International Journal of Business and Society

A biannual journal of scholarly works in business and economics. Published by University Malaysia Sarawak.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. S4, 2017

Accessibility and Development. a Case Study from Rural Sarawak, Malaysia
1.INTRODUCTIONAccessibility to markets and services has been identified as one of the key factors in enabling economic development. In developing economies, where there are marked differences in standards of living between large urban centres and remote...
Business Engagement in Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Case Study Based on Behavioral Perspective
1.INTRODUCTIONThe discourse of business engagement in adaptation to climate change revolves around three main concepts: business risks, business opportunities, and social responsibility of business. While climate change poses significant business risks...
Community Perceptions on the Usage of Digital Marketing for Homestays: The Case of Ba'kelalan, Malaysia
1.INTRODUCTIONRural tourism has become one of the most developed areas in Malaysian tourism as it brings many economic benefits, especially to underdeveloped areas which need employment/income opportunities and revitalisation (Liu, 2006; Sharpley, 2002)....
Congenital Amusia among Young Adolescents in Kuching, Sarawak
1.INTRODUCTIONThe research examines the occurrence of congenital amusia among young adolescents aged 13 and 14 years in Kuching, Sarawak. Although research into congenital amusia has expanded over the past twenty years mainly with the aim of developing...
Development of Mindfulness Module for Promoting Healthy Lifestyle among Female Students in Higher Education Institution
1.INTRODUCTIONA report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on obese showed that more than 1.9 billion adults, above 18 years old were overweight and over 600 million were obese. Obesity is a growing global epidemic yet most neglected health problem...
Exploratory Study in Modeling a Performance Index from Heterogeneous Risk and Governance Structure That Promotes Going Concern among Malaysian Firms
1.BACKGROUNDEstablishment of companies started from a simple objective of reaping miniature profit. It is indeed a natural characteristic of small and medium sized companies, with few directors and venturing into multitude of business enterprise. There...
Facebook and Political Cynicism: Undergraduates' Perception
1.INTRODUCTIONHaving trust on the ruling government is one of the prerequisites of a country's political legitimacy and stability. There are reasons why citizens do not trust their government. Capella and Jamieson (1997) stated the reason why government...
Illuminating Professionalism among Nurses in Their Documentation within the Malaysia Context – a Qualitative Study
1.INTRODUCTIONBirks, Francis and Abdullah (2008) argue that nursing in Malaysia still has a long way to go in terms of its nurses' professionalism. A similar argument was shared by Merican (2006), the former minister for the Ministry of Health, Malaysia,...
Improved Enspart for DNA Motif Prediction
1.INTRODUCTIONENSPART (Lee, Choong, & Omar, 2016) is an ensemble approach which utilizes an ensemble of 7 motif discovery tools for motif prediction. It is designed for tackling large-scale ChIP dataset for the discovery of primary motifs in a DNA...
Knowledge Management in Msc Malaysia: The Role of Information Technology Capability
1.INTRODUCTIONSurvival in business environment is dependent very much on organisations' performance and therefore, it is decisive for organisations to sustain their performances in order to be competitive and achieve their visions and missions. A unique...
Modeling Malaysia Debt Threshold: Debt Composition Perspective
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)1.INTRODUCTIONMalaysia as one of the fast-growing economy in the Southeast Asia region experienced challenging tasks in managing the increasing level of debts. This is due to the accumulation of debt is unavoidable...
Proactive Behaviour as a Mediator in the Relationship between Quality of Work Life and Career Success
1.INTRODUCTIONAchieving career success among employees is a primary concern for both individuals and organisations. This is because individuals' personal success leads to positive outcomes, including developing human resources and achieving organisational...
Sectoral GDP Convergence of Selected Rcep Countries: Lead or Lags?
1.INTRODUCTIONThe concept of economic convergence relates to a method by which internal economies display increasing similarities in the patterns of their performances. Structural convergence is defined as a situation in which there exists convergence...
