The Effectiveness of Knowledge Acquisition and Export Performance among Malaysian SMEs: Mediated by Innovation

  • Khaw Jia-Qi
  • Shankar Chelliah


Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) works as the backbone of the economy. Development of SMEs are paid attention since there is a strong bond between SMEs and nation’s economy. However, SMEs in Malaysia are not developed in the full force. The rapid change in the commerce world caused organizations that are not0 developed well to struggle in surviving in the competitive market. In such, the resources and values that carries by knowledge could lead organization to gain a competitive advantage in the market. Knowledge which works as the capital and asset helps in driving the organization’s success. Organizations are encouraged to enhance their capabilities in the process of knowledge management in which moving them into more competitive and innovative in the market. Innovation came to mind for organization to reinvest and reshape themselves in order to standstill in the competitive market. Innovation works in producing a new and creative idea in implementing new products or enhancement on the existing products which could help to improve the organizational performance. This study is carried out in aiming to fill the perceived research gap by determining the relationship between knowledge acquisition and export performance among SMEs in Malaysia which is mediated by innovation. This paper focuses on the manufacturing industry of SMEs in Malaysia. This study anticipates that knowledge acquisition are critical antecedents on the export performance which could lead to positive relationship with the export performance of SMEs and mediated by innovation. The findings of the study provide an insight towards the organizations which could lead them in identifying effective strategies and helps in improving their export performance.


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How to Cite
JIA-QI, Khaw; CHELLIAH, Shankar. The Effectiveness of Knowledge Acquisition and Export Performance among Malaysian SMEs: Mediated by Innovation. Asian Journal of Research in Business and Management, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 52-59, june 2020. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 13 july 2020.