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Immigrant entrepreneurs in Malaysia: An exploratory study on their business success and prospects in small retail business

Abdullah, Moha Asri and Nel, Pieter and Melallieu, Peter and Mohd Thas Thakar, Mohamed Asmy (2016) Immigrant entrepreneurs in Malaysia: An exploratory study on their business success and prospects in small retail business. In: Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference 2016, 2nd-5th February 2016, Gold Coast, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

International migration is increasingly prevalent in the global economy. Research has, amongst others, included their social experiences, cultural and psychological perspectives. Little is however known about their involvement in small businesses in receiving countries. The literature tends to suggest that decisions of immigrant entrepreneurs’ involvement in small businesses are related to push and pull factors and their presence is viewed as having characteristics different from normal labour immigration. This paper highlights some issues and challenges of immigrant entrepreneurs and their business success and prospects in small retailing businesses in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Based on 316 immigrant entrepreneurs surveyed it was found that the majority of immigrant entrepreneurs come from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia. The finding show that immigrant entrepreneurs are relatively well prepared for business and obtained experience before initiating a business. The inference analysis indicated immigrant entrepreneurs are positive about business issues as well as business success and prospects with highly significant relationship between those variables. The research concludes that immigrant entrepreneurs and their business activities can be a source of entrepreneurial development, employment generation and future impetus for economic growth in Malaysia. The results also open the way for comparisons with other countries which have immigrant entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 5010/54759
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immigrant entrepreneurs, Malaysia, small retail business
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5428 Retail trade
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5735 Business records management
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Moha Asri Abdullah
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 12:20
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 15:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/54759

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