Strategic and Behavioral Innovativeness of Malaysian SMEs: Preliminary Results from a First Wave Data Collection

By Mohd Faiz Hilmi, T. Ramayah, Yanti Mustapha, Shahrier Pawanchik and Meor Azli Ayub.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study focused on the less explored small and medium enterprise (SME) innovativeness in an Asian context and attempts to probe the relationship of innovativeness practices and organizational performance of small- and medium-sized enterprises located in Malaysia. As a resource, innovativeness can help companies achieve the desired performance. This is in line with the Resource Based View theory that says appropriate resources will help the company achieve competitive advantages. Data were collected through both mail and web-based survey. 150 responses collected but only 92 accepted for analysis. Descriptive and regression analysis were conducted. The descriptive result shows that Malaysian SMEs to be above average on the innovativeness variables under study. As for the regression analysis on the innovativeness and its outcomes variables, strategic innovativeness has a significant link with company performances. However behavioral innovativeness has a weak link with company performances. The research results provide some insights for companies that interested in applying innovative measures as part of their strategy.

Keywords: Strategic Innovativeness, Behavioral Innovativeness, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Malaysia

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 737.155KB).

Dr. Mohd Faiz Hilmi

Senior Lecturer, Management Section, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia

Mohd Faiz Hilmi is currently attached to the School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He received his DBA from Universiti Sains Malaysia, MBA from Universiti Utara Malaysia and a B.A. degree from Washington State University. Prior to joining Universiti Sains Malaysia, he had 11 years of multi-functional accomplishments including as IT engineer, IT project/support coordinator, product data specialist and configuration manager in various multinationals corporations. Companies and organizations he has been working with include MCMS, Advanced Micro Devices, Celestica, Intel and Motorola. His areas of research interest include organizational innovation and innovative behavior.

Prof. T. Ramayah

Associate Professor, Operations Management Section, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Yanti Mustapha

Lecturer, Department of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Merbuk, Kedah, Malaysia

Shahrier Pawanchik

Senior Lecturer, School Of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Shahrier Pawanchik is a senior lecturer at the School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia. His area of specialization is Teaching of English as a Second Language. And as a researcher, his interest is on English needs of indigenous students at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The students’ needs are rarely analyzed and are simply intuited for them. He has also expanded his interest on English needs of adult learners in distance learning. Thus, by focusing on target needs and learning needs enable the researcher to determine the needs according to priorities for which a learner or group of learners requires a language in order to operate effectively.

Dr. Meor Azli Ayub

Senior Lecturer, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Meor Azli Ayub is a senior lecturer at the School of Distance Education at Universiti Sains Malaysia. His area of specialization is on Political Marketing, as well as working on other specialist areas such as consumer studies of voter behavior in electro market. Prior to coming into academia he worked for a number of years in a marketing company, and Malaysia Employee Provident Fund. Currently he is completing a doctorate studies at the University of Hull, United Kingdom.


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