Changes in Supply of and Demand for Crude Oil: Implications for Oil Price

Abstract The rise in oil prices since the end of the 2007-09 recession has surprised many analysts given the sluggish rate of economic growth in advanced economies. This highlights the changes occurring in the global oil market. This study examines trends in the supply of and demand for crude oil and how they can influence Read More …

Long memory in PIIGS economies: An application of wavelet analysis

Introduction In economics and finance, whether or not asset prices display long-range dependence is still an important area of research because of its importance for capital market theories (see for instance, Mandelbrot (1971), Greene and Fielitz (1977), Cutland et al. (1995)). Analysis related to long-memory property can be realized through estimation of the fractional integration Read More …

Beyond Structural Contingency: Towards a Methodological Extension to the Assessment of “Fit”

Abstract With the advent of the widely heralded “new economy”, organizations are undergoing profound changes. The traditional vertically integrated business units seem to serve as the springboard to launch the new organizational forms (e.g., virtual organization, network organization). The basic tenets of the organizational form, viz., strategy, structure and context, have gained renewed vigor as Read More …

Relationship Between Organizational Citizenship Behavior and Job Characteristics Model of Motivation: An Empirical Study

Abstract Employee commitment is an indispensible cog in an organization’s growth and motivation influences talent to drive this growth. Employees exhibit certain behaviors by going beyond the normal call of duty. These behaviors are called Organizational Citizenship Behaviors (OCB) and they contribute significantly to an organization’s growth. Job characteristics like Skill Variety, Task Identity, Task Read More …

Justifying Six Sigma Projects in Manufacturing Management

Abstract This paper develops and illustrates a case in manufacturing management, using the instance of justifying quality improvement of ball bearings—a common precision product whose correct manufacture and assembly greatly affects their efficiency, utility and life. Mass-produced at high speed, bearings extend a fertile domain for benefiting from QA apparatus including Gage R&R, ISO standards, Read More …