Advances In Management

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Advances In Management

Vol. 12(2) June 2019

Lean Manufacturing at Seaver Finishing

Seaver Olivia and Motwani Jaideep

Page No: 1-5

The philosophy of lean manufacturing originated at the Toyota Motor Corporation has been implemented successfully in both the manufacturing and service sector. In this case study, we describe how Seaver Finishing, a family-owned electrodeposition facility in Grand Haven, Michigan, USA, has made some positive strides in their lean implementation, after encountering earlier unsuccessful implementation in 2007. This case study is valuable to Indian manufacturing organizations that are in the process of implementing the lean philosophy or are struggling with their lean implementation.

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Re-Considering Antecedents of Swiss Employees’ ‘Will to Meaning’ and their Role for Facilitating Intrinsic Motivation – A Quantitative Approach

Busse Ronald and Risse Christopher

Page No: 6-14

As it has become received wisdom that intrinsic motivation sustainably drives employee performance, we ask how to foster intrinsic motivation. On the basis of primary data from a representative Swiss sample (N = 213), we re-visit the seminal work of Busse et al11 in order to reveal organisational framework conditions which are most fruitful in facilitating the emergence of a ‘meaningful self at the workplace’.

Our quantitative analyses find ‘perceptions of the organisation’, ‘perceptions of the relation between self and work’ and ‘perceptions of the relation between self and organisation’ to be the main drivers. We then develop recommendations for practicing managers about how to satisfy workforces’ inherent ‘will to meaning’, admit limitations of our work and illuminate future research directions.

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Generation ‘Z’- The segment of contest for marketers

Saxena Swati

Page No: 15

The study is aimed to bring out the paradigm shift in the behavioral aspects of the generational shift in the marketplace. It is a thought evolving write up for educators, marketers and businesses that will compel them to think about the millennials.

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Do Tanzanian Procuring Entities comply with Tender Advertisement and Disclosure? A Survey

Matto Mordecai Chrysostom

Page No: 16-22

Literature indicates that tender advertising facilitates appropriate competition, enhances transparency, develops markets and helps in the battle against corruption. Nevertheless, there are hardly any empirical studies that assess the extent of compliance of tender advertisement and disclosure by procuring entities. The purpose of this study is to assess the extent to which the tender invitation notice for procurement of goods, non-consultancy services and works prepared by PPRA and procuring entities complied with procurement regulations. The study applies a descriptive cross section survey design. The data was collected on a sample of two daily newspapers appeared from 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017. These newspapers retrieved from the Institute of Accountancy Arusha’s library. The newspapers selected for this study were Mwananchi (swahili) and Daily News (English) issued daily from Monday to Sunday.

The study reveals that, the standard tender invitation notice for procurement of goods, non-consultancy services and works prepared by the PPRA did not fully comply with regulation 182 as it complies by 86.1%. Likewise, the study finds substantial weaknesses on the tender notices prepared by procuring entities as it complies by 78%. The major limitation of this study is that, it assesses only the adverts for the procurement made using competitive tendering. Further, the adverts for invitation for quotation, pre-qualification, expression of interest, request for proposals and disposal of assets were completely ignored because they did not fall under regulation 182. Failure to comply fully with regulation 182, the procuring entities in Tanzania restrict competition, transparency and increase the percentage of corruption red flags. The study challenges the extent to which the standard bidding documents prepared by regulatory authority comply with the procurement law.

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Assessment of SEZ location impact on business development in Madhya Pradesh, India

Thakur Devendra Singh and Dubey Sanjeev

Page No: 23-28

Land is the primary requirement for setting up SEZ. In Madhya Pradesh, the first green zone SEZ was operated in 2004, referred as Indore SEZ, located at Pithampur near Indore city. The present study is evaluating the impact of location of Indore SEZ on business development in Madhya Pradesh, India.

