African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4056

AJBM Articles

October 2019

Exploring barriers affecting suppliers in the mines in Zambia

The global value chain has become an important strategy to link local suppliers to the various commercial activities that are performed during the production of goods and services. The chain actors involved join together in distinctive processes to produce a product in a win-win situation. This means that even the marginalized local suppliers are given an opportunity to supply along the chain and earn income. However,...

Author(s): Peter Kanyinji and Gelson Tembo  

October 2019

The determinants of the corporate effective tax rate of Italian private companies

This study investigates the determinants of the corporate effective tax rate (ETR) of Italian private (unlisted) companies in 2016 and 2017. Although a large body of research has addressed the issue of the determinants of the ETR, both the Italian context and the private companies have been the object of scant attention in previous studies. To test research hypotheses, as in several previous studies, a pooled...

Author(s): Simone Poli  

October 2019

The impact of geographical location on inclusion of small and medium enterprises in the mining global value chain in Zambia: A case of selected small and medium enterprises (SMES) in the mining area

The global value chain approach has become a useful strategy to reduce poverty in the mining area by forming linkages among various players. This approach gives an opportunity to all stakeholders to participate in any suitable activity along the value chain. Once small and medium enterprises (SMEs) enter the value chain, they supply and earn sustainable income. Unfortunately, geographical location of the mines acts as a...

Author(s): Peter Kanyinji and Gelson Tembo  

October 2019

e overlooked role of market knowledge in the market integration of Ethiopian pastoralists

In response to rapid globalization, African countries have dedicated considerable efforts to transform rural producers into businesses and integrate them with global markets. Pastoralists are mostly isolated from the other livestock value chain members. This makes it difficult for them to acquire knowledge regarding how the market functions and what the value chain members’ want. This study explores how much...

Author(s): Teklehaimanot Mebrahtu Leake, Paul T. M. Ingenbleek and Hans C. M. van Trijp

September 2019

Alcohol consumption and conflicts in developing countries: A qualitative and a quantitative research concerning Christian consumers in Burkina Faso

The interest of researchers on consumption and conflicts is explained by the fact that consumption behavior leads to conflicts. Most of the studies on the topic are done in other contexts, and little research on the subject has been conducted in the context of Burkina Faso. This research aims to explore the concepts of alcohol consumption and conflicts in Burkina Faso, and underline the role of culture in management....

Author(s): Théophile Bindeouè Nassè  

September 2019

Determinant factors of consumers’ bank selection decision in Sudan

The purpose of this study is to identify the key determinant of the bank selection decision by Sudanese banks’ customers. The motivation for this paper is the lack of research that empirically studied bank selection criteria that influence customers' selection decisions on banking services in Sudan. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires to a sample of 253 of Banks customers in Khartoum...

Author(s): Mansour Ilham Hassan Fathelrahman  

August 2019

The challenges of management research in Africa: A study of selected Ethiopian higher education institutions

Management in Africa is under researched by scholars both within and outside of the continent. As a result, nowhere is management research-practice gap so wide than in Africa. This paper aims to assess the management research practices and challenges in selected Ethiopian higher education institutions (HEIs) and contributes to the improvement of management research practice in general. The study employed qualitative...

Author(s): A. Abdulahi Aliye

August 2019

The effect of leadership on job satisfaction, work motivation and performance of employees: Studies in AMIK Yapennas Kendari

This study describes the effect of leadership on job satisfaction, motivation and performance of employees. This study is carried out in Amik Yapennas Kendari. Population for the research consists of all employees of AMIK Yapennas totaling 68 employees. Research method uses a survey approach. The sampling technique is a census with the unit of analysis being the employees at AMIK Yapennas. Analysis tool used to test the...

Author(s): Nur Iman and Widhi Lestari

July 2019

Development impact bonds to overcome investors-services providers’ agency problems: Insights from a case study analysis

The paper aims to enrich the academic debate on social impact investing, through a formalization of Development Impact Bonds (DIBs)’ structure. With this purpose, the research adopts an inductive approach and presents a case study analysis of the world’s first successful DIB in education, Educate Girls Development Impact Bond. The analysis fosters the role of DIBs as tools to provide funds to non-profit...

