Competition Forum

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

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 1, 2007

Agriculture Subsidies - What Are They and Who Receives Them?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYGovernments throughout the world give subsidies to their countries' industries to protect critical industries against global competition. One such industry is agriculture which receives a grand portion of total government subsidies especially...
A Holistic View of Internet Marketing
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYSuccessful e-commerce decision makers and webmasters have to think holistically about every detail of their websites. There are a lot of strategic marketing decision models for brick and mortar stores that are without modification directly...
America's Regional and Bilateral Free Trade Agreements
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYA major trend in the global economic environment since the end of World War II is the formation of regional trading blocs. The most well-known regional trading bloc in the world is the European Union, which has 27 member nations today....
Analysis of Unethical Side Effects of Monopsonies: Can Monopsonies Manipulate the Market Price for the Benefit of a Small Group of Buyers
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYModern day economies and the authorities regulate marketplace. They appear to be oblivions to the existence of monopsonistic markets. Monopsonistic characteristics of buyer bargaining power is imposed on the inputs of the free market...
An Empirical Study of E-Learning for Improving Value-Chain Activities
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe learning process is increasingly perceived as a source of sustainable competitive advantage. However, the literature lacks empirical studies in integrated learning with a focus on the value-chain activities such as production and...
Application of the Relationship Paradigm to Social Marketing
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper makes a case for a broad-based and eclectic theoretical base for social marketing. Relationship oriented social marketing strategies can achieve durable and sustainable results in contrast to transactions based approaches....
A Quick Look into the Status of Diversity in AACSB Accredited Business Schools
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYTo enhance the competitiveness level of graduates to function in culturally diverse environments, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International requires diversity issues as part of its curriculum standards...
A Study of Financial Development, FDI and Growth in the GCC Area
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn this paper we investigate the growth process in the GCC countries. If openness to outside, trade and foreign direct investment are important factors for development it remains to say that the magnitude of their contribution is not...
Communication Consultancy as Buffer in the Downsizing Environment
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYA consistent managerial communication (MC) message, from top to bottom, is the best way to assuage the MC disconnect between managers and their workers. Transition services such as resume writing, networking, and enhanced interviewing...
Comparative Analysis of Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism in Colleges and Universities
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis article is a comparative analysis of multicultural and cultural diversity models in colleges and universities. The research undertaken revealed that significant differences in managerial approaches by application of two sets of...
Comparative Strategic Positioning of Four Academic Administrative Models: Bureaucracy, Technocracy, Meritocracy, and Kakistocracy
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn this paper, first we have introduced the Strategic Position and Action Evaluation (SPACE) matrix and its dimensions. Second, we have presented four distinct illustrative scenarios to identify the effect of positioning of an institutional...
Differences in Marketing Ethics Attitudes between U.S. and Latin American Undergraduates
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis study investigated the attitudinal responses of 305 undergraduates to nine hypothetical marketing moral dilemmas. As hypothesized, participants born in Central America responded more ethically than those born in the U.S. and students...
E-Learning as a Strategic Differentiator for Customer Services: An Empirical Investigation
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYOorganizational learning is increasingly perceived as a possible source of sustainable competitive advantage. However, the literature lacks empirical studies in integrated learning with a focus on customer services. This paper is a case...
Emerging Trade Patterns of Malaysia with China, U.S. and Japan: A Comparative Analysis
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe US, Japan and recently China are all important markets for Malaysia's manufacturers. Trade ties with China in particular have grown faster than that of the rest of the world. Being a middle-income country, there are arguments that...
Eminent Domain or Imminent Threat: Government and the Appropriation of Intellectual Properties
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYEminent domain has been used by governments to institute "takings " of private property. Patents have also been subject to these taking activities through use of laws permitting appropriation, preemption and government participation...
I Have a Deal for You: Cross Border Crime
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Internet offers consumers and businesses a global marketplace. But unscrupulous individuals also recognize the potentials of cyberspace. The same scams and frauds that have been conducted by mail and phone can now be found on the...
Insights for Effective Strategic Planning
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper presents ideas to aid strategists in developing more effective and adaptable strategic planning processes and outcomes. Effective organizations incorporate the relevant characteristics of the organization's internal and external...
Integrating Strategic Models of Labor Conflict: Strike Leverage and Pattern Bargaining
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIndustrial and labor relations analyzes the likely outcomes of labor relations conflict using strike leverage and pattern bargaining. When there are differentials between management and unions along dimensions such as centralization...
Intellectual Capital and Financial Performance in Aerospace/Defense
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper reports on research designed to start addressing some of these broader issues of knowledge management and intellectual capital. We looked to a specific industry, aerospace and defense, in order to be able to compare the intangible...
Internet Adoption by Consumers in Thailand-Competing in a Globalized World
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Internet plays a significant role in volumes of international business transactions in Thailand - providing better understanding of consumer adoption as a shopping medium for purchasing consumer products and services by focusing...
