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PhD Supervisor Profile

Dr. Siri Roland Xavier
Academic Qualification

LL.B (Hons), University of London, 1992

MBA, (Strategic Management), Charles Sturt University, 2002

Doctor of Business Administration, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2006

Academic Involvement

Assistant Professor, Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, UNIRAZAK, 2008-2009

Associate Professor/Acting Dean, Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, UNIRAZAK, 2009-2012

Associate Professor/Deputy Dean, Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, UNIRAZAK, 2012-2016

Professor/Deputy Dean, Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship, UNIRAZAK, 2017-2018

Professor/Programme Director, Graduate School of Business, UNIRAZAK, 2018-Present

Research and Publication

Xavier, S.R. (2007), Cultural and Economic Determinants of Entrepreneurial Propensity: The Challenges for a Multi-ethnic and Developing Society, Malaysian Management Review, July – Dec 2007.

Syed, Z.A. & Xavier, S.R., (2009) Stress and Coping Styles of Entrepreneurs: A Malaysian Survey. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (AEJ). Vol 14. ISSN: 1099-9264

Yusof, M., Mohd Nor, L., Sapuan, D.A., and Xavier, S.R. (2010), Entrepreneurship Development in Malaysia Based on the findings of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2009. Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (APJIE), Vol 4, ISSN 2071-1395.

Xavier, S.R., Ismail, A.Z., and Ahmad, S.Z. (2010) Cultural and Economic Determinants of Entrepreneurial Propensity: A Study of Multi-Ethnic Society in Malaysia. Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Vol VI, Issue 2, pp 67-84.

Syed, Z. A. & Xavier, S.R., (2011) Preliminary Investigation of Yemeni Women Entrepreneurs: Some Challenges for Development and Barriers to Success. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB). Vol. 13, No. 4.

Xavier, S.R., Syed, Z.A., Perumal, S., Mohd Nor, L. and Jagadesan (2011),  The Transition from Corporate Careers to Business Ownership: The Case For Women Entrepreneurs in Malaysia,  International Journal of Business Administration (IJBA), Vol 2, No.3, pg.148, ISSN 1923-4007.

Syed, Z.A. and Xavier, S.R. (2012), Entrepreneurial Environments and Growth: Evidence from Malaysia GEM Data. Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship (JCE), Volume 4 Issue 1.

Xavier, S.R., Syed, Z.A., Mohd Nor, L. and Yusof, M., (2012), Women Entrepreneurs: Making A change From Employment to Small and Medium Business Ownership, Procedia Economics and Finance, pp. 321-334, Ref: FINE322, DOI: 10.1016/S2212-5671(12)00347-4.

Syed, Z.A., Xavier, S.R. (2013), Examining Entrepreneurial Intention through Cognitive Approach Using Malaysia GEM Data, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 27 Iss: 3, pp.449 – 464, ISSN: 0953-4814, 10.1108/JOCM-03-2013-0035.

Lim, W.L. and Xavier, S.R., (2015), Opportunity Recognition Framework: Exploring the Technology Entrepreneurs, American Journal of Economics 2015, 5(2): 105-111 DOI: 10.5923/c.economics.201501.10.

Xavier, S.R., (2016), Malaysia’s Startup Ecosystem: A Work In Progress, Asian Research Policy, Vol.7, Issue 1, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP).

Lim, W.L., Xavier, S.R., Yusuf, M and Ravindran, (2016), Sources of Information on Alertness: An Empirical Study on Technology Entrepreneurs, Advanced Science Letters, ISSN: 1936-6612 (Print): EISSN: 1936-7317 (Online)

Book Chapters/Reports/Course Guide

Xavier, S.R. (2008), New Venture Development, MBA Module Handbook, Open University Malaysia.

Xavier, S.R., et al. (2010), Entrepreneurship in Malaysia: GEM Report, MPH Publications.

L Mohd Nor, M Yusof, D Amat Sapuan, SR Xavier, (2010), Entrepreneurship development in Malaysia: Based on the findings of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2009, ASEAN Universities Consortium of Entrepreneurship Education (AUCEE), Pg. 208-220.

Xavier, S.R. (2011), Advanced Organisation and Management, DBA Study Guide, Open University Malaysia.

Xavier, S.R., et al (2012), Malaysian Entrepreneurship: A Multi-National Comparison based on GEM Data 2010, Karisma Publications.

Xavier, S.R., et al (2013), Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Global Report 2012, Karisma Publications.

