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Entrepreneurship education in developing country Exploration on its necessity in the construction programme

Entrepreneurship education in developing country Exploration on its necessity in the construction... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the entrepreneurship module offered in the Master's Degree in Project Management by the School of Housing Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the scenario of the construction industry to demonstrate the necessity of entrepreneurship education in the University's construction programme. Findings – The findings are discussed in relation to the important role played by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in supporting the national growth. The existence of high number of SMEs in the construction industry indicates the significant role of entrepreneurship education in the courses related to construction management. The importance of entrepreneurship education in Malaysia is in line with Malaysia's quest to achieve developed status by 2020, as many business opportunities across all economic sectors will be created. This also applies to the construction industry, owing to its significant contribution to the country's development. Originality/value – The findings of the paper are of relevance to entrepreneurial development in the construction industry by showing that entrepreneurship education should be emphasized in the industry to produce better quality entrepreneurs in the future. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology Emerald Publishing

Entrepreneurship education in developing country Exploration on its necessity in the construction programme

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1726-0531
DOI
10.1108/17260530810891306
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the entrepreneurship module offered in the Master's Degree in Project Management by the School of Housing Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the scenario of the construction industry to demonstrate the necessity of entrepreneurship education in the University's construction programme. Findings – The findings are discussed in relation to the important role played by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in supporting the national growth. The existence of high number of SMEs in the construction industry indicates the significant role of entrepreneurship education in the courses related to construction management. The importance of entrepreneurship education in Malaysia is in line with Malaysia's quest to achieve developed status by 2020, as many business opportunities across all economic sectors will be created. This also applies to the construction industry, owing to its significant contribution to the country's development. Originality/value – The findings of the paper are of relevance to entrepreneurial development in the construction industry by showing that entrepreneurship education should be emphasized in the industry to produce better quality entrepreneurs in the future.

Journal

Journal of Engineering, Design and TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 11, 2008

Keywords: Entrepreneurialism; Education; Entrepreneurs; Developing countries; Project management; Malaysia

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