Vol III Nº1

Revista del Ciclo Económico ©

e-ISSN: 2718 – 8760

Volume III Number 1

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1.Banking Sector Stability in Sierra Leone: An Econometric Analysis

Author: Leroy N. Johnson (University of Ghana)

Abstract: This study assesses banking sector stability in Sierra Leone using quarterly data over the period 2009-2019 of the fourteen banks in the sector. The study is carried out in the context of Johansen Cointegration estimation technique, and it is found out that in the long run, total bank assets, gross loans positively influence banking sector stability whilst exchange rate had negative effect on banking sector stability. In the short run, total-banking assets is also found to have a positive and statistically significant relationship on banking sector stability. To safeguard soundness and stability of the banking sector, policies that strengthen banking sector, boost capital adequacy level, deepen financial markets in the sector, should be pursued by the monetary authority. This is turn will facilitate smooth banking operations and fortify public confidence in the banking sector. 

2. Impact of Employee’s Participation in Decision Making on Innovative Capacity and Organizational Learning

Author: Tural Akbarzada (Akademia WSB)

Abstract: This study is designed to evaluate the impact of the relevant process on the innovation capacity and organizational learning of the organization, which includes learning and knowledge sharing, on the assumption that ensuring the participation of employees in the decision-making process, which is operated to choose among the options, will facilitate the sharing, interpretation and transfer of the information required during the choice with others. It has been determined that there is a moderately strong, positive and significant relationship between the participation of the employees in the decision-making process and the innovative capacity of the organization and organizational learning, and the related process -in parallel with the results of the previous studies on the subject-positively affects the innovation capacity and organizational learning. 

3. The Effect of Organizational Skill on Innovation Performance in SME’s

Author: Umud Valizada (Akademia WSB)

Abstract: Today, innovation studies are seen as essential in all organizations. The fact that innovation is high, especially in SMEs, has a positive share in the country’s economy and development. Innovation performance is a necessary concept for the organization to continue its activities and competitiveness. In this case, organizational skills have gained more importance for the improvement of innovation performance. Because organizational skills are a concept based on the capacity of an organization to perform certain activities better than its competitors or to use its resources better. The concept of organizational skills is defined as a source of competitive advantage that enables financial, technological and strategic transformation, adapting to the organization, integrating and maintaining these capabilities. 

4. Strategies and Innovations in Strengthening Islamic Financial Product Branding in Indonesia

Author: Eka Sri Dana Afriza (IPMI International Business School, Indonesia)

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to report on exploratory research that aims to determine the pattern of strategy and branding innovation of Islamic financial products. The focus of this research is sharia commercial banks in Indonesia. Content and semiotic analysis as well as hierarchical clustering were carried out on the websites of 12 banks. The analysis is carried out on the product, value proposition, and product visualization. We find that sharia commercial banks in Indonesia have various strategies when viewed from the gender of the customer (feminine, masculine, neutral), the use of technology (web 1.0, web 2.0, mobile phone), language (Islamic, neutral), and customer representation (empowered, helpless). The innovations are related to brand naming (Islamic, neutral), product uniqueness (innovative, not), value proposition (available, no), and product visualization (text, icons, cartoons, inanimate portraits, live portraits). We also identified visual, textual, and segmental mimicry in conventional parent banks. This research makes an important contribution to understanding the branding field through research on the strategy and innovation of sharia products for Islamic commercial banks in Indonesia.

5. Repurchase Intention of Youth Generation on Local Fashion Goods in Indonesia: Perspective of Perceived Value, Trust, and Brand Image

Authors: Raynaldo Kharismananda , Liza Agustina Maureen Nelloh , and Dety Nurfadilah (IPMI International Business School, Indonesia)

Abstract: Throughout the years, fashion goods is still popular and growing among youth globally. Not only in global market, but local fashion also performed well in Indonesia for most of generations, especially for youth generation. As Covid-19 stroke over the fashion in recent years, the popularity among youth generation on fashion goods both from online and offline are still significant. However, global fashion is dominating Indonesian local fashion for youth generation for many years. Hence, there are some valuable products for local goods are probably considered by youth generation in Indonesia. Previous studies explained several factors to be successful in local market, but still rare to analyse more about local fashion for youth generation in Indonesia. This study aims to analyse the influential factors of local fashion goods among youth generation such as perceived value, trust, and brand image on repurchase buying intention. 

6. A Community –Based Examination on the Status of Cyberbullying Among Social Media Users in the Philippines: Basis for Information Dissemination 

Author: June Michael B. Antone (Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Philippines) 

Abstract: This study aimed to examine the status of cyberbullying in the community. Using a purposive and snowball sampling, this research involved 402 respondents from the community folks in the municipalities of Tampilisan Zamboanga del Norte and Titay Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines. The data from the social media users were statistically computed using weighted mean, ranking, Mann-Whitney Test and Kruskal-Wallis Test. Findings revealed that flaming and online harassment are rampantly experienced by the respondents. They admitted to experience denigration, masquerading, outing, and exclusion once a week. Likewise, the respondents were less aware in all acts of cyberbullying while the high school students and adolescents were least knowledgeable on cyberbullying acts.