Xavier, S.R., et al (2014), GEM Entrepreneurial Framework Conditions in South East Asia, 2013/2014, Completed. JiwaBaru Publications. ISBN 978-983-2127-14-7.

Xavier, S.R., et al (2014), Entrepreneurship Trends in Malaysia: A 5 Year Review of Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Challenges, JiwaBaru Publications, Completed. ISBN 978-983-2127-13-0.

Xavier, S.R., et al (2015), Driving ASEAN Entrepreneurship: Policy Opportunities for Inclusiveness and Sustainable Entrepreneurial Growth, ASEAN Regional Entrepreneurship Report 2014/2015. ISBN 978-983-2127-15-4.

Leilanie Mohd Nor, Christian Lechner, Barjoyai Bardai, Mohar Yusof & Xavier, S.R., chapter in book Sharma, P., Auletta, N., DeWitt, R., Parada, M. & Yusof, M., (2015), Developing Next Generation Leaders for Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Family enterprises. Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., Northampton, MA, ISBN: 978 1 78471 786 5.

Leilanie Mohd Nor, Mohar Yusuf, Xavier, S.R., Omaima Eltahir, Manzoor Mirani and Syeliya Zaini, (2015), Women and Family Entrepreneurship in Malaysia, A Formidable Economic Force, CEDAR, SME Bank, ISBN: 978-967-12543-6-3

Mike Herrington, Xavier, S.R., et al, (2016) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Policy Briefs 2016, GEM Consortium.

Xavier, S.R., et al (2016), ASEAN Entrepreneurship: The Context, Impact and Opportunities for Startups and Women Entrepreneurs; Key Pivots for Growth and Sustainability, ASEAN Regional Entrepreneurship Report 2015/2016. ISBN: 978-983-2127-16-1.

Ulrike and Xavier, S.R., (2017), Women entrepreneurship within the ASEAN Economic Community: Challenges and Opportunities, chapter in book Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth of Women’s Entrepreneurship: A Comparative Analysis. Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. ISBN: 978-178-5364617.

Xavier, S.R. (2017), Advanced Organisation and Management, BPOM7103 Course Guide, First Edition, August 2017, Open University Malaysia

Professional Memberships

Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) 2011-2017

Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research (JGER), since 2012.

Member of the UNIRAZAK Case Writers Club since 2009-present

Reviewer of Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies. 2012-present

Consultancy & Awards
Executive Education & Consultancies

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Trainer for the university’s Centre for Executive Education (CEE) – conducted Corporate and SME training. Companies included Maybank, CIMB bank and Petronas. 2009-2016

Programme Developer and Lead Facilitator – Beifang University of Nationalities, Nengxia, China – Developed an Entrepreneurship Educators Seminar (EES). Trained their entrepreneurship faculty. Coordinated 4 faculty and professionals and delivered the programme in Nengxia, China for 38 professors, 2014.

Case study Workshop Facilitator for 70 University Putra Malaysia (UPM) professors – Conducted with Prof Price of Babson College as part of the Entrepreneurship Educators for Technological Entrepreneurship, 2009.

Lead Trainer, BioTech Entrepreneurship Special Training (BEST), 2009 & 2010 – postgraduate participants specialising in biotechnology.

Lead trainer, Petronas Management Training – Senior Managers Entrepreneurship Development Programme, 2010.

Lead Trainer, SME Bankers Senior Managers Training – Intrapreneurship training for 50 SME bankers, 2011.

Trainer, INSKEN Training, Skim Usahawan Siswazah (SUS) – Entrepreneurship and Innovation training for graduates who plan to start businesses, 2011 – 2016.

Lead Trainer, Entrepreneurship Educators Certification for Lecturers of Community Colleges – Developed and delivered programme, 2010-2011.

Lead Consultant, Toyota Tsusho, Senior Managers Promotions Consultancy & Examination, Yearly in Dec 2012 – Present.

Lead Trainer, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, MBA students, Entrepreneurship Experiential Training, 2013 – Present

Lead Trainer, Maybank – Training their SME Customers, Dec, 2013

Lead Consultant, CIMB Bank, Bumiputera Vendor Development Programme, April, 2015 – June, 2017.

Invited Keynote Speaking Engagements 

Xavier, S.R., Education and training on Entrepreneurship; Enhancing Career Readiness and Start-Up for Youth, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2017 Start-Ups Forum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 11th-12th September 2017

Xavier, S.R., Skills on The Move, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Shanghai, China, 4th-7th June 2017

Xavier, S.R., Social Entrepreneurship, MMU Entrepreneur Development Centre Startup Bootcamp, Cyberjaya, Malaysia, 4th March 2017.

