Title: Intellectual capital and performance of electrical and electronics SMEs in Malaysia

Authors: Muhammad Khalique; Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos

Addresses: Department of Business and Management Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mirpur Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan ' Department of Business Administration and Accountability, Faculty of Economics, The University of Oviedo, Spain

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to empirically test the integrated intellectual capital model (IICM) in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in electrical and electronics manufacturing sector in Malaysia. A valid research instrument was utilised to conduct a survey of 237 individuals from 77 SMEs operating in electrical and electronics manufacturing sector in Malaysia. Cronbach's alpha, exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis were used to examine the reliability and validity of research instrument. Finally multiple regression analysis was run to test the research hypotheses. Subsequently, two out of six research hypotheses were rejected. The findings of this study provide valuable insights on the generalisability of intellectual capital. Intellectual capital is a prime strategic asset for the success of organisations. The findings of this study will highlight the concept and applications of intellectual capital in SMEs operating in Malaysia. This research is among a few to investigate the influence of intellectual capital in Malaysia by using IICM and the first to study in electrical and electronics SMEs in manufacture sector.

Keywords: integrated intellectual capital model; IICM; organisational performance; electrical and electronics SMEs; Malaysia; small and medium-sized enterprises; electrical and electronics manufacturing; firm performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2015.070166

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2015 Vol.12 No.3, pp.251 - 269

Available online: 19 May 2015 *

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