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Saving Behaviour In The Australian Dream: Its Relationship With Aspiration And Motivation, Financial Literacy, And Materialism, Ming D’Iapico-Bien Jan 2018

Saving Behaviour In The Australian Dream: Its Relationship With Aspiration And Motivation, Financial Literacy, And Materialism, Ming D’Iapico-Bien

Theses : Honours

In Australia, most people aspire to achieve the “Australian dream” of owning their homes. Australian house prices have risen dramatically in comparison to people’s incomes, but despite this, many Australians still strive to enter the property market. The aim of this correlational study was to investigate the relationships between saving behaviour (with the ultimate goal of spending accumulated savings on a house deposit) and various psychological variables over and above sex, age, education, employment status, and income. The investigated predictor variables were motivation, extrinsic aspiration, financial literacy, and materialism. Previous research grounded in self-determination theory (SDT) has shown that ...


Modelling And Forecasting Stock Price Movements With Serially Dependent Determinants, Rasika Yatigammana, Shelton Peiris, Richard Gerlach, David Edmund Allen Jan 2018

Modelling And Forecasting Stock Price Movements With Serially Dependent Determinants, Rasika Yatigammana, Shelton Peiris, Richard Gerlach, David Edmund Allen

ECU Publications Post 2013

The direction of price movements are analysed under an ordered probit framework, recognising the importance of accounting for discreteness in price changes. By extending the work of Hausman et al. (1972) and Yang and Parwada (2012),This paper focuses on improving the forecast performance of the model while infusing a more practical perspective by enhancing flexibility. This is achieved by extending the existing framework to generate short term multi period ahead forecasts for better decision making, whilst considering the serial dependence structure. This approach enhances the flexibility and adaptability of the model to future price changes, particularly targeting risk minimisation ...


Rmb Exchange Rates And Volatility Spillover Across Financial Markets In China And Japan, Fengming Qin, Junru Zhang, Zhaoyong Zhang Jan 2018

Rmb Exchange Rates And Volatility Spillover Across Financial Markets In China And Japan, Fengming Qin, Junru Zhang, Zhaoyong Zhang

ECU Publications Post 2013

This study examines empirically the volatility spillover effects between the RMB foreign exchange markets and the stock markets by employing daily returns of the Chinese RMB exchange rates and the stock markets in China and Japan during the period in 1998–2018. We find evidence that there exist co-volatility effects among the financial markets in China and Japan, and the volatility of RMB exchange rates contribute to the co-volatility spillovers across the financial markets. Reversely, the return shock from the stock markets can also generate co-volatility spillover to the foreign exchange markets. The bidirectional relationship reveals that both the fundamental ...


Family Businesses And Adaptation: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach, Abel Duarte Alonso, Seng Kok, Michelle O'Shea Jan 2018

Family Businesses And Adaptation: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach, Abel Duarte Alonso, Seng Kok, Michelle O'Shea

ECU Publications Post 2013

The main objective of this research was to propose a framework centred on the dynamic capabilities approach, and to be applied in the context of family businesses’ adaption to their changing business environment. Data were gathered through interviews with ten FBs operating in Western Australia. Based on the findings, the clusters of activities, sensing, seizing, and transforming emerged as key factors for firms’ adaptation, and were reinforced by firms’ open culture, signature processes, idiosyncratic knowledge, and valuable, rare, inimitable and non-substitutable attributes. Thus, the usefulness of the proposed framework was confirmed. Implications and future research opportunities are presented.


Extending The Job Embeddedness-Life Satisfaction Relationship: An Exploratory Investigation, Emmanuel T. Ampofo, Alan Coetzer, Paul Poisat Jan 2018

Extending The Job Embeddedness-Life Satisfaction Relationship: An Exploratory Investigation, Emmanuel T. Ampofo, Alan Coetzer, Paul Poisat

ECU Publications Post 2013

Purpose

This exploratory study adopts a stakeholder perspective on organisational effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to examine the job embeddedness (JE)–life satisfaction relationship, moderating roles of gender and community embeddedness and mediating role of innovative behaviour.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a snowballing approach, data were collected from 549 participants employed in organisations located in four major metropolitan centres in South Africa.

