African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4082

AJBM Articles

Tourism forecasting by search engine data with noise-processing

March 2016

In many studies, search engine data were efficient to analyze and forecast as an explanatory variable, including the tourism volumes predictions. However, the search data and the tourism volumes were always interfered by the noise. Without noise-processing, the predictive ability of search engine data might be weak, even invalid. As a method of noise-processing, Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT) could deal with non-linear...

Author(s): Li Xiaoxuan, Wu Qi, Peng Geng and Lv Benfu

An investigation of the marketing performance measurement practices in Hatfield Volkswagen group

March 2016

The measurement of marketing function is vitally important to establish the performance of the brand. The aim of this study is to investigate the marketing performance measurement practices in the Hatfield Volkswagen group with reference to the following elements: the awareness of the importance of effectively measuring the marketing activity, the satisfaction with the current marketing performance measurement, the...

Author(s): Chris Beukes and Gerhard van Wyk

Do marketing margins determine local leafy vegetables marketing in the Tamale Metropolis?

March 2016

In Northern Ghana, local leafy vegetables marketing has become an important trade in Ghana due to the increasing application of the health benefits from consuming local leafy vegetable. It was theorized that marketing margins (temporal arbitrage) may not encourage marketing agents to undertake and facilitate trade in the local leafy vegetable marketing chain. This hypothesis is investigated by using data collected from...

Author(s): Vivian, F. Boateng, Bismark Amfo, Abdul- Halim Abubakari and Osei Bonsu Yeboah

Effect of capital size on the profitability of listed insurance firms in Nigeria

March 2016

Financial reforms have been an ongoing process, not only in Nigeria but the world over. Prior to the recapitalization of the insurance sector in 2005, the industry was characterized by the inadequate capital base, the dearth of appropriate human capital and weak performance. The objective of this paper is to examine the effect of capital size on the profitability of insurance companies in Nigeria. The researcher used...

Author(s): Idris Ahmed

The influence of ownership structure on financial performance of privatized companies in Kenya

February 2016

This study investigated the influence of ownership structure on financial performance of privatized companies in Kenya for the period of 2007 to 2013. The study was informed by the property rights, the agency and the resource based theories. Data was extracted from prospectuses and financial reports of privatized companies, obtained from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE). A unit...

Author(s): Esther Wanjugu Gitundu, Symon Kibet Kiprop, Lawrence Kangogo Kibet, Sifunjo E. Kisaka

The link between financial performance and loan repayment management in Tanzanian SACCOS

February 2016

The Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS) which are co-operative financial models are flourishing in most of the developing economies recently. However, loan repayment capacity remains a challenge that threatens their future. Using financial statements data for the year 2012, from 36 SACCOS in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania, and using descriptive statistics and regression models in the analysis, this study...

Author(s): Benson Otieno Ndiege, Lucas Mataba, Margret Msonganzila and Kelvin Luka Nzilano

An investigation using multivariate analyses in predicting respondents’ perception of satisfaction, professionalism, skill and competence of radiographers in routine radiological services in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria

February 2016

Assessing patients’ perception of satisfaction, professionalism, competence and skill of health care providers helps health institutions and providers respond to the needs and expectations of the patients. Little work is known to have taken place to understand this phenomenon especially in radiological services in Nigerian hospitals. This study is therefore aimed at investigating the perception of patients’...

Author(s): Ochonma Ogbonnia Godfrey, Soludo Bartholomew Eze and Charles Ugwoke Eze

An investigation of the leadership styles of Pentecostal church leaders in Zimbabwe

February 2016

The aim of the paper is to focus on leadership styles exercised by Pentecostal leaders in Zimbabwe. The target population was divided into three main groups; the founders, the leaders and the members of Pentecostal churches in Zimbabwe.  Depth interviews and questionnaires were used on six founders, three hundred and fifty leaders and nine hundred members. The leadership style of the founders was found to be...

