African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4075

Table of Content: 4 July 2010; 4(7)

July 2010

Motivational factors influencing adoption of motor cycle business in Igala land of Kogi State

  Each person is a unique individual and individuals differ in their basic motivational drive hence what is true of a particular individual may not necessarily be true with other individuals. Using motorcycle for commercial purpose has become a topical issue. It has largely been criticized by educators, scholars, friends and relations of the rider, and the society at large as being obscure, unnecessary,...

Author(s):   Elijah E. Ogbadu and Ja’afaru Sule Garba        

  • Article Number: 7F1156A24842

July 2010

Influence of workers’ training programmes on conflict reduction in industrial organizations in Nigeria

  This study investigated the influence of workers’ training programmes on conflict reduction among industrial workers in Nigeria. This is for the purpose of ascertaining the relevance of workers’ training programmes, as an alternative approach to human capital formation and conflict reduction among industrial workers in Nigeria. A total of 416 respondents were selected for the study using...

Author(s):   Oluseyi A. Shadare    

  • Article Number: 5BAF79224872

July 2010

Relationship between work-family conflict and job satisfaction: The moderating effect of gender and the salience of family and work roles

  Work-family conflict has become an issue of particular concern to today’s businesses. Its prevalence among employees and the negative consequences of this conflict for one’s job satisfaction has led it to become one of the problems that managers and directors have to deal with most. Although there have been researches into the relationship between work-family conflict and job satisfaction, few...

Author(s):   Antonia Calvo-Salguero, Ana Ma Carrasco-González  and José María Salinas-Martínez de Lecea    

  • Article Number: 6A136B625729

July 2010

Explaining the long-term real equilibrium exchange rates through purchasing power parity (PPP): An empirical investigation on Egypt, Jordan and Turkey

  This study aims at testing the validity of PPP as a long-term equilibrium condition for bilateral exchange rates in three emerging economies of the Middle East, namely Egypt, Jordan and Turkey through the Augmented Dickey-Fuller (ADF), Phillips-Perron (PP), and the Kwiatkowski, Phillips, Schmidt, and Shin (KPSS) unit root tests. Results of the ADF and PP unit root tests indicate that the null...

Author(s):   Naser .I. Abumustafa and Mete Feridun    

  • Article Number: 1A2531725766

July 2010

An investigation into the impact of the usage of debt on the solvency of SMEs in the Buffalo City Municipality, South Africa

  This research investigated the impact of the usage of debt on the solvency of SMEs in the manufacturing sector in the Buffalo City Municipality. To achieve this objective, the research hypothesized that SMEs have a difficulty accessing debt finance from financial institutions and also that the usage of debt has a negative impact on the solvency of SMEs. This study is important because SMEs, despite their...

Author(s):   Fatoki Olawale, Mornay Roberts-Lombard and George Herbst    

  • Article Number: 757DE7F25795

July 2010

An investigation into the impact of investment appraisal techniques on the profitability of small manufacturing firms in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Bay Area, South Africa

  This study investigated the impact of investment appraisal techniques on the profitability of small manufacturing firms in the Nelson Mandela Bay area of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Small firms are widely considered important to solving South Africa’s unemployment problems and the rejuvenation of its economy. The study used survey data generated from one hundred and twenty four small...

Author(s):   Fatoki Olawale, Okubena Olumuyiwa and Herbst George        

  • Article Number: 270A6ED25831

July 2010

Do human resource management practices have an impact on financial performance of banks?

  Human resource management (HRM) practices are being increasingly considered as major contributory factors in financial performance of organizations. This research study effectively highlights the importance of HRM practices with impact on financial performance of banks (FPB) operating in Pakistan. The major objective of the study is to find out the relationship between ‘HRM Practices’ and the...

Author(s):   Tahir Masood Quresh, Ayisha Akbar, Mohammad Aslam Khan, Rauf A. Sheikh and Syed Tahir Hijazi        

  • Article Number: 5FE192E25870

July 2010

Ethnic group differences regarding choice factor importance in public higher education institution selection

  The main goal of the study was to investigate the relevant importance of choice factors as considered by students from different ethnic groups when selecting higher education institutions in South Africa. A non-probability convenience sample of 1,241 respondents from six South African universities was drawn. A self-administrated questionnaire was used based on a 5-point Likert scale and included 23 choice...