Xavier, S.R., ASEAN Entrepreneurship Aspirations: A 3-Year Evaluation, 4th ASIA SME Conference, Jakarta, 14th September 2016.

Xavier, S.R., Entrepreneurship Eco-Systems: An ASEAN Perspective, International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Tehran, Iran, 20th Feb, 2016.

Xavier, S.R., ASEAN Entrepreneurship, The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECiS), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada, 1st Feb 2016.

Xavier, S.R., ASEAN Regional Report 2014/2015, ASEAN Summit, Kuala Lumpur, 19th Nov 2015.

Xavier, S.R., ASEAN Entrepreneurship, National Entrepreneurship Forum, Hanoi, Vietnam, 9th June, 2015.

Xavier, S.R., GEM Malaysia – Spearheading ASEAN, Institute Keusahawanan Negara, Technology Park Malaysia, 7th May, 2015.

Xavier, S.R., Nurturing Angel Investors among NextGen Entrepreneurial Leaders, 1 ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit, 2015, KLCC, 19th March, 2015.

Xavier, S.R., ‘ASEAN – Summary Report of SEA GEM Report’, Seminar, Workshop and GEM Indonesia Report Launch, Prahyangan University, Bandung, Indonesia, 4-5th June, 2014.

Xavier, S.R., ‘Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: A Global View of Findings and Implications for Policy’, Enterprise Performance in Asia Conference, AIM Policy Centre, Cebu, Philippines, 7-9th November, 2013.

Xavier, S.R., ‘Women’s Economic Value as Entrepreneurs’, Women In Leadership Forum Asia 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 29th March 2013.

Xavier, S.R., Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Global Entrepreneurship Report 2012, Lead-writer and presenter, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 17th Jan 2013.

Xavier, S.R., ‘Entrepreneurship: The Way Forward for Malaysia’, Balai Ikhtisas Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 30th Jan 2013.

Xavier, S.R., ‘Entrepreneurship in Asia’, 10th September 2012, IAE Business School, Universidad Astral, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Xavier, S.R., ‘Entrepreneurship Education’, Korean Entrepreneurship Foundation and Korea Ministry of Education, 31st Oct 2012, COEX Conference Room, Seoul Korea.

Xavier, S.R., ‘Entrepreneurship and Policy: Insights from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)’, Academy of International Business (AIB) Conference, George Washington University School of Business, 1st July 2012, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC, USA.

Xavier, S. R., ‘Entrepreneurship Education towards the Ignition of Economic Growth’, 4th Higher Education Conference, 2011, Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Xavier, S.R., ‘Entrepreneurial Potential and Challenges for Developing Countries’, National Entrepreneurs Conference, November 2005, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Conference Proceedings and Working Summits 

Xavier, S. R., (2009, June 22-23) Cultural and Economic Determinants of Entrepreneurial Propensity: GEM Data Contrasted as Evidence of National Differences. This paper was presented at the IV International Workshop of Research based on GEM, Cadiz, Spain.

Mohd Nor, L., Yusof, M., and Xavier, S.R., (2009, November 19-21). The Lob Family case (Gumi Asli Elektrik Sdn Bhd). Paper presented at the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) 2009 Asia Pacific Summit in Seoul, Korea.

Xavier, S.R., Jan – 2009/2010, GEM Global Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.

Xavier, S.R., Perumal, S., Mohd Nor, L., Amat Sapuan, D. (2010, August 2 -5) Women Entrepreneurs: An Investigation of the Transition from Corporate Careers to Business Ownership. Presented at the 7th Annual International Conference on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Management – Marketing – Economic and Social Aspects, Athens, Greece.

Mohd Nor, L., Yusof, M., Xavier, S.R., (2010, December 17-21). The Yaacub Family case (Media Karangkraf Sdn Bhd). Paper presented at the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) 2010 Global Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Mohd Nor, L., Yusof, M., Amat Sapuan, D., and Xavier, S.R. (2010, February 27 – March 1) “Entrepreneurship development in Malaysia based on the findings of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2009”. Paper presented at the Entrepreneurship & Societal Development in ASEAN (ISE-SODA) 2010, Langkawi, Malaysia.

Xavier, S.R., Jan – 2010/2011, GEM Global Meeting, Santiago, Chile.

