African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4164

AJBM Articles

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

January 2019

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  

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

January 2019

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  

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

January 2019

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  

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

January 2019

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

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

January 2019

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  

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

January 2019

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,  

Institutionalism and development process of family firms in Kenya

December 2018

This paper uses institutional theory to investigate the nexus between institutional context and development of the entrepreneurial process in family firms (from start-up, development, and growth to innovation and corporate entrepreneurship), focussing on the behaviour patterns of entrepreneurs. A qualitative case study methodology was used to examine 60 cases over a one-year period. Thirty of these cases were from two...

Author(s): Elijah Bitange Ndemo  

Managing value dimensions within an ecosystem framework: Reflections and empirical observations in the tourism sector

December 2018

The increasing attention in the field of value management is highlighting multiple challenges for researchers and practitioners. Building on previous managerial contributions, the paper aims to define a possible path for combining the conceptual contributions related to value in exchange, value in use, and value in context in a common framework to improve understanding of emerging social and economic dynamics under the...

Author(s): Luca Carrubbo, Debora Sarno, Francesco Caputo and Francesco Smaldone  

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

December 2018

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  

Corporate social responsibility: An approach to peace?

December 2018

The responsibility to promote sustainable development should be a joint effort among government, industry and other organizations. They can share the responsibilities and commitments that countries have with regard to the ratification of the global plans of action, such as Agenda 21, Kyoto Protocol and Agenda 2030. Delai and Takahashi (2012) explain that the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the approach to...

Author(s): Alvany Maria dos Santos Santiago, Pamela K. Robinson and José Celio Silveira Andrade  

Factorizing towards the prime determinants of job satisfaction: An integrative modeling across PCA and logistic regression

December 2018

In recent years, job satisfaction has been seriously taken as one of the top priority concerns in developing countries, since the living standards of the people have been improving. The overarching aim of this study is to identify the top most determinants of job satisfaction among employees of Abay bank using a sample of 150 employees working in Addis Ababa. A combination of principal component analysis (PCA) and OLR...

Author(s): Timkete Aleme  

Factors influencing project selection in the renewable energy sector of Zambia

December 2018

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the factors that influence decision making in the selection of projects in renewable energy sector of Zambia. Project selection and development of a portfolio of projects in line with corporate strategy is an important task of decision makers in the renewable energy sector of both public and private organizations. The selected projects have to meet the appropriate time frame...

Author(s): Percy Jennings Saili and Balimu Mwiya  

The influence of ethnocentrism and Halal trust on attitudes toward products from non-Muslim countries: A study of Moroccan consumers

November 2018

Several studies show that the consumer ethnocentrism is capable of influencing consumption patterns both in terms of negative impact on consumer attitudes toward foreign products and positive influence on the intention to purchase domestic offers. The study extends the investigation of this research area toward Muslim countries, analysing the impact of interactions between consumer ethnocentrism and halal trust on the...

Author(s): Giada Mainolfi and Riccardo Resciniti  

Exploring the determinants for a successful family entrepreneurship: Empirical evidences from Punjab Province

November 2018

Family businesses are the main entrepreneurial powers of today in the global economy, but the low survival rate is the main concern all over the world. Family entrepreneurship is the most successful business, where assets, personal involvement, and hired temporary employees help to improve the success of the business. Family businesses contribute about 45-75% to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provide job opportunities...

Author(s): Muhammad Shahid Naseer, Muhammad Nazam, Mahmood Ahmad Randhawa, Manzoor Ahamd, Asif Maqbool, Masood Ahmad Khan and Muhammad Umar Ayub  

Entrepreneurship in the rural context: Practical reflection on success and innovation

November 2018

Given the important role that entrepreneurship plays in the economy, it is desirable that entrepreneurs succeed. However, there is a noticeable trend of rural entrepreneurs migrating to urban areas. This study aims to ascertain the factors that contribute to entrepreneurial success. Using quantitative methods fifty respondents participated and data was collected using questionnaires. The collected data was analysed and...

