—The purpose of this paper is to make comparison in terms of social network between male and female Malay entrepreneurs in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. Social network is defined as interrelationship between the entrepreneurs and their contact (alter) in business venturing. However, there is limited understanding on how the entrepreneurs use their social network. Moreover, there is dearth attention given to investigate the social network in developing country especially in Malaysia. Both social network theory and structural perspective were employed in this quantitative-based study. The data gathered through the mail questionnaire method in which 93 are male and 72 female respondents representing 53 percent responded. Using t-test, the study reveals that there is no significance difference in terms of network size, network activity and network density for both genders. Implications and direction for further research are also presented.
—Gender, Malay, SMEs, social network.
Ehsan Fansuree Surin is with the Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail: efansuree@ salam.uitm.edu.my).
Nurul Hafez Abd. Halil is with the Malaysian Academy of SME and Entrepreneurship Development (MASMED), Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oswald Timothy Edward is with the Universiti Teknologi MARA, 85000 Segamat, Johor, Malaysia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Ehsan Fansuree Surin, Nurul Hafez Abd. Halil, and Oswald Timothy Edward, "The Comparative Analysis of Gender and Social Network among Malay SMEs Entrepreneurs in Malaysia," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 3, no. 7, pp. 715-718, 2015.