Innovation intensity: Its Antecedents and effects on business performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Malaysian manufacturing sector

Iffi Fitriah, (2007) Innovation intensity: Its Antecedents and effects on business performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Malaysian manufacturing sector. PhD thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

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This was a survey research which investigated five important issues concerning innovation intensity and business performance in Malaysian manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The first issue was concerned with levels of business orientations, innovative capability, and innovation intenSity. The second was concerned with effects of innovation antecedents (market orientation, learning orientation, entrepreneurial orientation and innovative capability) on innovation intenSity. The third was concerned with effects of innovation intenSity on business performance (subjective business performance, return on assets, sales, sales growth, and return on sales). The fourth was concerned with moderating effects of environmental uncertainty on relationship between innovation intensity and business performance. The fifth was concerned with mediating effects of innovation intensity on relationship between innovation antecedents and business performance. A set of questionnaire was used as the research instrument and stratified systematic sampling was used to determine the research sample. The sample consisted of 182 SMEs in the Malaysian manufacturing sector but only 161 were used for further analyses. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (factor analysis and regression analysis). Research hypotheses were tested at significance level of 0.=.05. Results of the first issue showed that levels of business orientations and innovative capability were slightly high, while level of innovation intenSity measured as a single scale was moderate. Concerning the second issue, only innovative capability had significant effects on innovation intensity. On the third issue, innovation intenSity had significant effect on subjective business performance and sales. Concerning the fourth issue, environmental uncertainty did not have any significant moderating effect on relationship between innovation intensity and business performance. Concerning the fifth issue, significant mediating effects of innovation intenSity were found on relationship between innovative capability and subjective business performance and on relationship between innovative capability and sales. In general, these findings provide wider implications for theory development, industrial practices, and industrial policymaking.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Subjects:?? HF5387-5387.5 ??
Divisions:School of Business and Economics
ID Code:356
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:19 Nov 2010 14:10
Last Modified:19 Nov 2010 14:10

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