The Impact of Natural Resources, Cultural Heritage, and Special Events on Tourism Destination Competitiveness: The Moderating Role of Community Support
1.INTRODUCTIONWithin Malaysia, it is noticeable that rural tourism is increasingly viewed as an alternative income generation activity for rural communities (Akbar, Zahari & Dusi, 2016; Falak, Lo & Yeo, 2016). Realising the potential positive...
The Impacts of Tourism Development on Poverty Alleviation in Sarawak
1.INTRODUCTIONTourism development is an economic, social, cultural and environmental panacea for developing countries and is an effective tool for poverty alleviation and raising the quality of livelihood, particularly on a long-term basis through the...
The Moderating Impact of Community Support on Tri-Dimensional Impacts of Tourism (Economic, Socio-Cultural, & Environmental) towards Rural Tourism Competitive Advantage
1.INTRODUCTIONTourism is always on limelight as a tool to the development of our nation to supplement other industries. It is the simplest and most effective way to promote our culture, environments and social elements in the domestic manner at the international...
The Reactivity of Recombinant Chikungunya Virus E2 Protein under Reduced and Non-Reduced Conditions
1.INTRODUCTIONChikungunya virus (CHIKV) was first isolated in Tanzania in 1953 and "Chikungunya" in Makonde language means to walk bent down or become contorted which is seen in a person infected with CHIKV (Robinson, 1955). CHIKV belongs to the genus...
The Relationship between Workload and Students' Disruptive Behaviours with Turnover Intention among Academicians of Private Higher Education Institutions: Boredom at Workplace as Mediator
1.INTRODUCTIONIn the past, academic career is associated with low stress, less workload and flexible working hour (Fisher, 1994). Due to globalization, this profession has become more stressful and demanding because the academicians are required to produce...
The Relationship of Burnout Dimensions with Organizational Citizenship Behavior (Ocb) among Bank Employees in Sarawak: Mediating Role of Flow Experience
1.INTRODUCTIONBank employees are obligated to maintain excellent work performance standards, due to the fact that work in the banking industry demands full attention and caution to ensure the accuracy of the transactions (Hooi & Ali, 2017), which...
The Role of Knowledge Management on Organisational Effectiveness: Organisational Culture as the Moderator
1.INTRODUCTIONKnowledge management (KM) is considered as one of the important aspects in every organisation. Past researchers such as Kim and Hancer (2010), posit that KM is the practice of capturing and developing individual and collective knowledge...
Transformational Leadership and Its Functionality in Arts Organization
1.INTRODUCTIONIn the management approach, it is stated that one of the management functions is leading the organization towards a directed path. Leadership is the important factor that has the ability to manage changes in an organization whereby its...
Understanding Pedagogical Approaches of Unimas Moocs in Encouraging Globalised Learning Community
1.INTRODUCTIONThe introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in 2008 have put higher education on the next level where learning in higher education is made possible regardless of geographical location and time through presence of internet and...
#Vaccination: Identifying Influencers in the Vaccination Discussion on Twitter through Social Network Visualisation
1.INTRODUCTIONFor centuries, vaccination has been acknowledged as one of the most effective preventive measures against some deadly and infectious diseases. The introduction of vaccination in medical practice has managed to save many lives and it is...
What Students Really Need: Instructional Strategies That Enhance Higher Order Thinking Skills (Hots) among Unimas Undergraduates
1.INTRODUCTIONThe recent reform of our education system has witnessed, among others, the incorporation of higher order thinking skills (hereafter cited as HOTS) into the curriculum at all educational levels. However, the implementation of this curriculum...
Workplace Factors and Work-Life Balance among Employees in Selected Services Sector
1.INTRODUCTIONWork-life balance is not merely defined by time divided between work-life and non-work-life. It needs to be achieved by minimizing the conflict among these two domains by balancing the multiple roles and tasks (Kumarasamy, Pangil, &...
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