An investigation of the government export assistance programmes on firm's performance: A study of SMES in Malaysia / Fathin Nabihah Sapee

Sapee, Fathin Nabihah (2015) An investigation of the government export assistance programmes on firm's performance: A study of SMES in Malaysia / Fathin Nabihah Sapee. [Student Project] (Unpublished)


SMEs presence is significant nowadays to most economies, particularly those from emerging
countries. The internationalization of these firms is no longer an option, it is indeed necessary
for them to follow the wave of globalization. Despite of their constraints, Malaysian SMEs are
struggling to expand into international market and compete internationally to sustain their
foothold in the country. Various factors have forced SMEs in Malaysia to engage internationally,
however the venture are difficult to be accomplished independently. As a result, the Malaysian
government has initiated various efforts in supporting them to stand in the international arena.
Many agencies have been established and numerous programmes have been developed to
encourage SMEs internationalization. This study aims to investigate whether the following
constructs, awareness of export assistance programmes among SMEs in Malaysia, satisfaction
among SMEs with the programmes provided and benefit of export assistance programmes
would have a relationship with the firms' performance.
Using the email questionnaire technique, a survey was conducted among SMEs in Malaysia. In
total, 500 questionnaires were distributed, 89 completed questionnaires were received back
within the period of four weeks. The demographic profile of the respondents were discussed and
presented. Next, in determining the relationship between awareness, satisfaction and benefit of
the export assistance programmes on firms' performance, regression analysis was performed.
In terms of the relationship between awareness and performance, satisfaction and performance
as well as between benefit and performance, the results indicated that all of them are
significantly related to performance where satisfaction makes the strongest unique contribution
to explain the firms' performance.


Item Type: Student Project
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Sapee, Fathin Nabihah
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Industry > Small and medium-sized business. History > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Melaka > Bandaraya Melaka Campus > Faculty of Business and Management
Keywords: Government export assistance programmes; firm's performance; SMES
Date: 2015
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