Author(s): Judith Mwenje

State of academic facilities and its influence on teachers’ job stress in Tamale polytechnic

January 2016

This paper identifies the state of academic facilities and its influence on teachers’ job stress in Tamale polytechnic. The study adopted a case study approach because it probes a specific tertiary institution in Ghana. Quantitative research method was adopted. Accidental sampling technique was used to draw sample from the population. The research used questionnaire as the main data collection instrument. Total of...

Author(s): Eliasu Issah, Abdul-Razak Abubakari and Isaac Jatuat Wuptiga

The impact of savings on capital mobilization: A case study of selected primary and junior high school teachers in Ho municipality

January 2016

The objective of this study is to find out the impact of savings on capital mobilization for investment in capital projects for personal economic development and educational purposes. The study used primary and secondary data. The population for the study was basic school teachers within Ho municipality of the Volta region of Ghana. Probability sampling technique was employed in selecting the sample size. From the study...

Author(s): Edinam Agbemava, Israel Kofi Nyarko, Vincent Asimah, Edward Sedzro and Gordon Kudzo Antor

Human resource management practices, employee engagement and organizational citizenship behaviours (ocb) in selected firms in Uganda

January 2016

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between human resource (HR) practices, employee engagement and organizational citizenship behaviours (OCB) in selected firms in Uganda. Adopting a pragmatic philosophy with a quantitative methods strategy using quantitative cross-sectional survey design (N = 210) the researcher examined the relationship between nine antecedents, employee engagement and one...

Author(s): Joseph Jakisa Owor

Does personality of owners of micro enterprises matter for the relationship between startup capital and entrepreneurial success?

January 2016

Following the devastating effects of the recent global economic and financial crisis, both developing and developed countries are desperate to boost economic development and reduce unemployment rates. Consequently, entrepreneurship is being promoted. The resulting enterprises contribute to economic development and create employment opportunities. However, the contribution to economic development can only be realized if...

Author(s): Martin Mabunda Baluku, , Julius Fred Kikooma and Grace Milly Kibanja

Impact of compensation incentives on corporate cash holdings: Evidence from non-financial listed companies at Karachi Stock Exchange

December 2015

This study examined the relationships between corporate cash holdings (corporate liquidity policy) and compensation incentives, offered by Karachi Stock Exchange listed non-financial companies, to their CEOs, Directors and Executives, keeping in view the managerial shareholding of the firm, levered capital structure and firm size. The regression results suggested that the CEO Compensation and Executive Compensation have...

Author(s): Khalil-Ur-Rehman Wahla, Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah and Iftikhar Mehboob

Facebook from socializing to advertising: An empirical study on the effect of Facebook as an advertising tool in Egypt

December 2015

This research aims to investigate if Facebook has a significant effect as a tool of advertising in Egypt and to present to marketers practical trends to use in order to close this gap of the missing formula. Quantitative approach based on an online survey of 400 Facebook users from Cairo and Alexandria governorates was used in this work. To achieve the research objectives, descriptive analysis was used to test the data,...

Author(s): Azer Jaylan

Application of vector auto regressive analysis on financial sector and economic growth in Ethiopia

December 2015

The direction of causality between financial sector and economic growth has remained contentious in Ethiopia. This study investigated their linkage for the period of 1980 to 2014. Granger causality test revealed the existence causality that runs from financial sector to economic growth and not the vis-a-versa, while Johnson cointegration analysis confirmed the existence of long-run relationship between financial sector,...

Author(s): Gutu Tesso

Financing, networking and the economic empowerment of women in the informal business sector in Eritrea

December 2015

Hardly any research is available regarding women entrepreneurs in the informal business sector in Eritrea. Results based on a survey of 1,607 women drawn from 12 cities in 6 regions indicate that in setting up an informal business the main sources of initial capital are: the owner’s cash savings; loans from friends and relatives; and interest free credit from suppliers, based on trust. On the positive side, half...

