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 November 2010; 4(15)

November 2010

A study on entrepreneurial orientation and resource acquisition: The effects of social capital

  Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) has emerged as an important construct within the strategic management and entrepreneurship literatures over the past two decades. Empirical studies on the determinants of firm’s resource acquisition have shown a fairly consistent positive relationship between the EO of the firm’s senior management and firm’s resource acquisition capability. Studies aimed at...

Author(s): Kai-Ping Huang, Chih-Hsing Wang, Meng-Chun Tseng and Karen Yuan Wang

  • Article Number: 54A9D9D20702

November 2010

Role of Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) in managerial decision making

Author(s):   Rakshit Negi

  • Article Number: B46268420703

November 2010

An integrated approach of Kano’s model and Importance-Performance Analysis in identifying key success factors

  This study proposes perceived ‘Importance-Performance Analysis’ by simultaneously integrating ‘importance-performance analysis’ and Kano’s model in identifying key success factors. Kano’s model, which provides a two-dimensional view of quality, is a very useful tool to identify which customer requirements of a particular product or service might be more than the...

Author(s):   Hsin-Hung Wu, Yung-Tai Tang and Jyh-Wei Shyu

  • Article Number: 4EF8DA920709

November 2010

Framework to identify and manage risks in Web 2.0 applications

  Web 2.0 applications are continuously moving into the corporate mainstream. Each new development brings its own threats or new ways to deliver old attacks. In order to mitigate these security risks, internal controls should be implemented at different levels. In order to identify the risks, a proper control framework of generally accepted control techniques and practices are needed as a benchmark. Because,...

Author(s):   Riaan J. Rudman

  • Article Number: 0044ED820715

November 2010

Learning styles of teacher candidates: A sample of Firat University

Author(s):   Ibrahim Yasar Kazu

  • Article Number: FAF1DF720721

November 2010

A contribution to software service improvement based on LSP method

  With new technologies and various software solutions readily available for utilization in business environment, the main driver for achieving the competitive business advantage is becoming the quality of service. The quality of service expectations is very often managed by established service level agreement (SLA). Behind SLA, there is a real software, infrastructure, organization, culture, and people that...

Author(s):   Vidan Marković and Rado Maksimović

  • Article Number: 414B40520736

November 2010

Comparative analysis of sensitivity coefficient using traditional beta of CAPM and downside beta of D-CAPM in automobile manufacturing companies

Author(s):   Hashem Nikoomaram

  • Article Number: 0B4167120744

November 2010

Biometrics and identity management for homeland security applications in Saudi Arabia

  Identity is the collection of all characteristics related to an entity, be it a person, enterprise or an object. Identities allow entities to be distinguished from each other. This is what makes an identity a key component in several administrative, social and economic transactions. Identity management is important for government, communication, commerce and just about any significant societal activity....

Author(s):   Bilal Khan, Muhammad Khurram Khan and Khaled S. Alghathbar,    

  • Article Number: 76D778720759

November 2010

Outsourcing decision processes: A case study of a Malaysian firm

  There is a growth trend towards the outsourcing of accounting activities. The drivers of outsourcing emanate from organisational initiatives, improvement focus, financial and cost objectives or growth objectives. Despite the increasing practical significance of this phenomenon, the academic literature is limited to a handfull of studies concerned with the delegation of accounting functions. There are...

Author(s):   Noradiva Hamzah, Aini Aman, Ruhanita Maelah, Sofiah Md Auzair and Rozita Amiruddin

  • Article Number: 2EF838320773

November 2010

The impact of information specificity in recruitment advertisements on the application pursuit process in Pakistan

Author(s):   Farida Saleem  

  • Article Number: FEC647020781

November 2010

An evaluation of leading indicators of currency crises

  This study tries to construct leading indicators for currency crisis using probit model, logit model and binary quantile regression. The empirical results show that the Inflation rate, Stock price index, Import growth rate, export/GDP, direct investment abroad, GDP growth rate, terms of trade changes, financial derivatives and domestic credit/GDP have significant effects on the occurrence of currency crisis....

