Problems and Perspectives in Management (open-access)

ISSN 1727-7051 (print), 1810-5467 (online)
Publisher LLC “Consulting Publishing Company “Business Perspectives”
Issued from November 2003
Problems and Perspectives in Management (open-access)

Starting January, 2017, Journal supports Open Access.

The journal covers all the aspects of management, such as international organizations and communities’ management, state and regional governance, and company’s management. It also analyzes the key aspects of planning, organization, motivation and control in various areas and in different countries. The journal publishes articles, which are focused on existing and new methods, techniques and approaches in the field of management. It publishes conceptually new, contemporary and innovative researches, including theoretical and empirical research papers. The target audience of the journal includes researchers, scholars, lecturers, students, and practitioners. It is published quarterly in Ukraine.

Key topics:

  • Organizations and Organizational Behavior
  • Decision-making Process, Criteria, Principles, Models
  • Information and Uncertainty, Econometric and Statistical Methods in Management
  • Data Collection and Data Estimation
  • Forecasting and Simulation at Macro- and Micro- levels
  • Business Administration and Business Economics
  • Firm Strategy and Market Performance
  • Company’s Aims, Organization, and Behavior
  • Personnel Management, Conflicts, Negotiations
  • Technological Changes Management and Economic Development Management
  • Industries Management
  • Structure and Scope of Government
  • International Institutional Arrangements, Contracts, Security, Conflicts

Subject Area – Business, Management and Accounting. Subject Category – Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous).

Subject Area – Social Sciences. Subject Category – Public Administration; Sociology and Political Science; Law.

Subject Area – Decision Sciences. Subject Category – Information Systems and Management; Management Science and Operations Research.

Publisher

LLC “СPС “Business Perspectives”
Hryhorii Skovoroda lane, 10, Sumy 40022, Ukraine
phone/fax: +38-0542-775771

Submission guidelines

Please send a soft copy of your paper as an MS Word .doc file (all versions accepted) and filled Cover letter form to the following e-mail:
Editorial Assistant: -

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Open Access Statement

Journal is committed to full open access for scholarly publications. All articles are available to all users immediately upon publication of the issue.
Benefits of the open access are:increased citation and usage;rapid publication; faster impact with permissive licenses; copyright retention by the author.
Authors can choose either of Creative Commons licenses (CC-BY 4.0 or CC-BY-NC 4.0). Find detailed information in the Copyright section.

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Editors

Irena Bakanauskiene

Professor, Head of Management Department, Faculty of Economics and Management, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania.

Nada Korac Kakabadse

Ph.D., Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics and the Head of School, Marketing and Reputation at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK.

Anatoliy Kolot

Doctor of Economics, Professor, Vice-rector on scientific and pedagogical work of State Higher Education Institution “The Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman”, member of Expert Board of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Advising Editors

Donal A. Dineen

Professor, Dean of Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Jose Manuel Restrepo

President of Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.

Lorraine Watkins-Mathys

Dr., Head of School, School of Business & Management, Buckinghamshire New University, UK.

Editorial Board

Ruth Alas

Professor, Head of Management Department, Estonian Business School, Estonia.

Vittal S. Anantatmula

Ph.D., Dr., Professor of Project Management in the College of Business, Western Carolina University, USA.

H. Gin Chong

Ph.D., Dr., Professor of Accounting, Department of Accounting, Finance and MIS, College of Business, Prairie View A&M University, USA.

Christine Cooper

Professor, Ph.D., MSc, BA (Hons), Strathclyde University, UK.

Roy Damary

Ph.D., Professor, Head of Business Studies, Robert Kennedy University, Switzerland.

Massimo Franco

Professor in Organization and Management, Department of Political Science, University Federico II of Naples, Italy.

Józef Antoni Haber

Ph.D., Honorary Professor of Jean Monnet Project of the European Union; Honorary Professor of the Ukrainian Banking Academy; Member of Ukrainian Economic and Philosophic Scientific Association; Head of the International Relations Department, Poznan School of Banking, Faculty in Chorzow, Poland.

Andras Inotai

Dr., Research Professor, Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary.

Muneesh Kumar

Ph.D., Professor, Head of Department of Financial Studies, University of Delhi, India.

Kurt Matzler

Professor of Strategic Management, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Ieva Meidutė-Kavaliauskienė

Associate Professor, Dr., Vice-dean, Faculty of Business Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania.