Findings

Analyses revealed a positive relationship between JE and life satisfaction. Gender moderated the JE–life satisfaction relationship, such that the relationship was stronger among females than males. Community embeddedness moderated the organisation embeddedness–life satisfaction ...


Collaboration And The Emerging Craft Brewing Industry: An Exploratory Study, Alonso Duarte, Nevil Alexander, Seamus O'Brien Jan 2018

Collaboration And The Emerging Craft Brewing Industry: An Exploratory Study, Alonso Duarte, Nevil Alexander, Seamus O'Brien

ECU Publications Post 2013

In adopting various elements associated with the theory of collaboration, this exploratory study investigates collaboration in the context of predominantly micro- and small craft breweries. The findings revealed that collaboration within other brewers helped increase product quality, gain basic knowledge of new recipes, and enhance strategic knowledge about the industry. The applicability of the elements related to the theory of collaboration was confirmed. For instance, the element of stakeholders of a problem domain was aligned with the notion that craft brewery operators’ actions, including collaboration, can have significant impacts on the problem domain that brought them together


An Integrated Approach To Improving Rural Livelihoods: Examples From India And Bangladesh, Barry Croke, Wendy Merritt, Peter Cornish, Geoffrey J. Syme, Christian H. Roth Jan 2018

An Integrated Approach To Improving Rural Livelihoods: Examples From India And Bangladesh, Barry Croke, Wendy Merritt, Peter Cornish, Geoffrey J. Syme, Christian H. Roth

ECU Publications Post 2013

This paper presents an overview of work in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and SW Bangladesh through a series of projects from 2005 to the present, considering the impact of farming systems, water shed development and/or agricultural intensification on livelihoods in selected rural areas of India and Bangladesh. The projects spanned a range of scales spanning from the village scale (∼  1 km2) to the meso-scale (∼  100 km2), and considered social as well as biophysical aspects. They focused mainly on the food and water part of the food-water-energy nexus. These projects were in collaboration with a range of organisations ...


Exploring Poor Outcomes From Quality Assurance Programs – An Analysis Based Around The Concept Of Mechanisms And The Theory Of Constraints (Toc) Thinking Process (Tp), Layla M. M. B. Al-Hameed Jan 2018

Exploring Poor Outcomes From Quality Assurance Programs – An Analysis Based Around The Concept Of Mechanisms And The Theory Of Constraints (Toc) Thinking Process (Tp), Layla M. M. B. Al-Hameed

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

Quality programs have been used by organisations since their advent in the 1930s and continue to be implemented to achieve various goals. For example, according to the International Organization for Standardization (2015) and the CASRO Institute for Research Quality (2016), organisations aim to reduce costs, gain a competitive advantage, improve the quality of their processes and products, and enhance profitability through attaining such accreditations. ISO accreditations have also been used to ensure compliance with market requirements (Williams, 2004). However, a major challenge in implementing these programs, referred to in this thesis as ‘Quality Assurance Programs’ (QAPs), is the gap that ...


Managing Organizational Learning Ambidexterity: An Exploratory Study Of Australian Large Service Organizations, Agung N. L. I. Fahrudi Jan 2018

Managing Organizational Learning Ambidexterity: An Exploratory Study Of Australian Large Service Organizations, Agung N. L. I. Fahrudi

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

Organizational ambidexterity is about developing necessary organizational capabilities to compete in new and changing markets that enable organizations to survive in the face of dynamic external environments. It is about finding a balance between exploring new knowledge and exploiting existing knowledge or capabilities. The research on ambidexterity has offered different mechanisms for pursuing ambidexterity, and has highlighted the pivotal role of organizations’ senior teams and leadership behaviors in balancing the conflicting demands of exploration and exploitation. Research has also shown that no universal best practices should be sought to resolve the dilemma but instead leaders need to understand the situational ...


