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Funding Higher Education in a few EU Countries: Implications for Competition and Competitiveness in Higher Education

Public funding of higher education is an important topic within European governmental agenda, especially in times of budgetary austerity. Thus, given the challenges higher education industry faced in the last decades, the present paper aims at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a few national funding patterns of higher education institutions (HEIs) within the European […]

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Effects of Capacity Knowledge Management and Entrepreneurial Orientation on Organizational Effectiveness in the Best Tunisian Companies: Moderating Role of Social Capital

This research addresses the question of explaining the organizational effectiveness of the company through the knowledge management capacity, entrepreneurial orientation, social capital and innovation. Researchers still do not adequately understand the relationship between these phenomena and the nature of their effects on organizational effectiveness. This research uses data obtained from a sample of 150 Tunisian […]

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The Determinants of Tobacco Consumption: Evidence from Spain

The aim of this paper is to study the determinants of tobacco consumption in Spain. First, the relationship between tobacco consumption and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Spain is analyzed. The non-stationary and cointegration properties of these variables are studied. The findings suggest that tobacco mortality is not cointegrated with GDP. Afterwards, we model the […]

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The Impact of Informal Economy in the Pension System, Empirical Analysis. The Albanian Case

By using a simple model, it will be analyzed the impact that informality has in the amount of consumption of the workers during their life cycle. This paper deals with the interconnections of underreported earnings, savings and old-age pension. The workers sampled for this analysis have been divided into three groups: 1. Low income employees, […]

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Promotion Banking Services and Products – Factors Influencing Bank Offer Promotion among Consumers

In a still uncertain economic environment, due to the influences of the financial crisis, the most promising channel to interact with current and prospective customers is the online environment – social networking platforms. Gaining consumer trust online and complete understanding of the behavior of competition continues to serve the needs clarification banking financial companies, the […]

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Financial Crisis Effect on Public Debt in Western Balkans Countries

The end of the first decade of the twenty-first century will be remembered by appearance of one of the greatest economic crisis. This time, it had a global character. The crisis has been appeared, almost unexpectedly, in the middle of 2007 in the US, but very soon it was transferred to other countries in the […]

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Deployment of Social Media in the Recruitment Process

The social media experience has opened up new trails of commitment and revolutionized the exchange of information. With more people employing with social media, it is worth scrutinizing its application to the recruitment process. The purpose of this paper is to assess how employers can construct best use of social media as part of the […]

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Using Information Technology for the Efficiency Activities in the Educational Field

In a knowledge-based society, Information and Communications Technology plays an important role in learning process, involve teachers and students into a relationship that allows students to acquire knowledge and skills needed in their future work. The learning environment created by the teachers affects the students’ achievements, their attitude regarding the compulsory school subjects. We wanted […]

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A Practical Review of Mechanism Design: How Implementable Is It Within The Nigerian Context? Investigating the Role of PPP on Social Outcomes in Nigeria

15 June 2014

According to statistics of the Federal Ministry of Works Nigeria (2012), total road network in Nigeria currently stands at approximately 195,000 Kilometers, with the Federal, State and Local Governments responsible for 22, 21 and 51 percent of this network respectively. In another report, The Central Bank of Nigeria (2011) also states that Nigeria needs to […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 3

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Cloud Computing – Compliance with Regulatory Prescribed Data Protection Measures in Bosnia and Herzegovina

15 June 2014

The rapid emergence of cloud computing has raised concerns about its legal and regulatory implications. Issues of data protection and security are among the concerns most frequently mentioned by potential cloud customers. If sensitive company data are stored, processed or transmitted in a cloud environment, data protection and other laws will apply to that environment […]

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Posted in Information Technology, Volume IV, Issue no. 3

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The Alternative Investment Market And The Financing Of Technological Innovation

15 June 2014

The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is characterized by the presence of numerous firms operating in sectors with a high rate of technological innovation. In this research we will deal with IPOs about companies active in the sector of Information Technology and Software & Computer Services. The purpose of the research is testing the market’s ability […]

