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International Journal of Business Competition and Growth

International Journal of Business Competition and Growth (IJBCG)

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International Journal of Business Competition and Growth (7 papers in press)

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  • Structural changes regarding competition in the Indian corporate sector: An analysis of manufacturing and construction industries   Order a copy of this article
    by Benito G. Lyndon  
    Abstract: The present study attempts to give a multifaceted picture of competition in the Indian industries for the last two decades of the liberal policy regime. The paper puts together three structural indices and gives an integrated interpretation. The findings show that around 83% of the industries exhibit high or moderate-high levels of inequality. Around 75% of the industries show a decline in concentration; 75% show an increase in market share inequality; 70% show a decline in market share mobility. The findings indicate a distinct tendency of the market structure to improve in absolute terms and worsen in relative terms. The market structure is highly imperfect, and there is a gradual decline in competitive dynamism in the period. The implication for emerging firms in this context is to have alternative value maximisation strategies to improve their competitive positions.
    Keywords: structural change; competition; competitive dynamics; market structure; market concentration; market share inequality; market share mobility; concentration; mobility; Herfindahl-Hirschman index.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2022.10046525
  • Investigating the factors influencing consumers' purchase intention towards online private labels in the Indian Context   Order a copy of this article
    by Sujo Thomas, Susmita Suggala, Dhruv Agarwal 
    Abstract: Online private labels have been gaining market share in India and giving tough competition to national brands. There have been only few private label products in the Indian market which have been associated with charity. Cause-related marketing is the new and upcoming differential tool used by companies to market their product and reach out to the consumer via a social cause that affects them on a mundane basis. This study is based on an online consumer survey of private label buyers in India. Examining factors which determine consumer purchase intention of the brands in private label associated with cause-related marketing is the main purpose of this research. The results show that trust, perceived pricing, perceived quality, perceived value and price sensitiveness influence the most when a consumer purchases a private label product online. The findings of the study indicated would guide the companies selling online private label products in framing marketing strategy and increase the consumer base.
    Keywords: online private label; cause-related marketing; trust; perceived pricing; perceived quality; perceived value; price sensitiveness; India.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2022.10047965
  • Automatic Computerized Mobile Purchase System   Order a copy of this article
    by Aman Tyagi 
    Abstract: In the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus everything is done in online mode. Due to this reason the cost and requirement of the mobile phone and its gadgets are increasing day by day. Users are searching and purchasing new phones nowadays and some of them are confused and unable to decide or make his/ her mind to purchase a suitable mobile phone. The decision of the selection of a better and reliable mobile phone is very complex and difficult. In this paper the automatic case base mobile phone selection process is discussed. This work will help many online mobile selling websites to provide user a better phone selection decision option. The improvement of the efficiency of the system is also discussed in the paper.
    Keywords: case-based reasoning; CBR system; database management; decision support system; consumer; knowledge base; user interface; mobile purchase decision.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2022.10050360
    by Harinakshi Suvarna, Harshitha ., Mithun Chandra R. K 
    Abstract: Workplace stress is on the rise as a result of a variety of internal and external variables. Nowadays, whether one is in a higher or lower position will be under a lot of stress. These types of job stress can be either positive (viewed as an opportunity) or negative (viewed as a threat as it effects physical and mental health). Poor mental health can lead to employee burnout, which has a significant impact on their capacity to contribute meaningfully in both their personal and professional life. Teaching is one such profession where now-a-days high amount of stress is noticed. Not just delivery of lecture but also students’ continuous evaluation, research work and other works at workplace are causing stress among the faculties. Hence, this study is an attempt to understand the reason causing stress among teaching fraternity at their workplace and the consequences of the same on their job performance.
    Keywords: stress; workplace; performance; copying strategies; teachers; teaching community.

  • Do Trade Openness and Domestic Credit to the Private Sector Stimulate Economic Growth in Ghana A Bound Test Approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Frank Gyimah Sackey, Richard Asravor, Isaac Ankrah 
    Abstract: The study examined the impact of trade openness and domestic credit to the private sector (DCP) on the growth of the Ghanaian economy. The study therefore examined the extent to which trade openness and domestic credit to the private sector impact GDP growth with other covariates such as inflation, exchange rate and foreign direct investments both in the short and the long run. Data was gleaned from the World Bank database spanning from 1970 to 2021. The study adopted the bound test approach using the autoregressive distributed lag estimation. Our results showed that trade openness has a positive relationship with economic growth both in the short and the long run while no such significant relationship was observed for domestic credit to the private sector. Again, we observed a positive relationship between inflation and GDP growth at least, in the short run. The study recommends policies that will enhance the increase in both internal and external trade as well as those that will deal with challenges of the private sector’s access to credit to achieve the desired growth.
    Keywords: trade openness; domestic credit; autoregressive distributed lags; ARDLs; bound test Ghana.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2022.10052173
  • Does Financial Inclusion Affect Economic Growth? A Global Perspective   Order a copy of this article
    by Misbah Khizar, Zia Ur Rehman Rao, Muhammad Zubair Tauni, Rizwan Mushtaq 
    Abstract: This study aims to examine the impact of financial inclusion on economic growth in four different income groups from 2005 to 2020. A multidimensional index of financial inclusion was developed then this newly constructed index has been used to examine the effect of FI on economic growth. Financial inclusion indicators investigated in the present study include domestic credit from financial sector and private sector, number of commercial banks and ATMs per 1,000 km2 and 100,000 adults, borrowers and depositors from commercial bank. Gross domestic product per capita (GDPPC) is used as a measure of economic growth. In this study Stata software has been used to assess the impact of variables. According to the findings, in countries with low financial inclusion index (FII) and low income, financial inclusion has a positive significant impact on economic growth. Policymakers should design initiatives that increase access to and use of financial products.
    Keywords: financial inclusion; multidimensional index; economic growth.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2022.10052198
  • Oil Prices & Stock Market Returns Among Emerging Seven Economies: Empirical Evidence From the Recent Decade   Order a copy of this article
    by Mearaj Ud Din Dar, Khursheed Ahmad Butt 
    Abstract: Crude oil is one of the most important components and input for almost all manufacturing and service activities. Given its importance, oil has been among the major exports or imports of all the countries, especially for emerging economies to fuel their economic growth. Further oil prices have been very volatile during the recent decade. Therefore the present study is an attempt to examine the impact of oil prices on the stock returns of the most progressive emerging market group called EM7 (India, China, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey). The study employs ARDL modelling as a novel technique of cointegration on monthly time series data for the most recent decade starting from 2010. The study found that oil price changes pose a significant positive impact on stock returns of oil exporting countries (Russia, Mexico, Brazil) while a negative significant impact on stock market returns of oil importing countries (India, China, Indonesia, Turkey).
    Keywords: oil price; stock returns; emerging economies; ARDL; time series.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2023.10052309