African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4154

AJBM Articles

Transaction costs and competitive tendering in public procurement: Moderating role of integrity

June 2022

While the current economic crisis clearly puts pressure on governments to cut spending and save money, and whilst the call for a more cohesive interface between the public and private sectors is currently resonating, public procurement has been marred by scandals, mismanagement, and possibly malpractices. According to the literature, corporate integrity drives transactional behaviors by acting as a hidden hand of social...

Author(s): Sama Hamisi, Ndunguru Philibert and Nsimbila Paul

Exploring global unionism to inform South African ICT sector union strategy

May 2022

Unions are prominent stakeholders in employment relations (ER), representing and protecting the rights of their members and other employees on labour-related issues that the workforce is overwhelmed with within the workplace. The purpose of this article was to examine global unionism to advise South African (SA) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector labour unionism. It focuses on the recent trends of...

Author(s): Matebese Hlalele and Govender Cookie M. 

Marketing strategies and consumers’ purchasing behaviour in Ghana: A case of Nestle Ghana Limited

May 2022

The role marketing strategies plays in influencing purchasing behaviors of consumers in various economies can never be overemphasized. However, this assertion requires further investigation with respect to consumers of Maggi seasoning products in Ghana especially those in Tamale metropolis. The study analyzed the effect of marketing strategies specifically sales promotion and perceived product quality on...

Author(s): Gonu Eric, Asare-Larbi Mary and Abdul-Rahman Mutari

Understanding affirmative action leadership in the South African financial context

May 2022

South Africa's (SA) history of apartheid produced racial inequality that was entrenched for centuries. After 1994, the goal of the new government was to transform the workplace. Numerous affirmative action (AA), legislation, policies, and procedures enforced organisational transformational obligation and compliance. Studies in SA indicate a slow pace of transformation. The financial sector may be paying lip service...

Author(s): April Richard A. and Govender Cookie M. 

Investigating the driving forces of the formation of Chinese born global firms

April 2022

The traditional internationalization process theory posits that firms expand to overseas market after solid domestic firms’ experience. However, from the 1980s, we witnessed a breed of young entrepreneurial firms, which took on internationalization early in their evolution. They are called  ‘Born Globals’. This study presents an integrative conceptual framework and identifies the underlying...

Author(s): Xi Chen

Challenges small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face in acquiring loans from commercial banks in Tanzania

April 2022

Commercial banks in developing economies play an important role in promoting the growth of SMEs through the loan provided since they create conducive environment for their growth and success. The study focuses on investigating the challenges SMEs face in acquiring loans from commercial banks. The study used 120 respondents who were purposively and randomly selected. Both primary and secondary data were used. Data were...

Author(s): Nassoro Gassiah and Jaraj Kikula

Disruptive thinking in social entrepreneurship: Challenges and effectiveness

April 2022

With the emerging field of social entrepreneurship, academicians have raised several research agendas to give a unitary direction to the theoretical groundings and foundations of this concept. The current review is one such attempt to explore the definition of social entrepreneurship and its linkage to social innovation and disruptive thinking. This review aims to understand students’ perspectives and familiarity...

Author(s): MK Agarwal, and Selma Ndiwakalunga Mulunga

Factors affecting revenue collection at Tanzania official seed certification institute (TOSCI)

March 2022

Revenue in the form of taxation, fees, service levy, licenses, customs, and excise duties is very important in ensuring efficient running of government operations. Taxation is a major source of revenue to governments all over the world. The study examined the factors affecting revenue collection at Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI). The study adopted a descriptive research design based on mixed...

Author(s): Avodi Kyoma, Lazaro Athanas Mwonge and Emmanuel J. Matiku

Assessment of risk management practices in dangote cement factory, Ethiopia

March 2022

This study aimed to assess the risk management practices in Dangote Cement Factory, Ethiopia. Descriptive research design was employed in this study along with quantitative and qualitative research approaches. The total population was 353 of which 192 respondents were selected using simple random sampling technique. In addition to this, four managers were chosen for interview using purposive sampling technique. The...

