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International Journal of Comparative Management

International Journal of Comparative Management (IJCM)

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  • Chairperson leadership efficacy, board members knowledge and strategy: a study of private firms in Kenya   Order a copy of this article
    by Joel Kiplagat Tuwey, Naomi Chepkorir Koske, Andrew Kimutai Kimwolo 
    Abstract: : We studied the influence of the board members knowledge on the relationship between the chairperson efficacy and involvement in the strategy among private sector firms in Kenya. This research used self-directed questionnaires to gather cross-sectional survey responses from 300 firms in the private sector of Kenya. A regression model was used to evaluate the hypotheses. The results show that board members knowledge mediates the relationship between leadership efficacy of the chairperson and strategy involvement; thus, an efficacious chairperson contributes to strategy through board members knowledge. This might help managers and policy-makers of the private firms to develop effective policies by ensuring that the board is composed of an efficient chair and board members with the requisite knowledge. This research adds value by focusing on both the chairs and board members in an emerging economy like Kenya.
    Keywords: chairperson efficacy; board member’s knowledge; strategy involvement; private firms; Kenya.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCM.2022.10047030
  • Sustainability reporting of German healthcare companies: a comparison   Order a copy of this article
    by Remmer Sassen, Miriam Stoffel, Vera Braun 
    Abstract: This study assesses the status quo of sustainability reporting by German healthcare companies. First, content analysis was conducted based on eight sustainability reports. Second, we developed case studies for three of those firms by investigating the further reporting environment. The results indicate that the specific business sector of a company does not influence its sustainability reporting level. Moreover, the case studies show a differentiated picture in regards to the sustainability activities of those companies. Most companies recognise sustainability as a subordinate part of their company values and often integrate substantial sustainability schemes. Only one company emphasises that sustainability has always been at the core of the companys philosophy. To ensure a more transparent and sustainable development, this outcome indicates that new laws should not only require the creation of a sustainability report, but also regulate the formalities of it to derive a common standard.
    Keywords: sustainability reporting; healthcare; voluntary disclosure; Germany; content analysis.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCM.2022.10047739
  • An evaluation of suppliers’ performance using TOPSIS method: a case study in the ecommerce industry in Iran   Order a copy of this article
    by Mahboubeh Kamalkhani, Shib Sankar Sana 
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to use the Multi Criteria Decision Making Tool (MCDM)-TOPSIS method to evaluate suppliers based on their operational performance. One of the industries that have been growing lately and has a high dependency on its suppliers is ecommerce industry. Among several criteria for supplier evaluation, five operational criteria have been chosen by the Delphi method. Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is used to measure the weightage of the criteria, and TOPSIS is used to evaluate and rank the suppliers. This study provides a model that gives clear insight to the company about all the suppliers as to where they stand with respect to their performance. It is suggested that companies share the ranking with their suppliers to assist them in identifying the areas that need strengthening. Sharing these rates also provides a competitive environment to improve their performance. Application of this method is demonstrated through a case study in the ecommerce industry in Iran.
    Keywords: supplier performance evaluation; seller performance; supplier evaluation; TOPSIS; multi criteria decision making.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCM.2022.10050501
  • Comparison of Disclosures and Legitimacy Strategies Employed after a Cybersecurity Incident: The Case of Desjardins   Order a copy of this article
    by Lionel Bahl, Vincent Gagné, Audrey Corriveau 
    Abstract: The magnitude of the personal data breach at Desjardins financial cooperative in 2019 raises legitimacy concerns for Desjardins and its peers. Our study examines changes in the scope of cybersecurity disclosures and the legitimation strategies used in Desjardins’s annual reports and compares them to those of other Canadian companies in the financial, communications and technology sectors. Based on a content analysis grid developed by H
    Keywords: cybersecurity incident; cybersecurity disclosure; legitimacy theory; legitimacy strategies; annual report.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCM.2023.10054746