ISSN: 1998 - 4162

JISR - Management and Social Sciences & Economics Journal Contents

Volume 15, Number 1, January 2017


Editorial


Dear Readers,

 

It brings us great pleasure to contribute in the academia by publishing JISR- MSSE a bi-annual research journal in the field of Management Sciences, Social Sciences and Economics. The journal enjoys being recognized in the prestigious “Y” category by HEC and is striving to be upgraded to the even more prestigious “X” category. The multidisciplinary journal welcomes contributions by all people from the academia, be it professors or students. The current issue is very intriguing as it contains papers from diverse fields that contribute to the society. The first paper is titled “Job Stress and Work Performance of Marketing Professionals” and focus- es on the marketing professionals who are under a great deal of stress due to many antecedents of stress such as overload, role ambiguity, role conflict, responsibility, participation, etc. The stress badly affects the physical, cognitive and behavioral health and effects professionalism as well as person’s consistency in the environment and acceptance to change. The outcomes of stress are also seen on work performance. This study examines the relationship between job stress and work performance by using (n=3200) data of marketing professionals, designated as managers and assistant managers in multinational companies working in Pakistan.

 

The second paper is titled “Education, Employment and Economic Growth Nexus: A Case Study of Pakistan”, which focuses on the questions concerning the factors that can enhance the economic growth of a country are of immense importance especially for developing countries such as Pakistan. The present study provides evidence that promoting education and providing increased employment opportunities can produce positive return in the form of higher economic growth. It highlights the role that employment level and education can play in helping the economy to achieve rapid growth. The third paper is titled, “Philosophical and Methodological Aspects of a Mixed-Methods Research: A Review of the Academic Litera- ture” which express that the selection of an appropriate research method is extremely critical for a value-added research. The purpose of this study is to critically review the academic literature of a mixed-methods research and to examine the philosophical and methodological aspects that rationalize how and why a mixed-methods research could be useful in a manage- ment study. Hence, this paper critically reviews the ‘nuts and bolts’ of a ‘mixed methods’ research grounded on the research question intentionally drawn for illustration. In terms of contribution, this paper contributes to literature on a ‘mixed methods’ literature by providing a holistic view of a research design that manage the both quantitative and qualitative threads during the same phase of the research process typically termed as concurrent design in ‘mixed methods’ research. This design entail researchers to implement, upheld each thread independently during analysis, and finally mixes the results conjointly in such a way that they portray the apparent picture of the underlying phenomenon.

 

The fourth paper is titled, “The Effect of Corporate Governance and Capital Structure on Firms’ Performance: Investigation on petroleum sector in Pakistan”. The attempt of the research is to realize the key factors and examine the effect of corporate governance and capital structure on firms’ financial performance belonging to petroleum sector which are registered on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX). The study focuses on data gathered from five companies of petroleum sector keeping in view the present situation of Pakistan and current economic, political and legislative environment to evaluate and judge the challenges and risks

affecting the firms’ performance. Only a single source of data is used which is secondary. The sample employed in the current research is comprised of five firms listed in the PSX index under the petroleum sector. The fifth paper examines the relationship between the investment opportunities and liquidity constraints in the two South Asian emerging markets, i.e. India and Pakistan, over the period of 2010–2015. It reveals that there is a significant relationship between a firm investment opportunities and liquidity constraints. Using pooled OLS fixed effect model, we find a significant negative association between stock illiquidity (external liquidity constraint) and investment opportunities in both BSE and KSE firms while the sixth paper focuses on the Banking industry which despite being one of the most flourishing indus- tries in the world is considered to have high turnover rate. The same is the situation in Pakistan where local banks are also facing this issue. All banks are having a difficulty in employee retention that in return effects their productivity for years.  During the past few years. It has been observed that one of the biggest reasons for employee’s adverse performance is inade- quate HR practices followed by the local banks. Thus, the aim of this study is to measure the effects of performance appraisal, career development, and job satisfaction and reward system empowerment with feedback on employee retention.

 

The seventh paper aims to substantiate a model for strategic management in higher education system of Pakistan, provide an insight to the external and internal forces affecting the industry and develop the strategies that can counter those forces opposing the long-term sustenance and competitive edge. To understand the problems Higher Education industry is facing, Grounded theory methodology is used; data is collected through adopted interview protocol from the educationists, serving for 10 years in Higher Education and either PhD or at managerial position at any public or private institution. The aim of the eight paper is to explore the percep- tions of research subjects regarding the usability of ICT as a tool for professional development of public sector secondary school teachers of the province Punjab, Pakistan. The sampling population of the present study is comprised of all head teachers, secondary school teachers of public schools, and master trainers of Directorate of Staff Development who are engaged in professional development of secondary school teachers in Faisalabad division.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Editor & In-Charge Publications,

JISR, SZABIST, Karachi.







September 26, 2017

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