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- Volume 18, Issue 3, 2009
Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Volume 18, Issue 3, 2009
Volume 18, Issue 3, 2009
Source: Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists 18, pp 2 –14 (2009)More Less
The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate individual, environmental and situational factors related to career choice in general, and initial career choice in particular. The research design comprised a conceptual model for examining hypotheses relating to career choice. A non-probability convenience sample (n = 272) was taken from job incumbents to measure their perceptions of various factors potentially related to career choice in general and particularly those applicable to initial career choice. A self-developed Likert-type questionnaire measured the importance of general career choice and initial career choice factors. Six career choice factors emerged from an exploratory factor analysis, of which Cognitive competencies, Work values and Education and training were most important. The results show that job incumbents' perceptions of their career choice factors in general are related to their perceptions of their initial career choice.
Source: Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists 18, pp 15 –24 (2009)More Less
This research investigates the factors influencing working capital management in South African industrial companies. Building on previous research, net liquid balance and working capital requirements were used as proxies for working capital management. These proxies were tested for influence of industry, turnover, debt ratio, cash flow and return on assets on the measures. Research results indicated no significant industry effect on working capital management. Similarly, original models built to measure the influence of the other four predictors on the working capital proxies did not reveal any significant influences. However, when absolute values were used, the study found that turnover displayed the greatest influence on working capital management. The findings suggest that by not considering subgroups in the variables, we might be overlooking, and hence not measuring, the underlying relationships between these variables.
Source: Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists 18, pp 25 –36 (2009)More Less
Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks on the Internet enable the effortless sharing of music between Internet users, creating a major threat to the music industry. Given this threat, marketing managers need to craft marketing strategies that will persuade Internet users to purchase music downloads rather than downloading it from P2P networks. However, given the fact that research has shown that gender impacts on consumers' attitudes towards and use of technology, music marketers grapple with the question whether an undifferentiated marketing strategy should be used or whether a gender-segmentation approach will be more suitable. To assist marketing managers to create such strategies for online music downloads, this study investigates the formation of intention to purchase music downloads by considering the moderating effect of gender. A sample of 628 students at a mid-sized university participated in the study. A multi-group analysis was performed to test for non-invariance in the structural weights across gender. The main findings were that gender moderated the influence of Perceived trust, Perceived enjoyment and Self-efficacy on Behavioural intention. Perceived trust and Perceived self-efficacy had a stronger influence on Behavioural intention for females than for males, while the opposite was true for the influence of Perceived enjoyment on Behavioural intention.