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Posted in Economics, Information Technology, Volume IV, Issue no. 3

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Fusing Knowledge Management into the Public Sector: a Review of the Field and the Case of the Emirates Identity Authority

15 June 2014

Organizations worldwide are showing increasing interest in knowledge management practices to address the contemporary challenges of today’s digital age. Knowledge is becoming a critical core asset to sustain competitive advantage and as a vehicle for continuous improvement and innovation. However, most of the developments in the knowledge management field are driven by international organizations or […]

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Posted in Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 3

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Electricity Consumption and Economic Growth in Emerging Economies

15 April 2014

Emerging economies have grown much faster than the advanced countries during the past decades. This study investigates the relationship between economic growth and electricity consumption in the emerging economies during the period 1970-2011 by using Pedroni, Kao and Johansen co-integration tests and Granger causality tests. We found that electricity consumption had a positive impact on […]

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Posted in Economics, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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The Strategies and Barriers of Career Development for Young Doctors in Romania – An Overview of the Romanian Medical System

15 April 2014

The main purpose of the paper is to illustrate the actual and current situation of the human resources within the Romanian medical system. The objective is to reflect the main aspects regarding the beginning and the development of the medical career for the young doctors in Romania. Furthermore, we will reveal the results of a […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Importance of the Application of International Accounting Standards in Kosovo Businesses

15 April 2014

The adoption of International Accounting Standards (IAS) is an example of accounting standardization among countries with different institutional frameworks and enforcement rules. IAS, though, create a common language for defining, interpreting and publication of financial statements in the whole world. Furthermore, their aim is “to provide a standardized and coherent sight of the companies to […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Measuring Objective Well-Being and Sustainable Development Management

15 April 2014

Achieving sustainable development is undoubtedly a goal of every society and community. What is implied here is that it is a concept that needs to be managed, i.e. a goal that one strives to achieve in a continuous and dynamic sense, including continuous and consistent measurement. This paper sheds light on analysis of objective well-being […]

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Posted in Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Determinants of Knowledge Sharing Using Web Technologies among Students in Higher Education

15 April 2014

Knowledge sharing is becoming more and more important as such educational institutions are trying to harness this opportunity to students’ learning environment in order to create value. Therefore, the motivation behind this research is to conduct an empirical study to explore the factors that influence the success of knowledge-sharing using web technologies among students in […]

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Posted in Information Technology, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Utilizing the Quantile Regression to Explore the Determinants on the Application of E-Learning

15 April 2014

In this research, the quantile regression is applied to investigate the affecting factors associated with the application of e-learning. The findings provide a comprehensive picture about the relationships between the application of e-learning and its determinants. It sheds light on these complicated relationships that, at the different quantiles of the conditional distribution of e-learning adopting […]

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Posted in Information Technology, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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The Role of FDI Inflow on the Post – Communist Albania’s Economic Growth

15 April 2014

In this study we assess the role of FDI inflow on the post-communist Albania’s economic growth. The country has experienced a satisfactory growth rate during the transition period to market economy that followed the collapse of communism in the early 1990s. The opening of the country to the foreign world has been accompanied by a […]

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Posted in Economics, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Considerations Regarding Foreign Investments in Romania in the Year 2014

15 April 2014

The financial crisis strongly marked states around the world due to the increasing indebtedness of the states and of the banks, which went through, with few exceptions, a prolonged recession. The year 2014 seems to mark a new economic cycle, and the turnaround is seen in Romania, a state which has made progress in reinforcing […]

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Posted in Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Cointegration and Causality between Economic Growth and Social Development in Saudi Arabia

15 April 2014

This paper presents an attempt to examine the causal relationships between economic growth and social development in Saudi Arabia between 1980 and 2011. For that, statistical and econometric techniques, such as unit root test, cointegration and Granger Engels causality through Vector Error Correction Model (VECM) are applied. Based on the aggregation of several indicators to […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Sustainable Urban Development