Author(s): Moti Tafa Negero, and Getahun Birhanu Bona

What are the causes of small business failure in Burao, Somaliland?

February 2022

Small business failure has been a wider problem in Somaliland in general and Burao in particular for years. Therefore, this study was conducted to identify internal and external causes that contribute to small business failure in Burao, Somaliland. This study was a survey research in which questionnaires were used to collect data from 200 respondents who were owners of failed small businesses. The data was analyzed...

Author(s): Mohamed Ahmed Kunle

Investigation of the factors that influence Non-Muslims on the purchasing intention of Halal food in Korea

February 2022

The study  aims to investigate the factors that influence South Korean non-Muslim customers' intention of purchasing Halal restaurants "cooked foods". There are three factors. This study indicated the intention of the non-Muslim customers to purchase Halal restaurant cooked foods is influenced by the healthiness, safety, and cleanness of foods and the Suwon area of South Korea. The attitude and...

Author(s): Md Osman Goni

Organizational transformations through business technology solutions: from the perspective of Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

January 2022

Nowadays, organizations benefit from new technologies because they improve their efficiency and their performance. These technologies are themselves developed within organizations in the form of business solutions in a perspective of transformation and innovation. This paper highlights obvious strategic and operational tools and to demonstrate the cohesion of the evolution of science and technology in society. Whether...

Author(s): Kuekam Ernest 

The influence of customer expectations, customer loyalty, customer satisfaction and customer brand loyalty on customer purchasing intentions: A case study of K-POP fans in Thailand

January 2022

From 1992 on the K-Pop culture has spread from South Korea all over the world and Thailand is no exception. The objective of this study was to analyze the variables that influence purchasing intentions of K-Pop fans in Thailand in terms of customer expectations, customer loyalty, customer satisfaction and customer brand loyalty. The four hundred thirty-one Thai respondents provided great insights into the purchasing...

Author(s): Adisak Suvittawat

Family CEO and company performance during the COVID-19 crisis: The case of Cameroon

January 2022

This study analyses the resilience of family businesses in a developing country like Cameroon during the covid-19 crisis by applying measures of association, regression analysis, and comparison tests to data collected by administering a questionnaire on a panel of 280 companies of which 196 are family businesses and 84 non-family businesses. The results show that throughout the pandemic period, family companies are more...

Author(s): Léopold Djoutsa Wamba

The “custen model”: How experiential it is from the Ghanaian higher education spectrum

December 2021

The research aims to propagate the “custen model” that suggests how the management of Ghanaian universities could retain qualified and knowledgeable students through its relationship officers. A survey design was engaged. A total of 500 respondents from selected universities in Ghana were used. Data were explored using smartPLS 3. The results revealed that the “Custen Model” that is customer...

Author(s): Affran S., Gyamfi E. N, and Odonkor S.,

Strategies for improving local content development in Nigeria oil and gas industry

November 2021

Local content development is a strategic management issue for multinational extractive companies in Africa with significant business implications. As local content statutory regulators aim to increase the average local content value in the Nigeria oil and gas industry from 26% in 2017 to 70% in 2027, supply chain managers need strategies to increase local content. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was...

Author(s): Ukaegbu Onwuka, Thomas Schaefer and Juan Roman

Consumers’ purchase attitudes toward Shanzhai products: An empirical study of Chinese consumers

October 2021

Shanzhai products have witnessed a huge growth China market. Although the shanzhai problem has been discussed in the literature, most of the studies are mainly literature review, practical report, or theoretical analysis. Empirical research remains scarce, especially the examination of underlying key purchase determinants of shanzhai purchase from consumer behavior perspective. This study embeds the shanzhai phenomenon...

