The challenges faced by Malaysian small medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in export initiatives / Melissa Wee … [et al.]

Wee, Melissa and Mohd Zaki, Khaulah and Sadik, Mohd Zaki and Marmaya, Najihah Hanisah and Abdul Razak, Noraznira (2019) The challenges faced by Malaysian small medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in export initiatives / Melissa Wee … [et al.]. ASEAN Entrepreneurship Journal (AEJ), 5 (2). pp. 14-19. ISSN 2637-0301 (e-ISSN)


The increasing number of SMEs in Malaysia indicate that there is a large potential for export opportunities. Realizing the 37% contribution to GDP by SMEs, it is essential to understand the challenges and hurdles faced by these entities when exporting products to other countries. The significance of this, study is that, it looks into the three main challenges faced by Malaysian SMEs, which are distribution access, human capital and market attractiveness as the exogenous variables of this study. A total of 70 questionnaires responded to by SME owners and managers, were utilised for this study and a two-stage analysis of PLS-SEM consisting of measurement and structural analysis were applied to this study. Results shown that only human capital is found to be a challenge for SMEs in Malaysia in matters pertaining to export.


Item Type: Article
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Wee, Melissa
Mohd Zaki, Khaulah
Sadik, Mohd Zaki
Marmaya, Najihah Hanisah
Abdul Razak, Noraznira
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory. Demography > Entrepreneurship. Risk and uncertainty
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Small business. Medium-sized business
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Malaysian Academy of SME and Entrepreneurship Development (MASMED)
Journal or Publication Title: ASEAN Entrepreneurship Journal (AEJ)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > ASEAN Entrepreneurship Journal (AEJ)
ISSN: 2637-0301 (e-ISSN)
Volume: 5
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 14-19
Keywords: SMEs, Distribution access, Human capital
Date: 2019
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