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The current study also investigates the moderating effect of political connections on accounting information quality and company performance relationships. Further, the study examines the moderating effect of political connection on tax avoidance and company performance relationship.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> Political connections, tax avoidance, and the quality of accounting information affect a company's performance. According to the agency theory, reliable accounting information improves business performance and resources’ allocation efficiency by reducing information asymmetry. Additionally, the adverse effects of politics on companies are mitigated by accounting information quality. As a result, the cash flow is allocated effectively, improving the business's overall performance.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> The study uses the ordinary least squares (OLS) and applied moderated multiple regression (MMR). The sample data of this study includes 2266 company-years observations over the period 2008-2018 for all Jordanian companies listed on Amman Stock Exchange. The study compares accounting and market-based measurements of companies' performance (ROE, Tobin's Q).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The study reveals consistent results among the measure. The results support the agency theory and found that accounting information quality reduces information asymmetry and positively affects companies' performance. Also, tax avoidance helps the companies to have more cash, and the results indicate a significant positive effect on companies' performance. In addition, the results support the agency theory argument and found that politics increase agency costs and negatively affect companies' performance. However, further analysis found that political connections sustain the positive effect of accounting information quality, which is a robust governance mechanism in Jordanian listed companies. Finally, the results found that tax avoidance with more political connections harms companies' performance.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> This study helps policymakers increase the governance mechanisms function in Jordanian listed companies. Also, the higher political relationship with the companies could be affected negatively on the Jordanian companies' achievement.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> The findings suggest several consequences for the fields of accounting and corporate governance. Additionally, the Middle East nations, including the Jordanian market, have had numerous economic difficulties that this study aids in resolving. For example, antagonistic political ties, information asymmetry, and insufficient allocation of financial resources.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Ahnaf Ali Alsmady Copyright (c) 2022 ahnaf alsmady Wed, 28 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Asian Port Performance Dimensions and Analyses: a Systematic Literature Review <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The &nbsp;aim&nbsp; of&nbsp; the&nbsp; study&nbsp; was&nbsp; to&nbsp; analyze&nbsp; the&nbsp; performance dimensions and performance analysis techniques applied in studies of Asian port performance</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>The lack of literature in the context of port performance dimensions in Asian was&nbsp; the&nbsp; theoretical&nbsp; basis&nbsp; of&nbsp; the study. A related study on Asian port performance was analysed and listed in the study based on thematic approach.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach</strong>: The PRISMA Statement (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) was used to guide this research, based on the databases of the two most prominent sources of articles which is Web of Science and Scopus.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>This review identified four main categories surrounding the dimensions of port performance, those being operational dimensions, dimensions surrounding customers’ perspectives, logistical dimensions, and organizational dimensions. Furthermore, the following three performance analysis approaches were identified as being preferred by researchers of the Asian region: efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> The current findings of this research have shown that most studies on Asian ports focus on their efficiency and competitiveness rather than their productivity. A productivity survey might give a better overview of port performance as it concerns the actual output of the ports.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The systematic literature review (SLR) approach were hardly found in study of port performance. At the same time, the PRISMA method were applied to synthesized previous studies on port performance in Asian is another niche of the study.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Rudy Eruwan Jamain, Roza Hazli Zakaria, NurulHuda Mohd Satar Copyright (c) 2022 Rudy Eruwan Jamain, Roza Hazli Zakaria, NurulHuda Mohd Satar Thu, 29 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Control <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The objective of the study was to determine the relationship between CSR and financial control; to achieve this, references were taken from different authors reviewing the state of the art with the purpose of an exhaustive understanding of the subject.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>The research was based on a quantitative approach, non-experimental, cross-sectional design and a sample of 60 private educational institutions. Data were collected through two instruments that counted with reliability and validity: the CSR instrument obtained a reliability of 0.824 and the financial control, a 0.821.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Conclusions: </strong>As a result, it was found that 96.7% of the promoters showed high social responsibility and financial control of the institutions in their charge. Likewise, a Spearman's Rho of 0.769 was obtained with a p= 0.000. It is concluded that there is a direct, significant and positive relationship between CSR and financial control; therefore, it was determined that educational institutions, under the supervision of the Local Educational Management Unit, improve their financial control.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Implications of the Research: </strong>The world is focused on how companies practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) due to the fact that economic activities, which each company exercises, affect society and the environment. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Héctor Raúl Santa María Relaiza, Luis Alberto Lira Núñez, María Milagros Sánchez Temple, Percy Samuel Yabar Miranda, Irma Esperanza Aybar Bellido Copyright (c) 2022 Héctor Raúl Santa María Relaiza, Luis Alberto Lira Núñez, María Milagros Sánchez Temple, Percy Samuel Yabar Miranda, Irma Esperanza Aybar Bellido Thu, 29 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 A Review of Malay Assimilations in Penang <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The objective of research study was to review the chronology of Malay assimilations based on early scholars of Kajai (1935), Nagaraj (1974) and Hirschman (1987).</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>Recent literature has reported that since 1786, Francis Light was glorified as the founder of Penang (Mohamed, et al. 2006). Light was not the founder of Penang. He was a developer of Penang, at best (FMT, 2021). Hence, it is vital to understand who the Malays are, based on early scholars of Kajai (1935), Nagaraj (1974) and Hirschman (1987).</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> I reviewed the chronology of Malay assimilations based on early scholars of Kajai (1935), Nagaraj (1974) and Hirschman (1987). The review explores how multi-ethnic Muslim groups have evolved and been classified as Malays.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The findings showed that there are four typologies of takrif Melayu (definition of Malay) according to Kajai (1935), Nagata (1974), Hirschman (1987) and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia (1963).</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> I suggest future research to particularly focus on the contributions of each multi-ethnic Muslim community in Penang.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The findings showed that very a few articles about the definition of multi-ethnic Muslim community were published, and this is where the research comes in – to fill up the gap.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Dina Miza Suhaimi Copyright (c) 2022 Dina Miza Suhaimi Thu, 29 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Cultural Promotions of the George Town Festival From 2010-2020 in Regard to the Multi-Ethnic Muslim Community in Unesco Gtwhs Penang, Malaysia <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The objective of this research was to explore the patterns of the George Town Festival’s cultural promotions regarding the multi-ethnic communities at the UNESCO George Town World Heritage Site, Penang.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>There has been much debate regarding the lack of local participation in the George Town Festival, in particular that the Muslim community is not properly represented and representation of the GTF has become ‘too Chinese’. Hence, it is vital to explore the cultural promotions of the George Town Festival vis-à-vis multi-ethnic communities at the UNESCO George Town, Penang.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>I analysed the cultural promotions of the GTF, based on GTF e-booklets from 2010 to 2020.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The findings showed that the cultural promotions of the GTF from 2010-2020 are more beneficial to the Chinese community, whereas the Muslim community in Penang is underrepresented.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> I suggest future research to continuously analyse the cultural promotions of GTF and other cultural events and festivals vis-à-vis multi-ethnic communities in UNESCO George Town World Heritage Site.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The findings showed that very a few articles exclusively focused on the cultural promotions of GTF vis-à-vis multi-ethnic communities in UNESCO Penang. It is therefore crucial to conduct this research in order to fill the prevailing gaps in the literature.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Dina Miza Suhaimi Copyright (c) 2022 Dina Miza Suhaimi Thu, 29 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Achievements and Challenges of the Regulatory Compliance Program in a Large Philanthropical Hospital Institution <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Objective: </strong>The objective of this work was to do a self-assessment of the Regulatory Compliance (RC) program of Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte Group (SCBH) using the methodology validated nationally by the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) for detailing the achievements and challenges in six primary areas of RC.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> The RC program was established at the end of 2018 in the SCBH to ensure the compliance and ethics of the processes performed by all people who participate or perform their professional activities in any of the units that make up the institution. Different methodologies for evaluating RC programs are available in the non-academic literature; to our knowledge, they have not been applied in a structured empirical way in philanthropical hospitals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> The present work used a methodology validated nationally by the CGU within an exploratory and documentary approach. SCBH's profile was evaluated by verifying the company's degree of exposure to compliance and integrity risks (acts of corruption or misconduct). Evidence documents demonstrating SCBH's performance in six significant themes were also evaluated. Finally, the achievements and challenges of the RC were discussed based on the SCBH performance in all estimated items.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The RC program was created in 2018 and is in a consolidated stage of maturity in the primary criteria evaluated by the CGU: a score greater than 70 points and at least 40% of the score in each area assessed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> This research brings practical and managerial contributions. From a practical perspective, this work shows the consolidation of the RC area as a strategic part of the business environment, seeking coherence between thought, speech, and action. From a managerial perspective, this work confirms the importance of shared responsibility among the entire institution in building a culture of ethical and legal compliance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> This is the first RC self-assessment work carried out by a philanthropic institution. The healthcare market has driven the establishment of an RC area in Brazilian institutions. Regardless of regulation and external audit processes, healthcare institutions have sought to improve business relations and create a critical organizational mass.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Evelyn Lopes da Silva, Gabriela Cristina de Araújo Lima, Cássia Rita Pereira da Veiga Copyright (c) 2022 Evelyn Lopes da Silva, Gabriela Cristina de Araújo Lima, Cássia Rita Pereira da Veiga Mon, 09 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Supplementary Health System in Brazil: Business Model Not Threatened by Socioeconomic Crisis <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Objective: </strong>The performance of the supplementary health system (SSS) in Brazil depends on the country's ability to generate employment and income. Yet, on the other hand, even in the face of the economic crises that have hit Brazil in recent years and, more sharply, after the Covid-19 pandemic, the SSS ended 2021 with continuous growth in the number of beneficiaries. This perspective suggests possible causes to explain this contradiction while questioning the role of the State in providing a constitutional right for Brazilians.