Title: The role of political behaviours in managing financial, infrastructure, and labour obstacles in Central Eurasian region: a multi-country investigation

Authors: Kiran M. Ismail

Addresses: St. John's University, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, USA

Abstract: Drawing on a sample of Central Eurasian firms across seven countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan), this paper explores the extent to which firms in the region rely on political behaviours such as spending time with or making unofficial payments (in the forms of bribes or gifts) to government officials, in order to respond to financial, infrastructure, and labour-related obstacles in the business environment. Further, the direct effects of political behaviours on firm performance and their mediating roles in the relationship between business obstacles and firm performance are also explored.

Keywords: Central Eurasia; business obstacles; political behaviour; unofficial payments; enterprise development; financial obstacles; infrastructure obstacles; labour obstacles; bribes; gifts; corruption; firm performance; government officials.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2012.046794

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2012 Vol.12 No.1, pp.33 - 53

Available online: 08 May 2012 *

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