Advances In Management

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Advances In Management

Vol. 13(2) June 2020

Behold My Beautiful Space - Quantitative Insights into the Composite Role of Workplace Aesthetics, Personality Type and the Degree of Desk Personalization for Employee Well-Being

Busse Ronald and Schneider Jan

Page No: 1-16

While digitization breeds new forms of virtual collaboration and while value shifts as well as demographic changes whip the raging ‘war for talents’, scholars and practitioners agree on the pivotal role of the ‘human factor’ for firm performance. Our work focuses on the composite role of office design, personality types and the degree of desk personalization for employee well-being.

Based on a large German sample, our quantitative investigation yields promising results. Our findings indicate the paramount importance of perceived aesthetic quality of the workplace and of having an own personal space as key facilitators for experiencing a meaningful self at work. Our study finds the degree of personalization and personality types to only play a minor role. Future research may add further variables and may want to invite practicing managers to test our recommendations. We hope our new insights will add to the lively debate in the field of organisational design.

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Ecotourism potential development of bukit barisan forest park in Karo regency

Munthe Jesisca and Setiadi Hafid

Page No: 17-23

Tourism activities in Karo Regency are one of important sectors in sustainable development. This is supported by natural and cultural conditions which can be combined into an attractive ecotourism package. One of the natural resources in Karo Regency has the potential to be used as ecotourism is Bukit Barisan Forest Park which covers an area of 19,805 Ha.

The purpose of this study was to determine the condition of the Bukit Barisan Great Forest Park in the Karo Regency in terms of ecological aspects which consist of tourist attraction objects, vegetation cover, the boundary of the Great Forest Park and the administrative boundaries of the area. This research utilizes satellite imagery and uses qualitative methods to obtain results that can ultimately be used to evaluate regional development plans in the future.

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Understanding the social capital in refugee entrepreneurs

Swithina Mboko

Page No: 24-34

This study is an exploration of the nature of social capital in the entrepreneurial process of refugee entrepreneurs. There are studies that have found that social capital plays a critical role in the immigrant entrepreneurship process, suggesting the positive effect that an influential network in the host society will have on immigrants’ lives and their businesses. We wish to make a contribution to this research stream through studying refugee entrepreneurs. To achieve the objective of analyzing the structure and use of social capital for refugee entrepreneurs, this study focuses on refugees from Africa in a Midwestern city of Michigan, USA. The data stems from a case study of face to face interviews with respondents supplemented by participant and operations observation and review of refugee business websites where they existed.

We found in the refugee entrepreneurs a high interaction with co-ethnic community players and a low interaction with institutional small business support systems. We found little evidence of strong networks with business advisers and financiers, players considered important in influential and helpful networks for entrepreneurs.

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Impact of Asymmetric Information and Priority Actions on Active Environmental Innovation Strategies

Qunlin Fan and Huaping Wu

Page No: 35-40

Group Struggle resulting from environmental problems increases uncertainties and leads to governmental problems. This study suggests that given these factors, firms should adopt a PEIS (Proactive Environmental Innovation Strategy). However, informational uncertainties make a firm’s decision to adopt a PEIS difficult. These informational uncertainties stem from both information asymmetry and the strong correlation between government and firms in China. To minimize informational uncertainties, we build a firm-stakeholder signal game model that can analyze signaling and competition for priority action. Considering the public sector, we present the following findings which are applicable to firms and local government alike. First, we prove that SE (separation equilibrium), the condition that the corporate sector publishes truthful environmental information, must exist. SE, we argue, is an incentive for choosing a PEIS.

Second, we find that government’s effective measures may weaken firm-stakeholder competition for priority action. The government must strengthen the regulations guiding corporate environmental responsibility, which should increase the corporate sector’s costs on Public Relation (PR) efforts especially. The government must also provide more convenient and diverse means for decreasing stakeholders’ PR costs which should influence PEIS choice. In addition, the study discusses PEIS selection made by the firm from the perspective of signal game trying to expand theories of environmental innovation strategy.

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Businesses and Public Health between using Lock Down as a Tool against Covid-19 pandemic in Italy: The Impact in a Global Perspective

Ubaldo Comite

Page No: 41-47

Since the spread of Corona Virus Disease 19 (COVID -19), most Italian regions on indication of the Central Government have embarked on a system of either total or partial lock down and have used it as a tool for curbing the spread of COVID-19. This study examines whether lock down can be of help and is it any of the public health policies and can it bring up massive and tremendous change to the health system and general economy to Italian regions that have used it as a way of intervention in the spread of COVID19. The research reviewed literature about word economies with Google as the main search tool; also dealt with to press conferences, editorial reviews from Italian newspapers, Bank of Italy, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Health Organization. Interviews were also done through phone calls, questions asked via emails to some of the italian leading epidemiologist, infectious disease specialist in the Italy, carefully reading their scientific works and their citations etc. Also, individual experiences and observations on the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy and measures that policy makers have laid down to mitigate the global health crisis of COVID-19 were also counted.

A careful study and analysis of various countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy) that embarked on lock down either partial or complete is showing plummeting inflation, declining gross domestic product, loss of capital for business groups, loss of jobs especially in the informal sectors, a negative growth due to disruption of the world economy through global value chains, abrupt fall in commodity prices and fiscal revenues and enforcement of travel and social restrictions. The research found that a national lock down is no cure, has never been a cure and is not a cure to any of the pandemics, be it previous or recent either in the history of the Spanish flu, influenza and the pending COVID-19. The research also shows that the 2SQ that is social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine are indispensible tools in this pandemic season and should be enforced to the core to help in the management of COVID-19. In the 2SQ, the 2S stand for social distancing and self-isolation while the Q stands for quarantine.

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