A cross-cultural insight into the competency-mix of SME entrepreneurs in Australia and Malaysia

Noor Ahmad, Carlene Wilson, Liz Kummerow

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    Abstract

    This paper attempts to unearth the competency-mix required by entrepreneurs in Australia and Malaysia in order to sustain their ventures. Based on this premise, the present study aims to identify, validate, and compare the competencies perceived to be important by SME entrepreneurs operating in both countries. This involved determining the psychometric rigor of the model and establishing the psychometric properties of the model of entrepreneurial competency using a sample of 391 SME entrepreneurs. Interestingly, it was found that some competencies are context-free while others are culture-specific. The identification of competencies that are highly prevalent in Australia and Malaysia would assist in the development of an assessment index that could be use in training and development programs for practicing as well as prospective SME entrepreneurs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-50
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Business and Management Science
    Volume4
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Australia
    • Competency-mix
    • Cross-cultural study
    • Malaysia.
    • SME entrepreneurs

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