The performance indicator for the location factor is governed through gross state domestic product (GSDP). The data for this study was obtained from the official website of Open Government Data (OGD) (, SEZ India and Indore SEZ annual reports. The analysis revealed two-fold increase in GSDP of SEZ compared to non-SEZ from 2017 to 2018 and found significant at p<0.05 using Chi-square test. Considering future implications, we proposed a simple model for assessment of location impact. The model might be used for assessment of location through GSDP comparison of inter SEZ and SEZ-non-SEZ zones.

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Research on Implicit Behavioral Intentions in the Crowd Innovation of Cultural and Creative Industries based on the Theory of Collective Values and Planned Behavior

Qunlin Fan and Shuangyan Pan

Page No: 29-35

In order to reveal the driving factors and formation mechanism of impetuous behavioral intentions in the crowd innovation development of cultural and creative industries, this study integrates the cognitive level model and the behavioral behavior theory of values-attitude-behavior and examines the crowd innovation development context. The influence of values, subjective norms, attitudes and perceived behavioral control on the intentions of imposing impulsive behaviors, as well as the regulatory role of the knowledge of development has been studied.

Through the structural equation model analysis of 310 sample data, it is found that the collective value and subjective norms directly and indirectly affect the impetuous behavior intention in the crowd innovation development, and the level of knowledge of the development of the innovation will adjust the above relationship. Based on the above conclusions, the study proposes the path and management enlightenment of promoting the creative mode of the dual creative’s in the cultural and creative industries.

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A Study of Source of Information towards buying decisions of Customers with reference to Budget Segment Car in Malwa Region

Dudhale Prateek and Patil Milind Ruparao

Page No: 36-38

This study was carried out to assess the buyers’ source of information towards before purchasing a budget segment car. The study area is confined to Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. The sample selected for this study was 500 customers of Malwa region having different age, gender, educational level, income status and occupation etc. The information on source of information before purchasing a car was obtained with the help of simple survey-based questionnaire. Results reveal that maximum percentage i.e. 42.6% respondents gather information about car from family and friends. 36% respondents collected information from TV advertisements while 15.8% visited the company showroom for information on car to be purchased. Only 5.6% respondents’ source of information was based on reviews and other social media platform.

It was concluded that impact of social media platform was minimal on purchase decision of new car buyer while TV advertisement and information from company salesperson / showroom were next best predictors of purchase decision of customers. Opinion of family and friends counts most when it comes to purchasing a budget segment car. It may also be concluded that car manufacturers should focus towards advertisement because buying decisions are most affected after family and friends’ opinion by TV advertisements.

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A Study on Six Sigma-A breakthrough in Quality Management with special reference to Gabriel India Ltd., Dewas

Arya Ruchi and Agal Mayank

Page No: 39-57

Due to globalization and liberalization there is much competition in world market and in this condition if we want to stand in this world market then we have to improve our product quality and productivity. There are so many Quality Systems in the world market like ISO-9000, QS-9000 ISO /TS-16949 etc. which are American techniques, but Japanese are much successful like 5’S, 3’M, TQM, POKA YOKE, TQM, 6 Sigma etc. So, we are adopting their 6 Sigma technique. Six Sigma is a systematic and rational approach to a Clutter free, safe workplace with the objective of reducing waste and preparing the ground for further improvement. The study covers all activities of an organization where failure occurred and its effect is known as Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ).

This study is limited to effects of Six Sigma techniques, its usefulness in customer satisfaction, quality improvement and increase productivity, better environment within and outside of the organization. Six Sigma is a methodology for reducing defects. The present study used a sample of 10 employees and workers from six departments of Gabriel India Limited, Dewas. The method adopted for sampling was stratified random sampling. Six sigma techniques have been used for analysis. As the result, the company’s overall position becomes very good. The company achieved sufficient profit in past four years. The profit of the company decreased in the last year due to maintaining the comparatively high liquidity. The net working capital of the company was maximum in the last year showing the maximum liquidity.

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