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dc.contributor.authorDarun, Mohd R.en
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-26T02:24:35Z
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/4719
dc.description.abstractPurpose of research – this study examines the practice of Working Capital Management (WCM) in an organizational context, specifically Malaysian listed companies. Even though many studies of WCM have been undertaken in many countries around the world, the understanding of WCM practices in an organizational context has neither been adequately documented nor understood. Scholars have largely concentrated on developing sophisticated financial models, however managers need easy to use models (Gitman, Moses, & White, 1979). In the event of changes in organizational context, it is argued that the failure of WCM research to reflect the characteristics and challenges of contemporary organizational settings has led to a lack of understanding and gives rise to the need for a conceptual framework explaining current WCM practices. This study intends to first develop an understanding of the determinants of the various WCM practices currently used in organizations; and secondly to develop a conceptual framework explaining the dynamics of WCM in a Malaysian context. Design and methodology – this research used multiple-case studies of five Malaysian companies listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia. Key informants, representing various functional areas and hierarchical levels, were interviewed to gained insights about how working capital components were managed within the organizational context. The semi-structured interviews were designed to explore the diversity of WCM practices. Data was analyzed using qualitative methods to gain rich narratives and in-depth understanding of WCM practices for each case, then, cross case analysis enabled this research to develop a conceptual framework. Main finding - this study proposes a conceptual framework to provide a comprehensive understanding of WCM in an organizational context. A conceptual framework was developed based on observed patterns in five determining perspectives from multiple case studies which enabled this study to distinguish two differing WCM approaches, namely integrated and non-integrated WCM approaches. This study suggests that the conditions of these determining perspectives influenced the choice of WCM approach. The five determining perspectives were: perceived environmental uncertainty, budgetary control, organizational structure, interdependency and information technology, and organizational culture. Contribution of study – the conceptual framework adds value to the body of WCM knowledge by identifying how Malaysian companies manage their working capital and describes the dynamics of WCM that have previously not been explained. In terms of managerial practice, this study provides practitioners and academicians views about the influence of determining perspectives over the approach taken in WCM practices.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln Universityen
dc.subjectorganisational contexten
dc.subjectworking capital managementen
dc.subjecttheory and practiceen
dc.subjectmanagerial approachen
dc.subjectMalaysiaen
dc.titleThe determinants of working capital management practices: a Malaysian perspectiveen
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorLincoln Universityen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agribusiness and Commerceen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Financial and Business Systemsen
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pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/FABS
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden


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