Author(s): Xi Chen and Yun Wang

A meta-synthesis of trade logistics influence on international trade

October 2021

Logistics systems are inexplicably linked to trade and investment, and their significance in describing a country’s competitiveness in an increasingly globalized world is growing. Improved trade logistics, in conjunction by a way of more economic liberalization climate, increased volume and size of trade, as well as reach in distribution and production activities. With careful reviews, the study discussed a...

Author(s): Yekini Ojenya Salawu and Seyed Mohammadreza Ghadiri

A review of knowledge management and its application in the contemporary business environment

October 2021

The quest for a better way of enhancing firm performance has led to the discovery of knowledge as a unique and firm-specific resource for achieving competitive advantage. Knowledge management has gained the attention of practitioners and scholars in recent times. Knowledge management involves obtaining the right set of information and making them available to the right people, at the right time. When an adequate...

Author(s): Japhet Imhanzenobe, Olaoluwa Adejumo and Olapeju Ikpesu

Local economic development in Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipalities: An empirical investigation

October 2021

Albeit in its infancy, South Africa’s LED practice is a benchmark of a large number of African countries in general and southern African countries in particular. The practice stand out for its massive and growing LED budgets, robust legal and a variety of  LED governance structures, amongst others. This study seeks to answer three critical questions: What LED facets (particular aspects) are available in...

Author(s): Mativenga Ngatiane, Noluntu. S. Dyubhele and Hendrik Lloyd

Ownership structure, financing constraints and inefficient investment: empirical analyses of Chinese data

October 2021

Using the data of A-share listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges from 2008 to 2017, this paper empirically tests the moderating role of ownership structure between financing constraints and inefficient investment. The study found that rational use of the moderating effect of ownership structure is of great significance to improve the investment efficiency of enterprises. When there are financing...

Author(s): Hong-xing Tu  

Knowledge positioning and innovation in strategic alignment for SESCO and Saudi Arabia’s economy based on its 2030 vision

September 2021

The transition of economies to become more knowledge-based has compelled companies to adapt to a greatly changing environment through an emphasis on knowledge sharing and positioning, and alignment with innovation, and its products/services and the market. For Saudi Arabia to achieve its 2030 Vision, this focus on developing knowledge-intensive capabilities, collaboration with other organisations, human capital, R and...

Author(s): Hana Alotaibi

Barriers to product innovation among the manufacturing micro, small and medium enterprises in Malawi

September 2021

Most micro, small, medium enterprises in Malawi struggle to grow and survive despite their critical role in the socio-economic development of the country. One major contributing factor is their inability to innovate. This study was therefore aimed at investigating the innovation barriers affecting the manufacturing MSMEs. The study was conducted among the 45 manufacturing MSMEs operating in the Malawi’s commercial...

Author(s): Davies Emmanuel Mweta and Fizza Suwadi

The impact of intellectual capital on financial performance in Argentina, Chile and Peru

September 2021

Intellectual capital research is a topic that has stood out in recent decades and has allowed us to recognize other types of strategic non-accounting resources that allow organizations to increase their financial performance. Despite the importance of the subject, the evidence for emerging economies, especially in Latin America is scarce and outdated with inconclusive results. This motivates this research. The objective...

Author(s): Juan Alejandro Gallegos, Carlos Díaz-Contreras, Juan Vega-Vargas, Rocío Arellano-Prada and Marcos Blas-Yucra

Effects of globalization on small medium-sized enterprise development in Ghana

September 2021

The paper examined the effects of globalisation on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) performance in Ghana. By using the case study approach, the study selected the Kumasi Metropolis as the area for this study. The research delved into the level of familiarity of globalisation among SMEs, examined the influence of globalisation on SMEs performance and assessed the prospects and challenges globalisation poses on...