Author(s):   Chi-Wei Su, Hsu-Ling Chang, and Meng-Nan Zhu and Zhang Qiao

  • Article Number: 036571E20801

November 2010

The choices of capital structure

  This study intends to examine the choices of capital structure from Taiwanese electronic firms. Empirical results here provide the evidence that Taiwanese electronic firms follow the different financing behaviour depending on the level of profitability. This study adopts two separated processes: First, we adopt Panel Unit Root Tests and find that under the different profitability the firms have different...

Author(s):   Hsu-Ling Chang, Hsin-Yu Liang, Chi-Wei Su and Meng-Nan Zhu

  • Article Number: 21DF2BA20823

November 2010

Organizational climate as a predictor of innovative work behavior

  The present study intends to examine the predicting role of organizational climate (Competing Values Model) in Innovative Work Behavior (IWB). Additionally, the study examines the effect of organizational size on IWB. The study was carried out on a purposively selected sample of 320 managers from Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) organizations countrywide. The instruments used for the study included IWB,...

Author(s):   Rabia Imran, Tahir Saeed, M. Anis-ul-Haq and Afsheen Fatima

  • Article Number: 5AF578E20839

November 2010

The impact of color traits on corporate branding

  Aristotle, a famous Greek philosopher, indicated that all perceptions are triggered by witness. Consumers have a first impression of sight memory for products within 0.67 seconds. The first impression dominates 67% of the purchasing process, which comes from colors. This research considers using colors to manifest corporate brand image and charm and believes that inappropriate usage of colors may confuse the...

Author(s): Wei-Lun Chang and Hsieh-Liang Lin

  • Article Number: CF287D320855

November 2010

The direction of the financial sector’s involvement in overcoming crisis: A case study of Romania

  In the present economic circumstances of economical-financial crisis on a world-wide level, for the Romanian economy, the financial sector, being a key factor, have a great importance for supporting economic growth. The aim of this paper is to analyse the finance-growth relation in Romania, using quarterly data and applying statistical methods for a period of nine years. As such, we measure the qualitative...

Author(s):   Mirela Cristea, Raluca Dracea and Nicu Marcu

  • Article Number: 89241A720895

November 2010

Evaluating the efficiency of intellectual capital management for Taiwan IC design industry

  Management of intellectual capital has been the source of competitive advantages in the new economy. The study employed Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) to analyzed 62 publicly listed IC design firms in Taiwan. The DEA models using different performance indices were analyzed and their relationships were further explored with PCA. The empirical results revealed that 30 out...

Author(s):   Chyan Yang and Ta-Yuan Chen

  • Article Number: 642D6E920917

November 2010

Rising productivity of the fixed mobile convergence trend in the telecommunications industry

  This study explores the productivity variation in the telecommunications industry by adopting the slack-based measure in the current period and the SBM-based Malmquist in the cross-periods spanning from 2006 to 2009. The observed global leading 51 telcos (telecommunications companies) are top ranking on the Forbes Global 2000, and divided into three groups of mobile-only, fixed-only, and fixed-mobile...

Author(s): Chun-Mei Chen and Tsung-Cheng Wang

  • Article Number: 3347FE920938

November 2010

Strategic training practices, effective organizational commitment, and turnover intention: The mediating role of psychological contract

  This paper aims at determining the relationships among psychological contracts, affective organizational commitment, and three dimensions of personal needs assessment in strategic training (that is, motivation to learn, perceived support, and training attitudes). The study sample comprised 301 employees from universities of medical sciences in Iran. Multiple and simple linear regression and path analysis were...

Author(s):   Roya Anvari, Salmiah Mohamad Amin, Wan Khairuzzaman Wan Ismail and Ungku Norulkamar Ungku Ahmad

  • Article Number: 31C59F920955

November 2010

Do developing countries need Education laws to manage its system or are ethics and a market-driven approach sufficient?

  The Education sector is one of the fundamental industries as described by the recent concept of “state business,” which is also the most critical player in making other sectors of a state functional. The criteria of Education governance and legislations as well as their schemata have evolved out of historical social practices. The interpretation of social events is guided and constrained by the...

Author(s):   Gazi Mahabubul Alam, Kazi Enamul Hoque Latifah Ismail and Pradip K. Mishra

  • Article Number: 05E2EE820970