactus participants graduated-to what extent are they willing to be the community’s potential future heroes? A quantitative approach was used with 390 active Enactus participants in Malaysia. The entire sample reported that the tested variables had positive relationships with SE intention. Practical implication of this study would benefit the Ministry of Education and Enactus Foundation especially in formulating SE education programs for higher education institutions and increasing the number of community heroes who will help solving socio-economic problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-509
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Management Science
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Social entrepreneurship
Theory of planned behavior
Malaysia
Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurial skills
Entrepreneurship education
Education
Socio-economics
Pressing
Higher education institutions
Economics

Keywords

  • Community
  • Enactus foundation
  • Social entrepreneurship intention
  • Theory of planned behaviour
  • Trait emotional intelligence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics

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