Mohammad Falahat

International Business, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Malaysia

About

Dr Falahat holds a Doctorate in International Entrepreneurship from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and MBA in Technology Management from Multimedia University (MMU), Malaysia. He has 15 years of industry experience prior entering academia. He worked in a consultancy company in Dubai, UAE and he was a director of Efficient Edge and Drywall Collection.

Currently he is an Assistant Professor and Chairperson for a research centre (Centre for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility in Business) at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (UTAR) Faculty of Accountancy and Management. In addition, he is also teaching the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes related to International Business, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at UTAR.

He received USM Gold Medal Award for the best Doctor of Business Administration degree in conjunction with the 45th university convocation.  Besides that, he received a certificate award for “Faculty Development in International Entrepreneurship Program” from University Colorado Denver, USA and he is a certified trainer endorsed by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB), Malaysia.

He is also currently supervising PhD and masters students. His area of expertise / research interest includes International Business, International Entrepreneurship, Business Strategies, SMEs performance / Internationalization, Marketing Management, Born Globals, Education Management and Data Analysis in SEM-PLS. He has published and presented papers in international journals and international conferences.

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SMEs internationalization: The role of product innovation, market intelligence, pricing and marketing communication capabilities as drivers of SMEs’ international performance

Abstract

Small and medium enterprise (SME) competitive advantage has been recognized as an important topic for researchers dealing with SME internationalization. Previous studies have long discussed the role of firm competitive advantage as a determinant of international performance, but there are few studies analyzing the determinants of firm competitive advantage and its potential mediating role in the relationship between organizational capabilities and SMEs' international performance. In this paper, we hypothesize four essential export capabilities (market intelligence, product innovation, pricing, and marketing communication) as determinants of competitive advantage for exporting SMEs. Based on a sample of 119 active exporting Malaysian SMEs and using partial least squares (PLS) structural equation modeling, the results revealed that three of the mentioned capabilities lead to competitive advantage. In addition, results indicated that competitive advantage only acts as a mediator between pricing capability and SMEs' international performance. The main conclusions of this investigation can be valuable to SMEs and startups that intend to explore or exploit opportunities in foreign markets.

International Business Research

Impact of Digitalization on the Speed of Internationalization

Digitalization combined with globalization is the current megatrend that impacting the international business landscape and creates opportunities for new business models. Embracing digitalization enables firms for speedy internationalization. Although the phenomenon of early internationalization has received increasing attention in the field of International Entrepreneurship over the past decades, however, there is a lack of focus on the role of digitalization that allows a higher speed of internationalization. This paper proposes a model that highlights the moderating role of digitalization on international business competencies and speed of internationalization. We argue that small and medium enterprises able to enter international markets more rapidly due to the impact of digitalization. This study addresses a gap in the literature and practical development needs for better understanding the impact of digitalization on the speed of internationalization. The limitations and implications of this study will be discussed for theoretical development and future research direction.

International Business Research

Impact of Digitalization on the Speed of Internationalization

Digitalization combined with globalization is the current megatrend that impacting the international business landscape and creates opportunities for new business models. Embracing digitalization enables firms for speedy internationalization. Although the phenomenon of early internationalization has received increasing attention in the field of International Entrepreneurship over the past decades, however, there is a lack of focus on the role of digitalization that allows a higher speed of internationalization. This paper proposes a model that highlights the moderating role of digitalization on international business competencies and speed of internationalization. We argue that small and medium enterprises able to enter international markets more rapidly due to the impact of digitalization. This study addresses a gap in the literature and practical development needs for better understanding the impact of digitalization on the speed of internationalization. The limitations and implications of this study will be discussed for theoretical development and future research direction.

International Journal of Engineering & Technology

Perceived Consumption Values, Satisfaction and Loyalty in the Tourism: Case of Malaysia

Domestic tourism is a substitute for outbound travel has a potential to create income and employment in the home economy. These potentials also create opportunities through the linkage at destinations. This study extent the concept and evaluates the empirical evidence of the relationship between perceived consumption values toward tourism loyalty. Drawn from revised framework of the Sheth-Newman Gross Model of Consumption Values and the European Consumer Satisfaction Index (ECSI), we examine the relationship of perceived consumption values, tourist satisfaction and tourist loyalty. Data obtained from 255 tourists visited the state of Malacca, Malaysia. The results indicated that tourist loyalty is affected by perceived consumption values and fully mediated by tourist satisfaction. The findings provide valuable insights to the policy makers, industries and academics in developing strategies and exploring possible factors to consider in tourism sector and thus, boost the national economy. As for policy makers, this study can be seen as exploitation to increase the influx of international tourists by implementing policies or improving tourist spots.  

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