Author(s): Fitsum Ghebregiorgis, Habteab Tekie Mehreteab and Stifanos Hailemariam

Applicability of the huff model in the estimation of market shares of supermarkets within the Tamale metropolis in Ghana

December 2015

This paper estimated the market shares of four shopping centres/super markets within the Tamale metropolis in Ghana. It employed the Huff model: a probabilistic gravitational model adopted as alternative in the computation and estimation of probabilities and attractiveness as well as the distance in mileage covered by prospective customers to the shopping centres/super markets. The research revealed that 75% of the...

Author(s): James Abagna Azanlerigu and Oswald Atiga

Can web-searching index help to predict renminbi exchange rate?

November 2015

The stability of exchange rates plays a decisive role in a country’s economic development and internal and external equilibrium. Therefore, the prediction of short-term exchange rate is of vital importance to maintain a country’s economic stability and financial security. Traditional time series forecasting models are only based on historical data, which cannot reflect other important factors, like...

Author(s): Xuan Wang, Suxiao Li, Haizhen Yang and Lingxiao Cui

Exchange rate dynamics and monetary unions in Africa: A fractional integration and cointegration analysis

November 2015

This paper uses fractional integration and cointegration techniques to analyze nominal exchange rate dynamics in three groups of African countries aiming to form currency unions in the near future. The proposed unions are the WAMZ (West African Monetary Zone), the EAC (East African Community), and the SADC (South African Development Community). The univariate results indicate that in all but three countries (Democratic...

Author(s): Borja Balparda, Guglielmo Maria Caporale and Luis A. Gil-Alana

Understanding the impacts of inter-organizational communication on strategic alliance performance and stability

November 2015

The purpose of this study is to measure the inter-organizational communication of alliances, and to explain the relationships among communication (communication willingness, commitment, behavior, and quality), alliance performance, and alliance stability. In data from 314 firms in China, communication willingness (β= .232), communication behavior (β= .305), and communication quality (β= .174) had a...

Author(s): Liu Wenwen and Liao Baiyu

Factors influencing trust and partnership in shipper-carrier relationship: How do these affect electronic trading transactions in South Korea?

November 2015

In electronic trading transaction, forming trust is very important in business relations due to its anonymity feature or the many non-face-to-face transactions with numerous and unspecified interested parties. This study centered on the importance of trust and partnership in shipper-carrier relationships for the vitalization of electronic trading transactions in South Korea. Thus, this study aimed to identify the...

Author(s): Seung Man Shin

The role of leadership and organizational citizenship behaviour in efficient management

October 2015

The purpose of this article is to analyze the opportunities for research on the theme evaluation of seaport performance through the investigation of a bibliographic portfolio of articles with scientific relevance.  In order to reach this goal, the intervention tool used was ProKnow-C (Knowledge Development Process – Constructivist), which consists of a structured process for the generation of knowledge on a...

Author(s): Ahmet AVCI

Opportunities for research on evaluation of seaport performance: A systemic analysis from international literature

October 2015

The purpose of this article is to analyze the opportunities for research on the theme evaluation of seaport performance through the investigation of a bibliographic portfolio of articles with scientific relevance.  In order to reach this goal, the intervention tool used was ProKnow-C (Knowledge Development Process – Constructivist), which consists of a structured process for the generation of knowledge on a...

Author(s): Ademar Dutra, Vicente Mateo Ripoll-Feliu, Sandra Rolim Ensslin, Leonardo Ensslin and Luis Rogerio Pupo Gonçalves

Open incubators and clusters in South Sudan: A move to achieve economic peace

October 2015

The objective of this research is to generate a process of economic development able to overcome conflicts between populations in the different states of South Sudan by creating common economic interests. Within the framework of the World Bank Capacity Building program, we had the opportunity to lead two parallel focus groups in South Sudan, one on economic strategy and the second on public policy and regional...