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>Brazilian health system can be divided into three segments: a public segment financed by the State (Unified Health System, SUS), a private segment, and a supplementary health segment, the latter two with public and private funding. The Supplementary Health System (SSS) represents a highly regulated area.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>The methodology of this work followed the rigor and steps to develop a current perspective on supplementary health in Brazil. Insights from this perspective shed light on the subject of supplementary health by providing insight into existing issues, concepts and prevailing notions about health systems.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The healthcare system in Brazil is complex and combines market elements of public and social interest in a single environment. In this way, the question remains whether business models geared to the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) community have focused exclusively on making a profit by “selling to the poor” or whether they have brought a valuable commitment to social development in the country.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>This question deserves attention due to the de-prioritization of health on the political agenda in an election year and the critical post-Covid-19 pandemic situation. Social policies in Brazil need to go beyond guaranteeing access to credit compensating for the lack of public provision, at the risk of mortgaging the SUS as a sign of modernity and progress.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>This perspective suggests possible causes to explain this contradiction while questioning the role of the State in providing a constitutional right for Brazilians.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Cássia Rita Pereira da Veiga, Claudimar Pereira da Veiga, Zhaohui Su Copyright (c) 2022 Cássia Rita Pereira da Veiga, Claudimar Pereira da Veiga, Zhaohui Su Mon, 09 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Export of some key Agricultural products of Vietnam <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The article is made to analyze the current situation of export activities of some key agricultural products of Vietnam, especially in the context of the world economy being heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Economies including Vietnam’s agricultural exports. Stemming from that practical requirement, the author proposes a number of solutions to overcome supply chain disruptions, to cope with the new context that creates momentum for the recovery and growth of Vietnam's agricultural economy by 2025.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>Research using the export approach of key agricultural products in a dynamic state, considering the impact of many factors, in which the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic is emphasized. disruption of supply chains from production to consumption of Vietnamese agricultural products. The study uses the research method to synthesize documents from reliable data and information sources of the economy such as MBS, CEIC, GSO of Vietnam, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The research results achieved the following contents: theoretical overview of key agricultural exports, agricultural development in a new context. The article analyzes the current status of the role of agriculture and the export of key agricultural products in economic development in Vietnam; Impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on the production of key agricultural products of Vietnam; Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Vietnam's key agricultural exports. The article proposes some solutions to export Vietnam’s key agricultural products in the new context from the perspective of the state to actors in the value chain of Vietnam’s key agricultural exports in the new context until 2025.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> Research results are references for scholars interested in the field of agricultural economics, business and commerce; policy makers of agricultural economics in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government seeks and expands new markets in the direction of official channels to avoid price pressure. To do this, businesses need to pay attention to product quality, traceability, and packaging to comply with regulations and standards of key importing countries of Vietnam’s agricultural products by 2025.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> On the basis of a theoretical overview of the export of key agricultural products, agricultural development in a new context. The author analyzes the current status of the role of agriculture and the export of key agricultural products in economic development in Vietnam; Impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on the production of key agricultural products of Vietnam; Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Vietnam’s key agricultural exports. On that basis, the author proposes some solutions to export Vietnam’s key agricultural products in the new context from the perspective of the state to actors in the value chain of Vietnam’s key agricultural exports.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Pham Minh Dat Copyright (c) 2022 Tung Phuong Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Job Resource and Job Performance Among Physicians in the Jordanian Health Sector: The mediating role of Job satisfaction <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: &nbsp;Individuals, groups, and organizations are all affected by job performance.&nbsp; Many challenges face the organization such as job performance across the globe as well as in Jordan. The present study aims to investigate how job resources affect a hospital physician’s performance, as well as the role of job satisfaction in mediating these relationships.</p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> The key idea behind this research will be the focus on job demands-resources theory (JD-R). However, a lack of studies that explore the JDR, and job performance in the Jordan context.</p> <p><strong>methodology:</strong> The information was gathered through a questionnaire of 346 physicians who work at Jordan's Ministry of Health. In this paper, structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to assess and evaluate the offered hypotheses.</p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The study found that five core elements of job resources (skill variety, task identity, performance feedback, autonomy, and job security) have a significant positive correlation with job satisfaction, while one core element (task significance) was insignificant. Furthermore, job resources were shown to have a significant indirect relationship with job performance, with job satisfaction acting as a mediator.</p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>The findings of this paper show that the JDR can accurately forecast physicians. The findings can be used as a foundation for future research in this field. The findings of the study will help the Jordanian government design policies to support and encourage physicians in the current work environment.</p> <p><strong>Originality: </strong>This paper is a ground-breaking effort to see if job demands resources may be used as a theoretical framework to predict physician performance.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Samer Jibril Qaralleh, Noor Fareen Abdul Rahim , Christopher Richardson Copyright (c) 2022 Samer Qaralleh Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Impact of Auditor Integrity to Audit Quality: an Exploratory Studies from the Middle East <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Background: </strong>The increasing pressure from external parties to improve audit quality and enhance the credibility of financial statements. As corporate financial scandals widely occurred, there are requests for the profession to enhance their quality in the audit. The public continuously talks about the auditor's integrity in performing their tasks, which undisputedly plays a significant role in determining the audit quality.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>This study aims to re-explore the concept of auditor integrity and understand its impact on audit quality.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology:&nbsp; </strong>Qualitative study approach intended to redescribe auditor integrity from auditors' perspective in the Middle East, particularly in the Sultanate of Oman, using the Focus Group Discussion (FGD). This study chooses six auditors with vast experience and who hold a significant position in the audit firms.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The study revealed that integrity is the critical determinant of audit quality and relates very much to reputation. In this profession, reputation is crucial, and integrity is the best way to uphold a reputation.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Social and Practical Implications:</strong> Reputation is the most valuable asset, and its loss may affect the profession's viability. From the FGD, the auditors are fully aware of the importance of integrity to uphold the profession's reputation and ease transactions with clients and the public.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Abdullah Said Ahmed Hubais , Mohd Rizuan Abdul Kadir, Zaroug Osman Bilal, Mohammad Nurul Alam Copyright (c) 2022 Abdullah Said Ahmed Hubais , Mohd Rizuan Abdul Kadir, Zaroug Osman Bilal, Mohammad Nurul Alam Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Tourism Development and Impacts of Local Livelihood Transition on The Highlands Of Mount Nona, Ambon Island <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose : </strong>Tourism development in rural areas is considered as a strategic step to lower the poverty level through new potentials in household livelihoods.This study aims to investigate the tourism development and the impacts of livelihood transition in the highlands of Mount Nona, Ambon Island.As a result, both the government and the land owner are not able to manage this local asset</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework : </strong>Due to huge contributions in tourism to the regional income, it is need more focused and coordination between the governmnet and community. However mostly the area which had a plethora natural resources is the poorest area. It indicated that there are lack of the government contributions in developing tourism area and land owner issue. . To solve this issues, it is important to give an attention and explanation related to the natural resources management theory beside human resources. If the government can manage all with their policy and bureaucracy, it will be convenient&nbsp; to realize the development goals in tourism sector.<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/Methodology/Approach : </strong>This study was done using a qualitative method with a case study approach, studying a touristy attraction focusing on a selfie tourism called Siwang Paradise located in the highlands of Mount Nona, Ambon Island. The data was collected through in-depth interviews and observations done in two phases in November 2021 to February 2022. A total of 24 key informants participated in this study was selected using a purposive sampling technique based on the following criteria: first, the key informant must be part of the management of of Siwang Paradise; second, the key informant must be the member of rural community benefitted from the opening of Siwang Paradise. After the data collection process, the data was analyzed following the stages proposed by Creswell.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings : </strong>The results show that the development of Siwang Paradise did have a significant contribution to the creation of new livelihoods through increased income. However, on the other hand, this livelihood transition had a potential threat to the household economy of the rural community itself. This condition could be caused by the community’s lack of knowledge and experience regarding the management of touristy objects, the uncertain tourist season, and the Covid-19 pandemic. These various threats left the community with no other alternative to maintain their livelihood.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Future Implications : </strong>There are a limitations in this study which is need to be completed by future research. For instance tourism development arisen from the community level, the role of the government and the private sector was highly needed. It should also be followed by the rural community as targets for the tourism development to be given knowledge transfer, promotion, and the access to information and infrastructure. This phenomenon need to be discussed by further research more deeply by using&nbsp; another methods and approach such as mix method to suggest several recommendations and policy to solve the tourism issues in rural area.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/Value : </strong>The findings of the study indicated that natural resources manajement and ownership theory are important to develop tourism business in rural area so that people will lived in poverty through wise management and economically.Otomatically, the regional income will be increase.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Hendri D. Hahury, Fibryano Saptenno, Lewi Batkunda, Fredy H. Louhenapessy , Hermi Oppier Copyright (c) 2023 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Cultural Identity of Mien Ethnic Group in a Digital Era <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The study aimed to identify the cultural identity of the Mien ethnic group and their adaptation to dominant society.