Author(s): Vukosi Autis Mkhavele and Thembie Ntshakala  

Is there a weather effect? Evidence from a panel of emerging countries’ stock markets

November 2018

A long history of psychological studies has postulated that good (bad) weather induces a positive (negative) mood. Other studies have concluded that mood can influence humankind decision-making process under risk and uncertainty. Several behavioural finance studies have raised the question of whether sunshine, temperature or other weather variables exert an impact on stock prices by affecting the behaviour of market...

Author(s): Massimo Mariani and Fabio Pizzutilo  

Building brands through experiential events: When entertainment meets education

October 2018

Experiential marketing is increasingly getting companies’ attention as a strategy to interact with consumers and engage them to better convey their brand image and positioning. However, its effects are still unclear both at the aggregate and individual levels. This paper addresses this topic and presents a field experiment investigating the effects of experiential marketing on brand image in retailing. Two similar...

Author(s): Michela Addis, Giulia Miniero and Francesco Ricotta

The impact of open innovation practice on innovative performance through intellectual capital: Empirical study on SMEs

October 2018

Open innovation (OI) practices and intellectual capital (IC), though from developed countries and large firms’ perspective, are related to higher innovative performance. But the influence of OI paradigm on IC and consequently on firms’ innovative performance in the context of developing countries is not yet sufficiently explored. This study examined the link between OI practice and IC and their influence on...

Author(s): Gebremichael Hailekiros Sibhato  

Performance, financing decisions and corporate governance of Italian medium and large private family firms

October 2018

This empirical study examines the relationship between financing decisions and corporate governance on the one side and firm performance on the other, concerning Italian large and medium private family firms. Tax-aggressive practices are not used to avoid a deprivation of socioemotional wealth, in terms of diminished reputation, caused by a possible tax-related lawsuit. Due to the low risk perception and most likely the...

Author(s): Oscar Domenichelli  

Assessing the extent of compliance with IAS 41 by agricultural entities in Southern Malawi

October 2018

The paper assesses the extent to which Malawian agricultural entities are complying with recognition and measurement requirements of IAS 41-Agriculture, for their agricultural produce and biological assets. The purpose of the paper is to investigate the extent to which Malawian agricultural entities are using the fair value accounting model proposed in IAS 41 for measuring their agricultural produce and biological...

Author(s): Nelson Ndala  

Forward-looking information in integrated reporting: A theoretical framework

September 2018

The purpose of this paper is to theorize a comprehensive theoretical framework for describing forward-looking information (FLI) practices of companies. The paper aims to discuss the theories usually applied to explain voluntary disclosure in literature and the interrelated theoretical perspectives regarding the role of voluntary disclosure in integrated reporting. Four relatively most common theories in disclosure...

Author(s): Elisa Menicucci and Guido Paolucci

Altruism towards others and sustainability intention of small business owners

September 2018

Though, small businesses are vital globally, they contribute to environmental and social challenges such as deforestation, pollution, use of polythene bags, poor working conditions, child labour and health hazards. Thus, it is vital to understand the concept of sustainability intention of small business owners. The purpose of this study therefore was to assess how altruism towards others influences sustainability...

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

The antecedents of innovativeness in small and medium manufacturing enterprises in Kenya: A critical review of literature

September 2018

Innovation has been accepted as a key stimulus for growth. This is more so with SMEs which are widely acknowledged as being a significant driver in economic growth. In a review of over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers; this paper brings together different arguments that have been made in explaining the antecedents for innovativeness. This is a critical review of the literature with respect to...

Author(s): Mkalama B. W., Ndemo B. E. and Maalu J. K.

Assessing the impact of Chinese foreign direct investment on economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa

September 2018

This study was conducted to assess the impact of Chinese outward foreign direct investment flows on economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The design used was a longitudinal study. The analysis used was existing data on 37 sub-Saharan African countries between 2003 and 2011. Two balanced panel regressions were estimated using time and country fixed effects, respectively. The estimations suggested that Chinese foreign...

