Disparity in the progress of ethnic Indian enterprises: a study on transgenerational succession in Malaysia

Xavier, Jesrina Ann and Alagappar, Ponmalar N. and Yew, Lee Kean (2022) Disparity in the progress of ethnic Indian enterprises: a study on transgenerational succession in Malaysia. Asian Ethnicity, 23 (2). 249 – 261. ISSN 14631369, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2020.1796586.

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This article examines the effect of academic qualifications and networking ties towards the evolvement of micro, small-medium, and large ethnic Indian enterprises in Malaysia. The study is based in multicultural Malaysia, where certain policies were implemented in favor of one specific ethnicity. Research indicates that better academic qualifications through transgenerational succession affect how entrepreneurs form connections with their families, co-ethnic networks, and inter-ethnic networks to develop their businesses. This article explains that while micro and smaller firms are choosing to remain in their ethnic identity, medium and larger corporations are willing to shed their ethnic identity for the rapid growth of their businesses. A framework is built from the understanding of literature and past evidence on ethnic Indian entrepreneurship in Malaysia. This article demonstrates the disparities of Malaysian Indian businesses that have progressed differently over the generations, due to the impact of human and social capital. © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Taylor’s University [Grant No; TUFR/2017/002/09]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnic enterprise; Human capital; Malaysia; Social capital; Succession
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Institute of China Studies
Centre for Internship & Academic Enrichment (CITRA)
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2023 03:19
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 03:19
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/43459

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