Author(s): Carmen Gallucci, Rosalia Santulli and Riccardo Tipaldi

July 2019

The effect of county government expenditure on gross county product in Kenya: A panel data analysis

From previous studies, the effects of expenditure on economic growth appear to provide mixed results. Despite this uncertainty, theory suggests that expenditure induce growth. In Kenya, economic growth has been fluctuating despite the devolved expenditure increasing over time. It is against this background that this study was carried out to investigate empirically the short-run and long-run effect of components of...

Author(s): Naftaly Mose, Lawrence Kibet and Symon Kiprop  

July 2019

Factors affecting customers’ satisfaction towards the use of automated teller machines (ATMS): A case in commercial bank of Ethiopia, Chiro town

The  purpose  of  this  study  is  to  investigate the factors affecting customers’ satisfaction towards the use of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). To address  the  research  objectives,  200 questionnaires  were  distributed  to  respondents. A  total  of  176  were returned which is equivalent to 88% of the total...

Author(s): Tewodros Biset Amene and Debela Bonsa Buta

July 2019

Recruitment strategies of the banking industry in Nigeria: The head hunting panacea

The purpose of the study is to examine the effect of headhunting recruitment strategy on employee retention strategy in the Nigerian banking industry. The objective is to examine the effect of headhunting recruitment strategy on employee retention in the banking industry. The study makes use of primary data by administering structured questionnaire to employees of Zenith Bank Plc, a money deposits bank in Egor local...

Author(s): TAFAMEL, Ehiabhi Andrew and AKRAWAH, Onutomaha Dennis

June 2019

Investigating the challenges that the cross-border women traders face in Malawi: The Limbe Town women traders of Southern Malawi

Women in Malawi have been at the forefront of cross border trade both as a source of income and employment though they face numerous challenges. The paper investigates the challenges that the cross-border women face in the case of Limbe ICBT. A sample size of 30 participants was targeted that included 28 women cross-border traders, taxation authorities and Indigenous Business Association of Malawi (IBAM) officials. This...

Author(s): Nelson Nanteleza Ndala and Francis Moto Jnr.

June 2019

Incentives as correlates of employees’ loyalty towards management in organisation

The study investigates the effects of incentives on employees’ loyalty towards organisational management. It considers the types of incentives structure implemented for employees, and its probable effects on the performance and loyalty of employees to the management of an organisation. Data were collected through the administration of questionnaire to one hundred and twenty respondents, comprising thirty...

Author(s): Idowu H. A. O., Soyebo K. O. and Adeoye E. A.  

June 2019

Involving stakeholders in university hospital performance reporting: The state of the art in Italy

University hospitals (UHs) need to pay attention to diverse stakeholders’ interests when reporting their performance information, to meet different knowledge expectations concerning the activities they have performed and the outcomes they have achieved. In the existing literature, the level of consideration of UH performance reports reserve for a broad variety of stakeholders interested in UH outcomes, each with...

Author(s): Carla Del Gesso  

June 2019

Professional satisfaction of public university instructors in Bangladesh: A case of Rajshahi University

Professional satisfaction commonly termed as job satisfaction or employee satisfaction has been one of the key contents of human resource management, organizational behavior, and industrial psychology. Satisfied employees can be more productive and can have significant contribution to organizational success. High levels of job satisfaction could also be a sign of emotional wellness or mental fitness. Teaching is a noble...

Author(s): Saiful Islam, Dhanonjoy Kumar and Solaiman Chowdhury  

June 2019

Bushehr University of Medical Sciences physicians: Role of individual, organizational and technical factors affecting knowledge sharing

The main purpose of sharing knowledge is to provide the necessary ground for realization of knowledge management, and then, a transformation of organization knowledge into an effective organizational source. The purpose of this study was to determine the role of individual and organizational technical and cultural factors affecting knowledge sharing among physicians of BUMS, in 2017. This is a descriptive-analytical...