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework:</strong> The study was conducted physically at Mae Yao District of Chiang Rai Province, located in the northern part of Thailand.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> The qualitative study employed Esser model of social integration. Primary data was collected from focus groups, in-depth interviews, on-site observations, and secondary data from related documents and research work.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> As part of Thailand's rural population, hill tribes were considered as vulnerable group of society, who mainly depends on slash and burn subsistence farming lifestyle with low-income employment, socially distanced, low education, and poverty. Through the Royal Project of King Rama IX initiatives, issues concerning hill tribe livelihood, including quality of life and cultural preservation have been addressed.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social Implications:</strong> Socio-economic status and socio-cultural mingling in dominant society for their livelihood are the most significant factors that consequently impact upon their thinking patterns of the individuals and community. Although technology such as mobile phones and the Internet has played an explicit role in the community today, preserving the traditional way of life without oblivion still exists. Digital culture therefore becomes an essential aspect of the community's way of life with the influence of digital media.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Originality: </strong>This study provides important impacts to a better identification of the Mien ethnic group cultural and their adaptation to dominant society.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Niracharapa Tongdhamachart, Asmidah Alwi Copyright (c) 2023 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 A Lean Management Approach of Rice Subsidy Distribution: Some Findings from a Study in Selangor <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The objective of this study is to look at the problems that arise related to the distribution of subsidies provided by the Government and also to examine the extent to which the principles in Lean are applied and Lean approach can be applied in the management of subsidy distribution among farmers.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework: </strong>The Malaysian government faces issues and challenges on food insufficiency and the importance of ensuring food security in the country and paddy is a major food commodity in Malaysia and an important factor in terms of security, poverty reduction and social issues. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in the country, there is a heated debate on the appropriate measures that should be taken by the Government to curb the surge of paddy issue.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>For that purpose, a survey was conducted on 10 senior government officials who manage matters related to fertilizer subsidies in the Ministry, Farmers Organization Board, Area Farmers Organization, Department of Agriculture and Subsidy Product Suppliers and 20 farmers in the area studied. by using Lean Management as the main point in this study.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The collected data were analyzed using ATLAS.ti and Microsoft Excel. The results of this study show that most of the officers interviewed do not really understand the Lean philosophy and many officers consider the 5S to be Lean.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Research Implications: </strong>An understanding of Lean is critical because the Lean approach is a sustainable way to achieve operational excellence and can be applied in many areas.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Originality/Value: </strong>This study analyzed the issue arised during the during the distribution of rise subsidies throguh lean management.</p> Yatimah Sarjiman, Halim Mad Lazim, Hendrik Lamsali Copyright (c) 2023 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 E-Commerce Via Mobile Banking: Contemporary Shariah Issues and Ways to Address Them <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>This study aims to address some of the contemporary issues and challenges concerning mobile banking via Islamic banks, specifically in e-commerce and m-commerce.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework:</strong> Mobile banking has made it possible for consumers to buy things online right from their pockets. With the availability of this sophisticated technology, online retailers have been swift in exploiting mobile banking for m-commerce to entice consumers into buying their products without serious considerations of ethical and halal aspects. Addressing these issues is important to address Muslim consumers’ reluctance to fully utilise the functions of mobile banking.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>This study utilises a qualitative research method using virtual library and internet research. The information retrieved mainly came from academic journals, books, reports, magazines, newspapers, and websites.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> This study finds that most of the transactions in e-commerce are permissible in Islamic commercial law.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Research Implications: </strong>This paper outlines issues such as gharar (uncertainty) and deception in e-commerce transactions and ways to address them. Among the ways to address these issues are content moderation, whether by a third party body or consumers themselves, and artificial intelligence. Another way is by applying the principle of khiyar in terms of khiyar al aib (option of defect) and khiyar al ru’yah (option of inspection).</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/Value: </strong>By addressing these issues, it is believed that consumers will be more aware of their rights in the eyes of Islamic law, which some argue accords more justice to consumers.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Ziad Esa Yazid, Zairani Zainol, Juhaida Abu Bakar Copyright (c) 2023 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Malaysia's Active Role in the United Nations Security Council <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The UNSC non-permanent member plays a vital role in promoting peace and security in current international affairs together with the other five permanent members. Besides the five veto powers, most of the UN members are wishing to be elected as UNSC non-permanent members. Fortunately, Malaysia has been a non-permanent member of the UNSC on four (4) occasions since it acceded to the United Nations in 1957 (1965-1966, 1989-1990, 1999-2000, and 2015-2016). Thus, this study examines Malaysia’s active role in several outstanding UNSC issues. As for affirming its commitment to remain dedicated to resolving international conflict by peaceful means, protecting the world community by the rule of law, and practicing moderation.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>This study is qualitative research that uses both primary and secondary data gathered from various resources. First, primary data was gathered from various official institutions, including the official website of the UN, the UNSC, and the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, this study conducted interviews with several experts in the field. Meanwhile, secondary data was gathered from a variety of sources, including books, magazines, reports, local and international newspapers, and internet documents<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>Malaysia's active and committed role in ensuring global peace and security has prompted it to apply for a non-permanent seat in the UNSC. As a non-permanent member of the UNSC, Malaysia receives the recognition and honours of serving the global community. Malaysia can therefore solve international concerns brought up at the UNSC given its significant experience working with different member nations. In doing so, Malaysia supports initiatives to uphold peace and security and works to settle differences constructively.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Research Implications: </strong>The study makes a substantial contribution to the body of knowledge, particularly regarding Malaysia's active participation as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. Consequently, this study had a favourable influence on many facets of the community. This study is specifically able to assist the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and government agencies in dealing with international actors as well as enhancing world peace and cooperation. Meanwhile, in general, this study can boost further research for the academicians related to Malaysia’s significant position in the UN as to help halt international conflicts. Furthermore, this study supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which emphasize a significant reduction in all types of conflict and encourage communities and governments to work together to end disputes and insecurity.&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Juliana Mukhtaruddin, Beh Zeng Kang Copyright (c) 2023 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Entrepreneur’s Personality Traits and Firm Performance of Malaysian Smes: Mediated by Market Orientation <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>This study aims to recognize crucial factors related with entrepreneurs, based on the Malaysian SMEs. The study also explores the factors affecting entrepreneurs and their success. Understanding their crucial success factors and challenges can help us better understand entrepreneurs' personality traits and strategic orientation needed by them.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:&nbsp; </strong>This study indicates the remaining ideas, particularly those related to resource acquisition, entrepreneurship strategy, and organization, may be helpful in analyzing how, why, and when opportunities are taken advantage of. This study demonstrates that strategic decisions act as a mediator in the relationships between resource endowments and company performance.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>Data from SME’s owners and senior managers Malaysian businesses were gathered through a countrywide survey. The Malaysian Statistical Department's database provided the sample frame from which SMEs' population was counted. These SMEs were chosen at random; they worked in the manufacturing sector. The final group of SMEs to which the surveys were sent out consisted of 800 people, and 412 of them responded, or 64% of the total number. A 7-point Likert scale was used to create the questionnaire.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Finding: </strong>The study has discovered that relationship of need for cognition (NFC) and firm performance (FP) are partially mediated by market orientation (MO). Meaning, MO is partially mediated in the decision of NFC towards FP. It is strongly suggested that business owners who have NFC may have carefully considered the advantages of MO before deciding to implement MO as their strategic orientations. In actuality, the organization favors and emphasizes tasks that require developing original solutions to challenges. Additionally, they excel at solving complicated issues.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Research,&nbsp; Practical&nbsp; &amp;&nbsp; Social&nbsp; Implication: </strong>The&nbsp; study&nbsp; contributes&nbsp; to&nbsp; a&nbsp; better understanding entrepreneurs crucial success factors and challenges can help us better understand entrepreneurs' personality traits and strategic orientation needed by them.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>This finding might serve as a guide for how strategic orientations should be implemented in any organization. The choice of a suitable orientation within the business is essential in a collectivist society like Malaysia since the employer-employee connection is viewed as a "family link" where it is crucial that there be confidence between the two parties and encourages both sides to take initiative at work.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Norzalizah Bahari, Roselina Ahmad Saufi, Noor Raihani Zainol, Nur Syafiqah A. Samad, Mohd Fathi Abu Yaziz Copyright (c) 2023 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Realtionship Between International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and the Quality of Accounting Information in Libyan Government Sector <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The aim of this study was to determine the significance of using International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) in impacting the quality of accounting information.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>Recent literature has revealed positive results in IPSAS and accounting information quality (Bakhtah &amp; Ammar, 2019). However, because IPSAS is a relatively new product, there is still plenty to research and learn about it.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>The study population included a number of board directors, non-audited members, internal auditors, accountants, and department heads from various branches of government in Libya's government sector. They were given 400 questionnaires, and the data was analysed using SPSS and PLS-SEM.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The four independent factors (ensuring sound governance, disclosure, board of directors responsibilities, and shareholder rights preservation) had a substantial impact on the quality of accounting information among Libyan bank personnel.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>We propose a future research agenda and highlight contributions to knowledge, namely auditing literature and the quality of accounting information literature.