Abstract

It is undeniable fact that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) plays important role in the economic development for all countries. In Malaysia, the SMEs represent more than 95% of the total business establishments; contribute more than 40% of the total output, more than 60% of total employment, and more than 45% of total value-added since year 2000. This study is an evaluation of the contribution of entrepreneurial competencies and business success in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which is Turkish origin entrepreneurs in the context of Malaysian economy. Through an empirical study of Turkish entrepreneurs in different sectors, this study explores the characteristics and attributes of Turkish entrepreneurs and their attitudes towards entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process and post-start-up of business in Malaysia. We also explore the motives, locus of control, and demographic attributes of Turkish entrepreneurs.