Author(s): Abdolrasool Khosravi, Nahid Safari, Atefeh Esfandiari, Saeed Keshmiri and Farshid Danesh  

May 2019

Shareholders’ return and value of manufacturing firms listed on the Nigerian stock exchange

The attainment of going concern concept of an entity relies heavily on its ability to maximize the wealth of its shareholders and value. The prospect of a firm to investors is a function of return, which signals to the market its good governance. The study examined the influence of shareholders’ return on the value of manufacturing firms listed on Nigerian Stock Exchange using annual reports and accounts of 36...

Author(s): OGUNDAJO Grace Oyeyemi, ENYI Patrick Enyi and OYEDOKUN Godwin Emmanuel

May 2019

The use of electronic monitoring and work performance of employees in the banking industry in Ibadan, Southwest Nigeria

Previous studies on electronic monitoring have not examined the relationship between electronic monitoring and work performance of employees. This study therefore examined the relationship between electronic monitoring and work performance using Bank XYZ branches in Ibadan, Oyo State as a reference point. Foucalt’s Panopticon and McGregor’s X and Y theories provided the theoretical framework. The research...

Author(s): Oyedeji Jonathan Kehinde and Emeka Emmanuel Okafor

May 2019

Impact of psychological contract fulfillment on micro-firm clerks: An empirical study in China

The psychological contract is an international academic focus in the field of organization behavior and human resources management. Despite a large number of literatures in the psychological contract from different types of organizations, there is still a lack of exploration involving the micro business sector. This study aims to fill some of the gaps and analyze the intimate relationship with the target of micro-firm...

Author(s): Zezhao Liu  

May 2019

Board gender diversity, non-executive director’s composition and corporate performance: evidence from listed firms in Nigeria

This paper examined the nexus between board gender diversity, non-executive director’s composition and corporate performance (return on asset) of listed firms on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Ex-post facto research design was employed and agency theory formed the basis of theoretical framework of the study. Data of board gender diversity, non-executive director’s composition and return on asset were obtained...

Author(s): Imade, Osazee Graham  

May 2019

Determinants of financial performance in private banks: A case in Ethiopia

The objective of this study is to empirically assess the effect of bank-specific and macroeconomic determinants of Ethiopian private commercial banks financial performance using three measures namely, return on assets (ROA), return on equity (ROE) and economic value added (EVA) for the period 2006 to 2015 by using multiple regression on a sample of seven private commercial banks. The results indicated that performance...

Author(s): Tewodros Biset Amene and Gedion Abayneh Alemu

May 2019

The influence of internal marketing and job satisfaction on quality service delivery in a public health sector: A case study of a local government organization in Uganda

The major objective of this study is to examine the combined influence of internal marketing and job satisfaction on quality health service delivery in Greater Iganga Local Government. A case study research strategy is used in which data are collected using self-administered questionnaire administered to 635 respondents. A sample of 127 health centres was drawn from a population of 205 health facilities from the...

Author(s): Gordon Otieno Ong’unya, John Baptist Kowa, Aziz Wakibi  and Kassim Ssenyange

April 2019

Improving agriculture in Nigeria through public-private partnerships

The agriculture sector in Nigeria has remained largelylargely undeveloped. The reason for this is due to the limited public sector funding in the different agricultural value chains including research and development. On the other hand, there has also been very minimal private sector investment in the sector. The cause of this is a lack of incentive for the private sector in Nigeria to invest in sectors like agriculture...

Author(s): George Nwangwu  

April 2019

An evaluation of the impact of the management practices and how they impact on employee-engagement: Employees’ perceptions

The employer-employee relationship has always been governed by the understanding that the employee is simply a hired hand to complement the business owner in the process of achieving a firm’s set objectives. The rest of the other activities and phenomena are taken for granted – ‘I employ you, you do your work I pay you’, so the circle continues. The employer drives the employee to perform to...

