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International Journal of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
Number of Followers: 15  

  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Online) 2304-1366
Published by IJMESS Homepage  [1 journal]
  • An Assessment of Foreign Direct Investment and Sustainable Development
           Nexus: The Nigerian and Ghanaian Perspectives

    • Abstract: This study explored contribution of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the sustainable development of the Nigerian and Ghanaian economies. The investigation was prompted by the apparent evidence of rising FDI inflows in the last two decades, which has failed to improve both nations’ sustainable development drive significantly. The study employed the ordinary least square (OLS) econometric technique to test the effect of FDI inflows on sustainable development indicators using annual times series data from 2000 to 2018 obtained from both countries’ World Development Indicators (WDI) for the period covering the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era and the earlier stages of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN). The findings revealed that Ghana performed better than Nigeria on social sustainability, measured in terms of education and healthcare indicators. However, on environmental and economic sustainability, Nigeria fared better. A percentage increase in FDI inflow to both countries enhances economic growth and economic sustainability by 0.30 percent. However, study indicated that the positive impact is statistically insignificant. This reveals that the difference in economic growth and economic sustainability in both countries is not accounted for by FDI.
      PubDate: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 20:35:10 UTC-
  • Impact of Self-Service Factors on Customer Value: How Customer Behavioral
           Intentions are Formed'

    • Abstract: Service quality has been a topic of extensive inquiry for decades that has emerged in form of self-service which has profound effects on the way customers interact with firms to create positive service outcomes i.e., customer convenience, security, and behavioral intentions. This study focuses on investigating the factors that affect the consumer’s intention to use self-service. This study also examines the mediating roles of customer value for the aforementioned relationships. An empirical survey research design was used to collect data from 350 customers using self-service in Taiwan. The data were analyzed using structural equation modeling approach to test the proposed hypotheses. The results showed the convenience, economy, security, and complexity factors are significantly related to customer value of self-service, despite of their different contribution. The study found mediating effect of customer value on the relationship between influencing context factors and behavioral intentions. These results provide insights for the service sector of the Taiwan to invest in self-service in order to enhance the consumer repurchase Intentions.
      PubDate: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 20:28:10 UTC-
  • The Role of Networks in the Internationalization Process of Firms from
           Emerging Economies: The Nigerian Perspective

    • Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the role of networks in the internationalization process of firms from emerging economies using Nigeria as a case study. A qualitative approach was employed to realize this purpose by using a sample of eight (8) top executives serving in four (4) leading Nigerian multinationals headquartered in Lagos. The participants had over 15 years of experience working with their respective firms in varying capacities. The study revealed that both social and business networks played critical roles in the internationalization of the investigated multinationals. However, it was observed that as much as social relationships remained crucial, they seemed less influential than the business networks in the subsequent international expansion activities of the firms. The findings contributed to the knowledge by providing insights into the international expansion patterns of Nigerian companies rarely found in empirical studies. By implication, multinationals are to embrace the relevant best practices for developing and managing firms’ relationships with other stakeholders. Among the key messages are: prepare well, approach professionally, invest time, take a long-term view, learn from successful, failed and struggling relationships, and exit with least acrimony.
      PubDate: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 20:21:10 UTC-
  • Not-for-Profit Journal Quality/Ranking Lists or For-Profit Journal
           Indexing: What is a Better Choice'

    • Abstract: It has become a common trend among academic professionals to check listing/ranking of academic journals in recognized journal ranking/quality lists before submitting their articles for review and possible publication. In addition, professional research evaluation committees in universities often consult many quality journals ranking lists. Although a majority of scholars/institutions consider for-profit indexing/abstracting databases like SSCI, SCI, Scopus, IBSS, PsycINFO etc. to assess quality of journals, this article focuses on the not-for-profit academic journal quality/ranking lists developed by various institutions or governments. This editorial presents a review of select journal quality lists produced by not-for-profit organizations because academic products developed by for-profit companies always reflect some degree of bias (Krimsky, 2013). Therefore, the lists/rankings like Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) journal ranking, Cabell’s journals list, SCImago journal ranking (although it is free but it harvests data from for-profit database Scopus) will be excluded.
      PubDate: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 20:15:10 UTC-
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