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The obstacles preventing the small firms in Iraq to export

Salman, Mohammed Hassoon (2016) The obstacles preventing the small firms in Iraq to export. Masters thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

Export performance is usually taken as one of the important factors in driving a country’s economic growth. Exports can improve the firm’s production efficiency, overcome higher trade barriers and address different market preferences in the competitive international markets. This study investigates the obstacles faced by the small Iraqi firms to export. Four obstacles are considered from a theoretical perspective, as variables that have affected the success of these firms to export, which are (i) the infrastructure, (ii) trade policies, (iii) corruption, crime and security and (iv) finance. The empirical research was conducted through a questionnaire distribution concerned with the textile and food industry sectors in Iraq. Both textile and food industry sectors are of high export potential, but are found to be struggling with international recognition. The impediments or barriers and also the incentives were labelled as the core factors. The results of data analysis obtained from data collected from respondents show that both food and textile sectors have produced similar outputs where their answers are nearly same. Both sectors face the same issues and problems in suggesting the way forward. The small firms in both sectors, with very different products and strategic advantages, require entrepreneurial leadership, strategy and innovation to take advantage of the changing international regulations, favourable domestic factor condition and government support to compete successfully in the international markets.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: export performance, Iraqi small firms, exporting obstacles, exporting activity.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > HB615-715 Entrepreneurship. Risk and uncertainty. Property
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor. > HD60 Small Business.
Divisions: School of Business Management
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2016 15:50
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2016 15:50
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/5923

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