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Mixed method research on lifelong learning: capturing its dynamics in a multi-generational workforce in the wake of COVID 19

Business Communications

Mixed method research on lifelong learning: capturing its dynamics in a multi-generational workforce in the wake of COVID 19

Jaya Gupta

The coronavirus outbreak has ignited significant disruptions across industries. An agile mindset to assimilate learning into life is mandatory to be able to perform in the redesigned workplace. The pandemic is disrupting the workforce of all the generations. The present mixed-method study seeks to examine the differences in lifelong learning attribute of the prominent generations in the Indian workforce through qualitative, in-depth interviews followed by a more generalisable, quantitative survey. The qu...

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Can foreign direct investment promote BIT signing?

Economics

Can foreign direct investment promote BIT signing?

Pengcheng Liu

Compared to the vast number of previous studies on the impact of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), this paper empirically analyses how previous FDI affects BIT signing by using annual data covering 258 countries for the period 2002–2012. We find that the likelihood of signing BITs between two countries is higher when the country-pair has a larger sum of FDI stock and a larger FDI difference, and this effect is more pronounced in middle- and low-income countries th...

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Stepping up the game–meeting the needs of global business through virtual team projects

Business Communications

Stepping up the game–meeting the needs of global business through virtual team projects

Stephanie Swartz

Virtual collaboration provides students with an opportunity to develop cultural intelligence while fitting into the team where the members are from diverse cultures. The purpose of this study is to explore whether global virtual team (GVT) projects raise students' understanding of cultural differences. In addition, it is interesting to know how internationally disruptive events such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic influence GVT projects. The research involved two parts: In the first p...

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Economic Interdependence Since COVID-19: China and South Asia

Economics

Economic Interdependence Since COVID-19: China and South Asia

Khanindra Ch. Das

In the backdrop of COVID-19-induced geo-political backlash against China, the article makes an assessment of the nature of economic interdependence of South Asian nations with China. Though COVID-19-induced lockdown led to a decline in trade with China, it recovered quickly in subsequent months. In the case of India, even after imposing restrictive measures, trade with China was found to bounce back indicating to a greater dependence on China. Further, asymmetry in economic engagement with China could be...

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Socio-Economic Condition of Small-Scale Producers in Varanasi: A Case of Banaras Brocade and Saree

Marketing & Retail

Socio-Economic Condition of Small-Scale Producers in Varanasi: A Case of Banaras Brocade and Saree

Meghna Chaudhary

Geographical indication is a designation or sign intended to protect certain products that are located in a geographical locality or origin. The vast diversity of handicrafts produced throughout India reflects India's rich cultural heritage and centuries of evolutionary tradition. One such prominent product under the category of Geographical Indication is “BanarasiSilk and Brocade”. Banarasi Silk products have a ready market at home and abroad but the industry has been experiencing a significant decl...

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Acceptance of MOOCs as an alternative for internship for management students during COVID-19 pandemic: an Indian perspective

Economics

Acceptance of MOOCs as an alternative for internship for management students during COVID-19 pandemic: an Indian perspective

Archana Singh

The objective of this paper is to understand the benefits and utility of massive open online courses (MOOCs) as perceived by the student, vis-à-vis internship and determine the factors that influence student motivation and distraction in adoption of MOOCs. An empirical study is conducted through a survey; data are collected through a structured questionnaire. The technology acceptance model (TAM) is used as the base framework. For data analysis, Statistical Product and Service Solutions–Analysis of Mo...

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Collective ownership: an Expo Mart for the exporter by the exporter

Business Communications

Collective ownership: an Expo Mart for the exporter by the exporter

Anuj Sharma

Till early 2000s, barring few, there was lack of exhibition facilities in National Capital Region (NCR) of India. Rakesh Kumar who was heading Export Promotion Council for Handicraft felt that this was one of the major problems in improving handicraft exports from India. To overcome this, Rakesh consulted the industry and government bodies and as a result, Expo Mart having state-of-art facilities for organising exhibitions in NCR was conceptualised. This was planned as special purpose vehicle (SPV), prim...

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Measuring an employer brand: a study towards valid scale development (as a second-order factor of a structural model)

Business Communications

Measuring an employer brand: a study towards valid scale development (as a second-order factor of a structural model)

Navin Kumar Shrivastava

The study aims to conceptualise, develop and validates a scale to measure an employer brand(ing) (EB) based on the opinion of existing and potential employees. A total of 431 student-respondents from B-Schools across India were surveyed in a cross-sectional study using a 70-item scale generated through literature review and expert interviews. Through exploratory factor analysis, six EB dimensions were derived. These were further validated using confirmatory factor analysis on data of 120 employees of the...

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Reflections on Blended Learning in Management Education: A Qualitative Study with a Push-pull Migration Perspective

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Reflections on Blended Learning in Management Education: A Qualitative Study with a Push-pull Migration Perspective

Jaya Gupta

COVID-19 pandemic is a major disruptor for education today. Its onset has necessitated innovations in design and delivery of teaching and learning environment with extensive technology integration. The present study aims to scan the factors that are bringing about major transformations in management education in current times. The study extends the demographic push-pull (PP) migratory model to explain and analyse the factors that can enable a smooth transit to a technology enabled virtual teaching and le...

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Impact of COVID 19 on Indian Migrant Workers: Decoding Twitter Data by Text Mining

Business Communications

Impact of COVID 19 on Indian Migrant Workers: Decoding Twitter Data by Text Mining

Pooja Misra

The Coronavirus pandemic has induced a huge economic crisis. The norms of social distancing and consequent lockdown to flatten the curve of this infection has brought economic activity across the globe to a standstill. A mass exodus of workers from major urban centres of India to their native villages started. Mental, financial and emotional agony inflicted due to job-loss, lack of job and livelihood opportunities led to this. A massive macroeconomic crisis for the country with serious ramifications has ...

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