Title: Internationalisation process of Malaysian firms: the mediating effects of motivation and network

Authors: Fariza Hashim; Jannatul Firdaus Ismail

Addresses: College of Business Administration, Prince Sultan University, P.O. Box 66833, Riyadh, 11586, Saudi Arabia ' College of Management and Economics, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd East, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada

Abstract: This research examines the internationalisation process of large Malaysian firms by focusing on identifying the effect of mediating forces between internationalisation advantage and internationalisation intensity. A total of 100 Malaysian firms participated in this research. Using regression and hierarchical multivariate regression analyses (HMRAs), researchers found the mediating effect of motivation on internationalisation advantage and internationalisation intensity, which indicated a full mediation effect. The results further indicated that network has partial mediation effect on the relationship between internationalisation advantage and internationalisation intensity. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings were also discussed.

Keywords: internationalisation process; internationalisation intensity; mediating effects; motivation; networks; emerging economies; Malaysia.

DOI: 10.1504/JGBA.2014.058880

Journal for Global Business Advancement, 2014 Vol.7 No.1, pp.4 - 21

Published online: 27 Jan 2014 *

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