International Journal of Business and Management

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ISSN / EISSN : 1833-3850 / 1833-8119
Current Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education (10.5539)
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Stephen Lee
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p130

Reviewer Acknowledgements for International Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 15 No. 10, 2020
Majd Mohammad Omoush
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p117

The main goal of this research is to examine and then prioritize the critical success factors (CSFs) and delay reasons across the project management implementation stage. The study adopted the qualitative approach to introduce a full classification of the CSFs and delay reasons in project management. A total of 44 articles were reviewed to mine the various CSFs and delays based on conclusions of previous literature. This review leads to define a matrix of factors that are aligned with the project management in the context of the Jordanian construction project. Besides, the questionnaire instrument was designed based on outcomes of the critical analysis of literature; this instrument was administrated to a sample of 198 respondents across 20 Jordanian construction projects. The study sample entailed project managers, engineers, and senior department heads who were asked to assess the relevance and importance of the extracted CFSs. The questionnaire instrument was designed based on a 5-points Likert scale. Further, the data analysis was conducted based on the means values of the responses. The literature review resulted in categorizing the factors into five groups, namely, human’s related factors, organizational and managerial, material factor, project-related factors, and the external environment and stakeholders’ factors. This research applied a taxonomy approach to classifying the mean values throughout three ideas, namely, the classification of the major success factors and delays, the exploration of the sub success factors and delays within each significant factor, and last the exploration of the most critical sub success factors and delays regardless of the significant factor they are linked to this group. According to the analyses results, the major success factors were evaluated based on priority ranking, and the results showed that the projects related factors group was the most crucial motive of either success or delays. Still, human-related factors were the least important factors group; however, the “coherent team.” was the most sub factor evaluated. For the organizational and managerial sub-factors, the functional manager support was the most evaluated subfactor. Last, the materials sub-factor of the availability of materials was ranked as the most subfactor evaluated.
Bishnu Prasad Bhattarai
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p108

The purpose of the study to analyzed the determinants of audit report lag of commercial banks in Nepal. The secondary balance panel data of seven commercial banks for the period of 2013/2014 to 2017/ 2018, latest five years fresh data for the analysis. The sample have been choice from the convenience sampling technique. The descriptive statistics, correlational and casual comparative research design has been employed. The study has been selected audit report lag as dependent variable and return of total assets (ROA), leverage, size of bank, size of board, and bank age as independent variables. The result has been analysis by three different models like Pooled OLS, Fixed Effects and Random Effects Model with the help of Gretl Statistical Software version 1.9.4. The result of Poled OLS and Random Effects Model has appropriate of this cases. In the Fixed Effects Model has not prediction of statically because there is not any variable significant. The study found that leverage and board size are the determinants of audit report lag in the Nepalese commercial banks perspectives. The study also found that the minimum 18 days to maximum 242 days lag of audit report of sample banks. The study concluded that leverage and board size have major determinants of audit report lag in Nepalese samples banks perspectives.
Sharon More, Tova Rosenbloom
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p82

The current article deals with the interesting phenomenon of mismatch between an academic graduate's field of education and their field of occupation (a phenomenon known in the literature as horizontal-mismatch or job-field underemployment), and its impact on the individual's career satisfaction. Some studies regarding the broader phenomenon of underemployment suggest that graduates might temporarily accept an underemployed job in order to avoid unemployment and obtain some work experience, but even though most of the relatively scarce articles on the subject suggest it is usually an involuntary phenomenon, almost none of them specifically focus on the case of job-field underemployment. 310 Israeli academics with almost-equal gender representation participated in this study. A statistically significant negative correlation has been found, according to which, the greater an individuals’ level of job-field underemployment, the lower their career satisfaction level. The main conclusion of the present study is that the individuals’ quality of job-field fit appears to be a very significant component in their career perception: The individual, being rational, will invest in a specific field of education in order to integrate into the labor market accordingly. Therefore, this phenomenon is not desirable for the individual, and it requires more informed career planning by the individual in order to avoid experiencing this phenomenon in the first place. At the macro-economic level, this requires better labor-market adjustments between the supply of labor and the demand for jobs.
Elona Marku, Maryia Zaitsava, Manuel Castriotta, Maria Chiara Di Guardo, Michela Loi
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p94

