Success factors for B2B E-marketplaces in Malaysia / Farhana Md. Hilal

Md. Hilal, Farhana (2006) Success factors for B2B E-marketplaces in Malaysia / Farhana Md. Hilal. Degree thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.


The electronic business arena is highly dynamic and characterized by continuous
evolution in technology, marketing concepts and effective business approaches.
Business-to-business (B2B) electronic commerce, in particular, is evolving,
especially in relation to virtual supply chain management and electronic
marketplaces (e-marketplaces). Even Malaysia has a positive growth outlook in the
growing number of electronic merchants on the local front. There are some providers
managing e-marketplaces in Malaysia. Some of them have succeeded if measured
according to their status in the Multimedia Super Corridor or in their listing in the
Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (Bursa Malaysia). Responding to the phenomena,
this research was conducted to analyse the factors that influence their successful
sustainability. The aims are to identify the success factors that are most applicable
for B2B e-marketplaces in Malaysia and determine the impact of identified factors to
B2B e-marketplaces in Malaysia. This research used knowledge abstraction in an
attempt to identify the factors and a field study was conducted via interviews and
questionnaire survey on B2B providers. Targeted respondents are located from
search engines and an online directory at Nineteen
targeted respondents are identified based on two basic characteristics. First, the
company should be practicing business-to-business activities and second, perform
business activities in Malaysia or including Malaysia. Based on secondary data, the
researcher identified seven factors that contribute to the success of e-marketplaces in
Malaysia which are neutrality/bias, target market, partnerships, building liquidity,
culture, privacy and security, and technology. There were some limitations
encountered during the course of the research. However, the findings indicated that
five success factors are applicable to Malaysian business society whereas culture,
privacy and security, and technology do not affect the success of B2B e-marketplaces
in Malaysia.


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