International Management Review ISSN 1551-6849

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International Management Review (IMR) is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year since 2004. IMR strives to strengthen local and cross-continental business management understanding, and creation of a global body of management knowledge by fostering dialogue among academics, researchers, and professionals from all over the world. IMR publishes both empirical and conceptual papers as well as articles that address emerging trends and concerns in the area of management, management science, management engineering, and other fields related to the broader scope of management.

The International Management Review (IMR) Journal invites the submission of papers for publication consideration. The goal of IMR is to facilitate management knowledge exchange among researchers and practitioners. IMR publishes biannually empirial and conceptual papers and scholarly researches.

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Current Issue Vol 14, No 1, 2018

Authors

Dr. Christie Hui-chuan Chen is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the College of Business and Global Affairs. Her research focused on long-term care industry in quality management and operational efficiency. Her contact email is hchen38@utm.edu.

Dr. Tommy A. Cates serves as the Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise in the College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin. His research centers on health care issues and market forces in education and industry. His contact email is tcates@utm.edu.

Abstract

The majority of existing research studies of long-term care sectors has focused on reducing deficiencies and improving quality. The objective of this current study is to investigate how information technology capability affects innovative capability and knowledge management in the long-term healthcare sector. Our findings indicate that IT and innovative capabilities are associated with facilities’ knowledge management capability in the U.S. long-term care sector. Hence, the success of healthcare depends critically on the utilization of information technology capability and innovative capability to collect, analyze, and exchange knowledge within and across organizational boundaries.

Keywords

Information technology capability, innovative capability, knowledge management, healthcare, healthcare information technology

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Authors

Jin Zhang1, Li Sun2, Ahmad Khan3

1Department of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

2 University College, Kennesaw State University, GA USA

3 Corresponding author, AT&T Communication Company

Abstract

Despite numerous studies on the topic of health awareness there has been no uniform or accepted standard definition and measurement for health consciousness. Although the work done by researchers over the past 30 years resulted in some preliminary models, no significant work has been done in the past 10 years to develop those models further. Instead, the trend shows that the health consciousness model has been extensively used in marketing research to study effects of health consciousness on consumer behavior. An apparent focus on the application of health consciousness model on commercial research seems to have deviated scholarly attention from developing more comprehensive health consciousness models. It is time for researchers to refocus on deepening our understanding of human health consciousness so that new entry points can be created to regenerate pragmatic working strategies to develop health consciousness at an individual level. The authors have presented a review and assessment of historical and current literature related with health consciousness to indicate areas of research that have matured, and that can benefit from further research.

 

Keywords

health consciousness, prediction, intervention, consumer behaviour

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Authors

Dr. Robert Lloyd received teaches management courses at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. He has also led students on travel courses to the Caribbean and Latin America. Research interests include motivational theories, CSR, and interpersonal leadership. In addition to research and teaching backgrounds, Robert Lloyd brings ten years of industry experience managing his own fertilizer merchandising firm and real estate investments and working as a commodities marketer for Koch Industries. He spent several summers on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska as an outdoor adventure guide and manager and served one season as auxiliary staff at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Dr. Daniel Mertens has taught Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral-level business management courses. He taught graduate courses at Duquesne University, George Fox University and Fu Jen University (Taipei, Taiwan). Daniel Mertens won the SGA Faculty Award in 2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2008-2009 school years. He is the first faculty member to win the award consecutively in the schools 160- year history. Dr. Mertens also was inducted into The Business Strategy Game Hall of Fame as a Master Professor of Strategic Management in the Fall of 2009. Out of more than 4,000 registered BSG instructors, he was a unanimous selection for Master Professor status.

Abstract

Investigating Vroom’s expectancy theory, with direct examination of the historical context of its three main tenants, leads to a supportable framework for inclusion of a fourth. Specific consideration is given to social context as it relates to worker motivation within the environment of multiple sectors. The literature on equity theory, organizational justice, and early modifications of expectancy theory suggest that social context necessitates consideration for effectively gauging workplace motivation. Previous research dictates a collection of individuals is not simply an aggregate of their individual motivations and abilities; rather, workplace results are a product of the group's influence on said individuals. Our endeavor is to expand the understanding of workplace motivation with a specific focus on the interaction of the social environment within the organization as well as across sectors. This examination postulates Vroom’s expectancy theory formula (motivation = instrumentality * expectancy * valence) should be modified to support management decision-making by introducing a new social variable.