Author(s): Ilan Bijaoui

Motivation and information management as a tool of job satisfaction of employees in Nigeria

October 2015

Human resources manager can succeed in motivating workers based on the information available and used by him. To understand the critical importance of people in the organization is to recognize that the human element and the organization are synonymous. It shows that a well managed organization usually sees an average worker as the root source of quality and productivity gains. In order to make employees satisfied and...

Author(s): Joseph Adeniyi Kolawole, Joshua Adeniji Abolaji and Dolapo Peter Olagoke

The use of big data analytics in the retail industries in South Africa

October 2015

The majority of publications around big data analytics are centred on technical algorithms or systems development. While research has been conducted on the use of big data analytics there is an apparent lack of studies which focus on industry-specific usage in South Africa. The purpose of the study was to assess the usage of big data analytics in the retail industries in South Africa. The benefits of using big data...

Author(s): Matthew Ridge, Kevin Allan Johnston and Brian O&#;Donovan

Financial development and economic growth in Togo

September 2015

This study investigated the link between financial development and economic growth in Togo for the period 1981-2010. The study employed Johansen’s cointegration and Granger causality testing procedure in the context of Vector Error Correction Method (VECM). The result shows a positively and statistically significant effect of financial development on economic growth in Togo and Granger causality test supports...

Author(s): FANTESSI Amavi Agbelenko

Dynamics of biotechnology entrepreneurship in South Africa and Brazil

September 2015

Biotechnology entrepreneurship is a relatively new and distinct field of entrepreneurship. Most current empirical research is conducted in the developed economies and cannot be directly extrapolated to the developing economies of South Africa and Brazil. This research used a qualitative multiple case studies, in the idiographic philosophical tradition, in two developing economies; South Africa and Brazil. The data...

Author(s): Manessah Alagbaoso, Teresa Carmichael and Kerrin Myres

Leadership and neurosciences: Plausible talks?

September 2015

This paper aims to analyze the perceptions of professionals from psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and psychology vis-à-vis the perspectives of specialists from the area of organizational studies on neuroscience and their implications on the Leadership construct, and to identify the contributions and constraints arising from the connections between both. A qualitative survey was carried out in the form of in-depth...

Author(s): Fátima Bayma de Oliveira, Anderson de Souza Sant’Anna, Daniela Martins Diniz and Antônio Moreira de Carvalho Neto

Perception of corporate social responsibility by chief executive officers of Cameroonian small and medium size enterprises

September 2015

This work aims at contributing to understanding the perception of CSR[i] by CEOs[ii]of Cameroonian SMEs[iii]and its possible practical translation on the field. To reach this target, we first highlighted theoretical explanation which aimed at defining stakeholders and the dependency towards resources theories. Then, on the empirical aspect, we attempted to carry out a field study. The explorative character of our...

Author(s): NDJANYOU Laurent

Determinants of employees’ turnover intention: A case study of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur

September 2015

Organizational commitment along with other determinants of turnover intention plays a pivotal role in retaining the employees. Job performance and job satisfaction serve as antecedents of turnover intention of employees. The objective of this study is to identify the association between organizational commitment and turnover intention among employees of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Effects of job performance on...

Author(s): Mashal Ahmed, Irfan Hidayat and Faisal-ur-Rehman

Financial development and economic growth in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)

September 2015

This study examines empirically the relationship between financial development and economic growth in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) for the period 1981-2010. Using the General Moment Method (GMM), the study found a positively and statistically significant effect of financial development on economic growth and the causality was bidirectional. In addition, the variable primary completion rate,...

Author(s): Fantessi Amavi Agbélénko and  Kiprop Symon Kibet

The effect of board size and composition on the financial performance of banks in Nigeria

August 2015

This paper analyzed the effects of board size and board composition on the performance of Nigerian banks. The financial statements of five banks were used as a sample for the period of nine years and the data collected were analysed using the multivariate regression analysis. The paper found that board size has significant negative impact on the performance of banks in Nigeria. This signifies that an increase in Board...