Author(s): Larry E. Jowah and Tendency Beretu  

April 2019

Cash inflow conundrum in Ugandan SMEs: A perspective of ISO certification and firm location

The study employed the World Bank Enterprise survey 2013 for Uganda and quintile method to determine the relationship between firm location, International Standards Organization (ISO) certification and cash inflows of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda. The results show that ISO certification and firm location are positively and significantly related to SMEs’ cash inflows. It was also realized that...

Author(s): I. Kintu, P. Naluwooza and Y. Kiwala  

April 2019

“Bit Standard”- Bitcoin between reality and risks of a “halfway-money”

This work provides an explanation of the market underlying the evolution due to modern technologies and technical advances, especially in transactions. In this regard, the authors specify the aspect related to the creation of virtual currencies like bitcoin that can circulate thanks to the Blockchain system through miners’ work. The authors consider areas related to the warnings on the use and exchange of virtual...

Author(s): Christian Rainero, Luigi Puddu, Alessandro Migliavacca, Riccardo Coda and Giuseppe Modarelli

April 2019

Does the IFRS 15 impact earnings management? Initial evidence from Italian listed companies

The purpose of the present work was to gauge the extent of the impact on earnings management derived from the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 15 as well as detecting whether the impact will be similar in different industries. To provide empirical evidence that earnings management is more frequent in some industries and less frequent in others by means of a statistical analysis, a sample of...

Author(s): Marco Tutino, Carlo Regoliosi, Giorgia Mattei, Niccolò Paoloni and Marco Pompili

April 2019

Dividend policy and financial performance: a study of selected deposit money banks in Nigeria

This study investigates the relationship between financial performance and dividend policy for a sample of fifteen Deposit Money Banks quoted on the Nigeria Stock Exchange 2009 to 2014. Panel data regression analysis was used as the method of analysis, and the model was estimated using the Pooled Least Squares estimation technique. The study revealed that there is a positive and significant relationship between dividend...

Author(s): Israel Odion E. Idewele and Bein A. Murad

March 2019

Effects of varying factors on performance of construction projects in terrorism hit areas of the world

Construction projects have encountered poor performance due to the insecure environment caused by insurgency and terrorism in the world. The real cause includes lack of desired resource and reluctance of stakeholders/project teams to work in such areas. The project suffers a massive loss of finances, time overrun and poor quality which ends up the project in the midway. In the current research, various risks which...

Author(s): Waqas Anwar, Eduardo Munive Hernandez and Mohammad Khurshid Khan

March 2019

The joint effect of firm capability and access to finance on firm performance among small businesses: A developing country perspective

The purpose of this paper was to establish the joint effect of access to finance and firm capability on small businesses’ performance in Kampala, Uganda. The study adopted a cross-sectional design with a sample of 384 small businesses. Self administered questionnaires were used in data collection and data was collected from August to November 2018. The study utilised SPSS to perform correlation and regression. The...

Author(s): Peter Turyakira, Sendawula Kasimu, Pedson Turyatunga and Saadat Nakyejwe Kimuli  

March 2019

Estimating the maximum probable annual losses due to flooding

This paper aims to estimate the maximum probable annual losses to the risks of flooding. While examining the frequency of the event, it was observed that, at least one accident occurred periodically, which resulted in maximum losses. This is an empirical study and it is based on maximum losses due to floods per year, as obtained from the International Disaster Database and Munich Re. The analysis is based on 66 extreme...

Author(s): Emad A. A. Ismail, and Fuad A. A. Awwad

March 2019

The impact of intellectual capital on firms’ financial performance and market value: Empirical evidence from Italian listed firms

The purpose of this paper is to extend the understanding of Intellectual Capital (IC) in the context of Italian listed firms. In this study, the Valued Added Intellectual Coefficient (VAIC) is employed as a measure of IC to investigate the relationship between IC, firms’ financial performance and market value. The empirical investigation is developed by using data drawn from a sample of 135 Italian listed...

