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Type: Journal article
Title: Understanding Business Success through the Lens of SME Founder-Owners in Australia and Malaysia
Author: Ahmad, Noor Hazlina
Seet, Pi-Shen
Citation: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV), 2009; 1(1):72-87
Publisher: Inderscience
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1742-5379
School/Discipline: Business School
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Ahmad N. and Seet P-S
Abstract: Given the lack of consensus on how to measure success, this paper explores the meaning of business success as perceived by SME business owners in Australia and Malaysia. A qualitative methodology was adopted whereby semi structured interviews were conducted with ten entrepreneurs from each country. A content analysis of the interview data identified 20 criteria for defining success, broadly categorised into: 1 financial 2 lifestyle 3 social responsibility 4 customer satisfaction criteria clusters. Interestingly, the answers provided by Australian entrepreneurs were largely similar to the Malaysians. However, slight differences relating to aspects of financial, lifestyle and social responsibility were identified. Overall, this study finds evidence for the utilisation of multidimensional measures of business success in Australia and Malaysia.
Keywords: business success; SME founder-owners; Australia; Malaysia.
Description: Copyright (c) 2009 Inderscience Enterprises
DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2009.023821
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