Grzegorz Michalski

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Corporate Finance and Value Management, Finance Management Institute, Faculty of Management, Computer Science and Finance, Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland.

Stephanie Newport

Professor of Management, College of Business, Austin Peay State University, USA.

Hiroshi Osano

Ph.D., Professor, Kyoto Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University, Japan.

Sandip C. Patel

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Information Science and Systems Department, Graves School of Business Management, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Rajesh K. Pillania

Dr., Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India.

Danica Purg

Professor, President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia.

T. Ramayah

Associate Professor, Technology Management Lab, Operations Management Section, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.

Mario A. Rivera

Ph.D., Regents' Professor, School of Public Administration, University of New Mexico, USA.

John J. Voyer

Professor of Business Administration, School of Business, University of Southern Maine, USA.

Robert A. Weigand

Professor of Finance and Brenneman Professor of Business Strategy, Washburn University School of Business, USA.

Alina M. Zapalska

Tenured Professor of Economics, Department of Management, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, USA.

Reviewers

Emel Aktas

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at School of Management, Cranfield University, UK.

Muhammad Mahboob Ali

Ph.D., Professor of Finance, Economics and Management, Dhaka School of Economics, Bangladesh. Currently Visiting Professor of Joytirmoy Business School, India.

Yevhen Balatskyi

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

Olena Bilovodska

Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of Marketing and Management of Innovative Activity, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

Ghassen Bouslama

Associate Professor of Finance, NEOMA Business School, France.

Meena Chavan

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Organization and Management studies, Macquarie University, Australia.

Ahmed Y. Ebeid

Dr., Associate Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Mansoura University, Egypt.

Julia de Groote

Dr., Senior Research Assistant, Institute for Organization and HRM, Universität Bern, Switzerland.

Ola Honningdal Grytten

Dr., Professor, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Special Adviser in Norwegian Central Bank, Norway.

Iren Gyoker

Ph.D., Dr., Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Management and Corporate Economics, Hungary.

Rudrarup Gupta

B.Com., MBA, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Commercial Manager, Multifarious Projects Group Kolkata, India.

Md. Mamun Habib

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Visiting Scholar at the School of Quantitative Sciences (SQS), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Malaysia.

Julius Horvath

Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Economics Department, Central European University, Hungary.

Sepideh Kaffash

Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) college of Management, USA.

Armin J. Kammel

LL.M. (London), MBA (CLU) Ehrenprofessor (Donau-Universität Krems), Head of Legal and International Affairs, Associate Research Fellow at IALS, University of London, UK.

Natalia Kochubey

Professor of National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Ukraine.

Tamas Koltai

Dr., Professor of Production and Operations Management, Department of Management and Corporate Economics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary.

Ladislav Mura

Doc. Mgr. Ing., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Selye Janos University, Komarno, Slovakia.

Olha Prokopenko

Ph.D., Professor at the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department, University of Bielsko-Biala (Poland); Head of the Economic Theory Department, Sumy State University (Ukraine); Business Project Coordinator at Merrit Group (Poland).

Robert W. (Bill) Service

Ph.D., Professor of Management and Leadership, Brock School of Business Samford University, USA.

Hanna Shvindina

Ph.D., Deputy Chief of Department of Management, Associate Professor of the Department, Sumy State University, Ukraine.

Fernando Julio Silva

Professor of Business Administration, Organizational Theory and Economics, ESEADE, Argentina.

Vlad Vaiman

Dr., Professor of International Management, School of Management, California Lutheran University, USA.

Alex Zaletov

Ph.D., Docent, Member of National Commission for the State Regulation of Financial Services Markets, Ukraine.

Online payment for publication (the amount below is the equivalent in ukrainian currency)

Guidelines for Editors and Reviewers

The Editorial Board consists of international experts in their respective fields. All members of the Board occupy high positions in educational and research institutions. The roles of the Editorial Board members are the following:

  • provide expertise in definite research field;
  • review submitted papers;
  • advise on journal policy and scope and participate in the journal development;
  • propose subject definition and conference choice for special issues. Also, editorial members may be guest editors of special issue;
  • promote the journal at conferences, seminars, workshops, and relevant public events
  • attract new potential authors;

Guest editors play a vital role in ensuring the quality of special content publications, such as Special Issues. Guest editors overlook the process, from proposal to publication.

The Editorial Board is reviewed every two years, which means exclusion of inactive members and addition of the new ones.

