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Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal, vol. 25 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1477-7282

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Publication date: 1 January 1992

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

During the past decade Wall Street practitioners devised various methods for converting undervalued corporate shares into instant wealth. Their tactics, however, have had…

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During the past decade Wall Street practitioners devised various methods for converting undervalued corporate shares into instant wealth. Their tactics, however, have had highly negative consequences for a number of companies. Many companies have, in fact, restructured with substantial debt with severe operational consequences. The purpose of this paper is to examine the reasoning behind such a boom in the hostile takeover activities. It will discuss the importance and implications of restructuring, causes for corporate hostile takeovers and the defense strategies that effectively resist external acquisition.

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International Journal of Commerce and Management, vol. 2 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1056-9219

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Publication date: 1 January 1994

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

Businesses in the U.S. are faced with several challenges as a result of the changing world economy. The purpose of this investigation is to shed light on management…

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Businesses in the U.S. are faced with several challenges as a result of the changing world economy. The purpose of this investigation is to shed light on management responses to the global challenges facing businesses in the 1990s and beyond. In addition the paper will focus on some of the problems facing this nation in the coming decade regarding the complexity of its workforce.

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International Journal of Commerce and Management, vol. 4 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1056-9219

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Publication date: 1 June 1991

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

The study of international business has become increasinglyimportant in recent years. So important that the American Assembly ofthe Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB…

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The study of international business has become increasingly important in recent years. So important that the American Assembly of the Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has called for the internationalisation of business curricula. In 1992 and beyond, successful business people will treat the entire world as their domain. No one country can operate in an economic vacuum. Any economic measures taken by one country can affect the global economy. This book is designed to challenge the reader to develop a global perspective of international business. Globalisation is by no means a new concept, but there are many new factors that have contributed to its recently accelerated growth. Among them, the new technologies in communication and transport that have resulted in major expansions of international trade and investment. In the future, the world market will become predominant. There are bound to be big changes in the world economy. For instance the changes in Eastern Europe and the European Community during the 1990s. With a strong knowledge base in international business, future managers will be better prepared for the new world market. This book introduces its readers to the exciting and rewarding field of international management and international corporations. It is written in contemporary, easy‐to‐understand language, avoiding abstract terminology; and is organised into five sections, each of which includes a number of chapters that cover a subject involving activities that cross national boundaries.

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Publication date: 1 September 2007

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate recent corporate failures and their effect on financial statements, as well as the measures being taken to rebuild trust in…

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The purpose of this paper is to evaluate recent corporate failures and their effect on financial statements, as well as the measures being taken to rebuild trust in corporate America.

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Looks at how corporate governance in the USA is undergoing comprehensive reforms, particularly the significant Sarbanes‐Oxley Act.

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Measures to rebuild trust in corporate America are being implemented.

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The paper is of value by showing how the Sarbanes‐Oxley Act is by far is the most important legislative act governing business in the beginning of the twenty‐first century.

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Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1059-5422

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Publication date: 1 April 1991

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

Currently in the United States it has been estimated that 10‐12,000robots are utilised in larger corporations. Future predictions calculatethat within five to seven years…

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Currently in the United States it has been estimated that 10‐12,000 robots are utilised in larger corporations. Future predictions calculate that within five to seven years up to 100,000 robots may be in use in the US alone. It was predicted that by 1990 more than 50,000 new jobs would be created in making and maintaining robots in good condition. With such a dramatic increase in the use of robotics technology, enterprises must acknowledge the future implications of such advancement on both management and employees. The purpose is to test the strategic application of robotics technology, why it should be used extensively in the future, the fear of unemployment due to the robots, and the reorganisation of traditional management practices as a result of new technological advances. Also the application of such technology in the developed and developing countries is discussed.

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Management Decision, vol. 29 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 July 1991

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

Management′s perception towards buyouts, the impact that variousforms of the buyout are having on the marketplace, and how buyoutpopularity effects the economy are…

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Management′s perception towards buyouts, the impact that various forms of the buyout are having on the marketplace, and how buyout popularity effects the economy are discussed. The buyout has also become a popular alternative for entrepreneurs, who in the past have founded companies rather than buying existing firms. The advantages that buyouts offer the entrepreneur compared to the traditional approach are also discussed. A survey of managers who have been involved in buyouts is discussed and correlated to current literature involving the new entrepreneur and his/her involvement in the buyout phenomenon.

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Management Decision, vol. 29 no. 7
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ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 April 1990

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

Today′s boards of directors are facing increasing changes regardingtheir accountability for the actions of their companies, and what areseen by society to be their…

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Today′s boards of directors are facing increasing changes regarding their accountability for the actions of their companies, and what are seen by society to be their functions. Examples of different types of board structure and methods of their composition are examined. The advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed. It is concluded that the organisation of the board depends on its goals and objectives; each will require a different format. However, the use of committees, particularly the audit, board audit and nominating committee styles, is considered to increase the effectiveness of boards of directors.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 90 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Publication date: 1 March 1993

Abbass F. Alkhafaji

Discusses the issue of privatization and its relationship with thegovernment. Answers the question of who should perform certaingovernmental services and why they should…

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Discusses the issue of privatization and its relationship with the government. Answers the question of who should perform certain governmental services and why they should be performed by that particular organization. Compares the privatization process in the United States and European countries. Finally explains why politicians do not resort to more private services.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 6 no. 3
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ISSN: 0953-4814

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Publication date: 1 January 2003

Richard Alan Nelson

The use of persuasive mass communication techniques by public relations and advertising practitioners, rather than abating in influence as early theorists hoped because of…

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The use of persuasive mass communication techniques by public relations and advertising practitioners, rather than abating in influence as early theorists hoped because of more widespread education, is an increasing component of both private and government communication. In an information environment, persuasion serves a public interest when it assists social utility, but there has been no “macro‐ethical” consistency by practitioners. Indeed, today's global business environment demands an ethically conscious corporate attitude since various publics expect business organizations to take on a greater role in solving community problems—they want to see corporations be ethical in word and act. However, the lack of a single common framework for deciding what is ethical and what is not thus ultimately influences the outcome of public policymaking and the reputation of public relations. This article argues that business ethics matter for the bottom line, with ethical practice and openness in communication the keys to survival in the 21st century. Amoral leadership, exemplified by situational management theories, is outdated (and worse, increasingly ineffective). Change, however, also requires action and a willingness to be open to communication to many constituencies and cultures. Old internal divisions in firms also must be dissolved, with more flexible structures and communications interplay encouraged. Experienced international public relations practitioners must be part of this change.

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Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1059-5422

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