Title: Business challenges and strategies for development of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia

Authors: Syed Zamberi Ahmad, Nazatul Shima Abdul Rani, Siti Kasmah Mohd Kassim

Addresses: College of Business Administration, Prince Sultan University (PSU), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ' Marketing and Management Department, The School of Business, Curtin University of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia. ' School of Foundation and Continuing Studies, Curtin University of Technology Sarawak, Malaysia

Abstract: Despite their significant role in both the developed and the developing economies, Small-and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are faced with the greater risk of business failure with past statistics indicating that over half of all new ventures will not enjoy long-term success. They face various types of difficulties and business challenges. This paper attempts to examine the issues, and explain how the business owners of SMEs in Malaysia strategise their operation to overcome the failure. The study highlighted several challenges faced by the firms, and to overcome these issues, SMEs have followed numerous strategies. The study revealed that business success is a result of implementing a mix of business, operation and management strategies. The paper concludes with the possible remedies, recommendations and future enhancements.

Keywords: SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurs; new business ventures; Malaysia; challenges; business failures; long-term success; business owners; operational strategy; management strategies; business competition; business growth.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2010.034168

International Journal of Business Competition and Growth, 2010 Vol.1 No.2, pp.177 - 197

Available online: 16 Jul 2010 *

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