15 April 2014

The urban environment is becoming the host for most of people around the world. Therefore, the concern regarding the environmental challenges is increasing and the range of solutions is widening. Various combinations of these solutions are proposed as models of urban sustainability and some of them are supported by governmental policies. Integrated urban development and […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Heterogeneity of Capital Stocks in Japan: Classification by Factor Analysis

15 April 2014

This paper examines the heterogeneity of capital stocks using financial statement data of publicly listed Japanese firms. We conduct factor analysis on investment rates among various capital goods and estimate factor loadings of each as its reactions to common factors like total factor productivity (TFP) shocks. Then we estimate the uniqueness for each investment rate, […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Adaptive Management on Danube Delta’s Biodiversity

15 April 2014

Biodiversity is a heritage of life that could hold the information needed for the wellbeing of human kind. The challenge of biodiversity preservation was addressed by various management solutions, the newest being the adaptive management. The paper aims to give insights for the application of adaptive management and to reveal its potential for increasing the […]

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Posted in Economics, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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The Impact of Social Networks on Innovation: The Case of European Regions

15 April 2014

This research analyses the relationship between the use of social networks and the generation of innovations in European regions through a production function of innovations using human capital, technological capital and virtual relational capital with the new theoretical approach. For this, it is estimated an econometric model of panel data for the period 2007-2011 and […]

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Posted in Information Technology, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Designing and Implementation Iraqi E-Government Front Office Online System

15 April 2014

Electronic Government (e-Government) is a simple-identified phenomenon in globally. E-Government (front office) is the application of information technology through average person field companies to obtain to its people in the current and effective technique (Al-Taie, M. Z. and S. Kadry). In 2003, Iraq began the establishment of electronic government with the help of the Italian […]

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Posted in Economics, Information Technology, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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The Influence of the Business Environment on Small and Medium Enterprises

15 April 2014

The Small and Medium Enterprise sector in Romania has been significantly affected by the global recession in the years 2008-2009; currently it is making efforts to revive it, thanks to important role it occupies in the economy of any country. SMEs raise wide debates, especially on fiscal measures. In Romania, SMEs represent 99.7% of all […]

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Posted in Economics, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Impact Of Information Organization On Performance In Tourism

15 April 2014

The unprecedented development of communication, transportation media and infrastructure, as well as the increase of the number and diversity of offers, within the context of growth of incomes of certain social categories, have facilitated during the last few years a significant increase of demand in the touring industry which therefore occupies a more and more […]

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Posted in Economics, Information Technology, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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Impact of Accounting-Tax Relationship on Managerial Decision

15 April 2014

Achieving the continuous business performance is also closely related to the quality and timeliness of business decisions made based on the information provided by accounting in close relation to tax. In this context, in Romania there is an increasing trend to generalize the professional management and, therefore, we think it is of great interest to […]

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Analysis of Financial Performance in the Banking System in Kosovo – the Period 2006-2012

15 April 2014

Through this paper we analyse the performance indicators of banks in Kosovo Banking System. According to the works of different authors worldwide, more accurate measurement of bank performance based on accounting data, in the application of coefficients leading financial banks are: Return on assets – ROA, return on equity – ROE and Cost Report to […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 2

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The Effect of Exchange Rate Fluctuation on Trade Balance: Empirical Evidence from Saudi Arab Economy

15 February 2014

Fluctuation of the exchange rate has a different unwanted implication towards the economic growth. The right choice of exchange rate regime will bring an economy back to the equilibrium and many economists claim that it is one of the factors for the positive economic development. In contrast, a long term fluctuation of the real exchange […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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Mission of Women in The Scope of E-government in Iraq

15 February 2014

E-government is a positive situation prevalent in most developed and developing countries in order to provide the best possible service to citizens and keep time and effort and reduce the waste of public money (Al-Dabbagh, 2011). Based on view of literature in some countries, problems faced in the establishment of e-government are located within the […]

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Posted in Information Technology, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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The Digital in Store and the Re-Enchantment of the Customer Experience: What Impact on the Immersion in the Experience of Consumption?