We appreciate applications from the editorial candidates. To submit an application, please send an e-mail to an editorial assistant of the selected journal and attach a file with your CV (containing the current place of work, occupation, education, the scope of your scientific interest, types of activity, list of publications, list of the journals in which you occupy the positions of an editor or a reviewer, e-mail for contact and a link to personal page at you university).

Duties of editors

We strongly recommend that Editors get acquainted with and follow COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

The editors of the journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal will be published. The editor may confer with the members of the Editorial Board in making this decision.

Fair play. The editors evaluate manuscripts without regard to the nature of the authors or the host institution including race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality. The editors, members of the Editorial Boards, and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone except the authors of the paper, reviewers, potential reviewers, and the publisher, for appropriate reasons.

Disclosure. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper should not be used in the own research of the editors or the members of the Editorial Board without the express written consent of the author.

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Peer review plays a vital and critical role in the publication of scholarly articles through assessment of validity, quality and originality of submitted manuscripts. It is considered to be the most effective and valid form of research. There are three types of peer review: open, single blind and double blind. The LLC “Business Perspectives” supports the double blind peer review. All articles which are published in the Journals of The LLC “Business Perspectives” are double blind peer reviewed.

Review process

  1. The corresponding author sends the manuscript and the cover letter, signed by all the authors of the manuscript (the manuscripts are sent via e-mail). At the first stage, the Editorial Assistant checks the structure, spelling, compliance of manuscripts with the authors’ guidelines, plagiarism, etc.
  2. At the next stage, the manuscript will be passed to the member of the Editorial Board (Handling Editor) who must read the abstract and accept the terms and conditions to exclude the conflicts of interest in order to proceed with the peer review process. Further, the Handling Editor determines whether the manuscript provides potential interest for readers and present importance to the scientists in the relevant field of the journal’s scope, judges if the topic of the manuscript corresponds to the aims and scope of the journal, assesses the novelty and relevance of the manuscript, its compliance with the requirements of the journal and whether the manuscript meets the editorial criteria.
  3. Manuscripts that don’t meet these criteria, as well as obviously poor manuscripts, will be rejected without sending for further double blind peer review.
  4. If the manuscript complies with the requirements of the journals, then the Handling Editor sends the manuscript for double blind peer review to two or more reviewers (if necessary). In the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff, selection of peer-reviewers is based on expertise, reputation, specific recommendations and our own previous experience of a reviewer’s characteristics (all the selected reviewers hold a Ph.D. and have recent publications in the field of the submitted manuscript). All the invited reviewers should accept the terms and conditions to exclude conflicts of interest, confirm that the manuscript fits the field of their interests, and check their availability. Then they decide to accept or decline the invitation. If possible, when declining, they might also suggest alternative reviewers. All the manuscripts are double-blind peer-reviewed, which means that reviewers do not possess any information about the authors’ identities and vice versa. Also, at this stage, the author will be informed that the manuscript was sent for the double blind peer review.
  5. After the manuscript has been reviewed, the Handling Editor inspects all the Referee Reports from the reviewers and then makes a decision. If the reviews differ significantly, the Editor may invite an additional reviewer so as to get an extra opinion before making a decision.
  6. At the last stage with point-by-point evaluation and comments, based on the suitability of selected reviewers and the recommendations, adequacy of reviewer comments and overall scientific quality of the manuscript, the Handling Editor makes one of the following decisions (which needs to be agreed by the Editor):
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  • Publishable with minor revisions specified in “Comments” section.
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If authors are required to revise the manuscript, they ought to provide the revised manuscript along with the Response to the Editorial staff. All the authors receive the reviewer’s comments immediately after the manuscript had been reviewed. If authors request a Referee Report, they receive it without revealing the identity of the reviewer and can appeal against editorial decisions responding to the referees with authors’ arguments and explanations. Manuscripts may or may not be sent to reviewers after authors’ revision, depending on whether the reviewer requested to see the revised version and the wishes of the Editor.