Exploring The Preparedness Of Novice (Student) Paramedics For The Mental Health Challenges Of The Paramedic Profession: Using The Wisdom Of The Elders, Lisa Holmes Jan 2018

Exploring The Preparedness Of Novice (Student) Paramedics For The Mental Health Challenges Of The Paramedic Profession: Using The Wisdom Of The Elders, Lisa Holmes

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This study investigates the preparedness of novice (student) paramedics for the mental health challenges of the paramedic profession and identifies the coping strategies used by veteran paramedics to successfully meet these challenges. The lived experience of veteran paramedics is utilised to provide this important assistance.

Initially, two surveys were developed and administered to 16 course coordinators and 302 students of the 16 accredited undergraduate degree paramedicine courses across Australia and New Zealand, to identify the perceived need (for preparation) within the curriculum. In addition, the anticipations, confidence and fears of novice (student) paramedics, course coordinators and veteran paramedics were also ...


A Framework For Social Media Use In Project Management, Muralitheran V. Kanagarajoo Jan 2018

A Framework For Social Media Use In Project Management, Muralitheran V. Kanagarajoo

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

There has been rapid adoption of social media (SM) in business functions such as marketing and advertising. This being primarily due to its capability to communicate information. There has been less widespread adoption of SM for other business functions and the potential of SM is not comprehensively understood. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the potential of SM for project management and to understand some of the difficulties that arise from SM use. The research specifically investigated how SM is being used for project activities and the maturity of the management processes that govern SM use. Implications for ...


How Do National Employment Policies Influence Human Resource Practices? A Comparative Study Of The Integrated Resort And Hotel Industry In Macau And Singapore, Poh Chong Danny Ng Jan 2018

How Do National Employment Policies Influence Human Resource Practices? A Comparative Study Of The Integrated Resort And Hotel Industry In Macau And Singapore, Poh Chong Danny Ng

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

Asia’s growth in prominence over the last decade is a phenomenon that has seen some governments and international financial institutions defining the twenty-first century as the Asian Century, in which Asia will be the focus of economic growth (Kohli, Sharma & Sood, 2011). The wealth in the major economies of Asia will see an increase in a dominant middle-income group, with strong spending power not only in terms of lifestyle domestically, but also internationally. This group’s quest for the finer things in life will transform the hospitality industry in countries such as Singapore and Macau: both are international metropolises with numerous five-star hotels and resorts. The subsequent expansion in the hospitality industry in these countries has resulted in a tight labour market whereby the respective governments introduced national policies with varying impact on the labour market. This research will investigate how these national policies are translated into Human Resources (HR) policies by HR managers; what the influencing factors in the translation process are; and the difference between the HR policies between Singapore and Macau.

Before 2002, the then Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau (STDM) (now Sociedade de Jogos de Macau) was the only organisation in Macau with a casino within its hotel. This changed when the Special Administrative Region (SAR) government ...


Mindfulness At Work: Assessing The Impact Of Practising Mindfulness In The Workplace On Engagement, Wellbeing, Happiness And Positivity, Fiona Peters Jan 2018

Mindfulness At Work: Assessing The Impact Of Practising Mindfulness In The Workplace On Engagement, Wellbeing, Happiness And Positivity, Fiona Peters

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

Aim: The purpose of this study carried out in Perth, Western Australia was to examine the effect of mindfulness training on workers in a university setting, by assessing the impact of mindfulness training on their sense of wellbeing, happiness, positivity and level of engagement in their jobs.

Method: Participants (n = 54) were recruited through the Edith Cowan University staff Health and Wellness Program, Live Life Longer and randomly allocated into two groups of 27. Both groups were invited to take part in 6 weeks of mindfulness training with staggered starts, group 2 began once group 1 had completed the training ...


Efficiency And Risk In Sustaining China’S Food Production And Security: Evidence From Micro-Level Panel Data Analysis Of Japonica Rice Production, Chengjun Wang, Zhaoyong Zhang, Ximin Fei Jan 2018

Efficiency And Risk In Sustaining China’S Food Production And Security: Evidence From Micro-Level Panel Data Analysis Of Japonica Rice Production, Chengjun Wang, Zhaoyong Zhang, Ximin Fei

ECU Publications Post 2013

Sustainable food production and food security are always challenging issues in China. This paper constructs a multi-element two-level constant-elasticity-of-substitution (CES) model to assess technological progress in, and its contribution to, japonica rice production in China. The results show that the speed of technological progress in the production of japonica rice on average was 0.44% per annum in 1985–2013, and technological progress has contributed significantly to the growth of japonica rice production in China. Robustness checks show that the results appear to be sensitive to which sub-sample is used. Labour and some other inputs are found to be significant ...


