Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

THE PLACE OF INDUSTRY 4.0 IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Manal ECHCHAD
 

The fourth industrial revolution introduced a set of developments that changed the ways humans live and companies function. Manufacturing changed drastically, focusing on improving its productivity and efficiency. Sustainability is one of the agendas of Industry 4.0. The stances regarding the impact of the fourth industrial revolution on environmental sustainability differ, making it important to focus on the negative effects of the recent development of Industry 4.0, to respect the main principle of sustainability, which is using current resources while thinking of both present and future generations. The purpose of the paper is to detail the influence of industry 4.0 on environmental sustainability while taking into consideration the different positions.

  • Type: Review Article
  • Published on: 7th March, 2022
  • Keywords: Environmental sustainability; Industry 4.0; Sustainability;
  • Pages: 7-12
  • Received: 15th February, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 6th March, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

THE FEEDBACK FALLACY IN LEARNING: MAKING PRACTICE AND INTERDISCIPLINARITY COUNT

Iuliana M. CHITAC
 

For decades, teachers and managers have used feedback to praise and criticize just about everything their students or employees do, mainly with a corrective purpose instead of improving performance. What should feedback be, and how literate should formative leaders and learners be so that feedback will fulfil its prophecy of improving their learning process and performance? Conversely, how do feedback strategies encourage or inhibit learning? This interdisciplinary paper contributes to the feedback scholarship by triangulating the main debates around feedback from a psycho-pedagogy and educational neuroscience point of view with contextual practice-based feedback examples from over seven years of university-level teaching and career mentorship experiences in cross-cultural engagements. This paper showcased cross-cultural feedback practices. Specifically, it used examples of feedback practices as a teaching tool, treatment, command, and costly commodity from the Romanian academic context. On the other hand, in the UK academic context, feedback was portrayed as being practised as a learner tool, coaching, dialogue, and feedforward. Consequently, this reflective, interdisciplinary and practice-based article contributes to the literature and practice of feedback.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 25th May, 2022
  • Keywords: Feedback; Interdisciplinarity; Psycho-Pedagogy; Reflective practice;
  • Pages: 13-23
  • Received: 29th April, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 26th May, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

THE USE OF SOCIAL NETWORK AS A TOOL TO ANALYSE INTERNATIONAL TRADE: A SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE REVIEW

Daiane Luiz RODRIGUES, Henrique Friedrich DE OLIVEIRA
 

This study seeks to understand the current literature about international trade analysed through social network. To achieve the aim, four main objectives were set, which analyse the trend of studies in international trade network analysis over the years; find out which databases and tools researchers have been using; find out the journals across which the articles were published and find out which segments have been approached from the perspective of international trade. This systematic literature review is an important study, as it investigated the approaches adopted by the relevant studies in the area. It allowed to build a base for future research, and this study has clarified how the main articles have been made.

  • Type: Review Article
  • Published on: 13th June, 2022
  • Keywords: Systematic Literature Review; International Trade; Network Analysis;
  • Pages: 25-34
  • Received: 14th March, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 12th June, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

THE IMPORTANCE OF TOYOTA KATA IN ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENT

Jawad A. EL MASRI, Andrea MATKÓ
 

Almost all organizations aim to enhance and develop their organizational culture and sustain continuous improvement as an essential factor in organizational growth. However, many organizations have tried to embed continuous improvement and innovation in their cultures and emulate certain practices proven successful in specific industries and organizations, without even doubting that such routines might not match their organizational culture and their operations for many reasons. Therefore, the effect of such efforts was hard to sustain as they failed to preserve the flow of continuous improvement through the culture and mindset of its people. Hence, organizations were disappointed and didn’t even get close to their aspired improvement because they were merely applying improvement tools without creating the underlying necessary culture to be ready to effectively utilize such tools; tools were imposed systematically and without causing any change on the deepest cultural, psychological, and mindset level of employees. Unfortunately, organizations eventually blame the approach itself and try to find another method. This article aims to investigate the methodology and practice of Toyota Kata and its effect on the continuous development of organizations.

  • Type: Review Article
  • Published on: 18th June, 2022
  • Keywords: Toyota Kata; Continuous Improvement; Lean Management; Organizational Behaviour; Decision Making;
  • Pages: 35-51
  • Received: 4th January, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 20th June, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

REVIEWS OF LITERATURE REGARDING INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND THE WORKPLACE OVER THE YEARS 2011-2021

