African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4193

Table of Content: 28 June, 2013; 7(24)

June 2013

Will the knowledge economy signal the end of academic freedom?

  The emergent industrialisation of China and India has led to a fundamental rethink of policy in all Western industrialised nations and trading blocks including the UK and EU. This has led to the concept of a ‘knowledge economy’ (KE) in which the utilisation of knowledge capital will replace traditional methods of employment (a ‘brains versus braun’ market place). A large number of...

Author(s):   Neil Foster      

June 2013

Economic miracle in China

  It has been 30 years since the reform and opening policy in 1978 in China. During the past 30 years, China has created an economic miracle with its rapidly developing economy, sharply expanding foreign trade and constantly improving living standard and all-time strong overall national strength.   Key words: China, economic miracle, reform, opening policy.

Author(s):   WU Qing-Jun, Zhang Shu-Dong and Dong Wei      

June 2013

Applied data mining techniques in insurance company: A comparative study of rough sets and decision tree

  Nowadays, customers are the essential elements of marketing for business operation. It is a critical and unignorable task in exploring valuable customers for companies and estimating customer values. According to the definition of Customer Life Value (denoted as CLV), a suitable model was found in this study and customers’ present values were estimated by given data from insurance company. Two data...

Author(s):   Kun-Shan Wu, Fang-Kuo Wang, and Jhieh-Yu Shyng      

June 2013

Accounting reforms in the Middle East: A portfolio -returns approach

  This paper examines the value relevance of accounting information in selected Middle Eastern countries (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE) for the per-period and post-period of accounting reforms, which could describe the effect of accounting standards reform in these countries. The result obtained from portfolio approach shows accounting information is value relevant to investor in all selected stock exchanges....

Author(s):   Jamal Barzegari Khanagha      

June 2013

Job satisfaction level among university staff: Case study Iran

  This research is aimed at studying job satisfaction level among staff of Islamic Azad University, Naragh Branch and the prime objective for conducting the research is to study the effects of some material and non-material factors on the job satisfaction and motivation level of the university staff. To explore and study this issue, several items have been carefully considered and their relationships with job...

Author(s):   Mehdi Noursina and Fatemeh Bagheri      

June 2013

Can we apply Fibonacci retracement in the African market?

  Forecasting was one of the most important issues facing companies. Technical analysis was the use of trends and charts to understand and analyze investors' behavior and their effect on subsequent price action of financial instruments when the trend is so clear or support and resistance levels obtained through Fibonacci ratios. The applicability of Fibonacci trading in the stock market for the western...

Author(s):   Toshitsugu Otake and Fall Fallou      

June 2013

Applying encryption schemed to supervisory control and data acquisition systems for security management

  Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is the combination of telemetry and data acquisition. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system is compose of collecting of the information, transferring it to the central site, carrying out any necessary analysis and control and then displaying that information on the operator screens. Encryption Schemes are needed to secure communication in SCADA...

Author(s):   Tai-hoon Kim  

June 2013

Sports celebrities influencing the consumption of young people in the Brazilian context

  The purpose of this paper is to explain how young consumers’ behavior is influenced by sports idols and gender. The sample study consists of 202 graduates (113 women and 89 men). The results show that the relationship between idol and influence on the behavior of consumers towards claims or product change is significant and directly proportional. This confirms the first hypothesis. The second...

Author(s):   Márcia Zampieri Grohmann, Luciana Flores Battistella and Daiane Lindner Radons        

June 2013

Adoption analysis of cloud computing services

  Making decisions for IT outsourcing is always a challenge for companies worldwide, and cloud computing has been growing as an alternative. This article analyzes the viewpoint of IT managers about the adoption of cloud computing services. It confronts the literature review on the main features of cloud computing with the opinion of sixteen managers responsible for IT departments in their companies. The...

Author(s): Leonardo Rocha de Oliveira, Adriano JulioMurlick, Gabriela Viale Pereira andRafael Vicentin      

June 2013

Public sector employees’ view(s) of obstacles facing the development of Management Information Systems in the River Nile State-Sudan

  This study investigated and identified the obstacles facing the development of Management Information Systems (MIS) in the River Nile State (RNS). In addition, it checks out the existence, importance and the employment of MIS in the RNS. The study applied the descriptive research design of survey type. Data were collected from a sample of 221 employees which reflects that some RNS ministries holds different...

Author(s): Elhadi, Osman Abdalla, Li Quanxiu and Mohamed, Eslam Hassan      

June 2013

The influence of commitment-based HR practices and knowledge-sharing on employees’ innovation performance

  In this study, we examine firms that have implemented 5 single commitment-based human resources (HR) practices (CBHRPs), including participation, work design, training and development, performance appraisal, and compensation and rewards. This study uses a sample of 402 employees and 116 managers from 116 high-tech firms in Taiwan. The following results were obtained: (a) only participation, work design,...

Author(s):   Wann-Yih Wu, and Feng-Hui Lee        

June 2013

Analysis of social and economic conditions in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa for a convergence to international accounting standards

  In 2000, the countries of sub-Saharan Africa were united for the attainment of asingle market, generating a system of unification of commercial language, called Accounting System (Sysco) of the Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA). The Sysco-OHADE, inspired by the French model, was born from a local need. Meanwhile, international accounting standards emerged from a...

Author(s):   Kouadio Arrio, Fátima de Souza Freire and Jorge Katsumi Niyama