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The findings show that the adoption of IPSAS will have an effect on an external audit in Libya. IPSAS standardises external audit reports and has an impact on external audit notes. The implementation of IPSAS will result in the collaboration of Libyan audit firms with global audit firms to gain experience auditing IPSAS-prepared financial statements. This will improve the conclusions and knowledge of worldwide accounting standards of the external auditors.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Emad A S Aboukhadeer, S. M. Ferdous Azam, Ahmad Rasmi Suleiman Albattat Copyright (c) 2022 Emad A S Aboukhadeer, S. M. Ferdous Azam, Ahmad Rasmi Suleiman Albattat Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Investigating the Role of Education in Stability of Work Participation in Economic Shocks from the Asian Financial Crisis to the Covid 19 Pandemic in Indonesia <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The objective of this study was to investigate some connection between population, education, and work participation in Indonesia on the economic shock of the world monetary disaster, Asian financial crisis, Europe's budget deficit, and COVID-19.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>In the theory of modern economic growth which was developed from the classical economic theory of Adam Smith, it is explained that education is one of the determinants of economic growth that increases human work performance and increases employment (Ucak, 2015). Research from Adirosa (2021) states that classical theory is still relevant as a basis for understanding economic phenomena.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>To see the role of education in employment and in this study is work participation in times of economic shock, an autoregression behavior analysis was used.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>We found that the COVID-19 pandemic-related economic shocks on work participation in Indonesia were greater than the economic shocks in the previous period. Education was able to anticipate work participation shocks due to economic shocks.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>Our findings affirms that economic shocks affect work participation and behavior changes of the educational-population-growth connection on work participation.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The results indicate that education is a key component in dealing with future economic shocks, particularly those of a major reduction in labor participation.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Eny Lestari Widarni, Suryaning Bawono Copyright (c) 2022 Eny Lestari Widarni, Suryaning Bawono Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Corporate Governance and International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) on the Quality of Accounting Information in Libyan Government Sector <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The objective of this study was to identify the importance of applying the standards of governance and International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) in influencing the quality of accounting information.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>Recent literature has reported good results in both corporate governance and IPSAS (Bakhtah &amp; Ammar, 2019). However, there is still much to investigate and learn about IPSAS because it is a recent development.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>The study population consists of a number of members of board directors, non-audited members, internal auditors, accountants and department heads in some branches of government entities in the Government Sector of Libya. 400 questionnaires were distributed to them and data was analysed in SPSS and PLS-SEM.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The five latent variables (ensuring a sound governance, disclosure, responsibilities of the board of directors, preservation of stakeholders’ rights and fair equal treatment) explain substantial 73.5% of the variance for the quality of accounting information among employees of Libyan banks.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>We suggest a future research agenda and highlight the contributions made to knowledge particularly to both auditing literature and the quality of accounting information literature.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The findings demonstrate that the adoption of IPSAS will impact an external audit in Libya. IPSAS makes external audit reports uniform and affects external audit notes. The adoption of IPSAS will lead to the sharing of Libyan audit companies with global audit firms to acquire experience audit IPSAS-prepared financial statements. This will increase the external auditors’ findings and knowledge of international accounting standards.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Emad A. S. Aboukhadeer, S. M. Ferdous Azam, Ahmad Rasmi Suleiman Albattat Copyright (c) 2022 Emad A. S. Aboukhadeer, S. M. Ferdous Azam, Ahmad Rasmi Suleiman Albattat Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement as Mediators of the Relationship Between Talent Development and Intention to Stay in Generation Z Workers <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>This study is intended to determine the relationship between talent development and intention to stay among Generation Z workers in the largest industrial center in Southeast Asia. Intention to stay has been delineated as employees’ plan to stay in their current employment with their present employer for a relatively long period. This study is also to test whether job satisfaction and employee engagement can mediate between talent development and intention to stay</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>Retention of employees requires utilizing all tools available. If Talent Development increases Job Satisfaction, Employee Engagement and Empowerment and these lead to increased Intention to Stay, the effects of it must be studied.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>The 342 samples of Generation Z employees were taken by purposive sampling technique from companies in 15 industries of Bekasi Regency including manufacturing, food industry, service industry, education, electronics, transportation, construction, IT, telecommunication, and real estate. The data was tested with Smart PLS 3.0 software.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The result is that there is a positive and significant influence of talent development on intention to stay, and job satisfaction has a bigger mediating value than employee engagement between talent development and intention to stay.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>Future studies should have a larger Generation Z sample</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>Research on Generation Z Talent Development is still rarely done, and Generation Z employees are especially important to companies.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Listian Indriyani Achmad, Noermijati, Rofiaty, Dodi Wirawan Irawanto Copyright (c) 2022 Listian Indriyani Achmad, Noermijati, Rofiaty, Dodi Wirawan Irawanto Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Role of Engineering Insurance in Completing Projects by Using Bank Loans:An Applied Study in a Sample of Iraqi Insurance Companies and Banks <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The aim of the study is to know the reasons for the discontinuation of engi-neering insurance in Iraqi insurance companies, and how to reactivate engineering insurance in project management and the benefits that bank loans can achieve to Ira-qi insurance companies.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>The theoretical aspect included the definition of engineer-ing insurance, its origins and types, the concept and characteristics of project man-agement and bank loans and their types, as well as a statement of the role of engi-neering insurance in project management and the advantages of using bank loans in activating engineering insurance.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/ Methodology/ Approach: </strong>The study relied on the analytical descriptive approach by using the questionnaire tool to measure the relationship between the research variables. Three government companies and a group of Iraqi banks were se-lected.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The study found the correlative and influencing relationship with the di-mensions of bank loans in activating the engineering insurance through the interpre-tation of the statistical results of the questionnaire data directed to workers in the Iraqi insurance companies.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, practical and social implications: </strong>Spreading awareness about the im-portance of engineering insurance in encouraging investment for productive and vi-tal projects, reducing the effects of risks associated with projects, and facilitating pro-cedures for obtaining bank loans.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/ Value: </strong>The value of the study is to measure the relationship between the engineering insurance variable and the bank loan variable. This study has not been previously addressed by insurance companies and Iraqi banks.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Alaa Abdulhadi Hussein, Faten Zoghlami Copyright (c) 2022 Alaa Abdulhadi Hussein, Faten Zoghlami Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Analyzing and Evaluating Economic Indicators and Occupational Safety to Raise Performance Efficiency in Industrial Company: Applied Research in the Babylon Cement Factory <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>Using appropriate indicators to evaluate the efficiency of the economic performance and its ability to achieve its basic and planned goals, and the ability to make optimal use of productive capacities, available economic and human resources, in order to achieve profits.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>The cement industry in Iraq is considered one of the important industries for its role in the economic and development process, Therefore, those in charge of that industry should strive to find adequate and appropriate methods to develop production in quantity and quality to achieve the principle of self-sufficiency, one of the most important of these methods is the subject of evaluating the efficiency of the economic performance of existing projects for Take appropriate decisions that lead to achieving national economic development.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>Babel Cement Factory suffers from the existence of deviations represented in the decrease in the amount of kiln production, the high production costs and the failure to reach the planned production capacities.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The economic evaluation criteria of the plant indicate that the year 2018 is better than the year 2017, and the reason is the increase in the amount of oil well cement production for the year 2018. The factory was supplied with quantities of clinker prepared from the Kufa Cement Factory, and this measure helped cover 12% of the salaries and wages value for the year 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>The processes of analyzing and evaluating economic factors contribute to improving the performance of companies by focusing on critical factors, developing and adopting them according to the requirements of the labor market and fulfilling the local need for the company’s products using advanced environmentally friendly production equipment, as well as contributing to providing a healthy environment for employees and the surrounding communities.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The results indicate the need to pay attention to modern technical developments and to use equipment with high productivity and a quality level that meets the requirements of the local need in construction and reconstruction, and to reduce the potential environmental impacts.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Ameer Jawad Kadhim Al-Msary, Basim K. M. Nasrawi, Hasan G. J. Alisawi Copyright (c) 2022 Ameer Jawad Kadhim Al-Msary, Basim K. M. Nasrawi, Hasan G. J. Alisawi Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Corporate Governance and its Impact on the Efficiency of Internal Control on Non-Profit Government Institutions: an Exploratory Study <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The aim of the research is to define the importance of Corporate Governance (CG) and its role in providing appropriate environment to operate the internal control system (ICS) to achieve goals of non-profit governmental institutions.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>The research included defining the nature of corporate governance in light of the internal control systems in Iraqi government institutions that are not aimed at achieving profits.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>The research was implemented on a sample of non-profit governmental institutions. The researcher used the descriptive method in the theoretical aspect and analysis in the applied aspect. The research reached a set of conclusions, and the research came out with a set of recommendations that serve its objectives.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The study concluded that there is a relationship between the main and secondary variables, and we conclude from the results that activity of the higher administrations should not be limited to directing the dissemination of the concepts and principles of institutional governance.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>In light of the adoption of the concept and principles of institutional governance. And efficient ICS that are able to lead the modernization trends in the public service without giving way to the spread of administrative and financial corruption, which has become a scourge that afflicts the body of the Iraqi government institutions at the present time.