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During the peer review process, report preparation, and after refereeing, we expect from the reviewers to:

  • respond in a reasonable time-frame, especially if reviewer can’t perform the review, including intentional delay;
  • declare if they are not experts in the field the manuscript is relevant to;
  • declare any potentially conflicting or competing interests (which may, for example, be personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious) and seek advice from the Editorial Board in this case;
  • decline to review if they feel unable to provide a fair and unbiased review or they are involved in any of the work with the manuscript or its reporting;
  • to provide honest and fair assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the research and the manuscript;
  • send the completed report form along with the reviewed manuscript;
  • be specific in their criticisms, and provide evidence with appropriate references to substantiate general statements to help Editors in their evaluation and decision;
  • suggest additional research if it helps strengthen or extend the work;
  • ensure that their comments and recommendations for the Editor are consistent with their report for the authors;
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Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest comprise those which may not be fully apparent and which may influence the judgment of author, reviewers, and editors. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived. They may be personal, commercial, ideological, academic, or financial.

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Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. Reviewers should be objective and constructive, declare all potential conflicting interest, seeking advice from the editors if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest; do not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the author, which could be implied in the manuscript.

If the founders decide to publish as authors or co-authors, they are required to include the Conflict of Interest Statement in the Publication Agreement. This statement will be also included in their published paper.

Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts should not make editorial and publication decisions if they have conflicts of interest related to articles under consideration. Editorial staff must not use information received through working with manuscripts for private gain. Guest editors should follow these same procedures.

Research Misconduct Policies

Plagiarism

LLC "CPC "Business Perspectives" uses Similarity Check service and all manuscripts that are being sent for an external peer review, are screened for originality with iThenticate software. By submitting their manuscripts to our journals authors are agreeing to any necessary originality checks the manuscript may have to undergo during the publication process.
Plagiarism implies the use another author's work without permission or acknowledgement. Plagiarism may have different forms from copying word by word to rewriting. While defining plagiarism the following definitions are taken into account:

Literal copying
Copying the work word by word, in general or in parts, without permission or acknowledgement of the source. Literal copying is clearly plagiarism and is easily detected by plagiarism software.

Substantial copying
Replicating substantial part of the work without permission and confirmation of the source. In determining what is "substantial", both the quantity and the quality of the copied content are relevant.
Quality is measured by relative value of copied text comparing to the whole text. Where the essence of the work was copied, even not very big part of it, plagiarism is identified.

Paraphrasing
Copying may be made without literal replicating, used in the original work. This type of copying is known as paraphrasing and it may be the most difficult type of plagiarism to reveal.
Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable and will lead to immediate rejection of the paper along with possible sanctions against authors.

Allegations about authorship of contributions

It is important that all authors are declared in the list of authors and are declared in the Cover letter form, sent along with a submitted paper.

To be considered the author, a person should be responsible for particular research aspect or preparation for work or make particular contribution to the concept, project, fulfillment, or research explanation, and it must be confirmed in the final work form.

Insignificant contribution may not be considered as an authorship. A person who provides insignificant contribution or appropriate data or other type of help may be considered as "contributor" by author/co-authors, and may be declared in the paper in acknowledgement section.

According to our policy, author/co-authors of submitted paper must fill in the Cover letter form to identify all participants, as well as confirm their consent to publish the paper.

Duplicate submission

Authors must present papers which are unique and must not be submitted to any other journal (except for some unusual circumstances and only with reviewer's approval). Sometimes authors may ignore this requirement, submitting the same document to several journals or submitting several documents on the basis of one and the same research. As in plagiarism duplicate submission may take different forms: literal copying, partial, but substantial copying or even paraphrased copying of the research. The publisher sticks to the policy which forbids publication of multiple papers on the basis of a single research. Infringement of this policy will result in immediate rejection along with possible sanctions against authors.

Citation manipulation

Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author's work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will result in immediate rejection along with possible sanctions against authors.

Data falsification

If the falsified or fabricated data of experimental results (this also includes manipulation of images) will be found in the submitted paper, it will result in an immediate rejection along with possible sanctions against authors.

Sanctions
The following sanctions may be imposed in case of infringement of abovementioned policies:

  • Immediate rejection of the manuscript.
  •  Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to any journal published by LLC "CPC "Business Perspectives".
  • Publication embargo against all authors of the manuscript (prohibition for any new submissions to any journal published by LLC "CPC "Business Perspectives"). The term of the embargo may vary, but the minimum is 24 months.
  • Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board of any journal published by LLC "CPC "Business Perspectives".

Correction and Retraction Policy

All Business Perspectives journals have the same policy regarding corrections and retractions. We differentiate between addenda, errata, corrigenda, and retractions.

