Vol 3, No 1

Table of Contents

Articles

Supply Chain Information Integration: Exploring the Role of Institutional Forces and Trust PDF
Masood Nawaz Kalyar, Tahir Naveed, M. Sohaib Anwar, Kamran Iftikhar

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of institutional environment on supply chain (SC) information integration of manufacturing firms in Pakistan.

Design/Methodology/Approach – A theoretical framework is used which showing the impact of institutional forces - government support and legal protection- and trust on SC information integration within buyer and supplier firms in Pakistan. The proposed hypotheses were tested by using correlation and regression analysis based on collected data from two hundred and sixty one respondents from thirty randomly selected manufacturing firms.

Findings – The findings of the study describe the impact of institutional forces in Pakistani environment; trust has significant relationship with two elements of information integration, first is information sharing, while second is collaborative planning, which increases the efficiency of the firms. Other two institutional forces government support and legal protection have insignificant relationship with information integration within manufacturing companies of Pakistan.

Research Implications –This study helps the firms in development of collaborative planning and information sharing that increases the profits and decreases the transactional and relational cost. These profits will provide the help to minimize the loss of GDP that Pakistan is bearing 2% of the total GDP that is because of transactional and institutional cost.

Originality/Value –This study provides the information about the institutional forces that help to enhance supply chain operations by developing the information coordination within the supply chain which improve the performance of firms.

 

Entrepreneurship Education as a Strategy for boosting Human Capital Development and Employability in Nigeria: Issues, Prospects, Challenges and Solutions PDF
A. O. Sofoluwe, M. O. Shokunbi, L. Raimi, T. Ajewole
Analysts have stressed the need for improved human capital development (HCD) in Nigeria and other developing nations on the ground that, a nation’s human capital is vital for future technological breakthrough, international competitiveness and sustainable economic development. This empirical paper investigates the prospect of repositioning entrepreneurship education as a strategy for boosting human capital development and employability in Nigeria. The paper adopts a quantitative research method, specifically the use of a survey method for eliciting responses from a cross-section of academic staff and students from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. A modest sample size of 150 respondents was drawn from the target population using a convenience sampling technique. The 111 returned questionnaires were analysed electronically and results presented using descriptive and inferential statistics. The key findings indicate that entrepreneurship education is a leeway to job creation, wealth creation, youth empowerment, peaceful society and economic development. The paper concludes that as a matter of urgency the three levels of governments, academic institutions, donor agencies and private sector organisations should encourage entrepreneurship education as part of their social contribution to human capital development in Nigeria.

Extending the Technology Acceptance Model to Mobile Banking Adoption in Rural Zimbabwe PDF
Shallone K. Chitungo, Simon Munongo
Improvements in wireless technologies and increased uptake of advanced mobile handsets have led to a growing trend in mobile banking activities on a global scale. This empirical study sought to investigate the applicability of the extension of the renowned framework of Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) in determining factors that influence unbanked rural communities Zimbabwe’s intention to adopt mobile banking services. A self-administered questionnaire was developed and distributed in Zaka, Chiredzi, Gutu and Chivi rural districts Out of the 400 questionnaires, only 275 useable questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 69%.Results were subsequently analyzed by the SPSS package. The findings indicate that the extended TAM can predict consumer intention to use mobile banking. Specifically, perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, relative advantages, personal innovativeness  and social norms have significant effect on user’s attitude thus influence the intention toward mobile banking, whilst perceived risks and costs deterred the adoption of the service. The results may provide further insights into mobile banking strategies for mobile network operators, banks and software engineers to design and implement mobile banking services to yield higher consumer acceptance amongst the unbanked rural communities in Zimbabwe.



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