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>This study is one of the limited studies that dealt with corporate governance in non-profit organizations in Iraq, in light of the high levels of administrative and financial corruption, as well as weak internal control systems.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Mijbil Dway Ismail, Ali Manfi Kathim, Majeed Musa Al-Kanani Copyright (c) 2022 Mijbil Dway Ismail, Ali Manfi Kathim, Majeed Musa Al-Kanani Mon, 16 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 New Normal Tourism Behavior of Free Independent Travelers in the Covid-19 Pandemic <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>This research intended to investigate the motivation and behavior of free independent travelers (FITs) who traveled to Southern Thailand in the Covid-19 pandemic.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong> Studies on tourist motivation and behavior would provide more insightful implications and Covid-19 safeguards for tourism businesses especially in Southern Thailand – a dominant destination for domestic tourism demand.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> Data was collected from 400 domestic FITs using a questionnaire survey, processed in SPSS software, and analyzed with descriptive statistics, Chi-square, and One-way ANOVA.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The highest level of overall pull and push motivations of domestic FITs while traveling to Southern Thailand. The highest level of pull motivation identified in this study was a promotional scheme, called “WE TRAVEL TOGETHER” the government-subsidized 40% of accommodation expenses to increase tourism demand.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>Comparative responses to SHA Plus standard between domestic and international tourists using both qualitative and quantitative data from all stakeholders involved would provide a variety of insightful and beneficial perspectives on NNT in the Covid-19 pandemic.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>CCSA should pay more attention on this particular behavior of tourists which might easily spread the disease to others. Everyone should be more aware of this risk and show their greater responsible practice in society.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Somnuk Aujirapongpan, Sunthorn Boonkaew, Chawapong Nui-Suk, Natthakarn Nuanjan, Timpika Taojoo, Jaturon Jutidharabongse Copyright (c) 2022 Somnuk Aujirapongpan Mon, 23 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Trends and Implications of Caring Economics Research in Indonesia: a Bibliometric Analysis from 2016 to 2022 <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The aim of this study is to explain the trends of published research on Caring Economics and their implications for the development of future research<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoritical Framework: </strong>Caring Economics is a novel approach to considering human prosperity. According to conventional economics, prosperity is determined by consumption, income, and wealth. Caring Economics, in contrast, conceives of prosperity in terms of more fundamental causes of long-term human wellbeing. From this perspective, individuals are prosperous when their lives are going well. This feeling of success is not limited primarily to the satisfaction of materialistic demands and desires. Moreover, it contains an interpersonal component.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>This research method is a bibliographic analysis using data from the Google Scholar database, the most popular indexer in Indonesia. To collect data, Harzing Publish or Perish was used with the central database of Google Scholar. VosViewer is also used as a tool to get a map of the relationship between authors and between searched keywords. Furthermore, Microsoft Excel is used to process the data and tree mapping from the data obtained<strong>. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>This research is essential to drive the development of a sustainable caring economics paradigm in realizing collective economic prosperity. The results of this study indicate that the type of research with the theme of Caring economics is not widely published, namely 32 publications of research results and conceptual scientific ideas. Focused and Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies is the most influential journal in Caring Economics research, namely H-index 4. The most cited Caring Economics researcher from 2015 to 2022 is Indra Darmawan, with 4 citations. Silvia Hedenigg followed in second place with 4 citations and Mit Witjaksono with 2 citations. After being traced, Indra Darmawan and Mit Witjaksono came from the State University of Malang. Researcher Silvia Hedenigg comes from Friedensau Adventist University institution.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications</strong>: The results and findings indicate that caring economics research has not been widely studied in economics, economic education, community economics, health, and services related to humans and the economy. Empirically, problems related to concerns in economics, financial education, community economics, health, and services related to humans and the economy must be investigated to solve the issues faced. It is essential to implement caring economics to build the Indonesian economy towards social justice for all Indonesians by realizing a prosperous Indonesia as a whole<strong>. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>This finding has implications for efforts to encourage academics and researchers in Indonesia to discover caring economics to revitalize the economy from the micro to macro level so that Indonesia's economic fundamentals are getting stronger. In addition, it is recommended for collaborative research between institutions to enrich scientific wealth and develop a more comprehensive research study on Caring Economics.</p> Suchaina Suchaina, Budi Eko Soetjipto, Agung Haryono, Hari Wahyono Copyright (c) 2022 Suchaina Suchaina, Budi Eko Soetjipto, Agung Haryono, Hari Wahyono Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Role of Artificial Intelligence in Future of Education <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: The purpose of this study is to examine that Globalization has radically altered human society in the previous 150 years. With the internet of things, energy, and the cyber-physical systems governed by it coming to an end, conventional education faces an immense challenge. That will associate this tension with internet usage and reward students and teachers alike. It can be claimed that future education is entirely built on the internet of things, energy, and the cyber-physical systems ruled by it. As these systems end, traditional education confronts a massive challenge. This moves increases students' screening time, which influences their mental health.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework:</strong> The paper speculates on the near future of research in Artificial Intelligence and Education (AIED), on the basis of three uses of models of educational processes with also evaluating literature available.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/Methodology/Approach</strong>: The classification algorithms SVM, Naive Bayes, and Random Forest benefit from 5-fold Cross-Validation with 206 students from Delhi NCR and outside. Researcher is finding for how are the ages distributed? How many students got mental health care? So, what did they do? Their ages? How many meals did they eat? After the COVID-19 virus spread in Delhi, India, the study looked at factors that led to an increased mental health burden for undergraduate students in the city. The dataset is constructed by combining data from several domains such as age, time, medium meals etc. Thus, researcher pre-processed the data and classified it into four categories based on their location within the Delhi NCR and outside the NCR. The suggested model is evaluated using a K field fold cross-validation test.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The findings have shown that practical implications of technology will positively impact education in the future, but it may also have severe implications. Teachers and students should grasp this chance to encourage greatness and break down the hurdles that keep many children and schools from reaching it. As a result, all countries must develop a more technologically advanced education system in the future.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical and social implications</strong>: The study in advances in technology will have major distractions in the workforce as automation might replace more than fifty percent of jobs. It is crucial to teach students skills to thrive in digital workplace, engage positively with technology to explore its full potential. The contribution of this study about AI systems are technically feasible for instructor-learner interaction. It is important to foster AI literacy in students to break the barrier of misconceptions and make way for imagination, innovation with new perspectives in society.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/Value</strong>: The value of the study is to educational institutions and related organizations seeking for role of artificial intelligence in education.</p> Roopal Shrivastava Copyright (c) 2022 Roopal Shrivastava Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Relationship Between Capital Structure and Performance of Securities Brokerage Firms – a Case Study in Vietnam <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between capital structure and performance of securities brokerage firms.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> The study inherits previous studies on the relationship between capital structure and performance to reason, test and determine the optimal capital structure.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> Using Qualitative Research (Synthetic Methods; Statistical methods, description; Inductive and interpretive methods) and quantitative research methods (linear regression methods).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The results identified an inherent structure that significantly affects performance through the variables: (1) Financial leverage of a stockbroker (FL) and (2) Brokerage company size (Siz).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> The study provides a number of discussions and evaluations on the important role of decision making on optimal capital structure for securities brokerage service companies, in addition to recommendations on financial solutions to improve operational efficiency for companies.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> Through the study of 105 securities brokerage companies, corresponding to 1,314 observations in the period 2003 - 2021.</p> Cao Minh Tien Copyright (c) 2022 Cao Minh Tien Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Professionalism in Sports Administration: a Literature Review <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: The professionalism in sports administration and management is one of the most important areas that relate to all aspects of the nature and life of individuals as it is considered a successful method in setting the objectives of individuals in a scientific way. Professionalization of sport has a prominent and enduring history in the field of sports management.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework</strong>: The study adopts the theory of professionalism in sports administration as the theoretical framework of the study.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/Methodology/Approach</strong>: This study has systematically reviewed the notion of professionalism in the studies related to sports administration. The choice of research paradigms, methods, interests, perspective, and operational definitions have been reviewed from the past literature. Furthermore, this study has attempted to identify potential research gaps and future avenues of inquiry within the port management discipline.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings</strong>: The findings reveal that current success is based upon effective and efficient management of the bilateral association of sport management and professionalism. Reflecting on the historical and future drivers of the incident industry.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research practical Implication: </strong>The study implicates that educator’s one may not fully control the professional position of the sport management ‘profession’, but one may perform a significant role.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/Value: </strong>The value of the study lies in the fact that a better understanding of professionals is fundamental to ensuring a successful and productive implementation of the concept in any field particular sports management and administration.</p> Mustafa Abdul Qader Aljassar, Kazi Enamul Hoque, Syed Kamaruzaman bin Syed Ali, Azzam Ahmad Alhossin Alali Copyright (c) 2022 Mustafa Abdul Qader Aljassar, Kazi Enamul Hoque, Syed Kamaruzaman bin Syed Ali, Azzam Ahmad Alhossin Alali Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Impact of Outsourcing of Hotel Housekeeping Services on Hotel Performance: a Study on 5-Star Hotels of Delhi NCR <p><strong>Purpose</strong><strong>:</strong> The current world poses a stiff competition for hotels due to the pandemic, and now hotels need to be innovative and flexible to increase competitive advantage. The attention needs to be shifted to networking and collaboration with external sources to enhance the boundaries of hotels.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework</strong><strong>:</strong> The study combines the various models of outsourcing in respect to the performance. Outsourcing is the business practice of engaging external service providers to accomplish in-house tasks. This has intrigued managers' interest in recent years as they assess whether it is preferable to undertake things internally or outside. Outsourcing is a commercial arrangement in which an organization controls a portion or all of the duties of a department inside an organization to an external party.