Competition Forum

Journal that publishes manuscripts regarding various business topics and how they relate to competition.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 2, 2011

A Comparative Historical / Methodological Analysis of Two Studies about the Manager's Job
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYTwo major research streams concerning the manager's job are examined, highlighting their historical evolution and the methodological processes followed in knowledge generation. Different dimensions of the knowledge generation process...
Analysis of Economic Order Quantity under Ecommerce Paradigm
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThere is no denying that internet and Ecommerce have ushered in a paradigm shift in the way businesses are run. Business managers have to develop and adopt new policies and practices to suit the ever-changing attendant circumstances....
Analysis of Leveraging Laredo's Strategic Location on Texas - Mexico Border: A Logistic Perspective
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYLaredo port is the biggest land port in the United States. Laredo is very strategically positioned at the beginning of the I-35 NAFTA Corridor on the Texas-Mexico border. Laredo is also part of the Ports-to-Plains corridor connecting...
An International Business Code of Conduct: Guidelines for Sustainable Global Competitiveness
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper deals with one of the newest accounting standards requirements. All corporations are required to develop a code of conduct and to publish it. One of the problems international corporations are faced with is how to make a code...
An Unbiased Estimate of Present American Competitiveness from Deontological and Teleological Perspectives of Utilitarianism
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn this paper we are going to discuss American competitiveness with an eye on morality, ethics, economics, and politics. It is surprising to see that the global economy is growing, specifically in China and India, and infrastructure...
A Return to Programming - Teaching a First Programming Course for Senior Level IT Students
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYComputer programming courses are taught in most Information Technology (IT) programs in one format or another. Some programs teach more than one programming course in some kind of a sequence or order, while others may limit the covering...
Bribing Your Way into Trouble: Competitiveness, Criminality and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYBoth the United States and world community have attempted to eradicate the corruption of foreign governmental officials through the development of comprehensive anti-bribery statutes. These laws are complex and significantly increase...
Can Social Networking Improve Individual Competitiveness? Exploring the Effects of Social Network Centralities on Knowledge Acquisition and Work Efficiency in Organizational Work Teams
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe goal of this study is to examine the influence of people's social networking structures on the improvement of individual competitiveness within organizational work teams. This study utilizes a social network theoretical perspective...
Desires of an Adopter's Heart: Which Product Characteristics Influence Brand Loyalty among Different Types of Adopters?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYConsumers differ greatly in their readiness to try new products, so researchers classify them according to different adopter categories based on the relative rate that they adopt innovations. This study examines the impact of product...
Entrepreneurial Drivers and Entrepreneurial Abilities: A Conceptual and Integrative Framework
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYEntrepreneurship research has been undertaken from three different perspectives. The first view is the "what" question from an economics perspective. We do not address the economics view in our research. The second and third views, the...
Gender Empowerment, Global Competitiveness, Economic Freedom and Wealth: Validation Studies and Implications for Sustainable Policy
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe gender empowerment measure (GEM) of the United Nations, the overall measure of global competitiveness (GC) by the World Economic Forum, and the ten economic freedom factors of the Index of Economic Freedom (IEF), both summarized...
Globalization and the Widening Inequality in Developed Countries
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper uses a two-country, three-sector model to study the effect of outsourcing on the wage level of high and low skilled workers in developed countries. It offers reasonable and intuitive explanations to the following phenomena:...
Healthy Narcissism, Global Competitiveness and Game Theory: Using the Fischer versus Kasparov Dichotomy for Entrepreneurship Education
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe contrasting citizenship, leadership and entrepreneurship behaviors of former world chess champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov are compared and linked to culture, game theory, global competitiveness, and unhealthy versus healthy...
How International Are You?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYGlobalization has influenced almost everything that we do. It has especially impacted business activities and operations. Most businesses find it useful and sometimes necessary to internationalize. Information about the extent of internationalization...
Inability to Adapt: Some Observations and Remedies for Managerial Failure
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn a world of constant change, adaptability has become the answer to globalization, new technologies, and volatility of available skilled labor force. For some, the structured approach to managing is often seen as the answer to change...
