Innovating Up To Speed – Measuring Penang’s Innovative Capabilities


Norlela Ariffin analyses MNCs and SMEs to examine how innovative activity has spread among firms in the electronics industry in Malaysia, primarily in Greater Penang and Klang Valley. The internationalisation of innovative capability is measured by the technological capability levels and speeds at which they have been built, what are the implications for Penang?

RECENTLY, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the plan for the development of Greater Penang, which would comprise the state of Penang and extend to the Kulim High Tech Park and Perak industrial parks. As Greater Penang competes with other globally competitive locations to attract the best human capital and high-value investments, it needs to move up to the next high stage of development and innovation-driven economy, reinforce Penang’s existing strengths and most importantly, get Penang’s technological innovative capabilities up to speed.

To examine whether internationalisation of technological innovative capabilities has spread to Greater Penang and Klang Valley,

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