Alon EFRAT
 

Background: The changing nature of the labor market places more value on interpersonal skills than in the past. An examination of what has been done in the field in the past decade reveals the relationship between interpersonal skills and indicators such as employment ability, promotion, and salary, as well as the link between interpersonal skills training and their application in the workplace.
Objectives: The purpose of the paper is to present the results of a literary review of the relationship between interpersonal skills and the labor market between the years 2011-2021.
Methodology: Literature search was conducted on databases with the use of cumulative Index of ResearchGate, Jstor, Emerald-Insight, Semantic Scholar, Wiley Online, Elsevier and Google Scholar—using specific keywords and a timeframe of 2011 to 2021. All relevant articles were read critically.
Findings: In view of the changing labor market, the academy should prepare new candidates not only through the acquisition of professional skills, but also through the acquisition of interpersonal skills through an ongoing dialogue with employers. The impact of interpersonal skills on a range of workplace parameters, including mobility, promotion, and salary, has been documented. Positive correlations have been found between work performance and interpersonal skills training. Through off-the-job training programs, workers can improve their interpersonal skills and improve their performance after training.
Conclusion: As interpersonal skills correlate positively with various metrics in the labor market, the trend of change in the labor market in the digital age requires adjustments on the axis between entering the labor market, agreement on the skills list, and agreed measurement tools for improving interpersonal skills training programs and their implementation while at work. Several studies have been done on interpersonal skills from the academic level and throughout the employee's career in the organization, but more research is needed to deepen our understanding of their implications.

  • Type: Original Research
  • Published on: 20th July, 2022
  • Keywords: Soft skills; Communication skills; Interpersonal skills; Workplace; Training;
  • Pages: 53-63
  • Received: 14th March, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 19th July, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

THE “EFFECTIVE SME” IN A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH

Dalila NOUAR, Péter POPOVICS
 

For many years, efficiency was primarily reduced to the financial dimension. The study of this type of efficiency aimed to edge the profitability and market share expected by the owners to ensure the sustainability of the company. The following paper aims to define SME efficiency in a wider and more relevant approach. A few years ago, the exclusive importance of the financial dimension shifted, and a multidimensional, multi-aspect efficiency came to the fore, which also affects social and environmental dimensions. Other actors appeared, and the concept of efficiency was reconsidered. Today, the sustainability of companies no longer depends only on their financial aspects, but also on their behavior towards the actors concerned. Therefore, the responsibility of enterprises extends not only to the owners but also to many other actors, such as employees, customers, suppliers, government, etc. In this context, the concept of “global efficiency” appears.

  • Type: Review Article
  • Published on: 15th July, 2022
  • Keywords: SME; Effectiveness; Multidimensional; Efficiency; Performance;
  • Pages: 65-70
  • Received: 9th May, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 12th July, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

IMPACT OF THE TRANSITION TO INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS ON COVERAGE CALCULATION

Alexandra SZEKERES, Angelika DIENES
 

The present study focuses on the method of coverage calculation and the reasons for the different results due to the differences between the Hungarian and IFRS accounting systems. First, the accounting characteristics inherent in the content and structure of the profit and loss account are presented on which the coverage calculation is based in the Hungarian and IFRS systems. Next, the accounting items that are necessary for the calculation of coverage are described in detail and are compared according to the two accounting systems. Finally, the differences in the calculation of coverage in the Hungarian and IFRS accounting systems based on the same items are presented through an example. Based on the study, it can be clearly stated that a significantly higher coverage amount can be detected on the basis of the same items in the system of IFRS than in the Hungarian accounting environment.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 15th July, 2022
  • Keywords: IFRS; Hungarian Accounting Act; Coverage calculation;
  • Pages: 71-78
  • Received: 29th May, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 12th July, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 19

FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS NEAR EDUCATION UNITS - CHILDREN'S OBESOGENEOUS ENVIRONMENT

Heidrun ADUMITRĂCHIOAIEI, Alina-Costina LUCA
 

Nutritional education of adolescents is an essential pillar for learning balanced eating habits, it is difficult to manage this, due to the difficult period, in which most often this population group adheres to behaviors in contrast to those presented and supported by the family. The main changes observed in the diet are influenced by the unlimited access to foods rich in calories and poor in nutrients and by the desire to be accepted by the group of friends, thus increasing the consumption of carbonated drinks, not respecting the main meals and consuming junk food.

  • Type: Case Study
  • Published on: 15th July, 2022
  • Keywords: Fast-food; Obesity; Education;
  • Pages: 79-82
  • Received: 24th April, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 12th July, 2022
Volume X, Network Intelligence Studies
Issue 20

CHANGES IN MANAGERIAL ATTITUDE DUE TO COVID-19

Dora Kinga GULYAS, Istvan Zsombor HAGEN
 

The epidemic of Covid-19 completely changed the economy and business life manner which affected the managers’ attitude as they had to adapt quickly to the new and unexpected challenges for which they didn’t have a guide to follow from previous experience. The research aim was to examine the transformation of leaders’ approach and mentality not just through their perspective, but also across the view of their colleagues. The results show that executives underwent a change not just in the aspect of their strategic thinking, but also in terms of personality characteristics. These significant alterations caused short- and long-term effects both on the company and employee sides.

  • Type: Original Research
  • Published on: 25th September, 2022
  • Keywords: Leadership; Covid-19 crisis; Management Decisions; Sustainability;
  • Pages: 95-100
  • Received: 16th August, 2022
  • Final revision and acceptance: 24th September, 2022