Author(s): William Forte, Gaetano Matonti and Giuseppe Nicolò  

March 2019

Critical success factors for green supply chain management practices: An empirical study on data collected from food processing companies in Saudi Arabia

The aim of this research paper is to explore critical success factors required to implement green supply chain management. A descriptive analytical method was used by which a questionnaire was developed based on literature review and suggestions of academics as well as experts. It was distributed to a sample of 360 managers selected from food processing companies in Saudi Arabia. Out of 360 questionnaires, 278 were...

Author(s): Rashid M. Alhamali  

March 2019

Satisfaction of university community on in house sourcing (Samara University) versus outsourcing (some selected government universities in Ethiopia)

Outsourcing noncore activities are the best solution for many organizations. This study was conducted to study the comparative analysis of university community satisfaction on outsourcing in some selected universities in Ethiopia using both primary and secondary data. Samples were taken from students, teachers and support staff of four universities. The research identified that by outsourcing the different non-core...

Author(s): Mesud Mohammed, Nega Abebe and Mulatu Wondim  

March 2019

The status quo of East African stock markets: Integration and volatility

This paper presents the current stock markets’ situation of East African markets compared to Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The study uses weekly price indices of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda, South Africa as a performance benchmark for the African market. The period used is from 17th January 2008 to 31st March 2017. The stock indices’ returns results show in general that there is relatively...

Author(s): Marselline Kasiti Atenya  

February 2019

Religiosity and consumer behavior in developing countries: An exploratory study on Muslims in the context of Burkina Faso

The interest of researchers on religiosity and consumer behavior is explained by the fact that religion has an influence, not only on the social behavior of individuals, but also on their consumption behavior (Fam et al., 2004; Nasse, 2006; Mansori, 2012; Diop, 2012). Most of the studies on the topic are from Western and Asian countries. Little research on the subject has been conducted in Africa and particularly in...

Author(s): Théophile Bindeouè Nasse,, Alidou Ouédraogo and Fatou Diop Sall  

February 2019

Impact of non-performing assets on the profitability in Indian scheduled commercial banks

Banking in modern times is the kingpin of all economic activities. It is instrumental in shaping the economic destiny of a country. Banks are considered as the nerve-centres of economics and finance of any nation and the barometer of its economic prospective. Since the banks have stupendous investment potential, they can make a significant contribution in eliminating poverty and problem of unemployment. It can bring...

Author(s): Kavitha Nachimuthu and Muthukrishna Veni  

February 2019

The growth determinants of micro and small enterprises and its linkages with food security: The case of Mecha district, Amhara region, Ethiopia

The study assessed the growth determinants of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and its linkages with food security in Mecha district of Amhara region. The research was conducted to fill the empirical gaps regarding the linkages of MSEs growth with food security. Previous researches conducted in Ethiopia on the MSEs growth did not explicitly show the relationships of the growth of those enterprises on households’...

Author(s): Yikeber Yimesgen  

February 2019

The impact of firms’ characteristics in accessing finance by micro, small and medium enterprises in Southern Ethiopia

There is a concurrence among different stakeholders such as policy makers, economists, and business experts that Micro Small and Medium enterprises (MSMEs) are engines of economic growth. The dynamic role of MSMEs in developing countries insures them as engines through which the growth objectives of developing countries can be achieved. However many problems encounter MSMEs and as a result, many firms perform dismally...

Author(s): Desta Zelalem and Mebrat Wubante  

February 2019

Investigating the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education in developing entrepreneurial intentions among students in HEIs located in Blantyre District of Malawi

This paper aims to investigate the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education in developing entrepreneurial intentions among students in HEIs in Blantyre District of Malawi. A mixed method approach consisting of quantitative and qualitative methods was employed. In total 60 participants were purposively sampled for the study of which 42 responded to the questionnaire that was administered. This represents a response...

Author(s): Nelson Nanteleza Ndala  

January 2019

Application of the elements of marketing mix by business start-ups during incubation: A case of Makerere University in Uganda

Firm incubation and marketing mix are not new concepts in the business world. They have been existing for decades and their meaning has been explained in real business sense. Despite being in existence for long, little is known about how marketing mix elements (popularly referred to as the “Seven P’s”) are used by business start-ups during incubation. Data were collected from owners of start-up...

