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International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development (IJMED)

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  • State ownership, formality status and technical efficiency: Evidence from Vietnamese SMEs   Order a copy of this article
    by Nguyen Nguyen Thi Kim, Tuyen Tiet-Tong, Tuan Nguyen-Anh, Nguyen Anh Thu, Viet Nguyen-Quoc, Nguyen To The 
    Abstract: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are critical in a rapidly growing economy like Vietnam, which requires significant government assistance. Our analysis begins by examining the technological efficiency of enterprises utilising data from Vietnamese SMEs from 2017 to 2018. We then examine the effects of formality status and state ownership as a proxy for political ties on the technical efficiency of small and medium-sized firms in Vietnam. We found that policies should reduce cronyism in firm-state relationships to incentivise firms to invest in improving productivity. Moreover, to boost productivity, it is critical to promote formalisation by raising the number of legally registered businesses, the level of tax registration, and the number of formal labour contracts.
    Keywords: formality; small and medium scale firms; state ownership; technical efficiency; Vietnam.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2023.10051330
  • Understanding Entrepreneurship Behaviour among the Youth: A Behavioural Change Theory Perspective   Order a copy of this article
    by Victoria Mann, Ernest Yaw Tweneboah-Koduah, Mahama Braimah, Kwame Adom 
    Abstract: The aim of the study is to integrate the theory of planned behaviour and transtheoretical model to predict youth entrepreneurship behaviour in Ghana. The study employed questionnaires to collect data from 600 unemployed youth using purposive and convenience sampling techniques. The hypothesised relationships were analysed using structural equation modelling. Findings reveal that attitude and PBC strongly influence entrepreneurial intention whiles entrepreneurial intention, attitude and subjective norms have significant influence on youth entrepreneurship behaviour. By integrating two behavioural change theories to understand entrepreneurial intention of the youth, the study contributes to knowledge by providing a deeper theoretical understanding of the phenomenon from a developing country context. Although the two theories were able to predict youth entrepreneurship behaviour, the mediation effect of self-re-evaluation only explained 38% of the variance in actual entrepreneurship behaviour. Future studies could explore the mediation or moderation roles of other environmental factors.
    Keywords: entrepreneurship; behaviour; behaviour change; attitude; subjective norms; perceived behavioural control; PBC; intention; theory.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2023.10051374
  • The relationship between leadership styles and creativity Individuals: the mediating role of the individual's confidence in his creative strategic capabilities   Order a copy of this article
    by Mudaffer Hussein 
    Abstract: The study aimed to identify the extent to which leadership styles are practiced in Iraqi oil and gas companies and to discover the mediating role of the individual’s confidence in his creative strategic abilities in the strength of the relationship between the two styles of leadership and the level of creativity. The study included seven foreign companies working in field of oil and gas and seven national companies, and the adoption of a questionnaire distributed to a sample of (78) department managers and (234) individuals working in the fields of research and development, training, and planning departments. The results showed that there is a direct and strong relationship between the independent variables represented in entrepreneurial leadership and transformational leadership in the creativity variable. A path analysis test was conducted that showed a direct effect between the variables, and average variable represented by the individual’s confidence in his creative strategic abilities.
    Keywords: leadership styles; transformational leadership; entrepreneurial leadership; creativity of individuals; creative strategic capabilities.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2023.10051655
  • Future Analysis to define guidelines for Iran's E-Commerce: (Scenario Planning)   Order a copy of this article
    by Fooziye Shaykhzade 
    Abstract: E-commerce has created a new era in market competition according to speed, efficiency, cost reduction and utilising every opportunity. The present study was carried out to define the possible scenarios of Iran’s e-commerce on the Vision of 2025. A sample of managers and experts was chosen. First, using a fuzzy Delphi method, ten key uncertainties were identified. Second, different possible states of key uncertainties were created the cross-impact balance analysis matrix. Third compatible scenarios were recognised by using Scenario Wizard software. The results showed that three scenarios were identified as follows: flourishing, realistic and bad luck. The most constructive scenario is called the flourishing scenario, the most feasible scenario is called the realistic scenario, and the defeatist scenario is the bad luck scenario. After analysing the identified scenarios, practical strategies were provided; they enable companies to reduce the unexpected consequences of future changes and prepare them to benefit from future opportunities. In an international context, developing countries with similar political and national barriers can benefit from these strategies.
    Keywords: e-commerce; electronic commerce; futurology; scenario planning; Vision 2025; Iran.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2023.10051939