[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Summer Internship Project (SIP) is an integral part of most MBA programmes in India. Indian business schools attach a great deal of importance to such mid-course internships because they accompany a two-year cohort programme wherein the student arrives either totally without or with miniscule work experience. Indian business schools neatly sandwich the SIP between the two years. Though it is acknowledged as vital and intrinsic to inculcating managerial skills, limited attempts have been made to evaluate the effectiveness of the SIP. In this paper, we focus on: (a) the identification of the key attributes of a successful SIP, and (b) the comparative evaluation of various factors as being paramount to their learning processes from their SIP.
International Journal of Innovation and Learning 01/2008; 5(5):94-107. DOI:10.1504/IJIL.2008.015950
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Package downsizing is a practice where the package content is reduced without changing the package or the price of the product.
In a market that is defined by ‘hyper-competition,’ package downsizing is often practiced by marketers to effect an invisible
price increase for their products. Although marketers may maintain that providing, the legally required, quantity indication
on the package is adequate for customers to make logical and informed choices, research indicates that consumers often do
not consult quantity indications on packages but use alternative methods (e.g., visual impressions of the package size, total
package price, or previous purchase experience) to judge product quantity and to calculate product value. As a subtle means,
package downsizing therefore has the potential to mislead customers in the buying process due to an unfavorable balance of
information within the dyad. This could give rise to serious moral and ethical consideration. In this paper, we examined various
issues related to package downsizing, such as why sellers resort to this type of practice, consumer vulnerability to package
downsizing, as well as the extent of protection offered to consumers by the existing laws and regulations with respect to
product packaging. Finally, we examined the ethics of package downsizing using the existing legal, moral, and professional
ethical standards as well as the principle of equivalence. Our analysis indicates that package downsizing, as it is practiced
by the marketers and sellers today, is unethical as far as the consumers are concerned.
AI & Society 01/2007; 21(3):239-250. DOI:10.1007/s00146-006-0056-3
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: With an enormous amount of data stored in databases and data warehouses, it is increasingly important to develop powerful tools for analysis of such data and mining interesting knowledge from it. Data mining is a process of inferring knowledge from such huge data. The main problem related to the retrieval of information from the World Wide Web is the enormous number of unstructured documents and resources, i.e., the difficulty of locating and tracking appropriate sources. In this article, a survey of the research in the area of web mining and suggest web mining categories and techniques. Furthermore, a presentation of a web mining environment generator that allows naive users to generate a web mining environment specific to a given domain by providing a set of specifications.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The central sales tax (CST) in India results in a differential sales tax structure. This contributes significantly to distribution network decisions that build logistics inefficiencies in firms operating in India. In this paper, we develop a model for determining distribution centres (DCs) locations considering the impact of CST. A non-linear mixed integer-programming problem that is formulated initially is approximated to a mixed integer-programming problem. Using a numeric example, the effect of CST rates and product variety on DC locations is studied and found to be having impact. It is felt that the Indian Government proposal to switch over from the present sales tax regime to value added tax (VAT) regime would significantly contribute to reducing the logistics inefficiencies of Indian firms.
European Journal of Operational Research 04/2005; 162(1-162):191-205. DOI:10.1016/j.ejor.2003.10.012 · 2.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This research investigates the moderating impact of mogul's/entrepreneurs' persona such as innovativeness, risk-taking propensity, perseverance, and flexibility on the relationship between users' ease of use and usefulness perceptions and system usage. Perceived usefulness and ease of use are important constructs in the Technology Acceptance model (TAM), which have been generally linked to the usage of technologies-directly and indirectly. However, unique user persona, such as found among entrepreneurs, may have different implications on these relationships. This research explores such implications among the Chinese, the Indians, and the Malay entrepreneurs. Findings and implications of the research are discussed.