Interdisciplinary Education for Global Strategy
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe authors brought together their two disciplines, pooled their approaches, and modified them to simulate a real world environment to teach the subject matter through teamwork and interdisciplinary learning. Over two semesters, an International...
Internal Capabilities, External Relationships, and Firm-Level Strategies: Their Impact on Reputation
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn this research, we study how certain activities impact a firm's reputation. We develop and test a model that examines small and medium sized firms, and how these firms build competitive strategies based on their internal capabilities...
Managerial Accounting Integration through Collaborative Teaching: The Case of an International Hotel Strategic Plan
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper describes the challenges involved in teaching hospitality management students to develop an international strategic plan for establishing a hotel in a foreign country. The uniqueness of this pedagogical study is that it shows...
Managing Generational Diversity in the 21st Century
EXECTIVE SUMMARYI examine the three prominent generations in the workforce in the 21st century: Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964), Generation X (born 1965 to 1980), and Generation Y (born after 1980). I first summarize differences among the generations...
NAFTA's Chapter 12 - the Dispute and Lessons
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYNAFTA's chapter 12 was intended to liberalize cross-border long haul transportation services. The agreement has never been fully implemented except for a brief pilot project in 2007. The US government has postponed implementation on...
Online Dating Services - Chronology and Key Features Comparison with Traditional Dating
ABSTRACTOnline dating services have become increasingly and widely used for large mix of populations. Despite numerous stigmas attached to the people who are seeking such dating services, these kind of online dating services -it seems- are here to stay....
Optimizing Two-Player Supply Chain Performance: A System Dynamics Simulation Study
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYA two-player (Supplier-manufacturer) System Dynamics model is simulated to develop useful insights to formulate policy guidelines for supply chain (SC) performance. Balancing performance on multiple metrics is a challenge facing SC managers....
Role of Collaboration in Higher Education in Business
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYEducation is quickly evolving from the traditional approach of presenting instruction to that of facilitating learning. Many benefits of collaboration in teaching have been demonstrated by researchers. Moreover, external pressures from...
Status of International Accounting Courses
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWith the impending IFRS convergence, this paper examines the status of international accounting courses. Will coverage of IFRS in the curriculum affect the international course offerings of universities? This study summarizes the international...
Stress, Task, and Relationship Orientations of Vietnamese: An Examination of Gender, Age, and Government Work Experience in the Asian Culture
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWorking adults are often socialized differently based on their gender, age, and work experience. To explore the stress, task, and relationship orientations of people in the high-context culture of Vietnam, this study collected data from...
The E-Print Industry and Bookseller Market: A Strategic Perspective
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe bookselling industry is no stranger to technological changes in its environment, especially in terms of digital technology. The industry has seen and been affected gravely by the aforementioned, in particular the companies of Amazon,...
The Merger of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and UFJ Bank
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn 2006 January Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Inc. (MUFJ) was established from the merger between Mitsubishi Tokyo financial group (MTFG) and UFJ holdings. Nobuo Kuroyanagi President /CEO of MTFG was the focal person behind the merger and it...
Understanding How Individuals Use Boundary Management Tactics to Manage Work-Life Interference
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYToday's fast paced organizational life requires many employees to constantly deal with life and work balance. We present a model of how the use of boundary management tactics can affect life satisfaction. We suggest how individual differences...
Universal Sustainability: The Next Form of Competitiveness
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe operating framework of universal sustainability holds the key to unlocking the next wave of business innovation and growth. It also promises to reconnect economic competitive organizations and policy makers with that of community...
Using Social Media to Build Community
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper reports on a study of social media use by North American insurance firms. Following the framework of a recently published paper on effective social media employment, we look specifically at three insurers with different approaches...
Utilizing Social Media and Networking for Accurate Contact Management: Contrasting the Push/pull Methods of Data Research and Maintenance
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYMember information maintenance from Web 2.0 social media utilization versus traditional methods was shown to be as much as 4 times more accurate. Social media members were willing to spend 2.3 times longer engaged in surveys. Members...