Addenda
If significant information was unintentionally omitted by authors from the original publication, the original article can be amended through an Addendum reporting these previously omitted results. The Addendum will be published, with page numbers added, in the current issue of the journal. A hyperlink to the Addendum will also be added to the original publication.

Errata
An erratum will be used if a significant error has been introduced by us during the production of the journal article, including errors of omission such as failure to make factual proof corrections requested by authors within the deadline provided by the journal and within journal policy. A significant error is considered to be the one that affects the scholarly record, the scientific integrity of the article, the reputation of the authors, or of the journal. All errata are linked to the version of the article that they correct.

Corrigenda
A corrigendum is a notification of a significant error made by the authors of the article. All corrigenda are approved by the editors of the journal. All corrigenda are linked to the version of the article that they correct.

Retractions
Retraction will be issued by an editor upon several conditions: severe plagiarism, multiple publications, data fabrication, unreliable or faulty findings, and other harmful practices. In this case, Retraction notice will be published. This notice will include the title and authors of the article, the reason for the retraction and who is retracting the article. It will be published online with a link to the online version of the article. It will be published in the next print issue and included in the table of contents of that issue. Before publishing the notice of retraction, a signed statement by the authors should be sent to the editorial office.

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LLC "CPC "Business Perspectives" uses Similarity Check service and all manuscripts that are being sent for an external peer review, are screened for originality with iThenticate software. By submitting their manuscripts to our journals authors are agreeing to any necessary originality checks the manuscript may have to undergo during the publication process.

Plagiarism implies the use another author's work without permission or acknowledgement. Plagiarism may have different forms from copying word by word to rewriting. While defining plagiarism the following definitions are taken into account:

Literal copying
Copying the work word by word, in general or in parts, without permission or acknowledgement of the source. Literal copying is clearly plagiarism and is easily detected by plagiarism software.

Substantial copying
Replicating substantial part of the work without permission and confirmation of the source. In determining what is "substantial", both the quantity and the quality of the copied content are relevant. Quality is measured by relative value of copied text comparing to the whole text. Where the essence of the work was copied, even not very big part of it, plagiarism is identified.

Paraphrasing
Copying may be made without literal replicating, used in the original work. This type of copying is known as paraphrasing and it may be the most difficult type of plagiarism to reveal.
Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable and will lead to immediate rejection of the paper along with possible sanctions against authors.

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The journal “Problems and Perspectives in Management” ISSN (print) 1727-7051, ISSN (online) 1810-5467 was founded by LLC “CPC “Business Perspectives” (Sumy, Ukraine) in 2003 and registered by Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (No. КВ 22090-11990Р from April 22, 2016). The journal publishes quarterly in English, Sumy, Ukraine.

Starting January 2017, the journal is open-access. The journal is committed to full open access for scholarly publications. All articles are available to all users immediately upon publication of the issue.

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This section contains information about articles which are already reviewed, accepted and waiting for publication in next issues of the journal.

Surveying sources of economic growth: empirical evidence from Malaysia

Muhammad Azam, Department of Economics, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP-Pakistan
Abdul Qayyum Khan, Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Wah Cantt Campus, Pakistan
B. Bakhtyar, School of Economics, Finance & Banking, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia

Abstract. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of various economic and social factors namely (foreign direct investment (FDI), energy consumption, exports, tourism, foreign remittances, human capital represented by educational expenditure and health expenditure) on economic growth represented by GDP per capita in Malaysia. Annual time series data during the period 1995–2015 and the Cobb-Douglas production function with Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) based on various analytical tests are used for empirical investigation. The empirical results confirm that incoming foreign direct investment, human capital, energy consumption, and tourism are the main sources of economic growth in Malaysia during the period under the study. Findings of the study suggest to initiates a motivational promotion for the inhabitant towards utilization of high competence technology, constructing solid policy for export promotion, create conducive environment for inward foreign investment, introduces effective educational and health policies for further enhancement of the pace of economic growth.

