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International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management

International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management (IJDSRM)

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  • Risk attitudes of forest dependent communities: evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India   Order a copy of this article
    by Sundar Balakrishna, Vineet Virmani 
    Abstract: This study presents evidence on the risk attitudes of forest dependent communities from two geographically distinct regions of Andhra Pradesh, India in the context of joint forest management program begun by the Government of India since 1990. We study the risk attitudes of the forest dependent communities (FDCs) using data from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in two geographical regions Rayalaseema (a dry forest region) and the coastal region (forests with fertile soil). Attitudes towards risk were measured as the revealed degree of risk aversion from the multiple price list methodology. We identify socioeconomic determinants of their risk levels. For members of FDCs from Rayalaseema, income did not contribute to risk attitudes. For those from the coastal region, evidence shows that members from the low and high income groups were found to be risk seeking and those from the middle income groups risk averse.
    Keywords: Andhra Pradesh; forest dependent communities; incomes; India; joint forest management; multiple price methodology; risk attitudes.

  • An interdisciplinary crisis management approach based on day-to-day business operations and project delivering for typical cruise companies   Order a copy of this article
    by Konstantinos Chrysafis, Ioannis Theotokas, Georgia Papadopoulou 
    Abstract: In the last 20 years, owing to the frequent occurrence of crises and the economic globalisation that fatally led to the increased competition, companies faced the need to adopt a crisis management approach to ensure their survival. The cruise sector, as an important component of the global economy, experienced a significant downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now threatened by the energy crisis. In this work, the aim is to combine the advantages of these approaches, in the context of a crisis management model based on day-to-day operations and project delivering. A thematic synthesis of qualitative literature is carried out and the project management methodology is employed. The result is an easy-to-use integrated crisis management model with significant implications both in an academic and a managerial level. This approach makes can be used both by companies in the shipping industry and other industries after being appropriately tailored and customised.
    Keywords: crisis management; operations management; project management; risk management; cruise industry.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDSRM.2023.10058629
  • Doctors' attitudes toward social media use amid the COVID-19 pandemic using an extended technology acceptance model   Order a copy of this article
    by Alexios-Serafeim Nterekas, Christos D. Melas, Vassilis S. Moustakis 
    Abstract: Social media have revolutionised communication, exchange of information, interaction, and collaboration. Research reported herein focuses on doctors' attitudes (ATT) towards the actual use (AU) of the social media Facebook and Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conceptual framework was driven by the technology acceptance model (TAM) and involves five factors: ATT, behavioural intention (BI), perceived ease of use (PEoU), perceived usefulness (PU), and AU. Structural equation modelling (SEM) was used on a random sample of 328 doctors from Greek public hospitals. For Facebook, the ??? towards AU of social networks through the mediating factors PU, PEoU, and BI. For Twitter, the ATT towards AU of the social networks. Doctors reported using social networks during the pandemic to read research outputs uploaded by other medical colleagues and researchers. Results demonstrate that despite reliability issues, social networks may significantly contribute to the dissemination of medical knowledge and communication between health professionals.
    Keywords: public hospitals; social networks; technology acceptance model; COVID-19; structural equation modelling; exploratory factor analysis; health professionals.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJDSRM.2024.10063699