15 February 2014

Henceforth, the retailers estimate that the digital transformation of their enterprises manipulates two levers of performance notably: the customer’s relations and the turnover. They use some digital technologies to personalize the consumer’s experiences and to offer to the customers the possibility to make the self-service and to dive in an exceptional experience. The demonstration of […]

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Posted in Economics, Information Technology, Knowledge Management, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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The Influence of Communism on Ethical Decision Making

15 February 2014

Previous studies have shown that communism follows different patterns in different countries around the world. China and Vietnam, where officials have jettisoned or abandoned many of the original basic tenets of communism, have been the world’s two fastest growing economies over the past two decades. This paper focuses on the Communist Vietnam where in comparison […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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Applying the Directed Acyclic Graph to Examine the Factors Related to the Adoption of E-Learning

15 February 2014

This research explores the causal relationships among the attitude toward using e-learning, the perception on the usefulness of e-learning and the adoption of e-learning as well as the mediating role of the attitude toward using e-learning and the moderating role of the perceived usefulness of e- learning. We use an advanced method known as the […]

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Posted in Information Technology, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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Strategies Regarding the Sustainable Development of Agriculture in Romania in Terms of Climate Risk

15 February 2014

Climate change suppression in agriculture is a priority objective of EU Member States strategic development activities. The interdisciplinary nature of these activities involves a comprehensive approach by identifying and linking development activities and intra and inter-sectorial implementation measures with the response to the effects of climate change. The complex effects of climate change on agriculture […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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Governance and Investment in the Valuation of Natural Resources

15 February 2014

Natural resource management regarding the economic development while respecting the imperatives of compliance with environmental quality is not an easy task. In this paper the authors highlight the role of good governance and investment management in finding the optimal decision regarding the valuation strategy of limited natural resources. Criteria used type of information that is […]

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Model for Estimating the Potential of Social Networking Sites Usage in Tourism Industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina

15 February 2014

Social networking has taken contemporary business experiences to a new level that cannot be compared with anything that happened so far. Tourism industry and travel booking activities have significantly benefited from such development. Potential travelers can communicate with tourist agencies and operators through social networking sites as well as with tourists who already have visited […]

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Posted in Economics, Information Technology, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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Strategies of Drinking Beer from Traditional to Experiential Marketing – Bergenbier Case Study

15 February 2014

This paper aims to discuss interesting experiential strategies of a specific European beer brand (Bergenbier) that maintained the balance between traditional and experiential marketing. My hypothesis is that the relationship between both types of marketing should be analysed from two angles: either commercials no longer focus on product features, but rather on events; or the […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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Empirical Evidence of Fiscal Policy Impact on Endogenuos Models of Economic Growth – the Case of Albania

15 February 2014

According to Mankiw (2000), fiscal policy in major macroeconomic models adversely affects the behavior of private agents as consumers and firms and they affect economic growth through investment and savings decisions. Increasing government spending will increase the aggregate demand for goods and services and money demand in the money market leading to an increase of […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume IV, Issue no. 1

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Macroeconomic Variables and the Dynamic Effect of Public Expenditure: Long-term Trend Analysis in Nigeria

15 December 2013

The paper investigates the long-run relationship between government expenditures and a set of macroeconomic variables (GDP, consumer price index and unemployment) using annual data collected from CBN statistical bulletin for a period of 19891 to 2011. It particularly adopts Johansen multivariate co integration for its estimation procedure and discovers that there is long-run relationship between […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume III, Issue no. 6

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Using Social Network Analysis to Analyze Collaboration in Batik SMEs

15 December 2013

As a creative industry, batik industry should always create a breakthrough in the form of innovative batik motifs to attract buyers. Manufacturers of batik in Indonesia are batik SMEs with very simple organization and management. However, they are in a competitive business environment that threatens their survival. In order to continue to create innovative products, […]

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Posted in Economics, Volume III, Issue no. 6