Journal of Global Information Technology Management 01/2005; 8(1):27-47. DOI:10.1080/1097198X.2005.10856389
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Both researchers and practitioners have recognised the salience of effective supplier selection and supplier management strategies on manufacturing flexibility. Although both agree that if the right supplier is selected and managed well, the manufacturer would be able to function more efficiently. However, there is an opposing opinion as to what supplier selection and management strategies that a manufacturer pursues and the situation that accompanies it. For example, would the manufacturer who is interested in achieving product flexibility execute similar supplier selection and management strategies compared to those seeking for launch flexibility or volume flexibility? In order to address this issue, which has remained unresolved until now and a topic of protracted debate, this study investigates the moderation effect of supplier management strategies on the relationship between supplier selection strategies and manufacturing flexibility namely, product flexibility, launch flexibility, and volume flexibility. A total of 120 manufacturers were identified from companies listed in the factory directory published by the Penang (Malaysia) Development Corporation (PDC), and a copy of the research questionnaire mailed to each of them. Out of this number, 92 usable responses were received and analysed. The results reveal that selection of supplier based on technology is important when the manufacturer is emphasising on product and launch flexibilities, but when emphasis is on volume flexibility, quality is more important. Results further show that early supplier involvement and technology roadmap are moderators of launch flexibility. In sum, the key observation from this study is that different types of manufacturing flexibility require different supplier selection and supplier management strategies. The outcome of this research adds a new insight to the current supplier selection and management-manufacturing efficiency debate, as well as provides practitioners with vital information for managing inbound activities. Details of the findings and the implications are discussed.
International Journal of Services and Operations Management 01/2005; 1(2):147 - 167. DOI:10.1504/IJSOM.2005.006497
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper discusses about the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market in India and the world. The current extension of ERP is e-CRM. The ERP market has become saturated and is on the decline; and emerging from it is the market for small and medium scale enterprises. ERP, especially in India, is being offered by small-localized players to small and medium sized firms customizing it to the needs and their pockets. Taking this cue, the big ERP players have also started offering complete solutions to the small firms. The paper illustrates this point by using the case example of Prathma, a modern blood bank in India. Prathma has been the first blood bank in India to use ERP to integrate its functions using a customized ERP. This has installed a quality check in its day-to-day operations and has significantly lowered costs. The findings of this study indicate that ERP systems promises benefit from increased efficiency to improved quality, productivity, and profitability.
Industrial Management & Data Systems 09/2004; 104(7):589-603. DOI:10.1108/02635570410550250 · 1.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this paper, an attempt has been made to look at the strategic options available for an incumbent firm in an information technology intensive industry. The traditional Stackleberg Leader Follower model fails to hold in this industry since costs decline substantially over time, and the incumbent firm cannot maintain a dominant position in the industry. This paper makes an attempt to look at few strategic options available for an incumbent firm under these circumstances.
International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making 09/2003; 2(03):373-380. DOI:10.1142/S0219622003000707 · 1.41 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this paper we study how organizational learning impacts organizational behavior, and how vendor support quality enhances
product adoption and usage behavior. These constructs were verified using Application Software Packages (ASP) — a prewritten,
precoded, commercially available set of programs that eliminates the need for individuals or organizations to write their
own software programs for certain functions. The relationship between ASP usage, usage outcomes and use processes were also
investigated. Two hundred and ninety-five Chinese, Indian, and Malay entrepreneurships were studied. It was found that usage
outcome strongly determines usage, while use process has only an indirect relationship (via outcome) on usage. The impact
of organizational learning and vendor service quality on usage, usage outcome, and use process were robust. Theoretical and
practical implications of the research are discussed.
Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering 08/2003; 12(3):314-331. DOI:10.1007/s11518-006-0138-2 · 0.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Theoretical exposition of the trade-environment linkage (in the form of Environment Kuznets Curve) has been extensive. While one set of studies show that with the increase in per capita income environmental degradation would decline, the other set of studies has shown that no such trend exists for developing countries. Though environmental laws are in place, firms display a very low level of compliance in developing countries. This article brings out the low level of compliance to environmental regulations in India while trying to identify the main causes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mobile phones, mobile internet access, and mobile commerce are growing much faster than their fixed counterparts. A projected number of hand-held (mobile) devices will exceed the number of stationary terminals in the world in the next few years. Nevertheless, people are unlikely to buy things using a mobile phone if there is no immediate benefit; they are likely to wait until they get to a PC, with better interface. However, successful e-commerce and solutions do not simply translate into successful mobile solutions by adding a mobile interface. Those m-commerce applications that generate significant revenue will be those specifically developed around the mobile experience; those that understand how the customer interacts with their device, the type of things the customer wants to buy, and when they want to buy them. This paper attempts to describe the fast-growing trend for tools to access the internet that will be more popular in the future than the predominant use of personal computers at the present time. A survey was conducted to understand consumer attitudes toward mobile communication and factors that would contribute to adaptation and success of this emerging technology. The outcome of this research could provide a productive strategy for managerial decision-making in this emerging wireless environment.