Mohd Nor, L., Yusof, M., Xavier, S.R. Mohd Helmi, M.H., and Ayob, N., (2011, November 17-20). The Lob Family case (Gumi Asli Elektrik Sdn Bhd). Paper presented at the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) 2011 Asia Pacific Summit in Sun Yat Seng University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Xavier, S.R., Jan – 2011/2012, GEM Global Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Xavier, S.R., (2011, October 3-11) Cultural and Economic Determinants of Entrepreneurial Propensity: Effect of Government Policy and Fiscal Reforms in a Developing Country. Presented at the V Global GEM Research Conference, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Xavier, S.R., 16th Feb, 2012, World Bank Malaysia Higher Education Seminar 2012. Appointed Chief Rapporteur.

Xavier, S.R., Jan – 2012/2013, Presenter of the GEM Global Report, GEM Global Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Xavier, S.R., 11-12th October, 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 (GES 2013), Kuala Lumpur. Moderator for the topic, ‘The Entrepreneurial University’.

Xavier, S.R, Syed, Z.A., Mohd Nor, L., Yusof, M., (2012, June 14 – 16) Women Entrepreneurs: Making A Change from Employment to Small and Medium Business Ownership. Presented at International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprise Development: Innovation and Sustainability in SME Development, Bali, Indonesia.

Xavier, S.R., Jan – 2013/2014, GEM Global Meeting, Santiago, Chile.

Xavier, S.R., Nov, 2013, IDRC SEA Regional Entrepreneurship Meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Xavier, S.R., March, 2014, GEM SEA Research Workshop, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Xavier, S.R., ‘SEA Entrepreneurship Workshop’, Seminar, Workshop and GEM Indonesia Report Launch, Bandung, Indonesia, 4-5th June, 2014.

Xavier, S.R., Feb, 2015, GEM Global Meeting, Monterrey, Mexico.

Xavier, S.R., Feb, 2016, GEM Global Meeting, Boston, MA.

Xavier, S.R., Feb, 2016, Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Educators (GCEE), Dubai.

Xavier, S.R., June, 2016, ICSB, Public Policy Forum, New York.

Xavier, S.R., June, 2016, Big Data Workshop, New York.

Xavier, S.R., Jan, 2017, Presenter of GEM Global Report 2016/2017, GEM Global Meeting, Kuala Lumpur.

Xavier, S.R., Feb, 2018, GEM Global Meeting, South Korea.

Academic Awards, Grants and Honors

National Awards

Finalist in the ‘National Outstanding Educator Award 2018’ – Private Education Excellence awards, University Category, 2018

Awarded the ‘National Outstanding Researcher Award 2015’ – Entrepreneurship, Private University Category, 2015 by MAPCU, presented by Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, March 2015.

Project Leader for the Malaysian National Entrepreneurship Award (MEA), ‘Entrepreneurial Private University of the Year 2015’ won by my university, UNIRAZAK, November 2015.

Research Grants


Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) National Team Leader and Principal Researcher, 2009-2017: The Malaysian Report. Yearly UNIRAZAK University grant MYR400, 000/year.

Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP), Team member, since 2009-2017. Grant value MYR70, 000/year.

Exploring Transgenerational Entrepreneurship: Building a Family Business Landscape in Malaysia. May 2013-2015, Project member, Grant Value MYR100,000.

A Study on Women/Family Entrepreneurship (Dec. 2014 – June 2015), Commissioned by Centre of Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR), SME Bank, Project member, Grant value MYR70,000.


United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESPAC), Multinational Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship, 2012, Project member, Grant value MYR45, 252.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, ASEAN Research Project Leader, June 2013-November 2016. Grant value MYR2.262million.

Other Honors and Awards

Nominated Valedictorian for Charles Sturt University -MBA graduation, 2002.

Appointed Board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association from 2011-2018.

Appointed ‘Subject Matter Expert’ for Business and Entrepreneurship, 2007 – 2018 to Open University Malaysia (OUM) which offers a blended mode of learning. Online and face to face.

Appointed Global Entrepreneurship Monitor National Team Leader for Malaysia, 2009 – 2017.

Invited by University of Cape Town, South Africa (along with key global experts), as Advisor for their two-year Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship programme by their Faculty of Commerce, Oct 2014.

Principal Researcher, Writer and Presenter of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Global Report on Entrepreneurship in 2012 (covering 69 countries), presented in Jan 2013 in KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

Principal Researcher, Writer and Presenter of the 1st and 2nd ASEAN Regional Entrepreneurship Report 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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