Media Global Warming Coverage: Its Impact on Economic Growth and Competitiveness
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYSince 2000 the elite U.S. media have radically changed their approach to reporting global warming. This study compares newspaper coverage of global warming in the United States with that in other countries. While in 2000 only 43 percent...
Noncomparable Service Decisions: An Examination of Noncustomers and Loyal Service Customers
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper identifies a gap in the research literature - a limited understanding of how consumers decide between known, but noncomparable, service options. Based on a review of the literature, we postulate how the decision process differs...
On the Ethical Implications of the Relationship between Types of Research Methodologies and Theories of Strategy Formation
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper analyzes the case of strategy formation as an object of inquiry to show that different types of research methodology and the types of knowledge about the strategy formation process that they produce do have relevant ethical...
Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy: A Need to Reform in Malaysia
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYA business entity may suffer loss as a result of a negligent act by a professional whom it engaged. Thus, it is important for a professional to maintain a professional indemnity insurance policy ("PIIP") to protect himself against his...
Radio Australia: Remaining Competitive in a Changing Media Environment
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYSince 1939, the Australian government has used Radio Australia as a foreign policy tool to reach listeners in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. In an era when governments are closing their international radio services or reducing funding,...
Resource-Based Value Creation: Experiences from the U. S. Deregulated Trucking Industry
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper addresses how resources are developed over time to provide for value creation from a resource-based view perspective. The paper takes the position that it is not the resources themselves that are valuable but how they are...
Strategic Protection Factors: Insights into Balancing Knowledge Development and Protection
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper reports on empirical results concerning one of the first frameworks for examining the similarities and differences of knowledge management (KM) and competitive intelligence (CI). The data lend credence to the theory behind...
The Ace in the Hole: How Smarter Chips - and Cards - Can Enable Casino Management to Gain Insights into Player Behavior and Better Compete in Today's Increasingly Crowded Entertainment Marketplace
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis article looks at one of the fastest growing applications of RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification) in casino gaming, one of today's fastest growing industries. The article examines the U.S. casino gaming industry and the...
The Competitive Environment of U.S. Firms: The Social and Economic Context of Business on the Mexican Border
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYRelatively little research has been undertaken in understanding how border firms operate, their unique competitive conditions, and relationships between firms and their customers. The sociological context includes commitment, trust,...
The Dark Side of International Business
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe dark activities of multinational corporations (MNCs)-environmental degradation, questionable marketing practices, accounting scandals and frauds, global corruption, poor working conditions and child labor, and cultural imperialismalong...
The Diversity, Organizational Communication, and Citizenship Imperatives for Public Sector Leadership
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn the public sector, three imperatives guide the need to overhaul our understanding of leadership: the imperative of diversity, the imperative of citizenship, and the imperative of organizational communication. New theories are more...
The Impact of Effective Strategic Planning and Leadership on Employee Satisfaction
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe relationship between strategic planning, leadership, and communication is purported to have a major impact on employee satisfaction. In addition, if employee satisfaction is high, enhanced customer service is an implicit outcome....
The Janus Face of Globalization: Some Strategies to Deal with the Negatives
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper argues that business interests need to consider what critics have to say about the negative effects of globalization, and balance both economic and non-economic interests. Furthermore, dealing with the non-economic effects...
The Perceived Intervention Effect of the Nigerian Government 1972 Indigenization Decree on U.S. Multinational Corporations: A Historical Perspective
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper examines the issue of host-government intervention in the operations of multinational corporations in Nigeria. Data were collected from a sample of 167 U.S. companies with operations in Nigeria between 1975 and 1985. A selfadministered...
The Question of Teaching Effectiveness - "The Answer Is Not in the Box, It's in the Band."
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe advent of new technology using course management systems heralds new opportunities for teachers to make their internet classrooms more student-friendly and more empathy driven with social awareness. The allegation, that the on-line...
The Role of Mass Media in Forming Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Policy in the U.S. and EU
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis study analyzes key international mass media issues related to the U.S. and European Union regulation ofdirect-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs. The study charts the similarities and differences between U.S. and...
Using Bayesian Networks to Manage the Power of Learning, Knowledge and Innovation
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYKnowledge Management (KM) has emerged as a strategy to improve organizational competitiveness. A challenge of future knowledge management and decision support systems is to combine the storage and effective reuse of data. In this paper,...
What the Blogging Revolution Means for You and Your Company: A Look at the Corporate World of Web 2.0
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYBlogging is at the forefront of what has been termed Web 2.0, where user-generated media becomes increasingly prominent on the Internet. This article examines the growth of blogging and what it means for executives and their companies....
Will the "Chinese Factor" Arouse World Economic Decline?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWill the "Chinese factor" arouse world economic decline? Aiming at answering this controversial question, this paper examines the role of the "Chinese factor" in sustaining world economic development in a symbiosis context by analyzing...