The Image Of India As A Travel Destination And The Attitude Of Viewers Towards Indian Tv Dramas, Usep Suhud, Gregory B. Willson Jan 2018

The Image Of India As A Travel Destination And The Attitude Of Viewers Towards Indian Tv Dramas, Usep Suhud, Gregory B. Willson

ECU Publications Post 2013

For a few decades now, various television stations in Indonesia have been broadcasting foreign drama series including those from a range of Asian countries, such Korea, India, Turkey, Thailand and the Philippines . This study aims to explore attitude towards Asian drama in those countries and the destination image of the country where the drama emanates from as perceived by the audiences. This study applied a mixed-methodology approach in order to explore particularly attitudes towards foreign television drama productions. There is a paucity of study exploring the attitudes of audiences towards Indian television dramas and a limited study focussing on the ...


How Does Destination Social Responsibility Contribute To Environmentally Responsible Behaviour? A Destination Resident Perspective, Lujun Su, Songshan (Sam) Huang, Joanna Pearce Jan 2018

How Does Destination Social Responsibility Contribute To Environmentally Responsible Behaviour? A Destination Resident Perspective, Lujun Su, Songshan (Sam) Huang, Joanna Pearce

ECU Publications Post 2013

Based on stakeholder theory and social exchange theory, this study developed an integrated model to demonstrate that destination social responsibility (DSR) influences tourism impacts (both positive and negative impacts), overall community satisfaction, and both directly and indirectly influences resident environmentally responsible behaviour (ERB). The model was examined using a sample of 453 residents living on the Gulangyu Island, a famous island tourism destination of Xiamen, China. Results show that DSR enhances residents’ perception of positive tourism impacts, improves overall community satisfaction and contributes to resident ERB. However, the effect of DSR on negative tourism impacts was not significant. Thus, positive ...


Geotourism And Cultural Heritage, Kerran Olson, Ross Dowling Jan 2018

Geotourism And Cultural Heritage, Kerran Olson, Ross Dowling

ECU Publications Post 2013

Geotourism is often thought to refer solely to ‘geological tourism’, however, more recent views suggest that the term in fact refers much more broadly to encompass not only geology, but also fauna and flora as well as cultural aspects. An area’s geo-heritage can be defined as the geological base that, when combined with climate, has shaped the plants and animals of an area, which in turn determine an area's culture; that is, how people have lived in that area both in the past as well as in the present. This link has rarely been explored in academic literature ...


The Continuance Intention Of User’S Engagement In Multiplayer Video Games Based On Uses And Gratifications Theory, Ira Puspitasari, Elzha Odie Syahputra, Indra Kharisma Raharjana, Ferry Jie Jan 2018

The Continuance Intention Of User’S Engagement In Multiplayer Video Games Based On Uses And Gratifications Theory, Ira Puspitasari, Elzha Odie Syahputra, Indra Kharisma Raharjana, Ferry Jie

ECU Publications Post 2013

One of the key success factors in video game industry, including multiplayer video game (MVG), is the user’s continuance intention. The MVG industry runs in a highly competitive market. Users can shift to another game as soon as they discover a slightly inconvenient issue. Thus, maintaining the user’s enthusiasm in playing MVG for a long time is challenging for most games. The solution to prolong the users’ engagement can be initiated by identifying all factors that facilitate the continuance use of playing MVG. This study applied uses and gratifications theory to examine seven variables (enjoyment, fantasy, escapism, social ...


Do Nonparametric Measures Of Extreme Equity Risk Change The Parametric Ordinal Ranking? Evidence From Asia, Robert J. Powell, Duc H. Vo., Thach N. Pham Jan 2018

Do Nonparametric Measures Of Extreme Equity Risk Change The Parametric Ordinal Ranking? Evidence From Asia, Robert J. Powell, Duc H. Vo., Thach N. Pham

ECU Publications Post 2013

There has been much discussion in the literature about how central measures of equity risk such as standard deviation fail to account for extreme tail risk of equities. Similarly, parametric measures of value at risk (VaR) may also fail to account for extreme risk as they assume a normal distribution which is often not the case in practice. Nonparametric measures of extreme risk such as nonparametric VaR and conditional value at risk (CVaR) have often been found to overcome this problem by measuring actual tail risk without applying any predetermined assumptions. However, this article argues that it is not just ...