Author(s): Alfred Sarbah and Isaac Quaye

Corporate governance and firm’s financial performance amongst private business enterprises in Uganda, a perspective from Lira City

September 2021

The study examined the effect of corporate governance on firm’s financial performance amongst private business enterprises in Uganda. The study used descriptive and survey design. A mixed method approach which involved both qualitative and quantitative techniques were also used. The study found out that corporate governance significantly influences the financial performance of hotels and manufacturing firms in...

Author(s): Marus Eton, Fabian Mwosi, Arthur Sunday and Sammy Godfrey Poro

Reframing barriers to e-learning adoption: An entrepreneurial and strategy perspective

August 2021

The changing landscape of higher education orchestrated by the growing use of e-learning presents significant opportunities and threats to higher education institutions in developing countries like Nigeria. However, e-learning is not widely adopted by Nigerian institutions due to contextual and individual barriers. This study aims to advance our understanding of the determinants of e-learning adoption by...

Author(s): Tega Tonukari and Hod Anyigba

Poverty eradication and wealth creation: The role and challenges of savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) in Uganda

August 2021

In the last decades, Uganda has been aligning her poverty reduction and wealth creation strategies with the global goals – in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and, of late, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These have been mainstreamed through the annual plans, the National Development Plan (NDP) and Vision 2040. Through these, Uganda has planned to be a modernised economy by 2040. Many poverty Many...

Author(s): Julius Omona

Notice of Retraction: Factors associated with young Taiwanese people’s preference of green tea

July 2021

The editors of the African Journal of Business Management (AJBM) are retracting the article, “Factors associated with young Taiwanese people’s preference of green tea” published in 2017 with details: Vol. 11(16), pp. 415-425, 28 August, 2017.   This is based on verifiable evidences of data manipulation, falsification and plagiarism presented by the original owners of the research...

Author(s): Shu Chun Chang and Mega Trishuta Pathiassana

  • Article Number: 354C68767355

Analysis of the effects of COVID 19 on the operations and sustainability of SMEs in South Western region, Uganda

July 2021

SMEs are considered huge boosters to the economy of Uganda. They serve as the engine and driving force for growth, development, innovation, economic prosperity and wealth creation of Uganda. The study aimed at establishing the upshot of COVID 19 on the operations and sustainability of SMEs in Uganda with a view to creating a lucid model for successful SMEs operations and improved performance. The study examined factors...

Author(s): Arthur Sunday, Caleb Tamwesigire, Abanis Turyahebwa, Kaaya Siraje, Eliab Byamukama

Internal control practices and health service delivery in local governments of Uganda

June 2021

The main aim of this study was to examine the extent to which internal control practices affected health service delivery in Rukungiri District. The research adopted a case study design using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The target population was 140 key stakeholders that lived and worked in Rukungiri District and a sample size of 104 was drawn from the target population. Our findings from the...

Author(s): Catherine Asiimwe, David Namanya and Geoffrey Nuwagaba  

Sustainable entrepreneurship of small businesses in Uganda: A confirmatory factor analysis

May 2021

This paper examines specific constructs for sustainable entrepreneurship as perceived in the Ugandan context using confirmatory factor analysis. This study is cross-sectional. Data were collected through a face to face survey of 384 small businesses in Kampala selected through stratified and simple random sampling. Data were analyzed through exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and...

Author(s): Kimuli Saadat Nakyejwe, Sendawula Kasimu and Humphrey M. Sabi

The influence of gender diversity and company financial performance in East Africa

May 2021

The main aim of this study was to examine the influence of gender diversity on financial performance of EAC’s listed companies and to compare influence of gender diversity on company’s financial performance before and after the operationalisation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market in 2010. The authors adopted a positivist paradigm in a quantitative analysis using non-probability sampling to...

Author(s): David Namanya, Juliet Wakaisuka- Isingoma and Johnson Atwiine

Tackling poverty in era of Covid-19 pandemic: The contributory pension option

April 2021

In December 2019, news broke out that a novel coronavirus has hit the city of Wuhan, China. It was reported that the SARS-CoV2 virus is responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted severely on the country. As expected, the pandemic has worsened the fate of the poor and most vulnerable households in Nigeria. To cushion the impact, the federal government of Nigeria (FGN) has instituted...