Keywords

expectancy theory, motivation, social context, group influence, management history, workplace social dynamics

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Authors

Dr. Max North is a tenured Professor of Management Information Systems in the Business Administration Department. He has been teaching, conducting research and providing community service for Computer Science and Information Systems departments at higher education institutions for more than twenty years. He holds an associate degree in Accounting, a bachelor's degree in Economic Management, a master's degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Management Information Systems and a Ph.D. in Psychology with concentration in Cognitive and Behavior Sciences. Dr. North has been successfully involved in the research of Human-Computer Interaction/Interface; Information Security and Ethics Awareness; and Virtual Reality Technology. Dr. North is the director of Visualization and Simulation Research Center. Additionally, Dr. North has several published books, book chapters, and a number of technical referred scholarly articles. He has served as principal/co-principal investigator on a number of research grants sponsored by the Boeing Company, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, and the National Security Agency. Dr. North's major contribution to the scientific community is his discovery and continuous research activities in the innovative area of virtual reality technology, which has received international attention and coverage in the scientific community and popular media.

Dr. Ronny Richardson is a Professor of Operations Management in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of operations management, statistics, project management, and computers. He is the author of 22 books and over 500 published articles. He has consulted with several major companies in the areas of production and inventory control. Prior to teaching, he worked for Georgia Power Company.

Abstract

The main objective of this investigation is to analyze the effectiveness of two distinct methods of quiz offerings (optional and mandatory) on learning specific concepts in college courses, specifically analyzing how each method contributes to the final comprehensive examination performance. Quiz and examination scores were collected from several courses. Unexpectedly, analysis of the data demonstrated that both optional and mandatory quiz methods had a similar, weak correlation with the performance level of final comprehensive examinations.

Keywords

quizzes, examinations, online courses

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Authors

Xu Dawei

Faculty of Management and Economics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China

Zhao Peng

Faculty of Management and Economics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China

Abstract

We develoed this study based on a summary of current studies on development of the carbon finance business by commercial banks. To determine the amount of carbon emissions and production cost incurred by enterprises, we analyzed emission reduction equipment and carbon emission rights purchased by emision reduction enterprises. Next, to establish a revenue model for commercial banks’ carbon finance business, we analyzed and compared the revenue and the revenue impacting factors and identified theoretical conditions under which commercial banks may develop carbon finance business.

Keywords

commercial banks, carbon finance, carbon emission, revenue model

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Authors

Liu Man

International Business School, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics Kunming, China

Jiang Qifa*

International Business School, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics Kunming, China

Abstract

Bing founded on public satisfaction; this paper analyzes the necessity of the construction of performance evaluation index for public projects. After discussing the principles and priorities of index construction, the initial indicators are proposed, and the feasible and reasonable methods to establish the evaluation system are penetrated as well. As a conceptual and theoretical study, it is concluded that public satisfaction should be integrated into the performance evaluation of public projects, not only because of the dominated goals but also the requirements of continuous improvement for public projects.

Keywords

public projects; public satisfaction; performance; an evaluation system

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Book Chapter: Foresight and Extreme Creativity Strategy for the 21st Century

Chapter 14: The Philosopher: Feasible or Desirable

Authors

Langdon Morris InnovationLabs, recognized as one of the leading innovation consulting firms worldwide. He is also a Senior Editor of The International Journal of Innovation Science and a board member of the International Association of Innovation Professionals. He is author of “The Innovation Master Plan” and “Permanent Innovation,” and co-author of “Fourth Generation R&D: Managing Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation,” Wiley, 1999. This work is now judged to be a classic in the field, the defining statement about the management of R&D for breakthrough innovation. He is also author of two other books: Managing the Evolving Corporation, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995 and The Knowledge Channel: Corporate Strategies for the Internet, iUniverse, 1998. His writings appear regularly in many periodicals worldwide. He speaks frequently at industry gatherings and company meetings worldwide. He has taught Business Strategy at the graduate level at the Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris.

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