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Post-print of: Ahmed, ZU, Julian, CC & Mahajar, AJ 2008, 'Export barriers and firm internationalisation from an emerging market perspective', Journal of Asia Business Studies, vol. 3, no. 1.

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This study is concerned with an empirical investigation that explores the barriers to export that emerging market entrepreneurs face when engaging in international business. The data was gathered from a survey of 214 manufacturing firms, headquartered in Malaysia, and considered to be an emerging market. Statistical analysis was carried out using one-way analysis of variance and the Tukey-Kramer Multiple Comparison Procedure. The study’s key findings indicate that exporters and non-exporters perceive the importance of the need to adapt products to meet foreign customer preferences and a lack of capacity dedicated to a continuing supply of exports differently as barriers to export. However, other than those barriers to export the study findings indicate no significant differences in the perceptions of exporters and non-exporters from an emerging market towards the different barriers to export.