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Quarterly published in print and online "Inventi Impact: SMEs" publishes high quality unpublished as well as high impact pre-published research and reviews catering to the needs of researchers and professionals. The journal focuses all the areas of Small and Medium Enterprises with special emphasis on research in SMEs, entrepreneurship and family-run businesses; case studies on real-life small business experiences; small business growth and successful enterprises; recruitment, training and development for SMEs; performance measurement and business improvement; government initiatives and enterprise policy; SMEs financing and venture capital.
The purpose of this paper is to briefly introduce the reader to Igor Ansoff and briefly examine\r\nthe praxis of the components of AnsoffÃ?Â¹s Strategic Success Paradigm which when\r\nimplemented have proven empirically to increase the firmÃ¢â?¬â?¢s probability of strategic success..\r\nWe will look at efficacy of use of each of its components relative to the formulation and\r\nimplementation of strategy in a for-profit Small sized enterprise. coalesced with other\r\nmodeling techniques like PorterÃ¢â?¬â?¢s, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT),\r\nAnsoffÃ¢â?¬â?¢s strategic diagnosis with the Optimal Strategic Performance Position (OSPP) tool\r\ncan provide management with an enriched capability to evaluate the firmÃ¢â?¬â?¢s current and future\r\nperformance position providing both a descriptive plan as well as a prescriptive diagnosis....
With the great discrepancy in the literature as to which variables do in fact lead to success or\nfailure of small businesses there is no theory; the Lussier 15 variable business success versus\nfailure prediction model stands out in its accuracy that has been tested and validated already in\nthree very different parts of the world. This study further contributes by testing the model in\nIsrael with a sample of 205 small businesses - 101 failed and 104 successful. Results support\nthe modelÃ¢â?¬â?¢s validity in Israel, reinforcing its global validity and moving toward a theory; while\ndemonstrating similarity of SMEs in Israel to those in other economies....
The Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum (Terra-cotta Warriors
Museum) was assessed as one of the first batch of 5A tourist attractions in
China in 2007. Taking the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
as an example, this case analyzes the current situation of product development
and quality management, and points out that improving the service
quality of tourist attractions can greatly enhance the attraction of tourist attractions.
This case provides reference for the development of tourist attractions.
It can be said that cultural creativity is an important factor for the vitality
of the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum....
Resource allocation influences productivity or profitability of crop enterprises, particularly\namong smallholder agricultural systems, yet many empirical studies tend to ignore this fact.\nIn this paper, we use profit efficiency measurement as a proxy for comparative advantage to\ndecide the crop for specialization in the Ejura-Sekyedumase District in the Ashanti Region of\nGhana. Using farm level data from 199 respondents who cultivate maize and cowpea, we\nemploy the stochastic frontier function to measure and compare the profit efficiencies of\nfarmers cultivating the two crops. Results from the analysis showed that the profit efficiency\nof maize farmers ranges between 47% and 96.7% while that of cowpea farmers ranges\nbetween 50.3% and 100% with mean profit efficiencies of 89% and 95% for maize and\ncowpea respectively. The study further showed that education, farm size and on-farm labour\nparticipation were major significant factors which influences profit efficiency in the study\narea. Farmers in Ejura-Sekyedumase stand to gain improvements in household welfare if\navailable land and other scarce resources are allocated to cowpea agribusiness....
Organizations struggle to strike the right balance between flexibility and security for remote
work. With the major portion of the workforce in every country working from home during
the covid-19 pandemic, employers might not have accounted for this scale of load on their
IT infrastructure, not to mention their cybersecurity preparedness. Cybercriminals have
been working to exploit this unpreparedness with regards to IT Infrastructure. The purpose
of this study is to discuss increased cybersecurity risks of work from home due to Covid-19
pandemic, and as part of the study, a WFH cyber-attack mitigation framework has been
proposed with eight simple but effective steps to mitigate and prevent these cyber-attacks....
