• Siti Normah Awang Tuah Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Noor Hazlina Ahmad Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Hasliza Abd Halim Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Keywords: Social Capital, Strategic Capabilities, Manufacturing SMEs.


Research on SMEs in Malaysia has become more significant nowadays as SMEs in Malaysia contribute national income to the country. Internationalisation of SMEs is imperative as smaller firms operating international business today develop their own capabilities and competitive advantage. Thus, it is important for SMEs especially those in emerging countries like Malaysia to look into their social capital and put their efforts to strategize their capabilities to respond to the global competition and business opportunities. This study was conducted to examine the impact of social capital towards the SMEs capabilities before they adopt the best strategic approach to face challenge situations at hand. A quantitative approach was employed in this study and a total of 187 responses from manufacturing SME exporters were received and further analyzed using Partial Least Square (PLS) technique. The results demonstrated that social capital of manufacturing SMEs in Malaysia has significant impact only on innovation, marketing and technology capabilities but not market-linking and management capabilities.

Author Biographies

Siti Normah Awang Tuah, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Faculty of Business and Management

Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Melaka, Malaysia

Noor Hazlina Ahmad, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

School of Management

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Hasliza Abd Halim, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

School of Management

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia



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How to Cite
Tuah, S. N. A., Ahmad, N. H., & Halim, H. A. (2021). IMPACT OF SOCIAL CAPITAL TOWARDS STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES OF MANUFACTURING SMEs IN MALAYSIA. International Journal of Small and Medium Enterprises, 4(1), 1-11.
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