International Journal of Mobile Communications 01/2003; 1(4):390-408. DOI:10.1504/IJMC.2003.003993
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper provides a theoretical and empirical analysis of optimal hedging under output price uncertainty. The theoretical analysis is facilitated by exploiting the duality between production and cost while the empirical implementation uses the envelope theorem and the indirect expected utility function. Empirically estimable equations are derived by approximating the indirect expected utility function by a Taylor series approximation. The model is tested by using live cattle data as output while using prices of corn, soybeans, and the feeder cattle as inputs. The results support the theoretical predictions and the evidence shows that live cattle farmers exhibit decreasing absolute risk aversion.
European Journal of Operational Research 12/1996; 95(3-95):522-536. DOI:10.1016/0377-2217(95)00306-1 · 2.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Empirical evidence, including a recent field study in Northwest Indiana, indicates that supermarkets and other retail merchants frequently incorporate quantity surcharges in their product pricing strategy. Retailers impose surcharges by charging higher unit prices for products packaged in a larger quantity than smaller quantity of the same goods and brand. The purpose of this article is to examine the business ethics of such pricing strategy in light of empirical findings, existing government regulations, factors that motivate quantity surcharges and prevailing consumer perceptions.
Journal of Business Ethics 11/1996; 15(12):1299-1312. DOI:10.1007/BF00411815 · 1.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Companies have traditionally relied on taking advantage of
price-quantity discount (PQD) on large purchases. With the adoption of
just-in-time (JIT) philosophy companies are encouraged to purchase
materials in small lots to synchronize production with deliveries. This
raised a question whether PQD is applicable in a JIT purchasing
environment. Argues that though seemingly inconsistent, JIT and PQD can
coexist. Develops an integrated JIT-PQD model to allow a buyer to decide
how much to purchase and how many shipments be placed per order.
International Journal of Operations & Production Management 08/1995; 15(9):261-270. DOI:10.1108/01443579510099797 · 1.13 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Quadratic programming (QP) has long been studied as an important O.R. technique. Many algorithms have been developed for solving QP problems. QP has also been very successful for modeling many real-life problems. This paper reviews application areas where QP has been effectively applied. Most applications of QP have been in finance, agriculture, economics, production operations, marketing, and public policy. Applications in each of these areas are briefly described.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The classical Harris - Wilson inventory model assumes that the ordering cost is constant and does not depend on the quantity ordered. There are, however, many practical situations where this is not true. This paper considers an inventory model where the ordering cost depends on the size of the lot and increases in steps as the lot size increases. An algorithm is developed to determine the economic order quantity and is illustrated by a numerical example.
Production Planning and Control 11/1994; 5(6):585-587. DOI:10.1080/09537289408919532 · 1.47 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The problem of student motivation within business school classrooms is widely recognized and experienced by educators. Literature suggests that appropriately formulated instructional decisions and strategies for motivationally relevant classroom dimensions are likely to enhance students' academic motivation and achievement related behavior through fostering their motivational beliefs. Based on a review of several seminal student academic achievement motivation models as well as relevant literature, this paper identifies five major class-room dimensions or instructional contexts--academic tasks, authority/autonomy, evaluation and feedback, students' goals, and rewards, and presents specific instructional strategies for each. These instructional strategies, when appropriately utilized by business school fac-ulty, are expected to maximize student motivation in college classrooms. Educators should apply these strategies in a concerted and com-plementary manner (because of the dimensions' interdependence), and utilize a contingency perspective rather than applying them indis-criminately, by tailoring strategies for the situation defined by four learning variables: process/methods used to provide learning, content, teacher, and the students.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Knowledge management is a current management concept dealing with information gather-ing and implementation processes for the organizational performance advantage. The study investigates knowledge management in two perspectives: internally, organizational information processing structure and externally, strategic issue management system. The study proposes the existence of filtering processes in the organizations. Based on this argument, the authors pro-pose that organizations need to employ strategic issue management system for the successful implementation of knowledge management.