Author(s): Mamadou Saliou Kokouma Diallo, Jingdong Luan and Hawaou Diallo  

Effect of simplified licensing on registration and formalizing of start-ups in Mozambique

September 2018

The Mozambican Government has long realized that the only way to solve the unemployment problem is by encouraging entrepreneurship amongst the youths through the formation of small enterprises. Legally operating enterprises will also contribute to the government’s coffers through taxations, exercise duties and contributions to the provident fund. The government introduced two accessible licenses for small firms...

Author(s): Alen Sawaya and Shepherd Bhero  

How do teams become effective? A literature review and implication for Ethiopia

August 2018

Teams have been recognized as the heart of organizations in previous decades and proved to be so in the current situation. However, in recent years different global forces have pushed organizations to their limit and forced them to restructure work and teams. Thus, this paper reviews articles on team effectiveness from 2000 to 2017 with the help of Google Scholar Search Engine using key words “teamwork” and...

Author(s): Mohammed Abdulnasir Abdulmelike

Measuring employee performance in Gweru and Kwekwe city councils in midlands province, Zimbabwe

August 2018

For organizations to measure the performance of its employees there is a need to have key performance indicators and performance standards set.  The current study at Gweru and Kwekwe City Councils in Zimbabwe assessed eight (8) performance aspects, which are quality work, employee output, communication and dependability (customer), controlling of costs (financial), planning, team working, problem solving and...

Author(s): Vonai Chirasha, Crispen Chipunza and Lewis Dzimbiri  

Chinese Investment in Bangladeshi RMG Sector: Challenges and Opportunities

August 2018

Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector is one of the most potential sectors of earning foreign capital to improve economic growth. Bangladesh is the great place for Chinese investors to invest in RMG sector as its export trend is increasing day by day. The main objective of this research paper was to find out opportunities and challenges of Chinese investment in Bangladesh. Data were collected from different secondary...

Author(s): Mir Sohrab Hossain, Nusrat Zahan Lopa and Md. Saidur Rahman  

Move your Business Forward with Harvard

August 2018

The CEIBS-Harvard Executive Program celebrated its 2nd Edition with the slogan: Move your business forward with Harvard. Executives can move their businesses forward through this annual executive program. The program took place from July 21st to 27th, 2018, at the Harvard Faculty Club in the prestigious city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Author(s): Marisa del Pozo Lite  

Determinants of growth of private investment in Jimma City, Ethiopia

August 2018

Private investment is one of the mainsprings of economic growth. Jimma city has been identified as the low private investment activities in the development and growth of the economy. Thus, the objective of this study is to explain the determinants of private investment in the city. In an attempt to achieve this objective, data was collected through self-administered questionnaire from 171 sample respondents through a...

Author(s): Tigist Waktole and Mekonnen Bogale  

The innovation of local public-sector companies: Processing big data for transparency and accountability

August 2018

New Public Governance (Klijn, 2008) is the basis for our analysis of the group of public-sector and public service companies. It has furthered the involvement of citizens and of political governance in the management of resources (Boston and Pallot, 1997; Northcott et al., 2012). In order to manage the group while remaining accountable and guiding production choices, it is essential to have an overview and a guarantee...

Author(s): Paolo Pietro Biancone, Silvana Secinaro and Valerio Brescia  

Modelling the relationship between innovation, strategy, strategic human resource management and organisation competitiveness

July 2018

Several studies have been conducted to establish the link between strategy, human resource management (HRM) practices and organisation performance, yet no study has explored the alignment between strategy, innovation, strategic HRM and their impacts on organisation competitiveness. Therefore, the present study sets out to align strategy, innovation, strategic human resource management (SHRM) and organisation...

Author(s): J. E. Agolla  

Pathways to the poor in Swaziland: What is the nature of micro insurance channels and distribution strategy?

