Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (Print ISSN: 1098-8394; Online ISSN: 1528-2651)

Abstract

Student's Entrepreneur Profile: A Cluster of Student's Entrepreneurial Characteristics

Author(s): Anik Kusmintarti, Moh. Abdullah Anshori, Ayu Sulasari, Sidik Ismanu

The entrepreneurs have special personal characters which are different compared to the public human characters. The purpose of this study is to identify the important character that should be owned by university students who intend to create a new business.

Population of the study was students from Accounting Department, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering who are studying at the State Polytechnic of Malang and following Student Entrepreneurial Program. The study used judgement sampling technique to select the respondent and the data collected through questionnaires distribution. Then, the data were analysed using Factor Analysis and Cluster Analysis.

The results find that there are two distinct clusters of students. The first cluster has entrepreneurial characteristics of internal locus of control, risk taking propensity and tolerancy for ambiguity. They are tending to have higher potential to be entrepreneurs compared to other cluster. In additional, students who intend to create new business must be having three groups of skills: Entrepreneurship skills, technical skills and management skills. For group of entrepreneurship skills, the students must be having characters of internal locus of control, risk taking propensity and tolerancy for ambiguity.