Strategies for international market expansion : Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (SWOT) attributes of Malaysian construction firms / Che Maznah Mat Isa, Hamidah Mohd Saman and Christopher Nigel Preece

Mat Isa, Che Maznah and Mohd Saman, Hamidah and Christopher, Nigel Preece (2014) Strategies for international market expansion : Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (SWOT) attributes of Malaysian construction firms / Che Maznah Mat Isa, Hamidah Mohd Saman and Christopher Nigel Preece. Jurnal Intelek, 9 (1). pp. 69-78. ISSN 2231-7716

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Abstract

The competitive and saturated construction industry has led many domestic firms to expand internationally. Therefore, in today’s global industry, the construction firms must adopt a superior and an effective strategy to endure the increasing dynamics and uncertainties in the foreign markets. In the early stage of strategic planning, one of the basic but important steps is the need for firms to identify their strength, weakness, opportunity and threat (SWOT) attributes before they expand internationally. The aim of this study is to identify the important SWOT attributes to help the firms to manage and ease the inherent complexities and difficulties within international market domain. Survey questionnaires were sent to 115 Malaysian construction firms listed under Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia 2013 record resulted in 48.7 percent response rate. The relative importance index (RII) was used to rank the SWOT attributes. The findings revealed the following highest ranking of SWOT attributes: the ability to produce good quality products/services (strength), lack of research and development (weakness), mergers (opportunity), and policies, laws and regulations of host country (threat). The correlation analysis reveals a strong positive relationship between the opportunity and the threat attributes which indicates that the abundant opportunities are also accompanied by the inherent threats in the international markets. Thus, this study illustrates the identification of the most significant SWOT attributes related to the firms’ international operations. It is hoped that the findings would offer valuable information and practical guidance to construction firms in their preparatory works to internationalize.

Item Type: Article
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Mat Isa, Che MaznahUNSPECIFIED
Mohd Saman, HamidahUNSPECIFIED
Christopher, Nigel PreeceUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management > Leadership. Transformational leadership > Malaysia
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management > Organizational effectiveness. Performance measurement
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Construction industry > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Perlis > Arau Campus > Industry, Community and Alumni Network (R)
Journal or Publication Title: Jurnal Intelek
ISSN: 2231-7716
Volume: 9
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 69-78
Item ID: 12405
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat, Malaysian construction firms, International market
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 08:20
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitalan 1
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/12405

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