Author(s):   Melanie Wiese, Cornelius H. van Heerden and Yolanda Jordaan    

  • Article Number: 0D17B6625895

July 2010

Critical factors influencing customer value for global shipping carrier-based logistics service providers using Fuzzy AHP approach

  The key purpose of this research is to apply fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (AHP) approach to empirically study the critical factors influencing customer value for global shipping carrier-based logistics service providers based upon the customers’ perspective. To facilitate the main issue for obtaining critical factors, the four key value metrics - service, quality, cost, and cycle time -...

Author(s):   Ji-Feng Ding    

  • Article Number: 822014125914

July 2010

The effects of inter-firm power and supply partner assessment on supply chain integration

  With rapid changes in technology and globalization of markets, it has become very difficult for firms to “go it alone”. World-class companies, therefore, seek to enhance competitive performance by effectively linking them with the external operations of supply chain members. Several factors are critical to effective integration. Supplier’s power is one of the major factors influencing supply...

Author(s):   Fan-Yun Pai and Tsu-Ming Yeh    

  • Article Number: CED8BF125942

July 2010

The implementation of advanced production and management technologies in Turkey automotive sector

  In this study, advanced production and management technologies which are implemented in Turkey Automotive Sector have been examined. The factors such as the aims of implementation of ATs, the levels attainable to aims and the factors blocking the usage have been evaluated. In use of advanced technology in sector, the result of that many goals have been targeted to perform has been achieved. In use...

Author(s):   Suleyman Semiz and Rasih Demirci  

  • Article Number: 9DE43F525965

July 2010

The analysis of some factors on feed compound production: A case study focused on Turkish feed industry

  Turkey witnesses development in the feed industry, one of the most important inputs of animal husbandry, which is largely dependent on private sector mixed feed manufactories. However, basic problems in animal husbandry, on the one hand, and the decrease of producers on the other hand, negatively affect mixed feed production. The number of animals suggests that Turkey needs more than the 7 million tons of...

Author(s):   Erdogan Gunes, Ahmet Ozcelik, O. Orkan Ozer and Mevhibe Albayrak        

  • Article Number: 5EFBA5325983

July 2010

Demographic variables and levels of life satisfaction: The case of students enrolled in apprenticeship training

  The aim of this research is to observe apprenticeship students’ life satisfaction levels related to several environments (friend, school, environment, family and self) according to some variables (parents’ educational situation, parents’ profession,pleasure from job and pleasure of working conditions. The scope of the study was 548 apprenticeship students. “Multidimensional...

Author(s):   Hasan Bozgeyikli, Abdullah Işiklar and Susran Erkan Eroğlu        

  • Article Number: 768CFBC25993

July 2010

The role of knowledge management in achievement of competitive advantage: A case study of Iran Alborze Insurance Company in Western Mazandaran

  Competitive scope shows that organizations that have been faced in recent years were described in the high level of dynamism and maturity. To survive in such condition, stability and continuity in competitive privilege through development of individual and organizational capacity is necessitated. In this relation, some of the scholars and experts state that knowledge is the major source for gaining stable...

Author(s):   Hamidreza Alipour, Karim Davabi, Zahra Mehrabi and Masoumeh Moshtaghi  

  • Article Number: 13C978E26020

July 2010

Month-of-the-year effects in Asian countries: A 20-year study (1990-2009)

  This paper investigates the presence of the month-of-the-year effect on stock returns and volatility in eleven Asian countries- Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Thailand. GARCH (1,1) model is used to analyze the pattern of the stocks returns for a period of twenty years (1990-2009). Results obtained exhibit positive December effect, except for Hong...

Author(s):   Lim Boon Keong, David Ng Ching Yat and Chong Hui Ling    

  • Article Number: 4AFE21526042

July 2010

Information society statistics and indicators: A case study of Turkey

  This study, performed through the basic structures of information society, refers to the global dimensions of change by knowledge economy and information society as statistics which have different indicators to help us determine the position of Turkey on this change. In order to understand the position of Turkey on information society, several indexes were researched. In this study, the level of Turkey...

Author(s):   Bünyamin Atici  

  • Article Number: 5E30C4E26058

July 2010

Technology forecasting of new clean energy: The example of hydrogen energy and fuel cell

  Due to energy shortage, global warming and climate change, balanced development of energy security, economic growth, and environmental protection (3Es) has become a major energy policy issue and prompted the development of low-carbon economies. The goals of exploiting new clean energies, improving the efficiency of conventional energy sources, and improving renewable energy technologies have gathered...

