Unraveling the Internationalization Barriers among Oil and Gas SMEs: A Path to Global Expansion

Janiffa Saidon and Amir Afiq Mohd Yusof and Nurul Ainun Ahmad Atory and Faizah Mashahadi and Mohd Zulkifli Abdullah and Hairulnizam Hashim and Siti Nor Bayaah Ahmad (2023) Unraveling the Internationalization Barriers among Oil and Gas SMEs: A Path to Global Expansion. Information Management and Business Review, 15 (3). pp. 129-138. ISSN 2220-3796

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The remarkable expansion of globalization stands as one of the most significant phenomena in the twenty-first century, shaping both the business landscape and robust strategic approaches that prioritize the internationalization of domestic firms. In addition to large multinational corporations, small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) also recognize the vast opportunities international markets offer for business growth and development. Furthermore, SMEs that venture into global markets can strengthen their competitiveness and global presence by integrating valuable global experiences and incorporating their benefits into their domestic operations. Despite the potential, SMEs' involvement in the global market has remained disappointingly low, with little improvement since 2011. In light of this challenge, our study endeavors to unravel the multifaceted factors contributing to SMEs' internationalization dilemmas. Analyzing a total of 409 valid datasets, the findings highlighted the main factor behind SMEs' hesitancy to engage in internationalization: a lack of resources. Consequently, it becomes crucial for SMEs, particularly those in the Oil and Gas Equipment and Service segments, to focus on strengthening their resources to facilitate the internationalization process. Complementing this resource-centric approach, adjustments in managers' attitudes are equally crucial, as they have the potential to ignite SMEs' active engagement in international markets, ultimately contributing to national economic growth.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Internationalization Barriers, SMEs, Company Capability, Attitude, Resources
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-9999 Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2321-4730.9 Industry > HD2340.8-2346.5 Small and medium-sized businesses, artisans, handicrafts, trades
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy > TN1-997 Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2024 15:02
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 15:02
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/38254

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