Author(s): Aminu Bebeji, Aisha Mohammed and Muhammad Tanko

The empirical analysis of oil revenue and industrial growth in Nigeria

August 2015

This study examined the impact of oil revenue on industrial growth in Nigeria. The data for this study were sourced from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Bulletin, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), CIA World Fact Book, and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), publications such as the CBN statistical Bulletin and CBN Economic and Financial Review Bulletin. ADF test was conducted for stationarity and variables...

Author(s): Victor Ushahemba Ijirshar

Comparison of REIT Dividend Performance in Nigeria and Malaysia

August 2015

The global survey of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) has indicated a high performance nature of REIT as an investment vehicle for the real estate sector. Studies have been conducted across the REIT markets of America, Europe and Asia-Pacific with similar result of high income yield to the investors. However, there have been no report of the Africa REIT except South Africa Property Unit Trust and Property Loans...

Author(s): Olusegun Olaopin Olanrele, Rosli Said and Md Nasir Daud

Transforming the Nigeria tourism industry through tourism entrepreneurial development

August 2015

This paper seeks to explore the role of tourism entrepreneurship in producing destination tourism spirit in Nigeria. Nigeria is a land richly endowed with natural and cultural resources. Concerted attempts have been made in the past five decades to build a viable tourism industry by government and a small number of operators, but not much has been achieved. The country has not been able to harness the abundant resources...

Author(s): Bassey B. ESU

The concept of social justice and a growing economy: Mimics from a colony

August 2015

The term social justice has received enormous attention worldwide due to its critical impact on economies. Whereas some studies consider it as a fundamental issue in the human race, others regard it as prerequisite to peace and tranquility to a modern society. Over the past five decades, social injustice has been on the ascendancy as emerging countries rely on developed countries for survival of their economies. Since...

Author(s): Olivia Anku-Tsede, Albert Amankwaa and Aaron Amertowo

The moderating effect of alternative job opportunity on the transactional leadership-turnover intention nexus: Evidence from the Ghanaian banking industry

July 2015

The concept of employee turnover intention has been of great concern to corporations due to the severe cost implications it has on the bottom line of businesses. Interestingly, research has established appropriate leadership behaviours as effective means of mitigating the consequences of this phenomenon. Most of these studies were however done outside Ghana, with emphasis on transformational leadership and other styles...

Author(s): Albert Amankwaa and Olivia Anku-Tsede

Challenges of design, production and marketing department interface and customer satisfaction

July 2015

This study examines the challenges of the interface of design, production, marketing and customer satisfaction in relation to product quality. In product development process there is linear function relationship whereby, when one unit completes its assignment, it hands over to another unit until the product is finally lunched into the market. In another, there is a simultaneous relationship in which all the units...

Author(s): Egboro Felix

Preponderant factors in the definition of dividend policies in Brazil

July 2015

The aim of this study was to verify whether company managers take into account the factors assigned by the literature as the one to influence dividend policies the most in decisions regarding profit sharing. The research was made with 106 public companies in Brazil. The results showed that managers give more attention to factors such as legislation, Articles of Incorporation, cash availability, opportunities for future...

Author(s): Marcelo Augusto Ambrozini and Tabajara Pimenta Junior

Interest rate, capital market and pensions management: Lessons from Nigeria

July 2015

This paper examines empirically the causal relationship between interest rate, capital market, and pension assets in Nigeria from 1981-2013. While literature provides preponderant evidence of transmission from pension asset to capital market growth, little evidence is available of the reverse and the interaction with interest rate. The 2014 Pension Act widens the scope of pension fund investments into real estate and...

Author(s): Patrick Omoruyi Eke and Akinwunmi Kunle Onafalujo

Enterprise architecture maturity stages: A cluster analysis in Brazilian small businesses

June 2015

Enterprise Architecture - EA encompasses the core business processes, Information Technology infrastructure (IT), systems, and technologies, as well as the level of integration and standardization of data and processes. Companies that develop EA tend to migrate from local applications to systems that share infrastructure and data. In this context, the aim of this study is to identify how the SMEs –Small...