Systems that help to find answers to suitable experts have received the attention of many researchers. Pioneer researchers on the development of search system for experts emphasized the importance of a search system that required returning a list prioritizing the names of individuals. Among the issues raised related to locating experts are, the critical problem of maintaining up-to-date information in the expert database and the inadequacy in expert finding systems in returning search results that are expected to account for not only the list of the names of the experts, but any information related to the experts and those involved with them. In the last decade, researchers have examined the search for experts from various research perspectives such as expert tracking system and construction of expert profiles involving ontology. This paper aims to describe a new approach in designing a framework for the construction of ontology that will be used in the directory of ICT experts. The researchers propose to incorporate thesaurus in their construction of ontology on ICT experts by providing a profile of the experts including their social profile and whatever concerns that may be associated with the expert. The researchers constructed the ontology on ICT experts by extracting information from sources such as their resumes and personal web sites to obtain the index glossary of words that characterized experts to be used in the directory of experts system. In this study, the standards contained in the Performance Evaluation System of the National University of Malaysia are used to extract information on the academicians in the Faculty of Information Science and Technology. The researchers employed the index glossary, metadata of experts and integrate appropriate taxonomy, thesaurus and classification schemes; such as Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) taxonomy, web classification schemes such as Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to enrich the ontology of ICT expertise. The proposed framework aims at helping users find information on the expert they require and at the same time obtain other information related to the experts from various perspectives encompassing research, consultancy, links with research partners, other interest related to a particular field and other resources. With a semantically driven directory of ICT experts, matters related to ICT can be referred to the right experts. The framework will be validated by developing the directory of ICT experts prototype and by involving domain experts to evaluate the content of the ontology constructed. In addition, the researchers will evaluate the search results of users who will use the prototype to search for ICT experts....
Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing (ERM) is a proactive managerial approach encompassing\na companyÃ¢â?¬â?¢s effort to integrate environmental practices into decision-making processes.\nThe ERM body of knowledge is very diverse and has been shaped by research in numerous interdisciplinary\nareas. In the formative years of the ERM paradigm, this diversity kept researchers\nfrom developing a thorough understanding of the status of research within the ERM field, and the\nmore recent proliferation of information has also contributed to a lack of understanding. One method\nof developing a mastery and familiarity with this body of knowledge is to develop a taxonomy\nwithin which the literature can be framed. This is the major objective of the paper. We examine\nthe literature to identify early major dimensions of the taxonomy and discuss how these dimensions\nhave evolved. The major contribution of this approach is that it helps researchers develop a\nfamiliarity with the major themes found in a body of knowledge spanning multiple decades. With\nsuch a familiarity, scholars can effectively build on and extend the current body of knowledge. For\nthe purposes of this paper, over 10,000 scholarly articles, governmental publications, web-based\npublications, and books and were examined....
The study’s objective is to create a model and mediating role of firm reputation
in the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the
performance of small and medium enterprises (SME). The quantitative research
design was used to collect data via telephone and e-mail with 232 small
and medium enterprises. The sample for the study was done by using stratified
sampling where Kaski, Gorkha, and Lamjung district of Gandaki province
are selected. The analysis was done using Statistical Package for Social
Science (SPSS) 26 and Applied Structural Equation Modeling (AMOS) 24
software. The study found that legal and ethical responsibilities have a significant
positive relationship with the performance of SMEs and a firm’s reputation.
Also, there is a significant positive relationship between a firm’s reputation
and the performance of small and medium enterprises. Finally, the study
shows that a firm’s reputation mediates the relationship between legal and
ethical responsibilities on SME performance. In the structural model, environmental
responsibilities have a relationship with performance. Likewise,
philanthropic, and economic responsibilities have a relationship with the
firm’s reputation, thus creating a new model in this study....
The open innovation model often neglects the frictions that external knowledge flows could encounter\r\nwhen crossing organisational boundaries. This study recognises such barriers and investigates the\r\nimpact of these barriers on knowledge transfer effectiveness by using data on small new technologybased\r\nfirms (NTBFs) located in the emerging South African economy. The empirical results show that\r\nthe characteristics of inter-organisational knowledge exchange relationships (organisational and\r\ntechnological similarity and contact frequency) do have an impact on the effectiveness of knowledge\r\ntransfer. The findings stress the relevance of a relational approach, as factors derived from it act as\r\nbarriers to effective knowledge transfer for small firms....
This article combed the domestic and foreign researches on inventory investment since 1990. We\nfind that researches mainly focus on the macro level of the relationship between inventory investment\nand business cycle, the effects of inflation or interest rates on inventory adjustment.\nWhile in the micro enterprise level, they study the determiners of inventory investment, including\nfinancing constraints, size and location. Besides, the role of inventory investment behavior on\ncorporate performance has not yet reached a consensus. Based on the analysis of the existing literatures,\nwe put forward the possible directions for future research in the field of inventory investment,\ncombining with ChinaÃ¢â?¬â?¢s specific conditions....
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