American International College Journal of Business

An academic journal covering all aspects of business in the United States.

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Vol. 17, Annual

Foreword and Comments
from the Editorial Board Welcome to the new edition of the American International College Journal of Business. There has been a hiatus of nearly three years since the last edition appeared in late 2005. Professor Ira Smolowitz, who launched the...
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Challenges and Frustrations of Implementing Lean Manufacturing
ABSTRACT This study was conducted to help us understand why implementing continuous improvement strategies can be difficult at times. It also addresses the problem of resistance to change within even those firms whose CEOs are fully committed to...
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Conflict Resolution in Vertically Integrated Firms
ABSTRACT Conflict resolution and vertical integration have separately been dealt with by numerous researchers in business, economics, and marketing. However, thus far, scant attention has been paid to the manner in which conflicts may be dealt with...
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A Survey of Business School Deans regarding Communication Issues
ABSTRACT Deans of 97 business schools at public and private universities participated in a survey regarding the importance of various communication skills and the extent to which recent graduates had acquired these skills. The results indicated...
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"Made in China": The Effect of Country Associations on a Brand's Personality
ABSTRACT This paper examines the relationship between a country and a brand. Specifically, the case of China and the numerous product recalls of 2007 is highlighted. In doing so, the different levels of associations that a brand has with a country...
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Determinants of Consumers' Perceived Risks from Organizations' Innovative Offerings in the Marketplace
ABSTRACT Consumers' resistance and negative behavior toward innovations can be viewed as a vital barrier to enterprises and can occur due to a variety of reasons. The risks that consumers perceive from innovations can be attributed to as one of...
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The Impact of Market Forces and Government Policies on the Transition Economy of Poland: A Case Study
ABSTRACT Despite the growing interest in globalization, scholars give limited attention to the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and especially to Poland, one of the most promising free markets since the fall of communism....
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The Adoption of the Flat Tax: Economic Ideas in Eastern Europe
ABSTRACT This article examines the introduction of flat tax and key Eastern European markets since mid 1990s. It also examines the economic theory of flat tax and analyzes the performance of these revenue instruments in the context of economic performance...
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Ukrainian History and Culture as a Setting for the Development of Business
ABSTRACT This addresses the culture of Ukraine as a context for the development of business. I summarize Ukrainian culture as described by the West, and Ukrainian culture that can be inferred from the behavior of Ukrainians. I also relate Ukrainian...
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Vol. 14, Spring

The Dangers of Corporate Success
Edgar A. Shoaff notes that, "The two leading recipes for successes are building a better mousetrap and finding a bigger loophole" (Qtd. in Peter, 1979, p. 481). The above popular idea has, in my opinion, been rendered obsolete by the insightful...
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Human Resource Issues Related to Disruptive Technology
Abstract Christensen's (1997) analysis of disruptive technology is complemented by an analysis of specific human resource issues related to disruptive technology. Relevant changes in the field of human resources are presented along with a description...
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Can There Be a Successful Business Model for the Delivery of Rehabilitative Health Care?
Abstract Healthcare has been moving more into the spotlight as a main topic of concern for the national debate. As a result, there is an intensifying interest in the implementation and delivery of those healthcare services to the changing demographics...
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Researcher-Practitioner Relationships in Consortia: The Cancer Information Services Research Consortium
Abstract Consortia are becoming increasingly prevalent as organizations are faced with a number of pressing environmental demands, relating particularly to the growth of information technologies and associated economic pressures. This essay focuses...
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The Comparative Success of Disruptive Innovations in the Fiberoptic Industry
Abstract This paper examines the recent experience of the fiberoptic industry where disruptive innovations have been common but the results in terms of individual company market share and profitability have varied considerably. The fiberoptic...
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Spring

E-Business Planning Audit: Helping Businesses Make Good on the Promises and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Electronic Business
Abstract Moving at harrowing speeds, businesses have been created and destroyed in the tumultuous e-conomy. The topic of e-business has been a major focus of all businesses as they strive to determine what is the best approach to developing a profitable...
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Human Resource Issues and Challenges for E-Business
Abstract E-business has changed the way in which business is conducted. In this paper these changes are analyzed for specific human resource management (HRM) functions: (HR) planning, job analysis and job design, recruitment and selection, orientation,...
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Convergence of Business Models
ABSTRACT This article analyzes e-commerce business models and the costs they incur to build brand awareness and customer loyalty. In the new competitive environment of the Internet with lower availability of capital, these costs represent an important...
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Marketing Problems Emanating from E-Commerce Reprinted From: APICS SM SIG Special Issue September 2000
Abstract It is virtually impossible to read a newspaper or magazine without being exposed to the virtues of e-commerce. The purpose of this article is to highlight problems that may emanate from e-commerce and the Internet. A problem well stated...
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Spring

Does Corporate Culture Contribute to Performance?
Abstract This article explores connections between corporate cultures and corporate performance in various industries. First, it provides a brief background on the notion of "culture"; second, it sets out a brief typology of corporate culture. Third,...
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Organizational Structures, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity: Inseparably Linked
ABSTRACT Evidence states the pursuit of creative endeavors by employee's results in more entrepreneurial activities, higher quality products, and long-term success. A skilled facilitator can direct creativity. However, such efforts to enhance creativity...
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Competing for Emerging Corporate Clients: A Study of Independent Auditor Concentration
Abstract In recent years competition among the largest public accounting firms has intensified as the so-called Big 8 CPA firms have consolidated into the "Big 5" firms. With audit fees being dependent to a large extent on client size and profitability,...
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Entrepreneurship and Executive Compensation: Turning Managers into Owners
Abstract During the past fifteen years, compensation paid to senior executives has far outstripped the pay increases for other levels in the corporation and for other members of society. Most commentators justify higher compensation packages as...
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Entrepreneurial Activities in Human Resource Management
Abstract The changing nature of human resource management fostered the development of entrepreneurial activities in human resource management. Some of these changes were forced on human resource management through activities such as downsizing,...
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