Author(s): Carlos Otávio Senff, Gustavo Dambiski Gomes De Carvalho, Claudimar Pereira Da Veiga, Luiz Carlos Duclós and Admir Pancote

TOC, lean and six sigma: The missing link to increase productivity?

June 2015

The objective of this study is to analyze the points of convergence and divergence between the Theory of Constraints, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma in an integrated manner when used for continuous improvement of manufacturing systems. This research also aimed to advance a better understanding of the fundamental principles of such methodologies by performing a comparative analysis of critical issues. The focus of...

Author(s): Diego Augusto de Jesus Pacheco

Improving customer complaining behaviour for loyalty in the services sector: A case of mobile telephone companies in Uganda

June 2015

This study focuses on the concept of customers’ complaining behaviour in the mobile telephone company sector.  The mobile telephone company in Uganda is competitive and being a service sector, it is complex in nature. A descriptive cross-sectional survey was used. Primary data were collected using questionnaires from Makerere University mobile telephone subscribers who were students, academic staff,...

Author(s): Mabel Birungi Komunda, Francis Kibeera, Justus Munyoki and Jotham Byarugaba

The evolution of private label strategy: The Italian case

June 2015

This work, part of a broader research project on the role of store brand in the competitive development of Large Scale Distribution retailers, proposes an analysis of the current situation of commercial enterprises that implement complex strategies of store brand as a strategic leverage for marketing and synthesis of a corporate philosophy based on a real brand architecture. It aims to achieve increasing levels of...

Author(s): Marcello Sansone

Designing the strategic marketing mixture model for tourism industry

June 2015

Tourism plays an important role in world economy and it is expected that it gets more importance in the next years. Tourism affects occupation rate, payment balance, and economical stability of many countries. This industry is an application one, so that it is a potential to improve occupation situation, especially for low-skilled jobs. In Tajikistan, unemployment rate is focused on in this area. In addition, tourism...

Author(s): Seyedahmad Beheshti and Iman Zare

Trends in real estate appraisal: An emerging context

June 2015

This research investigates the residential real estate market in an emergent European country, Romania. Using data from approximately 300 sales transactions and another 300 nationally relevant rent transactions conducted between midyear 2010 and midyear 2011, the real estate market prices and rental prices have been processed using statistical techniques such as the General Linear Model, in order to identify the...

Author(s): Adela DEACONU, Victor-Bogdan OPREAN and Anuța BUIGA

Inhibiting factors in the strategic financial management decision making process: Evidence from South African SMMEs

June 2015

The purpose of this article is to uncover the principal obstacles preventing small business owner managers from making sound strategic financial management decisions. These obstacles are generally related to the owner managers’ reluctance to follow accepted theoretical norms (steps) in terms of information search and analysis. This reluctance is attributable to the decision makers’ significant lack of...

Author(s): Seraphin Kengne

The production activities of sugar factories in Turkey and Malmquist total factor productivity analysis

May 2015

In this study, total factor productivity (TFP) with variance in its components as well as the technical efficiency levels of 25 active sugar factories in Turkey are surveyed via Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Malmquist Total Factor Productivity method using the panel data from Turkish Sugar Factories Corporation’s annual activity reports. The aim of the study is to determine the comparative production...

Author(s): Ferhat PEHLİVANOGLU, Yüksel BAYRAKTAR and Zaim Reha YAŞAR

Evaluation of the land management harmony degree based on the three attributes of land: The case study of Beijing

May 2015

The paper firstly constructs the evaluation system of land management harmony degree based on the three attributes of land about resources, assets and capital, then calculates and evaluates regional land management harmony degree combined with the empirical data of Beijing. Methods of multi-objective weighted function and analytic hierarchy process are employed. On this...

Author(s): Zhang Hong, Zhang Yi, Zhang Yang and Wang Yue

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