A review of foreign construction firm presence in the Malaysian construction industry

Veerasanai, Rajeswari and Alias, Anuar (2022) A review of foreign construction firm presence in the Malaysian construction industry. International Journal of Construction Management, 22 (10). 1830 – 1843. ISSN 1562-3599, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/15623599.2020.1742635.

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While globalization has provided many prospects for the construction sector to expand, with firms now able to venture into other countries to initiate building projects, the challenge this represents in terms of regulations and performance is considerable. The scarcity of research exploring this important issue means that there is a pressing need for thorough investigative research which offers empirically-based intuitions on the assimilation of local and foreign construction firms, particularly in the context of developing countries. This study reviewed the presence of foreign construction firms in the Malaysian construction industry (MCI) by exploring regulations and performance-related issues. A systematic literature review was conducted by employing the summative content analysis methodology. The key concerns observed were the Malaysian liberalization policy, the governing rules and the actual performance of foreign construction firms. The formation of backward linkages was found to be one of the most substantial ways by which Malaysia could benefit from the participation of foreign construction firms. Therefore, this article suggests that the government has a vital role to play in promoting the formation of backward linkages between foreign construction firms and local business entities. This study marks a significant contribution to current knowledge of the critical elements involved in the relationship between MCI and foreign construction firms in Malaysia. © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foreign construction firms; Issues; Malaysian construction industry; Performance; Regulation; Review
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2024 07:35
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2024 07:35
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/43836

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