Does the Support System Mediate the Relationship between University Roles and Entrepreneurial Intentions among University Students?

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Professor, University Kuala Lumpur, (UniKL) Business School, Malaysia.

2 Director, Teknoputra Division, University Kuala Lumpur. (UniKL) Business School, Malaysia.

3 Senior Lecturer, University Kuala Lumpur, (UniKL) Business School, Malaysia.

4 Associate Professor, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) Business School, Malaysia.

5 Ph.D Candidate, University Kuala Lumpur, (UniKL) Business School, Jalan Gurney, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of university roles in entrepreneurial intentions among university students. This study is also measuring the functions of the system supports as the control variables towards entrepreneurial intentions. Universities seem to compete in the industry to provide and develop the entrepreneurial skills set to their students. Perhaps they may add more benefit in preparing and equipping their students as entrepreneurs once they completed their studies. The study was conducted in local universities. Three hundred respondents were approached in getting the data compiled. Based on that, only 250 complete and usable data received in returns. An 83% response rate is achieved because the sample was from a list of young entrepreneurs' schemes currently being assessed by the government agencies. Questionnaires used to validate the items from university roles (6 items), entrepreneurial intentions (5 items), and finally support systems (6 items). Likert scales were used to measure all the items. Besides that, there are also seven questions for respondents' profiles. The results indicate that all tested hypothesized were positively significant. Universities should consider finding ways to develop and motivating their students towards entrepreneurial intentions. Further study may continue the model with different sets of control variables for concrete solutions in managing the student's entrepreneurial intentions.


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