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach</strong><strong>:</strong> Data collection was conducted through questionnaire approach from hotel revenue managers and housekeeping managers 5-star hotels.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings</strong><strong>:</strong> The study found that outsourcing increased flexibility, competitiveness, profitability and improved sales in the hotels.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications</strong><strong>:</strong> The hospitality industry is highly focusing on the housekeeping department since the onset of pandemic due to the high standards of cleaning and hygiene maintenance. The industry now relies on outside service providers to meet the requirements.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value</strong><strong>:</strong> The current study aims to study the influence of outsourcing strategy and its application on housekeeping department on hotel performance of 5-star hotels in Delhi NCR</p> Akshita Tiwari, Malini Singh, Ashish Dahiya Copyright (c) 2022 Akshita Tiwari, Malini Singh, Ashish Dahiya Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Family Demographics Sway With a Role of Financial Advisor in Risk Tolerance and Investment Decision of Women Working in it Sector, Chennai <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The purpose of this research is to analyse the influence of spouse and family members in addition to the crucial role of financial advisor in risk tolerance and investment decision of women working in IT sector. This study is conducted to observe, whether the women investors working in IT sector are reinforced by their family members and with the effective financial advise given financial advisors in tolerating risk and investment decision. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework: </strong>Savings are the funds set aside to face future contingencies or endowments planned by an individual with a precautionary motive. This habit of savings can be observed in all living creatures in the world and it is high in human beings. The reasons could be to maintain a luxurious life style and an exponential level of expectations about investments. Warren Buffet’s, “Save and Spend” principle followers are many in India when compared to the rest of the world. After migration to the urban world, women initiated supporting their family with additional income by starting her career. The herd behavior is observed among the young couples living in nuclear families towards spending and savings. Also, women started saving and investing separately and trying to maximize the returns.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>Primary data for the study and analysis is collected through a structured questionnaire, prepared based on a review of the literature and tested through a pilot study. The pilot study was conducted by distributing 125 questionnaires to women executives from the IT companies in the sample area. Cronbach Alpha Test was used to determine the degree of consistency among the multiple measurements of each factor and found the overall score of 0.896 as reliable when compared to standard alpha above 0.7 is considered sufficient (George and Mallery, 2001; Pallant, 2005).On completion of the survey and collection of 604 datasheets, it is found that, 162 questionnaires in total found ineffectual due to errors of omission and dual entries, and 442 samples were found suitable for the study. Data analysis is carried out with the same. Three demographics of a family is considered for the study namely marital status, family type and working status of the spouse as close variable to family. T – test is conducted with the collected data and p value is observed to test the hypothesis.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The results show that the role of financial advisors in risk tolerance and investment decisions of women are essential for the reliable and safe investments. The joint family system is not having a prominent influence in investment decision of working women as the existence of joint family system is in downtrend. The stimulating effect of spouse is also lesser when compared to financial advisors as the couple hardly find time to discuss exhaustively about the suitable investment strategies.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical and Social implications: </strong>Robust IT sectors’ 1/3rd of the employees are women with lucrative salaries. Their huge salaries are channelled properly to an investment mode with an effective guidance of financial advisors. The women investors are able to get a complete awareness by financial advisors about the current investment scenario and suggested with suitable investment option matches their investment objectives. A well designed financial literacy is given to the women investors that could help them in mitigating their risks while investing and maximising their returns. Government also systematically monitoring the role of financial advisors to protect the interest of the investors as the investors are primarily depending on them for their investment decisions. This helps to tap the funds required for industrious activities leading to the development of the economy.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality / Value: </strong>Financial advisors essentially guide their clients with the adequate financial literacy and awareness. The financial advisors shall increase trustworthiness among their clients by continuously upgrading and upskilling themselves in the industry. A cautious approach would help to improve the risk tolerance level of women investors and there by develop a positive investment decisions in the near future.</p> Revathy Sivasankaran, Anitha Selvakrishnan Copyright (c) 2022 Revathy Sivasankaran, Anitha Selvakrishnan Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Measuring the Level of Voluntary Disclosure in Commercial Banks and its Effect on Improving Financial Performance: an Applied Study on Number of Commercial Banks in the Iraqi Stock Exchange <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: The aim of this study is to know the impact of voluntary disclosure on the financial performance of Iraqi commercial banks. It is able to attract the largest number of investors, as the information and data contained in the financial reports no longer truly reflect its financial position.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework</strong>: Voluntary disclosure plays a pivotal role in reducing the cost of financial analysts obtaining the necessary information to build their predictions about profits and cash flows achieved in the future, and thus will contribute to rationalizing investors' decisions and thus improving the efficiency of financial markets.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/methodology:</strong> The study population consists of (15) commercial banks listed in the Iraqi Stock Exchange, and a ten-year time series has been selected and the period extends from (2010-2019), government and Islamic banks have been excluded due to the difference In the privacy of applicable regulations.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Find</strong>: The results of the study showed a positive and moral impact of voluntary disclosure on financial performance, while the effect of voluntary disclosure on the rate of return on assets and the rate of return on equity was also positive, while the effect of voluntary disclosure on earnings per share was negative, and in the end, the researcher recommended a set of recommendations Perhaps the most important of them is the need for intervention by bodies, unions and the government in order to put in place a set of instructions, controls, laws and legislations necessary to regulate the process of voluntary disclosure, while clarifying the advantages that can accrue to banks from this disclosure.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, practical and social implications</strong>: This study has dealt with the issue of voluntary disclosure in the academic and administrative fields, where the researcher hopes that the Iraqi banking sector and stakeholders will benefit from this study as it establishes, theoretically and practically, the logical connection of the relationship between voluntary disclosure and financial performance.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value</strong>: The study's originality value by measuring the impact of voluntary disclosure on the level of financial performance for the first time in Iraqi commercial banks for the period from (2010-2019) except for governmental and Islamic banks due to the difference in the specificity of the applicable regulations.</p> Abbas Naser Saadoon Almshabbak, Jamel Chouaibi Copyright (c) 2022 Abbas Naser Saadoon Almshabbak, Jamel Chouaibi Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Reviewing the Framework of Risk Management: Policy and Hedging <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The main purpose of this study is to evaluate different policies for managing the business risks in an effective manner.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>In order to identify the hazards within the organization and evaluate several risk factors, risk management is necessary. This is a method of “analysing and evaluating” the risks, which are associated with the hazard. After making identification the risks need to analyse properly. Evaluation of the risks is based on the position and activities of the firms. Hazard identification is a process of finding out the hazards, then making a list of those hazards and after that characterizing.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> The deductive approach is the best approach to understand the structure of the study. The deductive approach focuses on the evaluation of different theoretical views for finding out the pattern related to the generic views of a particular research topic.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> It is identified that the risk management is one of the major parts of business companies, which creating specific policies. The usage of hedging can lead to an effective risk management process.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>Businesses can benefit more from a strong foundation for managing risks. Risk assessment is applicable to all industries and is not just related to businesses or companies.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>This study is different from the previous studies because it examined the risk management framework (policy and hedging) in detailed way.</p> Mamoun Shakatreh, Mohammed A. Abu Rumman, Mohamed Ibrahim Mugableh Copyright (c) 2022 Mamoun Shakatreh, Mohammed A. Abu Rumman, Mohamed Ibrahim Mugableh Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Analysis of Relationship Between Trade Policy Trends and Unemployment Rates in Iraq <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: This research aims, to review trends of trade policy in Iraq.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> identifying the extent of impact of alternative policies aimed at achieving productive diversification on unemployment rates in the long and short term.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach</strong>: The research sample included data to measure research variables for the period 2004-2020. The ARDL model was used to measure research variables.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings</strong>: The main conclusion that the trade policy in Iraq continued to operate in isolation from the rest of economic policies, in light of the continued dependence on oil sector and inflexibility of the production system, all of which led to the lack of diversification of economic activity and weaken contribution of non-oil production sectors in produce and creating jobs, which led to continuing dependence on imports and high unemployment rates.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications</strong>: the coordination between trade policy and the rest of economic policies are achieve a wide range of basic sustainable development goals, foremost of which is economic diversification in addition to increasing public revenues, creating opportunities, and diverse work in many fields.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>The findings show that success of trade policy in achieving its goals, especially in terms of its ability to influence unemployment rates.</p> Ahmed Hafedh Hameed Al-Taie, Falah Khalaf Ali, Amro Husham Mohammad Copyright (c) 2022 Ahmed Hafedh Hameed Al-Taie, Falah Khalaf Ali, Amro Husham Mohammad Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Effect of Capital Structure on the Profitability of Plastic and Packaging Companies Listed in Vietnam <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: The study aimed to analyse the impact of capital structure on the profitability of plastic and packaging companies listed on the Vietnam Stock Exchange - VNX (HNX, HoSE and Upcom).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework</strong>: The study inherits previous studies on the relationship between capital structure and profitability to determine the capital structure that affects profitability.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach</strong>: Using Qualitative Research (Synthetic Methods; Statistical methods, description; Inductive and interpretive methods) and quantitative research methods (linear regression methods).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The author has identified two independent variables that represent a capital structure that strongly affects the profitability of enterprises, including: (1) Short-term debt ratio (STD); (2) Long-term debt ratio (LTL).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, practical and social implications</strong>: Based on the research results, the author offers several discussions and assessments on the critical role of adjusting the optimal capital structure for plastic and packaging companies, in addition to financial solution recommendations aimed at improving profitability for companies.