Author(s): Onwuka Ifeanyi Onuka

A review of the Management Science theory and its application in contemporary businesses

April 2021

The Management Science theory is one of the theories of management that attributes management effectiveness to the application of scientific methods. It goes a step beyond the famous scientific management theory by applying operations research tools and techniques to solving practical problems. Its origin can be traced to the Second World War in Britain. Its method of expressing business factors in form of variables...

Author(s): Japhet Imhanzenobe  

Predicting healthcare leaders’ readiness to lead the implementation of change

March 2021

A key challenge facing healthcare leaders is how to implement changes successfully. For change to occur in healthcare, leaders must be proactive, and they must have an ability to adapt to new policies and practices. Data from 105 healthcare leaders were used to address the question of to what extent leadership style, leader efficacy, seniority, and gender predict healthcare leaders’ readiness to lead change. The...

Author(s): Parren Keith Shannon  

Economy of the motorway concessions model in Italy

March 2021

The article analyzes the management of the motorway system in Italy. It underlines the positive and critical aspects of the concession system, through the analysis of the financial statements of the main concessionary companies. From the analysis of the economic and non-financial performance, it is concluded that the current model is preferable to a totally public model, which would require significant investments. The...

Author(s): Maria Teresa Bianchi

The impact of taxation on the value of companies

March 2021

The study aims to analyze the factors that determine the financial structure of listed companies based on  the impact of taxation on the value of companies (effective tax rate, tax savings, growth opportunities, asset tangibility, company size, Return on Assets (ROA), company seniority), and the impact of indebtedness on the profitability of enterprises measured by indebtedness rate, turnover, tangibility of assets...

Author(s): Fedaa Abd Almajid SABBAR and Thamer Mahdi Muhamed SABRI  

Blue ocean strategies as panacea to sustainable performance of tea firms in Kenya

February 2021

Although tea is the leading cash crop in Kenya, the industry faces significant challenges. Although application of blue ocean strategy (BOS) could redress some of its problems, few studies have explored the question. This study investigated the relationship between BOS and sustainable performance of the Kenyan tea industry. The study applied the Four Action Framework (FAF) together with elements of Six Searching...

Author(s): Jane Chepngeno Sang and Edwin Kimitei  

Earnings management techniques in the context of Italian unlisted firms

February 2021

The research expands the earnings management (EM) literature for Italian unlisted firms by investigating the drivers of both accrual-based (AEM) and real activity-based (REM) earnings management. According to prior literature, the reliability of financial statements of these firms concerns mainly lenders in assessing borrower creditworthiness, and Tax Offices in calculating corporate tax. We analyse unlisted firms as...

Author(s): Gaetano Matonti, Giuseppe Iuliano, Federica Palazzi and Jon Tucker

Moderating effect of organization culture on the relationship between quality management system adoption and performance of public universities in Kenya

February 2021

The capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) to serve as drivers to economic competitiveness has been negatively impacted due to the exponential growth and numerous constraints which interfere with their quality. In Kenya, HEIs, in their attempt to cater for the 28% increase in number of students, 6% government capitation cut and 14.3% of the 28 weeks, academic year time waste between 2014 and 2015, have...

Author(s): Gulali Donald Indiya, Jairo Mise, Johnmark Obura and Patrick Ojera

Determinants of regional economic growth in Kenya

January 2021

This research empirically explores the determinants of Kenya’s regional economic growth in the 47 counties over the period 2014 to 2017. Though economic policies aimed at enhancing regional growth were implemented, the economic performance has not been satisfactory hence the study seeks to find out what determines economic performance at the sub-national level. This research is based on the reduced Solow-Swan...

