Title: Cost management skills among the owners of Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the era of globalisation

Authors: Muhammad Rosni Amir Hussin; Rose Alinda Alias; Kamariah Ismail

Addresses: School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia ' UTM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Office, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310 Johor, Malaysia ' Faculty of Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310 Johor, Malaysia

Abstract: In the era of globalisation or internationalisation, as a developing country, it is crucial for the Malaysian Government to propose an SME development plan to assist the SMEs to meet the new business challenges in the competitive global business environment. This is because SMEs in Malaysia need to prepare themselves in various aspects, especially in respect of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to face the challenges in this new economic era. From the literature, globalisation or internationalisation is considered to be among the most important motivations for Malaysian SMEs owners to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to compete with the big world players. Among the important skills that have been discussed in the literature is cost management skills. Therefore, this paper will give an overview of the skill in costing among the owners of Malaysian SMEs in the era of globalisation. Furthermore, this paper will provide recommendations concerning how to improve cost management skills among Malaysian SMEs.

Keywords: globalisation; internationalisation; SME development; cost management skills; Malaysia; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; developing countries; entrepreneurial skills; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2013.056279

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2013 Vol.20 No.2, pp.205 - 213

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 03 Sep 2013 *

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