July 2018

When distribution is neglected, micro insurance fails. This considered, the objective of this study was twofold – to explore the nature of micro insurance distribution channels and to understand the distribution strategy of a commercial insurance company in Swaziland. Using interviews with the senior managers of a commercial insurer and its distribution partners, this study generated in-depth qualitative data on...

Author(s): M. Kanyangale and M. Lukhele  

Untangling the concept of entrepreneurship towards a common perspective

July 2018

There continues to be a lack of a commonly agreed perspective of entrepreneurship despite the concept being studied for a long period of time. Definitions of the concept and constructs of study in the field have depended on the researcher’s conceptualisation of what constitutes entrepreneurship and as a result there are variations in the study focus and measurement of entrepreneurship. An analysis of literature...

Author(s): Charles Mwatsika, Patrick Kambewa and Levison Chiwaula  

Prototyping an innovative e-platform of financial assistance for small medium enterprises in Mauritius

July 2018

The SMEs form a vibrant pillar of the Mauritian economy through their important contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and socio-economic development. SMEs are recognized for their significance and their resilience in responding to fast changing conditions, even in times of the economic downturn. This paper aims to address financial illiteracy among Mauritian SMEs by proposing an integrated financial...

Author(s): Padachi K., Narrainen D. and Boolaky A.  

Diversity management discourse: An African perspective

July 2018

This paper reviews the concept of diversity across selected sub-Saharan Africa countries. It focuses on the impact of social relations that depict cultural and social identities of individuals within these African countries. This is with the aim to help corporations develop diversity management strategies for their workforce. Consequently, this narrative paper adopts a qualitative approach, a literature survey that...

Author(s): Loliya Akobo and Osikwemhe Damisah  

Attaining competitive advantage through energy efficiency: A cooperative strategic perspective

July 2018

The Kenyan economy in the recent past has witnessed a considerable exit of multinational companies due to high-energy costs. Similarly, a comparative analysis among the East African community partners places the country among the list of those nations with high-energy charges levied on consumers. This phenomenon disadvantages the competitiveness of local industries while discouraging potential players. This is...

Author(s): Kiptum Henry Yatich  

Does sustainability foster the cost of equity reduction? The relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and riskiness worldwide

June 2018

The relationship between sustainable practices and a firm’s financial performance is an open debate among academics, managers and investors worldwide. Despite large literature in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate financial performance (CFP), there is still a lack of unanimous consensus around the impact of sustainability on a firm’s economic achievements. This study aims to...

Author(s): Antonio Salvi, Felice Petruzzella and Anastasia Giakoumelou  

Realizing energy management practices as a competitive strategy among manufacturing firms in Kenya: An alternative outlook

June 2018

The Kenya’s Energy Management Regulations (2012) spells out a raft of actions that consumers of electricity and petroleum products can implement so as to enhance energy efficiency, reduction of energy costs and creation of surplus for distribution. However, few manufacturing companies have carried out implementation. The regulations create avenues for enforcements and promotion of energy management practices...

Author(s): Kiptum Henry Yatich  

Innovation team composition: The enabling role of the individual emotive outlook

June 2018

Despite increased attention to innovation teams in the workplace, composition criteria for implementation success remain unclear. This paper aims to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the psychological characteristics of innovation team members. This pragmatic, mixed-method convergent parallel design study examines and compares the emotive outlook profiles and patterns of successful and unsuccessful innovation...

Author(s): Christina Swart-Opperman and Kurt April

Gender balance on boards and corporate sustainability for the 2030 Agenda

June 2018

The top management characteristics can have an impact on corporate strategic goals and actions. The board diversity, with particular reference to gender issue, can influence Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and company’s strategies toward a business model more oriented to sustainability. According to this this theoretical framework, two issues about women on boards and CSR are presented in this study: the...