Author(s): Naftaly Gisore Mose

Efficiency wage and work effort: Case study of a Brazilian multinational company

January 2021

This research paper explores how employees of a multinational glass manufacturing company see the pay offered by the company and how it affects, directly or indirectly, their efforts to perform their duties. For this purpose, a case study was carried out in a glass manufacturing company located in the southernern region of Brazil throughout 2017. Literature review is focused on the theoretical model based on the idea...

Author(s): Marina Fritoli, Nathália Laffin, Carlos Alberto Bonacim, Luiz Eduardo Gaio and Rafael Gatsios

Credit availability for the performance of micro and small enterprises in Afar Region: Case study of three selected zones, Awssa, Kilbat and Gabii

January 2021

Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) aid the growth of national economy to assume increasing importance especially in job establishment, poverty reduction and reducing income variation. Numerous organizations have treaded in to finance their operations, resolve this problem and uphold their commercial success. This study was therefore conducted to investigate the effect of financial factors on success of MSEs business...

Author(s): Ebrahim Mohammed Ahmed

Codified knowledge, knowledge resources, design, application and implications on effectiveness in institutions of higher education in Kenya

January 2021

Effective knowledge management in institutions of higher education is critical for sustainable strategic competitive advantage. However, little information is available on how knowledge management enhances internal effectiveness in institutions of higher education.  Despite the high investment in Information Communication Technology and staff development among institutions of higher education little progress has...

Author(s): Bernard K. Nassiuma, Lianda W. Mauyo and Moses M. Beru  

Transparency and public procurement practices in the Nigerian Civil Service

January 2021

This study examines the extent to which the level of transparency influences public procurement practices in the Nigerian Civil Service. A survey research design is adopted. The staff members of the public procurement department/unit of the different federal government ministries in Abuja made up the population of this study. The sample size consists of 352 staff members selected from different ministries where...

Author(s): Okotie Williams and Tafamel Ehiabhi Andrew

The social side of IPOs: Twitter sentiment and investors’ attention in the IPO primary market

December 2020

Despite in recent years the impact of market sentiment on the performance of listing firms has gained increased attention from academics and professionals, a research question that remains uncovered deals with how the retail investor sentiment and attention might impact the IPO pricing in the primary market. This analysis proposes a stochastic frontier model approach on a sample of 412 US firms listed between 2010 and...

Author(s): Gian Luca Gregori, Luca Marinelli, Camilla Mazzoli and Sabrina Severini

A test of subjective security and post adoption consumption alternation related to M-payment system among expatriates in China

December 2020

China, the second-largest economy in the world, has been an eye-catching destination for several foreigners who wish to live and study there. As they are beneficiaries of the Chinese advanced digital payment system, subjective security in using the mobile payment system and the subsequent change in their consumption intention has been a behavioral concern that perplexes scholars. Using SEM, we integrated the technology...

Author(s): Mebrahtu Gebrehans, Li Chang and Dawit Teclemariam Bahta

Transformative thinking for business leaders in the 21st Century

December 2020

This paper explores how business leaders can use transformative thinking to successfully facilitate corporate transformation in the 21st Century. The author explores the principles of transformative leadership put forward by published authors alongside the challenges of ensuring a business remains sustainable in a dynamic environment. The paper lays the groundwork for empirical research on transformative thinking and...

Author(s): Allan Doyle Mududa Bukusi

Health service in Brazilian private and public hospitals: Budgetary participation, feedback and performance from clinical managers’ perception

November 2020

Budgetary control is pointed as a managerial mechanism suitable for cost reduction and control as well as performance evaluation of institutions. In health organizations, budget is used for funds allocation, coordination, control and communication of the institutions’ strategies.  In this context, the research will observe the phenomenon of budgetary process from the perspective of Health Service managers of...

Author(s): Gisele Cristina dos Santos, Carlos Alberto Grespan Bonacim and Luiz Eduardo Gaio

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