Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Stela JAKOVA
 

This paper examines Romanian companies’ behaviour (listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange) to a change of dividend tax rate. Even if the number of companies which had paid dividends in 2016, for 2015 decreased to 32, compared with 34 companies from previous year, the total value of paid dividends increased with 53% comparatively with dividends paid for 2014. This can be explained through the new tax rate which has been reduced from 16% to 5%. We found that the shareholders obtain profit from two sources: due to increase of gross dividend and due to decrease of the tax rate. Moreover, the paper found also: for the companies who paid higher dividend for 2015 compared with 2014 the dividend paid for 2015 is statistically significant different than the dividend paid for 2014; for the companies who paid smallest dividend for 2015, we were not able to find any statistical difference. This means that the companies which increased the dividend for 2015, took into consideration the new legislation and they are motivated to pay more to the shareholders; companies which decreased the dividend value for 2015 is due to some internal factors.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 30th June 2017
  • Keywords: Fiscal policy, Taxation, Financial crisis, Dividend pay-out
  • Received: 17th January, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th June, 2017
Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Adriana UNGUREANU
 

Apparently, the international competition seems to be moved to the area of investments in new technologies waiting for results in the near future. Nanotechnology is by far the most wanted by investors. The last twenty years the investments in nanotechnology became the priority for all the developed states and this trend was followed by the less developed countries. At the opposite side, there are countries as Romania that seem to lose the start in front of those very active in this field. This paper tries to present the role of the Romanian Research and Development activity to reshape the textile industry through new technologies and nanotechnologies especially. To gather the proper information, the in-depth interview method was used. The conclusions reveal that state keeps the key for a good research activity by offering stable and consistent support. At the same time, a lot of measures or recommendations could be a pragmatic solution to take seriously the role of the research activity to bring its contribution for this big challenge.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 30th June 2017
  • Keywords: Technology, Nanotechnology, Research, Textiles, Romania
  • Received: 24th April, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th June, 2017
Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Zsuzsanna KISS, Edit Barizsné HADHÁZI, Domicián MÁTÉ
 

This paper is intended to clarify the phenomenon that lower achieving students tend to evaluate their own academic performance less accurately than those who do better in their studies. Previous studies have found that lower performers generally overestimate while higher performers underestimate their performance. The current study analyses self-assessment behaviour and efficiency among Hungarian higher vocational education students. We found that the lowest level of higher education students typically overestimate their performance. Our results strengthen the empirical evidences from previous studies that showed that higher-achieving students evaluate their performance more accurately than their lower achieving fellows. Furthermore we found that higher-achieving students tend to over-assess their examination results to a lesser degree than low-achieving students. We also analysed the difference between the two genders. Compared to female students, males tend to overestimate their own performance.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 30th June 2017
  • Keywords: Self-assessment, Self-evaluation, Business education, Higher education, Students’ academic performance
  • Received: 25th April, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th June, 2017
Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Florin-Alexandru LUCA, Claudia Ioana CIOBANU, Magdalena DANILET
 

The development of a loyalty model involves the construction of a proper research instrument. For the loyalty model of the clients for financial services, the pre-testing of the research questionnaire represents a significant stage. This article presents the methodology used in this stage for testing the reliability of a loyalty scale. Firstly, this implies choosing the appropriate scales for each variable included in the suggested research model. Secondly, the internal consistency for each of these scales is measured as an indicator of their reliability. The reliability analysis described represents an essential stage in building a measurement instrument for a loyalty model.

  • Type: Original Research
  • Published on: 30th June 2017
  • Keywords: Loyalty, Measurement scale, Reliability
  • Received: 8th March, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th June, 2017
Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Yahya Z. ALSHEHHI, Judit OLÁH
 

The modern economic system of any nation is divided into three major producer’s sectors called primary, secondary, and tertiary. These sectors reform a chain of production as a continuum, ultimately in the end provide goods and services. In UAE, economy share divided by each sector of the current GDP in year 2015 were 1%, 48%, and 51%, for the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors, respectively. The purpose of this empirical study is to analyze the economic industries of the secondary sector by projecting the contribution growth share of factors of production through using the growth accounting model for time series from 1990-2015. The methodology employed a quantitative description and data sourced from FCSA. We find the manufacturing industry the main key contributor to sector growth share, followed by the construction industry, where the mining and quarrying subsectors have less impact compared to the rest. We observed that the TFP performance improved positively in line with a declining size of labor.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 30th June 2017
  • Keywords: Growth accounting, Secondary sector, Economic industries, TFP, UAE
  • Received: 14th April, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th June, 2017
Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Shaher ALSHAMARI
 

Qatar’s healthcare system is comparatively new and has experienced noteworthy developments over its brief history. In this paper, our aim is to look at the unique challenges this small nation has faced in building that system. This paper will describe the accomplishments of Qatar’s medical authorities and the challenges they faced. It will also compare public and private healthcare providers. Today, the government of Qatar has financed all the health care for this rapidly-developing, multicultural nation, but it is now planning to introduce medical insurance. This report of its experience will benefit other nations wanting to develop their own healthcare systems.

  • Type: Review Article
  • Published on: 30th June 2017
  • Keywords: Economic, Qatar healthcare system, HMC, Organization, Public & private healthcare
  • Received: 10th April, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th June, 2017
Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Mária HÉDER, Krisztina DAJNOKI
 

Talent and career management has become a function of central significance not only in international but in Hungarian HR practice as well, since the employment and keeping of excellent colleagues might constitute a strategic competitive advantage for organizations. In order for an organization to be able to manage its workforce – not only to find talents but also to be able to keep, motivate and train them – deliberate identification and management are necessary. In terms of its objective, the talent management system is identical with career management; its primary focus is to improve organizational efficiency through the satisfaction of employee demands and to offer an attractive organizational life cycle to the program participants. Due to the above, application and interpretation of the two systems are often mixed on organizational level. In the scope of the study, organizational interpretation of talent is defined, differences/similarities between talent and career management systems are introduced and the possible operation within an integrated system is proposed.

  • Type: Review Article
  • Published on: 30th July 2017
  • Keywords: Human resource management, System integration, Talented workforce
  • Received: 15th July, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th July, 2017
Volume V, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 9
Constantin ANGHELACHE, Madalina Gabriela ANGHEL
 

Gross Domestic Product is the most representative synthetic indicator that expresses the evolution of the national economy. This macroeconomic indicator is used in the analysis of the level of the national economy, as well as the dynamic evolution of the national economy. In the forecast studies we rely on GDP evolution. In these situations, we might identify the factors of economic growth, and their influence. On the evolution of GDP have influence some factors: employees, labour productivity, the level of technology, investments and foreign direct investment, imports, exports or net exports, total consumption, and so on. We can analyze the data series and graphical representation. Detailed analysis is performed using econometric methods, parameters which express interdependence, meaning and intensity of correlation. Thus, we estimate the economic developments. The authors studied and proposed some econometric models for the analysis of economic growth/forecast. The novelty is that we adapt some econometric models to macroeconomic analysis.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 30th July 2017
  • Keywords: Econometric model, Economic growth, Correlation, Factor of influence, Parameter
  • Received: 9th May, 2017
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th July, 2017