Hr Orientations And Hr Department Effectiveness In Vietnam, Diep T. N. Nguyen, Stephen T. Teo Jan 2018

Hr Orientations And Hr Department Effectiveness In Vietnam, Diep T. N. Nguyen, Stephen T. Teo

ECU Publications Post 2013

Purpose

Human resource (HR) philosophy and an organization’s commitment to employees (OCE) are important components of a human resource management (HRM) system, yet the influences of these variables on the effectiveness of HRM implementation has been less evident. Similarly, few studies have examined the effect of intended and implemented HR practices on line managers’ perceptions of HR department effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to examine how these factors could result in a positive evaluation of HR department effectiveness in Vietnam.

Design/methodology/approach

Study 1 consisted of 405 line managers and the authors used this sample to ...


Does Sustainability Engagement Affect Stock Return Volatility? Evidence From The Chinese Financial Market, Junru Zhang, Harian G. Djajadikerta, Zhaoyong Zhang Prof Jan 2018

Does Sustainability Engagement Affect Stock Return Volatility? Evidence From The Chinese Financial Market, Junru Zhang, Harian G. Djajadikerta, Zhaoyong Zhang Prof

ECU Publications Post 2013

This paper examines the impact of firms’ sustainability engagement on their stock returns and volatility by employing the EGARCH and FIGARCH models using data from the major financial firms listed in the Chinese stock market. We find evidence of a positive association between sustainability engagement and stock returns, suggesting firms’ sustainability news release in favour of the market. Although volatility persistence can largely be explained by news flows, the results show that sustainability news release has the significant and largest drop in volatility persistence, followed by popularity in Google search engine and the general news. Sustainability news release is found ...


Theoretical And Empirical Differences Between Diagonal And Full Bekk For Risk Management, David E. Allen, Michael Mcaleer Jan 2018

Theoretical And Empirical Differences Between Diagonal And Full Bekk For Risk Management, David E. Allen, Michael Mcaleer

ECU Publications Post 2013

The purpose of the paper is to explore the relative biases in the estimation of the Full BEKK model as compared with the Diagonal BEKK model, which is used as a theoretical and empirical benchmark. Chang and McAleer et al., 2017 show that univariate GARCH is not a special case of multivariate GARCH, specifically, the Full BEKK model, and demonstrate that Full BEKK, which, in practice, is estimated almost exclusively, has no underlying stochastic process, regularity conditions, or asymptotic properties. Diagonal BEKK (DBEKK) does not suffer from these limitations, and hence provides a suitable benchmark. We use simulated financial returns ...


Entrepreneurial Csr, Managerial Role And Firm Resources: A Case Study Approach, Alonso Duarte, Ian P. Austin Jan 2018

Entrepreneurial Csr, Managerial Role And Firm Resources: A Case Study Approach, Alonso Duarte, Ian P. Austin

ECU Publications Post 2013

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to contribute to the extant body of the entrepreneurship and business management literature, investigating corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its implications for firms’ competitiveness. The cases of four different firms are examined through the lens of the resource-based view of the firm and role theory. Design/methodology/approach: Face-to-face and telephone interviews were conducted with the owners and managers of four model firms identified in Western Australia. Findings: While financial outcomes clearly stand out as the end goal for engaging in CSR-related practices, the importance of firm managers’ entrepreneurial role emerges in using ...


