March 2019 (International Review of Business Research Papers)

March 2019 (International Review of Business Research Papers)

Total Articles - 6

Pages 1-17

Author: Bob Namvar

Recession is a built-in feature of the market economy; it is unavoidable but controllable. Almost all of the recent recessions have had the same chain of causes from the demand and supply sides and profit has been the first leading indicator to signal a sluggish U.S. economy. The recent economic slow growth began in the third and fourth quarters of 2015 but it did not start suddenly. It was a result of cumulating tensions built up in the expansion after the recession of 2007-2009. All economic indicators show that American economy will continue to experience a moderate growth but no recession is in making for the next several months.

Pages 18-36

Author: Fiyad Alenazi, Nuttawuth Muenjohn, and Adela McMurray

The study investigated how demographic characteristics influence well-educated, young employees and their commitment to the organisation. A sample of 376 managers from 23 international and local banks located in Saudi Arabia were surveyed and their responses analysed. The results revealed that while the respondents had a high level of organisational commitment, their demographic characteristics marginally influenced their commitment. The findings, therefore, suggest that demographic characteristics, such as employee age or tenure, were not suitable predictors of organisational commitment. Further analysis highlights that there are differences between Asian employees’ behaviour and that of employees in other regions. A discussion is provided and further research opportunities are identified.

Pages 37-59

Author: Abdullah Alsheddi, Darmendra Sharma and Majharul Talukder

The purpose of this research is to investigate the determinants of innovation adoption in Saudi Arabia. Specifically, the study examines the impact of socio-cultural and religious values on the adoption of technological innovation in this particular country. Although many analyses have been done on innovation and its acceptance in Western countries, little is known about it in the Middle East context. The Middle Eastern countries have unique and traditional socio-cultural and religious customs or norms that are very different from those in the West. This research tries to fill that gap. The study develops a conceptual research model based on existing theories, namely, innovation diffusion theory (IDT), theory of reasoned action (TRA), technology acceptance model (TAM), unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) and Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory (CDT). The proposed conceptual model comprises three categories of drivers: cultural values, social norms and religious values. This study uses qualitative methods to analyze the data. Discussion, conclusion, implications, limitations and future research directions are highlighted in the paper.

Pages 60-86

Author: Shamsun Nahar Momotaz

As the use of mobile phones and mobile internet service witnessed tremendous growth in recent years in Bangladesh the mobile internet service operators are trying to make profit and even survive in a highly competitive environment. The objective of this study is to analyze the relationships between service quality, perceived value, and customer satisfaction as perceived by private university students in the mobile internet service context. In the study, service quality is conceptualized as a multi dimension concept consisting of four dimensions namely convenience, responsiveness, availability and perceived value. By examining the empirical data from 324 respondents in Dhaka, Bangladesh results reveal that convenience and responsiveness positively affect customer satisfaction; convenience, responsiveness and availability positively affect perceived value and perceived value partially mediates the relationship between service quality and satisfaction. Thus, mobile internet service providers should concentrate more on these service quality variables like convenience, responsiveness and perceived value to improve the service and make customers satisfied.

Pages 87-102

Author: Tran Van Khoat, Vo Thi Quy, and Ho Thanh Phong

This research provides the insights of partner-perceived relationship quality between manufactures and distributors in the context of plastic industry in Vietnam. The mixed research approach was used in this study. A qualitative study was conducted through in-depth interview and focus group with persons working for plastic companies. A quantitative research was conducted through the survey with 560 plastic companies located in Ho Chi Minh City. The study explored and measured the components of the relationship quality and factors influencing significantly the quality of manufacturer - distributor relationship. Using SEM analysis, we found three components of the relationship quality (mutual trust, commitment, satisfaction), and six factors (information sharing, communication, product quality, interaction, delivery quality, visiting) influencing significantly on the quality of manufacturer - distributor relationship. The results provide valuable implications for managers of plastic companies for improving the quality of manufacture - distributor relationship in Vietnam plastic industry. This study also provides a significant contribution to the relationship quality literature.

Pages 103-111

Author: Momodou K. Dibba and Sheriff Touray

Exchange rate misalignment for developing countries often concerns overvaluations of the domestic currencies. The general consensus has been that misalignment (undervaluation) spurs economic growth. Recently, Gonclaves and Rodriques found this not to be so compelling with the inclusion of domestic savings in their model. However, we replicate the same methodology for sub-saharan countries and found the domestic savings rate not to be relevant, leaving the argument that misalignment is good for economic growth, at least in the case of sub-Saharan Africa.

Total Articles- 6

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