Journal of Asia Pacific Business Innovation and Technology Management

Volume 1, No. 3, September 2011


Title
HR Professionals’ Effectiveness in a Knowledge-Based Organization at Lahore

ABSTRACT

The aim of this empirical research was to investigate how the relationship between the effectiveness of Human Resource (HR) professionals and the organizational factors namely, (leadership, organizational support and reward system) in a Private University of Pakistan (PUP).  This university (PUP) is a front runner university to produce graduates for the so-called ‘knowledge economy’. Human Resource Management (HRM) function in this PUP would be expected to be more advanced when compared to the other universities in Pakistan.  To investigate the effectiveness of HR Professionals the researchers collected data from the knowledge workers (the faculty members) in this PUP.  The study shows that there was a correlation between leadership and HR effectiveness (0.58).  The correlation between organizational support and HR effectiveness was found weakest (0.49) among the three factors investigated. The correlation between reward system and HR effectiveness was also found to be fair and this needs to improve further (0.53).

Keywords: HR professional, knowledge workers, leadership, organizational support, reward system

Authors
Aqeel Ahmada
A Rashid Kausarb
Umer Ayubc
Mohmad Yazam Sharifd
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Title
Livelihood Sustainability of Local Communities at Two Malaysian Marine Parks: A Comparison

The Malaysian government has gazetted 40 islands as marine parks to protect the threatened and endangered marine lives. All activities that disrupt the stability of marine ecosystem are prohibited and these include the fishing activities—a major income source of the local communities. This study analyzes the livelihood sustainability of the local communities at the Pulau Tioman Marine Park (TIMP) and Pulau Redang Marine Park (RIMP) after gazettement. Five living indicators are used, including human, physical, natural/environment, social, and financial assets.  The results show that, in general, both island communities are satisfied in human, physical and social assets. What are still lacking include the financial and natural/environment assets. The education element is particularly imperative due to the significant school dropouts among the children. Nonetheless, the two local communities are safe in terms of socio-economic threats/uncertainties and disease outbreaks/disasters. In comparison, the TIMP’s community has better sustainable livelihood than that of the RIMP’s.

Keywords: Sustainable livelihood, Marine Park, Sustainability Indicators, Malaysia

Authors
Norlida Hanim Mohd Salleh
Redzuan Othman
Tamat Sarmidi
Zaimah Darawi
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Title
New car owners’ repurchase behaviors on physical damage coverage insurance policies in Taiwan

ABSTRACT

This paper elucidates the new car owners’ repurchase behaviors on physical damage coverage (PDC)—high-premium non-compulsory auto insurance policies (AIPs) in Taiwan. A Multinomial logit (ML) and two nested logit (NL) modeling structures are attempted. The models are estimated with a five-year dataset of 7,172 insured records extracted from the data bank of a non-life insurance company in Taiwan. The ML estimation results indicate that car owner’s age, vehicle brand and engine capacity are significant factors affecting the new car owners’ repurchase behaviors on PDC policies in the subsequent years. Of the two NL structures, the NL(I) model statistically outperforms the NL(II) model and also statistically rejects the ML model, suggesting that the NL(I) model can best elucidate the car owners’ repurchase behaviors on PDC policies for the subsequent years. The empirical results provide useful implications to the insurance companies and car dealers in developing various strategies for different targeting groups to promote the written volumes of PDC insurance policies.

Keywords: Auto insurance policy (AIP), discrete choice model, physical damage coverage (PDC), repurchase behavior

Authors
Ming-Jyh Wang
Chieh-Hua Wen
Lawrence W Lan
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