Entrepreneurial challenges of Muslim women in Malaysian SMEs

Azmi, I.A.G. and Basir, S.A. and Che Hashim, R. and Mohamed, H.A. (2014) Entrepreneurial challenges of Muslim women in Malaysian SMEs. In: International Conference on Marketing, Business and Management (ICMBM) 2014, 20-21 Nov 2014, Milan, Italy.

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Abstract

This paper tries to study the challenges faced by the Muslim women entrepreneurs in Malaysian SMEs. At present, only 15.9% of businesses are owned by them. This is far way behind of what has the Government of Malaysia targeted in 2011 that is 30%. The finalized questionnaires were distributed by post to 250 Muslim women entrepreneurs in Malaysian SMEs by using simple random sampling technique. The response rate is 44% which is good. It is found out that the most frequent types of challenges faced by the respondents are lack of finance (79.2%), lack of demand (50.9%) and location problem (50.9%). Meanwhile, their proposed solutions to the challenges are a mix of observing their religion (to give tithe and alms, to do recommendatory prayers and to hire orphans), doing business (to have good relationship with customers, businesswomen organizations, suppliers, competitors and workers, to obtain more information on business development and personal (to apply work life balance).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Challenges, entrepreneurs, women, Muslim, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 01:39
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2015 01:39
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/13067

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