Organizational and financial mechanisms for implementation of the projects in the field of increasing the energy efficiency of the regional economy

Marina V. Tsurkan, Candidate of Economics, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Tver State University, Russia
Svetlana V. Andreeva, Candidate of Economics, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Analysis and Audit, Samara State University of Economics, Russia
Maria A. Lyubarskaya, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Department of Public and Territorial Administration, Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia
Vadim S. Chekalin, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Department of Public and Territorial Administration, Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia
Galina K. Lapushinskaya, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Department of Public Administration, Tver State University, Russia

Abstract. Nowadays budgetary funds still prevail among sources of financing of the projects in the area of increasing the energy efficiency of the regional economy in the Russian Federation. For example, in the Tver region in 2016, 82% of the projects for the modernization of the heat supply infrastructure and 100% for the modernization of the electricity supply infrastructure were implemented at the expense of the budget. At the same time, there is a decrease in the total amount of state financing of energy efficiency projects, due to a high proportion of the budget deficit of the subjects of the Russian Federation. According to the agency ACRA (information dated April, 12,2017 at www.acra-ratings.ru) 58 out of 85 regional budgets for 2017 were accepted with a total deficit of 193 billion rubles. At the same time, the urgency of applying organizational and financial mechanisms for the implementation of energy efficient projects involving alternative financing is growing. The article systematizes the views on the perspective mechanisms for implementing projects in the field of increasing the energy efficiency of the regional economy, including taking into account the analysis of problems of their application in the example of the Tver region. The authors studied existing organizational and financial mechanisms for energy-efficient projects, including public private and municipal private partnerships, and the Local Initiatives Support Program.

Recognizing and prioritizing the efficient items on technology absorption capacity in the copper industry (case study of Sarcheshmeh Copper Comple)

Samaneh Karimi, Department of management, Sirjan branch, Islamic Azad University, Sirjan, Iran
Mohammad Hossein Nekouei, Department of management, Sirjan branch, Islamic Azad University, Sirjan, Iran

Abstract. The main purpose of the present research is to recognize and Recognizing and priority the efficient items on technology absorption capacity in Sarcheshmeh copper industry. This research has applied goal and descriptive correlative method and questionnaire was the tool of data collecting. The data were analyzed by illative, descriptive and statistical method and structural equations modeling and AMOS 22 software and finally, studied by priority triangular phase Topsis method. Findings of the research showed the effective factors on capacity of absorption, internal development and research, external development and research, personnel training, innovative cooperation, and view of changes. Also there was a direct and significant relation between the mentioned factors and capacity of technology absorption and finally some instrumental proposals were rendered for use of the results to industrial and mineral companies and corporations.

Ensuring affordable electricity as a vital socio-economic right in South Africa

Kola O. Odeku, Faculty of Management and Law, School of Law, Department of Public and Environmental Law, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Simbarashe R. Gundani, Faculty of Management and Law, School of Law, Department of Public and Environmental Law, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Abstract. This article examinesthe socio-economic impacts and effects of unlawful electricity tariff increase in South Africa. Access to electricity is a vital socio-economic right in South Africa because of its intrinsic role in the fulfilment of other social economic rights. Theavailability and accessibility of electricity guarantees the success of many businesses and the survival of many households particularly the rural poor.Eskom, a governmental parastatal, generates, transmit and distributes electricity for the people and charges for theseservices rendered based on the tariff approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). Recently, NERSA decided to approve tariff increase requested by Eskom which was against the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996. This increase was contested and nullified in court.If this tariff increase had not been challenged in the court, it would have had a devastating impact on the well-being of the people particularly the poor.Using literature relevant to socio-economic rights to modern-energy particularly electricity,this article accentuates that electricity is a basic socio-economic right in South Africa that must be accessible and affordable to all. It explains the importance of judicial intervention in ensuring that socio-economic rights are made available and accessible to the people. It points out that the court will not hesitate in using its judicial power to extend any opportunity which allows poor people to access and enjoy right to modern energy-electricityand other socio-economic rights in South Africa.

Analysing the risk of entrepreneurship in tourist traffic

Roland Weiss, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Earth Resources, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Jozef Zuzik, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Earth Resources, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Erik Weiss, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Earth Resources, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Slavomír Labant, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Geodesy Cartography and GIS, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Marcela Gergeľová, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Geodesy Cartography and GIS, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic

Abstract. The contribution is aimed at developing a model of demand in tourist traffic with due regard to economic, geographical, demographical and social factors such as the GDP, consumer price index, prices of trips, revenues per capita, exchange rate etc. Important parts of this model are made up by the unpredictable negative situations that have already happened some time ago. The aim is to identify them and perform a follow-up analysis of the potential threats to a company involved in the tourist industry. Rated among those situations are terrorism, earthquakes and aviation accidents.

