Investigating the Determinant of Academic Entrepreneurial Engagement


Ojo, Oluwayomi Toyin and Dorasamy, Magiswary and Migin, Melissa Wendy (2022) Investigating the Determinant of Academic Entrepreneurial Engagement. In: Postgraduate Social Science Colloquium 2022, 1 - 2 June 2022, Online.

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Background - In today’s global changing environment, academic entrepreneurship has been recognised as a driver of innovation and financial sustainability in Higher Education Institution (HEI). These institutions help disseminate knowledge in innovation and contribute to economic advancement by stimulating innovation and enhancing skills development. However, HEI are currently faced with challenges associated with dwindling resource and need to contribute to the economy and social development. Therefore, academics are expected to go beyond their traditional job responsibilities of research, administrative tasks, and teaching activities and to engage in entrepreneurial activities (EA). Through their engagement in EA, the HEI can enhance regional innovation system, national development, financial sustainability and economic growth. Purpose - Limited understanding has been gained on the factors associated with academic engagement in entrepreneurial activities. Also, the role of digital technologies, organisational support and academic peer network for academics to engage in entrepreneurial activities have yet to be adequately addressed. Design/methodology/approach - The goal of this research is to develop a suitable model that will be rigorously tested using quantitative research methodology and will present the behavioural antecedents for academic’s involvement in entrepreneurial activities in Malaysia HEIs. This is a quantitative study with a deductive approach that aims to collect data and analyse it to determine significant links between constructs that lead to entrepreneurial behaviour. Based on the hypothesised relationship, a quantitative method will be used to investigate factors influencing academic entrepreneurial engagement. In addition, this study adopted the following research method that includes the discussion of the theoretical framework, hypothesis development, research design, variables description, research instrument, the method for sampling, data collection, and data analysis. Findings/Expected Contributions - The expected findings will enable HEI prioritise the factors essential to enable HEI intervene in stimulating academics engagement in entrepreneurial activities. And also impact on higher learning institutions (HEI), in their attempts to enhance commercialization of research outputs and technology transfer activities. We believe that the findings warrant the attention of the research community. Research limitations - The study is limited to individual and contextual factors, further examinations of the interplay between organizational-level determinants, perceptions of different organisational and role of Technology transfer office. Originality/value - This study advances the literature on academic entrepreneurial engagement. The contribution of this paper is the insight that will provide HEI in creating the enabling environment through the deployment of digital technologies and policies to stimulate academic entrepreneurial engagement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic entrepreneurial engagement, Higher education institutions, Entrepreneurial activities, Commercialisation activities
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 00:40
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 08:00


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