Author(s): Anthony Tibaingana  

January 2019

Solidarity economy, social and cooperative enterprises: The view of citizens in Greece

This paper investigated the factorial composition and the internal coherence of α questionnaire on Solidarity Economy (SE) and Social and Cooperative Enterprises (SCE) based on data gathered from a sample of 214 citizens region of Thessaly. The questionnaire consists of three categories of questions that refer to: a) citizens' statements related to Social and Cooperative Enterprises (scale A); b) barriers to...

Author(s): Theodossiou George, Rigas John, Goulas Αpostolos and Rigas George  

January 2019

Rediscovering public engagement in higher education: A bridge between university community and publics

In recent years, public engagement attention is drawn towards university institutions since the role of universities is projected towards the sharing and spreading of knowledge beyond the traditional academic bounds. Thus, the university is becoming a “partner” that collaborates at the community's growth, and debates with all the stakeholders who might have an interest, either direct or indirect, in the...

Author(s): Vittoria Marino, Letizia Lo Presti and Marco Pellicano  

January 2019

The effects of organizational culture on turnover intention: The mediating role of job satisfaction, a case of Oromia Forest and Wild Life Enterprise

The purpose of this study was to identifying the effects of organizational culture on turnover intention with mediated role of satisfaction. Data were gathered by closed ended questionnaires distributed to five OFWELs in Oromia. The scales used were the organizational culture index, job satisfaction survey, and the turnover intention questionnaire. The collected data was statistically analyzed by SPSS 20 and AMOS 21....

Author(s): Girma Taye Niguse  

January 2019

Role of entrepreneurship education on students’ intention and mediating effect of self-efficacy

Entrepreneurship education trend is increasing rapidly worldwide. This increase was driven through entrepreneurship promise like a catalyst to promote economic revival and growth. It is anticipated entrepreneurship education provides the basis of entrepreneurship notions, forming attitude, behavior, and mind set of the entrepreneurs. Several programs regarding entrepreneurial education established in universities have...

Author(s): Nosheena Yasir, An Liren and Nasir Mahmood  

January 2019

Critique does not equate to rebellion: Positive deviance and entrepreneurial networking among small and medium enterprises in Uganda

This paper examines the relationship between positive deviance and entrepreneurial networking among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Using a mixed method approach combined self-administered questionnaires and interview guide covering 228 SMEs in Uganda, the cross-sectional nature of this study revealed key nuances about SMEs. The research findings confirmed a significant positive relationship between positive...

Author(s): Samuel Mayanja, Joseph M. Ntayi, J. C. Munene, Balunywa Wasswa and Moses M. Kibirango

January 2019

Context and strategy: Managing Sanlam for and in change, 1945-2013

Business sustainability of corporations a hundred years old, is not a regular occurrence in Africa. A qualitative historical study of the development of an insurance company succeeding on the trajectory of adapting to challenging context constitutes the core of this study. The historical analysis illustrates the role of social context, international political economy and management agency in negotiating a successful...

Author(s): Drotskie Adri and Grietjie Verhoef  

January 2019

Internal equity and customer relationship management in developing countries: A quantitative and a comparative study of three private companies in Burkina Faso

Internal equity in customer relationship management is ignored by companies in Burkina Faso, which causes a reduction in terms of profitability. Equity and ethical practices in marketing are essential to the sustainable development of companies in Burkina Faso especially in the context of globalization where values of fair trade are promoted and where competition is ferocious. This research focuses on the contribution...

Author(s): Théophile Bindeouè Nasse,  

December 2018

Evaluating the extent to which cultural diversity is recognised in the workplace: The Cape metropolis managers’ views

South Africa has its own texture of cultural diversity unparalleled by any in the history of the world. The diversity emanates from the period of the Dutch settlers (1640s) occupying land in the country through their by conquest of the non-militant indigenous inhabitants. Soon the British arrived (1800s) and occupied more land. Before long, the two settler groups were fighting for ownership and control of the land. As...

Author(s): T. Beretu and L. E. Jowah  

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