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|Title:||Competitive assets of Malaysian international contractors|
|Author(s):||Abdul-Rashid Abdul-Aziz, (School of Housing Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Malaysia), Sing Sing Wong, (School of Housing Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Malaysia)|
|Citation:||Abdul-Rashid Abdul-Aziz, Sing Sing Wong, (2010) "Competitive assets of Malaysian international contractors", Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, Vol. 15 Iss: 2, pp.176 - 189|
|Keywords:||Assets, Competitive strategy, Contracts, International business, Malaysia|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/13664381011063458 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors would like to express their appreciation to Universiti Sains Malaysia for funding this paper.|
Purpose – The paper aims to identify firm-related competitive assets (FRCA) and home country-related competitive assets of Malaysian international contractors.
Design/methodology/approach – Rather than applying any one of the extant models on the internationalisation of businesses singly, the study combined several relevant models, thereby providing a rich theoretical basis. Data were collected using a postal questionnaire survey and follow-up face-to-face interviews. Past empirical observations of international construction companies were referred to when designing the questionnaire. All of the known Malaysian contractors with international operations were approached.
Findings – While there was broad concurrence between the sampled Malaysian contractors' FRCA with past studies, the participating firms attributed low competitive value to country-related competitive assets. Even so, they were not keen to establish their export bases in more supportive countries because of top management's personal affinity to Malaysia as a home country.
Research limitations/implications – The surveyed population is relatively small with low response rate.
Originality/value – The findings do not support the eclectic paradigm and diamond model on the aspect of home country features as providing competitiveness to international construction firms.
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