Assessing The Interplay Between Crowdfunding And Sustainability In Social Media, Christofer Laurell, Christian Sandstrom, Yuliani Suseno Jan 2018

Assessing The Interplay Between Crowdfunding And Sustainability In Social Media, Christofer Laurell, Christian Sandstrom, Yuliani Suseno

ECU Publications Post 2013

This paper aims to assess the degree to which sustainability-oriented dimensions are integrated within the public discourse on crowdfunding in social media. Utilizing Social Media Analytics (SMA), we track discussions on crowdfunding in user-generated content published in social media. Based on an empirical material of 141,754 user-generated content, we identify 308 entries (0.21 percent) explicitly or implicitly relating to sustainability and 80 percent of these 308 entries came from professional actors. In this material, 37 sustainability-oriented campaigns are identified and 26 of them (70 percent) received one entry. Taken together, this paper adds to previous literature by assessing ...


Cointegration Between The European Union And The Selected Global Markets Following Sovereign Debt Crisis, Anna Golab, Ferry Jie, Robert J. Powell, Anna Zamojska Jan 2018

Cointegration Between The European Union And The Selected Global Markets Following Sovereign Debt Crisis, Anna Golab, Ferry Jie, Robert J. Powell, Anna Zamojska

ECU Publications Post 2013

The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytical analysis of cointegration between Europe and the other significant trading partners, namely US, China, Japan and Australia, for the period from January 1, 2010 to December 30, 2016. This captures the impact of the sovereign European debt crisis and the Greek crisis. A range of parametric techniques were adopted including Johansen cointegration analysis, Vector Error Correction Model and Granger causality. The results of the crisis Granger causality test during the European sovereign crisis implies the highest influence to be that of the US and Japanese stock market over the other ...


New Perspectives On Bank Risk In Malaysia, Robert J. Powell May 2017

New Perspectives On Bank Risk In Malaysia, Robert J. Powell

ECU Publications Post 2013

Stable banks in individual ASEAN countries are essential to the economic stability of the ASEAN region as these countries move towards the goal of greater financial integration in the region. This study comprehensively explores bank risk in Malaysia as compared to the ASEAN region over an 18-year period which includes the Asian and Global Financial Crises. Metrics used include non-performing loans (NPLs), conditional distance to default (CDD which focuses on tail risk of asset volatility and is the authors own measure of bank default based on an extension to the Merton distance to default (DD) model) and a tail risk ...


A Story Of The Red Lantern, Anh Do Jan 2017

A Story Of The Red Lantern, Anh Do

ECU Posters

The aim of my research is to understand how a sotck market in one country reacts to a "shock" from a stock market in another country, using the Generalised autoregressive conditional heterosedasticity model (GARCH)


Quest For Quality: Logistics Management In Vietnamese Local Sme, Vanessa Cao Jan 2017

Quest For Quality: Logistics Management In Vietnamese Local Sme, Vanessa Cao

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What are the key issues and problems facing local SME logistics companies in Vietnam and their main causes? How can Vietnamese local SME firms improve their capacity to compete against their foreign counterparts operating in Vietnam. Provides a quality framework for local companies.


Hyperlink Connectivity Of Wa Tourism Websites, Hossein Raisi Jan 2017

Hyperlink Connectivity Of Wa Tourism Websites, Hossein Raisi

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This poster shows the network of hyperlink connectivity between tourism websites in Western Australia. The network has 1515 websites and 6059 links. Network analysis was used to analyse the network from different perspectives. The analyses showed the main properties of the network such as very low connectivity, the hierarchical structure of the network, high clustering, tendency to link to geographically proximate organisations, and low acknowledgment between the websites. WA tourism websites need to create more links to each other to become more visible on the internet.


The Factors Impacting Customers’ Intention To Use Of An Online Grocery Retail Store, Mitra Maboud Jan 2017

The Factors Impacting Customers’ Intention To Use Of An Online Grocery Retail Store, Mitra Maboud

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In an effort to increase sales, most major retail companies seek to recruit and reward loyal customers for regular frequent purchases. Companies inspire and reward their loyal customers to enhance repeat purchase and sales opportunities. There are a number of factors influencing the customers’ mindset in choosing a specific grocery store, such as loyalty, word of mouth, risks, brand image and brand value. Further analyses of these factors will assist company’s customer relationships and marketing strategy development and implementation.

The benefit of developing loyalty among customers is to increase repeat purchase behaviour (Das, 2014; Jarvis & Wilcox, 1977). Customers’ satisfaction ...