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- Volume 16, Issue 4, 2007
Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Volume 16, Issue 4, 2007
Volume 16, Issue 4, 2007
Source: Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists 16, pp 2 –10 (2007)More Less
This study investigated the relationship between family-friendly human resource policies and practices (FFHRPs) and organisational commitment. Three aspects of FFHRPs were measured (i.e. knowledge, use and perceived value) as were three components of organisational commitment (affective, continuance and normative commitment). Survey responses from randomly selected employees in a large multinational company were collected using an online survey (n = 146; response rate = 65%). After examining the psychometric properties of the scales, hierarchical multiple regression analysis was utilised to address the research propositions. The results suggest that the way in which employees value particular FFHRPs explains significant variance in affective commitment to the organisation but not to other components of commitment. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Author J.J.L. CronjeSource: Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists 16, pp 11 –23 (2007)More Less
This study addresses the relative efficiency of South African banks as well as the challenges faced by bankers to develop management strategies that will improve areas of ineffectiveness in order to ensure sustainable profitability improvement.
The need for better efficiency management is confirmed by extreme occurrences in the South African banking sector during recent years. The intense liquidity pressures experienced by BOE Bank that resulted in its total inclusion into Nedcor to avert possible failure, the imposition of curatorship over FBC Fidelity Bank Limited (FBC), and the liquidation of New Republic Bank Ltd, Saambou Bank Ltd, and Regal Treasury Private Bank Ltd during the period 1997-2007 are examples of such incidents.
This study presents the results of applying Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to 13 South African banks to assess their present relative efficiency. Comparative scores that indicate the performance status of each bank relative to all other South African banks are used to identify focal points that will enhance the profitability of banks classified as inefficient. The limited number of banks in the South African banking sector and the size and niche differences between them constrain the generalisability of the results and must be regarded as a limitation of the study.
An exploratory study of some of the determinants of harmonious family relationships in small and medium-sized family businessesAuthor Stephan P. Van der MerweSource: Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists 16, pp 24 –35 (2007)More Less
The primary objective of this study was to empirically explore the determinants of harmonious family relationships in small and medium-sized family businesses. Data from 640 respondents linked to 116 family businesses were collected and analysed. The results indicate that a significant proportion of the variation in harmonious family relationships was explained by conflict management and the existence of family forums. No practical significant differences could be found between the perceptions of active and inactive family members. Recommendations are offered to utilise the instrument as a diagnostic tool. Practical recommendations are also suggested to improve family relationships in family businesses.