SMEs in selected countries in East Asia

Author(s):

Li Xue Cunningham

Topic:
Strategy
Industry:
Any Industry

With a sustained high single to double digit economic growth and development in recent decades, East Asian economies are increasingly playing the role of a global growth pole, and are fast emerging as a manufacturing and information technology hub of the world economy. One of the key characteristics of the East Asia region is the presence and importance of a significant small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector, comprising the majority of enterprises in all the region's economies.

The paper examines the issues and challenges to East Asian SMEs in a renewed global market environment. The importance of SMEs in their respective nation's economy is demonstrated, and the difficulties, challenges, and opportunities for SMEs in the new economic environment after the 2008 financial crisis are discussed.

Updated: 16/12/2014
Comments: 9
Views: 2,754

Investigating the broken-heart effect

Author(s):

Jaap Spreeuw

 et al.

The traditional assumption made in life insurance about the independence of the remaining lifetimes of a couple has come under greater scrutiny recently.

In this paper, the researchers postulate that dependence between coupled lifetimes is of a short-term type. Evidence is found that mortality rates increase after the death of a partner and, in addition, that this phenomenon diminishes over time.

Updated: 18/12/2014
Comments: 3
Views: 3,808

Momentum effects: G10 currency return survivals

Author(s):

Natasa Todorovic

 et al.
Topic:
Finance
Industry:
Banking

The aim of this paper is to analyse data dependencies and patterns in historic currency time series data and implement trading rules that lead to abnormal currency returns that cannot be explained by any systematic risk taking.

This paper analyses momentum effects in G10 currencies by applying survival analysis common in life time statistics to shed a new light on the market efficiency within the currency market.

Updated: 17/12/2014
Comments: 11
Views: 3,481

Unusual talent: a study of successful leadership and delegation in dyslexic entrepreneurs

This study examines how dyslexia has affected the way ten successful entrepreneurs who are dyslexic lead their companies and manage their teams.

It seeks to understand whether dyslexia has shaped the way they organise and manage their ventures, their leadership style, the way they communicate and the way they deal with the people around them, including their employees.

Updated: 07/12/2014
Comments: 1
Views: 4,143

Knowledge acquisition in investment banking

Author(s):

Chris Rowley

 et al.

This paper examines knowledge management practices within the investment banking sector, using two international banking institutions as examples, focusing on the work of key professionals - securities analysts and equity traders.

It finds a knowledge gap which is partly historical, as the professional licencing requirements of securities analysts has not, to date, included specific skill development in the qualitative forms of data analysis required for systematic human capital analysis.

Updated: 07/12/2014
Comments: 5
Views: 3,947

Combining formal and non-formal learning

This paper describes the experience of developing and delivering a module for first year undergraduate management students that combines traditional formal teaching methods with a range of non-formal methods based on student based activities.

The problems inherent in evaluating the success of the module and the student learning achieved are discussed.

Updated: 14/01/2013
Comments:
Views: 3,376

Smoothing survival densities in practise

Author(s):

Jens Nielsen

 et al.
Industry:
Any Industry

Kernel density estimation for truncated and censored data has not been widely studied. This in spite of the fact that survival data is omnipresent in statistical applications and the fact that the density still is one of the fundamental building blocks while constructing mathematical statistical models.

In this paper the researchers develop cross-validation for this class of density estimators and show that the recent independent identical distributed double-crossvalidation method of Mammen, Martinez-Miranda, Nielsen and Sperlich (2011) works well also in this more general context.

Updated: 14/01/2013
Comments:
Views: 3,583

Passion and challenges: women starting new ventures at fifty

With more than a third of the UK population expected to be over fifty-five by 2025, the number of female entrepreneurs starting and growing ventures at fifty is increasing. The more knowledge we have about their motivations and needs, the more likely we are to be able to offer the right encouragement and support.

This exploratory study seeks to fill the gap and find out more about women who start ventures at fifty or over.

Updated: 22/11/2014
Comments: 1
Views: 3,651

Is there a 'Twitter effect' on product adoption?

Microblogging word of mouth (MWOM) through Twitter and similar services constitutes a new type of word-of-mouth communication that combines the real-time and personal influence of traditional (offline) word of mouth with electronic word of mouth's ability to reach large audiences.

This study develops a conceptual model of the impact of MWOM on early product adoption, including possible moderating forces, and tests it in the context of the motion picture industry.

Updated: 16/12/2014
Comments: 6
Views: 5,258