Reengineering and innovation potential in Slovak enterprises

Jaroslav Dugas, Ph.D., Department of Management, Faculty of Business Economics with seat in Košice, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Július Kmec, Department of Management, Faculty of Business Economics with seat in Košice, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Roman Kozel, Ph.D., Faculty of Mining and Geology, Institute of Economics and Control Systems, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Abstract. Reengineering is a term that has become widely popular in the marketing theory and practice worldwide in the recent years. The reengineering theory came to life in the US but has since quickly spread across western countries. Three major drivers have gradually formed as part of the reengineering theory that force companies in advanced market economies to make radical changes to their business processes. The key drivers are customers, competition and changes. Western companies began to intensively follow these new trends in the development of a business environment in early 1980s.
Many Slovak enterprises also found themselves in a situation that requires a radical reconstruction of their business processes. The main causes include: radically changed external environment in which businesses operate, associated with a transition from a centrally planned and controlled economy to a market economy; demise of traditional markets; other external and internal, specified and unspecified causes of a crisis of corporations.

Design of the integrated quality management model for increasing the strategic performance of enterprises in the automotive industry

Lenka Štofová, Ph.D., Department of Management, Faculty of Business Economics with seat in Košice, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Petra Szaryszová, Ph.D., Department of Management, Faculty of Business Economics with seat in Košice, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Šárka Vilamová, Ph.D., , Faculty of Mining and Geology, Institute of Economics and Control Systems, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Abstract. Most Slovak suppliers in the automotive industry network of producers expect that the industry attention will in future focus mainly on materials (innovation, quality, costs, alternative materials, reducing the weight of vehicles) resulting from the highly competitive and strategic aims of the EU in the automotive industry. The growth of global competition affects the demand for adapting production products and their shorter product life cycles, while forcing producing enterprises face complex problems in a rapidly changing business environment.
In the modern competitive business environment, design and management of supply chains is one of the most important and critical issues faced by managers and multinational companies operating worldwide in the rapidly changing operating conditions, where flexibility, i.e. ability to adapt to changes in the system environment is the most important strategic issue affecting business success.

Evaluation of companies by revenues methods in conditions of Slovakia

Jozef Zuzik, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Faculty BERG, Institute of Earth Resources, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Roland Weiss, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Faculty BERG, Institute of Earth Resources, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Erik Weiss, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty BERG, Institute of Earth Resources, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Slavomír Labant, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and GIS, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Marcela Gergeľová, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and GIS, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Juraj Gašinec, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and GIS, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Ladislav Mixtaj, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and GIS, Faculty BERG, Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic
Hana Staňková, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Mining and Geology, Institute of Geodesy and Mine Surveying, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Pavel Černota, MSc., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Mining and Geology, Institute of Geodesy and Mine Surveying, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Abstract. Evaluation of mining company is complex task. Several various methods can be used for estimation of mining company value, but some of them are not usable. The reason is specific character of mining industry. Except of risks, connected with financing of mining projects, existence of individual raw materials, there is also certain cyclicality of price, changes in costs structure, stock exchange aspects and considerable volatility. This is marked during value determination due to the probability of analyzed indexes development.
Goal of the contribution is to find out which methods are proper for evaluation of mining companies and to explain, why such companies are evaluated by these methods.

A qualitative inquiry on the influence of perceived social risk on apparel brand choice: evidence from female Generation Y undergraduate student consumers in Southern Gauteng, South Africa

Eugine Tafadzwa Maziriri, Ph.D. Candidate, Marketing Division, Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 
Nkosiville Welcome Madinga, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Marketing management, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Thobekani Lose, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Logistics, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

Abstract. As consumers have become more refined with regards to the marketing arena, it is important for fashion retailers and brand managers to try and gain some understanding of how consumers collect and review information, which ultimately affects their brand choice. This study complements the growing body of literature by examining perceived social risk and its influence on apparel brand choice among young female undergraduate student consumers, as literature shows that public-ally consumed products are the ones with a high level of social risk. A qualitative methodology was used to conduct this study. The research instruments that were used to conduct this study are semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The analysis of the qualitative data was conducted through the use of thematic analysis. The results also showed that most undergraduate female students experience anxiousness, social influence, peer pressure and they pay attention to the advice of significant others in their social network when choosing apparel brands. Recommendations were made for fashion retailers and brand managers on how to manage perceived social risk in order to retain female undergraduate student consumers. Lastly future research directions were clearly articulated.

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