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value</strong>: Through a study of 30 plastic and packaging manufacturing companies, corresponding to 360 observations in the period of 2010 – 2021.</p> Hoang Dinh Huong Copyright (c) 2022 Hoang Dinh Huong Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Vector Autoregressive Integrating Moving Average (Varima) Model of COVID-19 Pandemic and Oil Price <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>A coronavirus associated with severe respiratory syndrome has created Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a highly contagious illness that affects the entire world population. On the other hand, COVID-19 is having a direct impact on human life because of its proliferation. So, the study's goal is to forecast and analyze the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the oil price utilizing multiple time series analysis methods (VARIMA model).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> Recent literature has reported that the multivariate time series is robust model for forecasting and analyzing dynamic relationship between series, while the univariate ARIMA model has been generalized to include vector variables, that is an extension of its capabilities. The VAR (p) model analyzes the interdependence between two or more series but does not take into account the impact of shocks at various time variable delays.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>This study uses VARMA (p, q) model which links a set of variables to their prior iterations as well as those of other variables and shocks to those same variables. Sample data concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price was globally provided. It contains daily observations of them variables for the years 2020-2022.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The best model is VARIMA (2,1,2), and the results shown that the oil price is not only influenced by itself but also influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, the standard error grows over time of the forecast.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>The best model is sound for short-term forecasting but unstable for long-term forecasting. Future researchers can integrate factors across areas. Include tourism demand and industry variables in modeling.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>Collecting COVID-19 pandemic data and oil price series in a modern model that is a multivariate time series model with a high predicted level of model accuracy between these variables in order to predict and analyze the effects between them series and estimate the interaction between these two series with the most recent data is the value of this study, and then offers merchants the chance to comprehend the forecasting of oil price throughout the covid-19 effects as well as the associated risks.</p> Aras Jalal Mhamad Karim, Nawzad Muhammed Ahmed Copyright (c) 2022 Aras Jalal Mhamad Karim, Nawzad Muhammed Ahmed Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Mediating Role of the Balanced Scorecard in the Relationship Between Internal Control and the Financial Reports Quality <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: this study aims to measurement the role of the mediating of performance evaluation according to the Balanced Scorecard (BS) in the relationship between internal control (IC) and the financial reports quality (FRQ) in Iraqi commercial banks.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework</strong>: The general framework of the study includes three variables, including performance evaluation according to the BS, in the relationship between IC and the FRQ.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> We are used the descriptive-analytical approach. Iraqi commercial banks were identified as a research community, Banks (Bank of Baghdad, Commercial Bank of Iraq, and the Iraqi Investment Bank). It required a survey of the opinions of managers and workers in the banks under study from accountants and auditors, the research sample was represented (managers in all banking departments, consultants, accountants, auditors), (245) forms were distributed and retrieved from them (224) valid for analysis.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings</strong>: The results showed existence of a significant effect of internal control system (ICS) in enhancing the FRQ.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> The use of the BS as a tool can enhance IC and improve the quality of financial reporting for the banks under study.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> A few studies investigated the relationship between the studied variables, our study contributes to filling part of the research gap related to the research variables.</p> Adnan Mustafa Hammood, Saida Dammak Copyright (c) 2022 Adnan Mustafa Hammood, Saida Dammak Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Impact of Operational Efficiency and Offensive Marketing Strategy on Banking Profits Using the Dupont Model <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: aims of the study is to measure the operational efficiency of banks and the profit indicators represented by the ratio of return on assets and return on equity, and correlation relationship between the research sample bank's use of an offensive marketing strategy and its impact on increasing profits</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework</strong>: formulate an offensive marketing strategy and to show its impact on increasing profits for the National Bank of Iraq.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach</strong>: The sample study are private commercial banks operating within the Iraqi banking environment. Finance and for a financial series (5) years, where the DuPont mathematical model was applied to the bank’s data and results were analyzed to formulate an offensive marketing strategy with the aim of increasing profits, then supported it with a questionnaire containing questions prepared for this purpose and directed to the employees of the National Bank of Iraq (managers, department heads, employees)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings</strong>: the results indicate there is a clear decrease in the asset benefit of the bank, which is a weak indicator of investment, due to the bank’s focus on guaranteed investment formulas, and the bank does not use the research sample for leverage (equity financing) if it needs to expand the financing of the granted loans,</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications</strong>: the results can help the banking in Iraq to build an offensive marketing strategy with the aim of increasing profits, which allows the possibility of investing in them by marketing expansion throughout Iraq.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value</strong>: Formulating an offensive marketing strategy as an independent variable and its statistical impact on increasing profits.</p> Teba Majed Hameed, Anis Bouabid Copyright (c) 2022 Teba Majed Hameed, Anis Bouabid Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 To Stay or Relocate? International School Market Research Post Pandemic <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: This study aims to investigate the viability of relocating Universiti Utara Malaysia International School (UUMIS) from its current location in Sintok to a nearby town in Jitra, Kedah in its effort of increasing student’s enrolment.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical Framework: </strong>The study uses the four p’s of marketing mix and Ansoff marketing matrix in evaluating the market demand for international school in Jitra if the school were to be relocated from its current location.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>The study conducted interview sessions with UUMIS staffs, existing parents, and potential parents. Following to the input derived, a survey was formulated and distributed to the communities in Kedah and Perlis.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>Most existing parents and teachers are willing to send their children to UUMIS should it is relocated to Jitra with a transportation and transit service assistant. This result is supported with the survey distributed, whereby the percentage of willingness are more than half of the existing parents (60.5%). However, despite the willingness, these parents (39.6%) also found this proposal to be burdensome. As such, they suggested UUMIS to provide transportation and transit service with reasonable fees charged instead.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Implication: </strong>The study has direct implication of policy for UUM and UUMIS in steering the international school development. The study also evidenced that market research prior to investments are needed not only to ascertain the demand in the new location but serving as reflective medium for an organization to improvise existing governance especially when there is an expansion/relocation plan in the pipeline.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> The study has direct implication of policy for UUM and UUMIS in steering the international school development.</p> Saidatul Nurul Hidayah Jannatun Naim Nor-Ahmad, Nor Atikah Shafai, Rusniza Abdul Rahman Copyright (c) 2022 Saidatul Nurul Hidayah Jannatun Naim Nor-Ahmad, Nor Atikah Shafai, Rusniza Abdul Rahman Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Developing Entrepreneurial Skills Among University Students: a Case of Student Entrepreneurial Attachment Project <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> This study aimed to explore entrepreneurial skills possess among university students after taking entrepreneurship subject, namely, Entrepreneurial Networking Management, where students have to run business under the Student Entrepreneurial.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> This study focused on three groups of SEAP students consisting of five to six members for each group who were attached with Campus Student Enterprise (CSE) which is the SINTOKYO business for a period of one semester.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> The study used a qualitative approch where document analysis were use to collect the data from the three group project reports and the students individual evaluation of SEAP at the end of semester.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The study found that students undergone the hands-on business experience through SEAP have acquire entrepreneurial skills of know-who, namely entrepreneurial networking skills. In addition, students also acquired entrepreneurial skills of know-how, which is teamwork skills, communication skills, marketing skills, customer service skills, problem solving skills and time management skills. All these entrepreneurial skills are related to entrepreneurial networking skills in managing Sintoko business.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> The implication of this study showed that SEAP can be used as transformative teaching for Entrepreneurial Networking Management subject and other entrepreneurship subjects in developing entrepreneurial skills of know-who and know-how among university students. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> By exposing university students with real business experience, SEAP have potential to groom university students to be entrepreneurs during their study, thus helping university in producing graduate entrepreneurs and reducing unemployed graduates for the country. </p> Armanurah Mohamad Copyright (c) 2022 Armanurah Mohamad Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Effect of Quality Function Deployment (QFD) in Enhancing Customer Satisfaction <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of the quality function deployment as a philosophy of quality assurance based on listening to the customer’s voice and transforming his demands into technical requirements in order to achieve customer satisfaction. In addition, the tool opens the doors for continuous improvement of the organization’s operations to reach a competitive position that gives it success and sustainability.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework</strong>: The study is concerned with the quality function deployment as a new way of the higher administration to replace the traditional focus on findings by adopting new approach throughout the reducing the efforts and time to redesigning and presenting the product that satisfy the actual need of the customer.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/Methodology/Approach:</strong> To achieve the aims of the study, a questionnaire of 24 item has been used. The sample included 60 individuals from various parts of the organization. According to the purpose of the study, two main hypotheses were formulated. A set of statistical methods of the SPSS vr.24 has been used.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings</strong>: It is concluded that there is a significant impact relationship between the quality function deployment and customer satisfaction.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research/Practical/Social Implications: </strong>The study is regarded as a an administrative, social and technical system in order to achieve customer's satisfaction.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/Value: </strong><strong> </strong>The value of the study is that it is an attempt to draw attention to the necessity of adopting the quality function deployment as a philosophy of quality assurance and reinforcing it as a part of the organization culture for the sake of the improvement and supporting the competitive aspect. </p> Taher Hameed Abbas Bahia, Afrah Raheem Idan, Khawlah Radhi Athab Copyright (c) 2022 Taher Hameed Abbas Bahia, Afrah Raheem Idan, Khawlah Radhi Athab Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Total Quality Management as a Philosophy to Improve the Performance of the Academic Organization <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: The purpose of this study is to examine the role of total quality management as a philosophy for improvement in the academic organization, as it represents a necessary trend in developing the activities of many organizations in the light of globalization and the challenges that these organizations face, in order to bring about fundamental developments, and the use of that philosophy as an effective means towards customer satisfaction and meeting his requirements.