Present issue of ABR represents different facets of global business scenario starting from information systems to retail. The very first article by Kannabiran et al. provides a wonderful insight of information strategy implementation by the Indian companies. Authors have carried out a longitudinal study on Indian companies toinvestigate the impact of changes in the predictors on the effective IS strategy implementation. Authors have nicely analyzed the changes in important predictors like top management commitment, IS plan characteristics, technological environment, user involvement and role of the IS function. The implications provided are really strong for the developing countries. In the second article Chang has shown a real facet of emerging market business. A study has been carried out on 115 Asia Pacific MultinationalEnterprisesover the period 2002-2006 to show a non linear relationship between internationalization and firm performance. Author has finally come-up with an integrated framework that conceptualizes multifaceted antecedents pertaining to international expansion of emerging market businesses.
Zhipeng et al. have dealt the worldwide menace of water pollution.Industrial wastewater is one of the main source of water pollution and authors have conducted a study on that in China. Losing information method has been developed to determine the important coefficients in sectors of industrial wastewater in 2002 and 2005. Authors have presented a nice literature review followed analytical treatment. The paper really calls for an increased corporate responsibility to tackle the problem. Cokley and Volcic on the other hand have talked about the role of body shape and aesthetics in the human actions. This article identifies club membership activities in health and fitness clubs (gymnasiums) in Europe, North America and Australia during 2006, as precursors to established standard conversational public sphere activity noted in 2008. The study is really interesting and suits well to the present day busy lifestyle. In yet another article on Management Information systems, Vanniarajan and Manimaranhave proposed a model to identify the influence of management information system on the service quality of commercial banks. The model has been tested with the primary data collected from the bank employees of Madurai City in Tamilnadu, India.The results suggest that employee IS performance contributes more to service quality with technical support.
There are two more papers from the finance area with wonderful data analysis. Kaur and Narang have analysed a sample of 104 Indian companies to compare the information content of value based measures with the traditional performance measures. Stock Return behavior of the Indian stocks have been by Choudhary and Chaoudhary. The study examines the stock return behaviour vis-à-vis stock splits in Indian context during the period from December 1999 to December 2007. It also makes an effort to disentangle the liquidity, trading range and neglected firm hypothesis. Impact of interaction between organizational culture and organizational structure on HR Practices has been studied by Soumendu Biswas. A survey on 180 managerial level executives from several manufacturing organizations has been conducted by the author to come up with the concrete suggestions. Similarly the relation between Emotional Intelligence and Job Satisfaction have been studied by Thiruchelvi and Supriya. Authors have examined the variation of Emotional Intelligence levels in genders and its to suggest that for both male and female employees EI is positively correlated with job satisfaction. The paper on India-GCC relation acquires contemporary relevance owing to the inevitable confluence of trade and geopolitics being witnessed in India's external relations. As India and GCC are seeking larger participation in world trade through their negotiation of FTA, it is imperative to understand their geo-economics and the trade intensity for developing a constructive policy framework.
In a highly interesting study the Sandhya and Mohamed have studied the aattitude of men towards fairness cream in India. Authors have proposed a model of behavioral intention towards Fairness Cream and analyzed the primary data. Rishi on the other hand have reported the buying behavior of the apparel customers in the organized retail formats in India. Another research paper by Garg and Divya examines the extent of compliance of web-based corporate disclosure with the requirements of Indian Accounting Standards (AS). The study has been conducted with the help of annual reports is highly relevant to the present era of globalization and e-commerce. Beside these, three book reviews of recent arrivals have been included in the issue from different domains of management.
The special issue on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” was highly appreciated by large number of our readers and even, we got a number of letters from the head of the institutions. Trust, we will be able to come up with a few more special issues in near future.
Prof. Vikas Kumar