Author(s):   Yu-Heng Chen, Chia-Yon Chen, Shun-Chung Lee        

  • Article Number: 7F7132326075

July 2010

Classroom teacher candidates’ self-leadership behaviour

  The aim of this research is to determine classroom teacher candidates’ self-leadership behaviour. The survey method is used in this research. The population of the research consisted of 272 senior students studying at the faculties of education at primary classroom teaching departments at four universities (Agrı Ibrahim, Cecen University, Cumhuriyet University, Firat University and Kilis 7 Aralık...

Author(s):   Nuriye Semerci, Kaan Güney, Ferda Alper-Ay and Çetin Semerci    

  • Article Number: DBEDE5726095

July 2010

Are REITs defensive? Evidence from the U.S.

  Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are regarded as defensive assets with low risk and returns in the real world. The dynamic conditional correlations bivariate threshold GARCH (DCC-TGARCH) model is employed to test for the defensive property of REITs. The data are collected at daily intervals covering the time period from January 3, 2005 to December 31, 2009. Evidence indicates that, the betas work...

Author(s):   Ming-Che Wu, Yung-Shi Liau and Yung-Chang Wang    

  • Article Number: 01B9D8B26110

July 2010

The SEEDS of oil price fluctuations: A management perspective

  In view of unreasonable oil price fluctuations, this paper reviews past researches to propose a SEEDS framework to analyze the forces that influence oil price fluctuations. The SEEDS framework discusses oil price fluctuations from the supply side, environmental protection side, economic side, demand side and substitute side. According to SEEDS, we believe the rapid increase in oil price is not good for both...

Author(s):   Shih-Chi Chang  

  • Article Number: 48C13C226118

July 2010

Investigation of the impact of applying TOC in MRP using a case study

  In this research, the impact of applying TOC in MRP systems has been studied through a case study. First the theories of TOC and MRP and their integration histories have been reviewed. The research methodology was devised using library and field studies. The proposed method was applied to Tabriz Diecast Aluminum Casing and Bending Company. The company organizational documents have been used in studying the...

Author(s):   Kamaladin Rahmani, Abolfazl Fereydooni, Mahmood Behravesh and Masoud Behravesh    

  • Article Number: F94B69C26130

July 2010

Modelling the volatility of exchange rates in the Kenyan market

  This paper considers the application of the generalized autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity process in the estimation of volatility in the Kenyan exchange rates. A quasi-maximum likelihood estimation procedure is used and asymptotic properties of the estimators given. Exploratory data analysis performed indicates the returns are heavy tailed. It is found that the estimated model fits the exchange...

Author(s):   Isaya Maana, Peter N. Mwita and Romanus Odhiambo    

  • Article Number: 1B7008026139

July 2010

The analysis of small and medium-sized forest products enterprises in Turkey based on production, capacity usage, machine park and technology

  With this work, it is aimed to put forward the present situation about “production, capacity usage, machine park and technology” and to define the problems of the actuations of the forest products industry which is included in the scope of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Duzce; an important place in terms of actuating the forest products industry in Turkey. For this aim, face-to-face...

Author(s):   Derya Sevim Korkut, Emel Erdem and M.Nafiz Duru  

  • Article Number: 094334926151

July 2010

Sales and marketing problems of small and medium sized forest products enterprises in Turkey

  In this study, we aimed to introduce the position of small and medium sized enterprises which serve in forest industry, to determine sales and marketing problems of these enterprises and to develop solutions for these problems. For this purpose questionnaires which were constructed in a systematic manner were administered to the business administrators face to face appropriately using the on-the-spot...

Author(s):   Emel Erdem, Derya Sevim Korkut and M. Nafiz Duru    

  • Article Number: 82B0E2A26164

July 2010

A research of occupational safety in forest products industry in Turkey

  Nowadays, occupational safety has become an important discipline which ensures that employees work at healthier and safer places by providing safer working conditions. Therefore, occupational safety is important in terms of not only employees’ safety but also the safety of the whole enterprise and its production. In the study, analysis was made on worker’s health and occupational safety of...

Author(s):   Derya Sevim Korkut and Tarık Gedik    

  • Article Number: 922FDC626180