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>Total quality management is regarded as one of the contemporary concepts that concentrates on a set of administrative principles; if it has been applied in organization, it will succeed in achieving quality.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/Methodology/Approach:</strong> To achieve the objectives of the study, a questionnaire of 60-item has been used. The sample comprised 65 academic staff members from various parts of the organization. According to the purpose of the study, two main hypotheses were formulated. A set of statistical method of spss vr.24. has been used. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings</strong>: It is concluded that supporting and adopting the total quality will be fruitful as a successful business philosophy for the continuity by creating appropriate requirements and conditions.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research/Practical/Social Implications: </strong>Establishing the desire towards change by following the best by individuals and adopting stimulus programs that reinforce their ability to realize cognitive new ness.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/Value: </strong> The value of the study is that the organization's interest in the social aspect and its adoption confirms the organization's adaptation to the requirements of society.</p> Taher Hameed Abbas Bahia, Bushra Abdul Hamza Abbas, Afrah Raheem Idan Copyright (c) 2022 Taher Hameed Abbas Bahia, Bushra Abdul Hamza Abbas, Afrah Raheem Idan Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Challenges and Issues Faced by the New Appointed Academic Staffs of the University in the Emerging Market <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The aim of this research is to explore the issues and challenges faced by the new appointed academic staffs of a public university in Malaysia.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>The appointment of the new academic staffs in the university offers a whole new paradigm and dynamic while could be beneficial for the universities’ ecosystem entirely. Among the benefits are contributing new ideas and implementation for improvement as well as fostering positive attitude within the environment. However, the staffs could encounter with various issues and challenges at the entry stage which could deter his or her development further.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach:</strong> A qualitative approach is employed in this research where the academic staffs with less than 3 years’ working experience were interviewed in order to understanding the obstacles faced. The data gathered is analyzed using NVivo12 software.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The findings of this research revealed that issues pertaining Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), teaching and learning which involved unfamiliar subjects and issue surrounding online classes, difficulties in publication and research component due to lack in knowledge, skills and experience, allyship in academic working environment as well as juggling between the demanding workload of teaching and administrative works with completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Learning and Teaching (PGDHELT) course.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: </strong>This research offers some practical significances particularly to the university’s management and the newly appointed academic staffs on board. The identification of issue and challenges among newly appointed staffs is significant in finding solutions.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value:</strong> As a practical implication, this research paper sheds new light for both the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia and the university’s management to formulate a handful and effective training and development program to smoothen the transition process of the new appointed academic staffs into the academic world in the university.</p> Muhamad Ali Imran Kamarudin, Nur Nadia Adjrina Kamarruddin, Azahari Ramli, Safwan Marwin Abdul Murad Copyright (c) 2022 Muhamad Ali Imran Kamarudin, Nur Nadia Adjrina Kamarruddin, Azahari Ramli, Safwan Marwin Abdul Murad Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 The Interest of the Supreme Audit Institution in Sustainable Economic, Social and Environmental Development on the Audit Quality Performance <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>This research aims to Identify role of the Board of Supreme Audit has a significant role in achieving the dimensions of sustainable development (SD).</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>The research provides a conceptual framework for SD, its objectives and dimensions. It probes the role of supreme audit institution (SAI) in achieving the goals of SD.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>The study examined the perceptions of 100 participants affiliated to the institution of financial supervision, department of technical studies and research. we are hypothesized that the SAI has an interest in SD, and that this interest is reflected in the quality of auditing performance. we are used Z-TEST to test the significance of the association hypotheses between the interest of SAI in economic, social and SD and the quality of the control audit performance.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The study found that the most supreme audit achieved the completion of the tasks entrusted with high levels of quality in performance. Results also showed that there is a statistically significant correlation between the SAI interest in sustainable economic, social and environmental development (SED) and the quality of auditing performance.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications:</strong> The interest of SAI in sustainable economic, SED on the quality of auditing performance.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>the Originality of value in the article by the role of audit quality (AQ) over the organizing relationships, dividing work according to terms of reference, providing the necessary resources, and exerting the necessary professional care.</p> Noor Bakhsh Ali Akbar, Fatima Salih Mahdi Copyright (c) 2022 Noor Bakhsh Ali Akbar, Fatima Salih Mahdi Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Gender Pay Equity In Times Of Pandemic COVID-19: a Systematic Literature Review <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> Building on previous research on gender pay equality, the purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of the pandemic by determining whether or not it has increased existing pay discrepancies and whether or not it has caused pay inequalities in the workplace.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research methodology:</strong> The method of systematic review of the literature and its guidelines has been used, which includes the following seven steps: Raise the research problems, select the sources and search strategies, establish the selection criteria, study selection, Quality evaluation , data extraction strategies and data synthesis, of research on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the gender wage gap.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The data analysis shows the main publication medium where the articles were disseminated has a total of ten articles, becoming an important reference and where the main cause of the salary gap was the work carried out by women was the undervaluation compared to that carried out For men, a second factor is the report of fewer job opportunities.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Research limitations:</strong> The information in this page may be extrapolated to all of our facilities. Nonetheless, further research is needed to corroborate these conclusions. The data comes from several sources, making bias less likely.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Practical implications:</strong> The study suggests that labor organizations review their practices regarding the incorporation of their workers, with due respect for equality between men and women, understanding that both have the same opportunities, rights and, furthermore, that they must be evaluated based on the capacity development.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Originality/Value:</strong> This study whose selection criteria of a large number of investigations of the main databases, led us to the analysis of sixty scientific articles, answering the research questions and establishing significant conclusions on the subject matter.</p> Anibal Romero Bendezú, Luis Alberto Núñez Lira, Danny Retamozo Riojas, Nancy Barazorda Puga Copyright (c) 2022 Anibal Romero Bendezú, Luis Alberto Núñez Lira, Danny Retamozo Riojas, Nancy Barazorda Puga Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 E-Government and its Development in the Region: Challenges <p><strong>Objective:</strong> This article, of a theoretical nature, was oriented to the contextual analysis referred to digital government, its origin, aspects, and trends; mainly, the way in which it was implemented and developed in some Latin American countries was emphasized, in addition to the reflections on the implications related to digital government in the current situation, as well as the challenges it has been facing and future challenges.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework:</strong> The universe of more contemporary aspects regarding electronic government was explored from the perspective of state management, as well as the foundations on which it has been consolidating and the changes it has undergone and at the same time generated in its wide spectrum of applications.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/Methodology/Approach:</strong> A descriptive systematic review has been implemented with the collection of various definitions, approaches and strategies in relation to electronic government. Based on the qualitative approach, the analysis and extraction of various articles with relevant information from various databases such as Scopus, Ebsco, ProQuest and Scielo was carried out; taking into account those of the last four years.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The acceptance of electronic government processes was based on the characteristics of citizens and their attitude towards technology; public bodies continue to show a series of problems, among which a marked inability to resolve the duties effectively and efficiently in charge despite having the appropriate technological tools and implements stands out.</p> <p><br /><strong>Research, practical and social implications:</strong> Future efforts that seek not only electronic government, but also a scaffolding that supports the development of administration processes through TIC and new platforms based on artificial intelligence.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Implications/Originality/Value:</strong> The real implementation of an electronic government requires, urges and forces cultural changes in society due to the use of TIC and cutting-edge technological resources.</p> Luis Álex Valenzuela Fernández, Yolvi Javier Ocaña Fernández, Cinthya Virginia Soto Hidalgo, Juan Carlos Cotrina Aliaga, Doris Fuster-Guillén Copyright (c) 2022 Luis Álex Valenzuela Fernández, Yolvi Javier Ocaña Fernández, Cinthya Virginia Soto Hidalgo, Juan Carlos Cotrina Aliaga, Doris Fuster-Guillén Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Relationship of Organizational Commitment to Teamwork in a Municipality From Peru <p><strong>Purpose</strong>: The general objective was to determine the relationship between organizational commitment and teamwork in a municipality from Peru.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Theoretical framework: </strong>The current literature has reported good findings on both organizational commitment and teamwork. However, there is still much to research and understand about OC and TE because it is an ever-evolving development.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>A quantitative, applied, non-experimental, descriptive and correlational study was used, applying the questionnaires to 94 workers of the municipality.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The results revealed that organizational commitment is deficient 73% and teamwork is deficient 78%, also, the p=0.000&lt;0.05, indicating that the variables retain a highly significant correlation, also, it is evident that they reached a Rho=82.9%.</p> <p> </p> <h3>Research, Practical &amp; Social implications: We suggest a future research agenda and highlight the contributions made to organizational commitment and teamwork.</h3> <h3> </h3> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong>the organizational commitment maintains a very strong positive correlation with teamwork, evidencing that by generating in the workers a sense of belonging with the institution, as long as the best collaborators are offered job growth options and very strong affective bonds are created, then an assertive communication is achieved through permanent dialogue, the communication flow is improved and with it the needs of the employees are recognized, impacting positively in the decision making process, since the planned goals have been realistic to the resources and abilities of the employees.</p> Victor Hugo Puican Rodriguez, Fanny Edith Torres Alberca, Michael Raúl García Escalante Copyright (c) 2022 VICTOR HUGO PUICAN RODRIGUEZ Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000