Entrepreneurial orientation in internationalised SMES: evidence from Malaysia

Chew, Tze Cheng (2018) Entrepreneurial orientation in internationalised SMES: evidence from Malaysia. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management Practices, 1 (4). pp. 13-24. ISSN 2600-8750

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Abstract

The international entrepreneurship (IE) literatures suggest that entrepreneurial orientation (EO) enhances the performance of firms in international markets, however, theempirical results are inconclusive. Drawing on the resource-based view (RBV), this study attempts i) to examine whether EO prevails in Malaysian SMEs that compete in the world market; and ii) whether EO can be associated with the performance of the firms, in particular, international performance. The study employed a quantitative research method and conducted a large-scale, self-administered questionnaire survey in Malaysia. Drawing upon data from 203 Malaysian internationalised SME, the statistical results show that the perceived level of EO is above average level. Among the measures of EO, innovativeness is relatively higher than pro-activeness and risk-taking behaviours. Moreover, the analysis reveals the positive association of EO in the firms’ international performance. Significant practical implications are derived accordingly for business practitioners and policymakers to promote SMEs' international business development and growth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMEs; International Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial Orientation; International Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: FACULTY > Labuan Faculty of International Finance
Depositing User: Noraini
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 00:28
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 00:28
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/21898

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