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Abdul-Aziz, A R (2009) Locational factors and foreign market-entry considerations for Malaysian contractors. Construction Economics and Building, 9(01), 27-36.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Internationalisation; Malaysian; construction contractors; location factors
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1445-2634
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB.v9i1.3012
  • Abstract:
    Past studies on contractor internationalisation adopt a unimodel approach. Taking up the call of a few scholars, a study is conducted, this time by integrating several extant models of firm internationalisation. Malaysian international contractors are used to test this approach. Due to space limitation, this paper is focused only on locational factors. It begins by justifying the inclusion of locational factors in a multi-model approach. Then it posits that locational disadvantage is a more intellectually appealing concept than locational advantages. Empirically, it shows that the surveyed contractors evaluate a wide range of factors before making the go/no go decision to enter foreign markets. It also shows that psychic distance was not their major concern. Finally, the locational disadvantages create a market space for international contractors with the tenacity to overcome them, which the sampled population possessed.