The present study aims to better understand how and to what extent the different dimensions of Big Data can offer insights on technology evolution. By using a patent analytics perspective, in this paper, we introduce a novel approach based on co-words analysis using the abstracts of 170,279 European patents in the Internet of Things (IoT) field published from 2011 to 2019. In so doing, we map and visualize an industry’s technology structure, development, and trends, as well as disentangle the IoT technology conceptual structure, highlighting its core and boundary concepts. This is the first study that applies a decomposition framework to clarify the determinants of IoT inventions, showing relevant changes in the focus of IoT technology overtime. By shedding light on the evolutionary dynamics of the field, this research offers a valuable contribution to the technology innovation literature.
Domenico Berdicchia, Giovanni Masino
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p1

The concept of “job crafting” is one of the most interesting constructs within the organizational literature about proactivity in the workplace. Several authors pointed out the need of longitudinal research on job crafting. In this paper we illustrate the results of a qualitative empirical research conducted within a large retail company. While available job crafting theory emphasizes individual goals as key motivational drivers for job crafting, we found that organizationally oriented goals and motivations are also very relevant. We also found that when a convergence of individual and organizational goals is observed, the motivation towards job crafting is significantly increased, and that work experience plays a significant role in such process.
Sahar Hassan Khayat
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p51

The present study focuses on the roles of trade openness, market forces and domestic credit to private sector and infrastructures by documenting the determinants of Foreign Portfolio Investments (FPI) to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies. The determinants of foreign portfolio investment for the period between 2000 and 2018 were estimated by implementing random effects (RE), fixed effects (FE), and GMM methods. The dependent variable was foreign portfolio investment against different independent variables. The results of the study lead to the development of framework through the associated countries in GCC that are mainly focused on attracting additional foreign portfolio investment. The results have clearly showed that there is significant influence of macroeconomic factors on the decision of choosing an investment country by the foreign investor.
Raif M. Akra, Jamil K. Chaya
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p70

This study is an adoption of two probabilistic financial analysis methods, Altman and Beneish Models that have proven effective in early detection of possible financial distress and profit manipulation respectively. Motivated by the effectiveness of the models, this paper applies the methodology on the Kuwaiti Stock Market excluding banking and insurance companies. Results demonstrated that Altman has less predictive power in the context of industrial and real estate companies while Beneish has a strong predictive power to uncover possible manipulation in earnings or fraudulent reporting in the tested companies as confirmed with an ex-post review of the companies and news sources. We recommend a recalibration of the Altman model according to industry in addition to recommending that financial analysts and interested parties use both models.
Claudio Pinto
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p35

The measurement of the relative efficiency of a production process with the DEA approach considers the process itself as a "black box" that uses inputs to produce outputs. In reality, many production processes require the carrying out of many activities grouped into phases and interconnected with each other. For this reason, modeling a production process as a network system in which its sub-parts are differently interconnected certainly represents a modeling closer to reality. The NDEA approach born within the DEA methodology has developed several models to measure the relative efficiency of network systems such as independent models, or connected models or relational models. The latter differs from the other two in that it allows you to measure the relative efficiency of the entire process and its parts once the operations between the parts of the system have been considered. In this paper, as well as modeling a production process with four stages with shared variables, we propose a relational NDEA model under different preference systems in the distribution of resources between sub-processes to measure their relative efficiency. The proposed NDEA model is in the multiplicative version. We will use non-real data to solve the model. Our conclusions are that 1) a four-stage production process can represent numerous real processes, 2) the proposed NDEA model can therefore be used for multiple different applications and 3) the system of preferences on the distribution of resources among subs processes influences the measurement of relative efficiency both for the whole process and for its sub-processes.
Mejbel Al-Saidi
International Journal of Business and Management, Volume 15; doi:10.5539/ijbm.v15n10p60

This study examines the impact of ownership structure on the timeliness of corporate internet reporting (TOCIR) index in the case of non-financial firms listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) by using a sample of 80 firms in 2019 and 4 ownership variables, namely, ownership concentration by large shareholders, ownership concentration by institutions, ownership concentration by the government, and ownership concentration by families (individuals). The results indicate that ownership concentration by large shareholders and ownership concentration by the government affected TOCIR, whereas ownership concentration by institutions and families (individuals) did not. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is the first study that examines the impact of ownership concentration on the timeliness of the corporate internet reporting in Kuwait.
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