Author(s): Francesca Gennari  

Effect of e-tax filing on tax compliance: A case of clients in Harare, Zimbabwe

June 2018

There is underutilisation of electronic tax filing systems in tax agencies despite presence of electronic tax administration systems. The objective of this study was to find how this has influenced tax compliance. Data collection was mainly through a questionnaire. Analysis of data was done through SPSS Version 20 and Excel. The study concluded that electronic filing system actually influences tax compliance. The study...

Author(s): Sifile Obert, Kotsai Rodgers, Mabvure Joseph Tendai and Chavunduka Desderio  

The value relevance of consolidated and separate financial statements: Are non-controlling interests relevant?

June 2018

This paper aims to analyze the value relevance of financial statements prepared according to International Accounting Standards (IAS)/International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The study focuses on two of the different sets of accounts presented by companies: the parent company financial statement and the consolidated version. We have developed a panel data from a sample of Italian listed companies by...

Author(s): Francesco Sotti  

Influence of women entrepreneurs’ characteristics on personal well-being in Arumeru District in Tanzania

June 2018

This article tests the hypothesis that women entrepreneurs’ socio-economic and demographic characteristics have no significant influence on women’s personal well-being, using quantitative approach with a random sample of 180 women. The article adopts the cross-sectional research design using a structured questionnaire administered to women entrepreneurs. Non-entrepreneurs were also involved for comparison...

Author(s): Samwel J. Kabote  

Effect of European audit firms on cost of debt and earnings management in private clients’ audit market segment

June 2018

This research studies the relation between audit firm choice and benefits that companies could gain in terms of lower cost of debt and ea rnings management. It focuses on private clients and the non-Big4 audit market segment, where the main driver of auditor choice has not to date been satisfactorily identified. This study identifies and tests a new criterion for auditor choice in private firms based on audit market...

Author(s): Stefano Azzali and Tatiana Mazza  

Financing challenges of smallholder farmers: A study on members of agricultural cooperatives in Southwest Oromia Region, Ethiopia

May 2018

Smallholder agriculture plays a great role in food self-sufficiency, employment creation and economic growth. However, studies conducted in Ethiopia indicated that access to finance and input/output marketing are two of the critical problems affecting the productivity of smallholder agriculture in the country in general and in Oromia regional state in particular. The main objective of this study is to investigate how...

Author(s): Deresse Mersha and Zerihun Ayenew  

Key factors affecting deviant workplace behavior

May 2018

Deviant behaviors manifest in many organizations and all occupations. Deviant behaviors in the workplace may originate from organizational norms and proclivities for self-benefit. The organizational culture influences employees’ attitudes. Employees internalize the organizational culture, which transforms their personal attitudes and influences their positive and negative behaviors towards the organization. This...

Author(s): Shao-Ping Wang, Miao-Sheng Chen and Mou-Jian Li  

The joined-up strategic planning of cultural service provision: What are the routes of accountability?

May 2018

The debate on accountability in collaborative working for public service delivery is still opened. However, the literature shows research challenges in extending knowledge on critical issues on routes in which accountability are adopted in the Joined-Up Government. This is the reason why public management literature focused on case studies within joined-up services provision. Notwithstanding, an extended understanding...

Author(s): Michela Magliacani  

Determinants of risk disclosures in Kenyan listed companies

May 2018

The main objective of this study was to examine the relationship between risk disclosure and firm characteristics of companies quoted on the Nairobi Securities Market. The study involved all firms that were listed on the NSE between years 2010 and 2016, except the financial institutions. Annual reports were used to determine the variables. A regression analysis was conducted using the random effect model to determine...

Author(s): Muturi Wachira  

Forecasting and preventing bankruptcy: A conceptual review

May 2018

The recent global financial crisis has caused the failure of many firms in several countries, renewing the interest of the literature towards forecasting models for default risk. Although these models have been developed since the 1960s, studies have been published in increased numbers during the last decades, proposing new approaches or comparing different existing models to understand which of them have the best...

Author(s): Marco Bisogno, Marialuisa Restaino and Alfonso Di Carlo  

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