Entrepreneurship and Organisational Performance

This research cluster, based in the Management Department and involving colleagues in Marketing, Accounting and Finance, takes the lead in developing trans-disciplinary research into entrepreneurship and organizational performance.

Entrepreneurship is key to economic competitiveness and will form an increasingly important research focus over the next five years. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are globally the engines of growth and predominate in Sarawak. Entrepreneurship and SMEs are areas of study in the own right and our research also focuses on innovation policy for development, indigenous entrepreneurship, family businesses and sustainable enterprises. Further work overlaps with organizational performance, addressing family firm performance and entrepreneurship orientation in accounting.

Research exploring firm performance from an accounting perspective includes studies of bank performance, mergers and acquisitions, managerial control, integrated performance measurement and quality assurance. Organizational performance research addresses wider measures associated with corporate social responsibility, employee performance at individual and team levels, and intermediate process measures associated with the balanced scorecard approach. The corporate social responsibility research agenda, which adopts a critical management perspective, is being pursued in collaboration with key enterprises in the region.

Another specialist area concerns high performance work systems and high involvement work processes, involving underpinning questions such as competence development, employee voice, employee well-being, work-life balance, absenteeism and turnover. Related labour market research is exploring skills mismatches, employability, skilled migration and expatriation. Specific studies are underway on developing a human capital index for Malaysia; work readiness of graduates in Malaysia; and high involvement working in large knowledge-intensive enterprises in ASEAN.

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