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Publication date: 7 August 2018

Veera Pandiyan Kaliani Sundram, Atikah Shamsul Bahrin, Zarina Binti Abdul Munir and Ali Hussein Zolait

The purpose of this paper is to explain the relationship between supply chain information management, supply chain information system (IS) infrastructure, supply chain integration…

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explain the relationship between supply chain information management, supply chain information system (IS) infrastructure, supply chain integration and the manufacturing performance of firms in manufacturing industry in Malaysia. Therefore, the study addresses a gap in research concerning the effect of supply chain information practices toward manufacturing performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The research design for this study employed the quantitative method using survey questionnaires that have been developed based on a thorough and detailed analysis of the relevant literature. Based on a sample consist of 248 usable data, mediated multiple regression analysis was used to examine the research model.

Findings

The findings indicate that supply chain integration fully mediates the relationship between supply chain information management and supply chain information system infrastructure (ISI) toward manufacturing performance.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited to a particular sample: i.e. electrical and electronics manufacturing firms in Peninsular Malaysia. Thus, the results need to be generalized to encompass wider samples.

Practical implications

Organizations interest in making all members in their supply chain to communicate using information network to support managers in better decision making while adopting more enhanced information management and system infrastructure. As a plus, it helps in integrating various internal and external value chain processes across manufacturing firms in the organization’s supply chain network. As result, manufacturing firms could improve their performance in the long run.

Originality/value

The originality of this study lies in employing a newly developed framework-based existing theoretical argument to examine the effectiveness of supply chain information management and system infrastructure with an improved influence from supply chain integration toward the manufacturing performance.

Article
Publication date: 1 June 2023

Khalid Shaheen and Ali Hussein Zolait

This study aims to determine the impacts of the Bahrain Government framework [cyber-trust program (CTP)] on the cybersecurity maturity of government entities and how the CTP can…

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Purpose

This study aims to determine the impacts of the Bahrain Government framework [cyber-trust program (CTP)] on the cybersecurity maturity of government entities and how the CTP can impact the cybersecurity of government entities in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a quantitative and qualitative approach. The data were collected by conducting semi-structured interviews with the information technology experts in the Bahrain Government entities participating in the CTP. Also, quantitative data was obtained through a questionnaire distributed to relevant people in the information technology field.

Findings

The findings of this study suggest that the CTP had a significant impact on the cybersecurity assurance of the government entities that participated in the CTP; it increased the employees’ awareness, reduced the number of cyberattacks and optimized the available resources. The findings also highlighted the role of top management in the success of the implementation of the CTP. The results also ensure that the CTP’s maturity model affected the cybersecurity compliance of an organization and the implementation of cybersecurity policies and controls.

Practical implications

This study enhances cybersecurity researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding of the impact of the CTP and its components and evaluates its influence on Bahrain’s cybersecurity assurance.

Originality/value

This study implies that to achieve better cybersecurity, managers should focus on implementing the policies and controls provided by cybersecurity frameworks to enhance cybersecurity assurance.

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Information & Computer Security, vol. 31 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4961

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Article
Publication date: 11 May 2015

Palaniappan Shamala, Rabiah Ahmad, Ali Hussein Zolait and Shahrin bin Sahib

Information security has become an essential entity for organizations across the globe to eliminate the possible risks in their organizations by conducting information security…

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Purpose

Information security has become an essential entity for organizations across the globe to eliminate the possible risks in their organizations by conducting information security risk assessment (ISRA). However, the existence of numerous different types of risk assessment methods, standards, guidelines and specifications readily available causes the organizations to face the daunting tasks in determining the most suitable method that would augur well in meeting their needs. Therefore, to overcome this tedious process, this paper suggests collective information structure model for ISRA.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed ISRA model was developed by deploying a questionnaire using close-ended questions administrated to a group of information security practitioners in Malaysia (N = 80). The purpose of the survey was to strengthen and add more relevant additional features to the existing framework, as it was developed based on secondary data.

Findings

Previous comparative and analyzed studies reveals that all the six types of ISRA methodologies have features of the same kind of information with a slight difference in form. Therefore, questionnaires were designed to insert additional features to the research framework. All the additional features chosen were based on high frequency of more than half percentage agreed responses from respondents. The analyses results inspire in generating a collective information structure model which more practical in the real environment of the workplace.

Practical implications

Generally, organizations need to make comparisons between methodologies and decide on the best due to the inexistence of agreed reference benchmark in ISRA methodologies. This tedious process leads to unwarranted time, money and energy consumption.

Originality/value

The collective information structure model for ISRA aims to assist organizations in getting a general view of ISRA flow and gathering information on the requirements to be met before risk assessment can be conducted successfully. This model can be conveniently used by organizations to complete all the required planning as well as to select the suitable methods to complete the ISRA.

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Journal of Systems and Information Technology, vol. 17 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1328-7265

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Article
Publication date: 17 August 2010

Ali Hussein Zolait, Abdul Razak Ibrahim, V.G.R. Chandran and Veera Pandiyan Kaliani Sundram

The purpose of this paper is to attempt to identify the relationship between supply chain process integration and firm performance.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to attempt to identify the relationship between supply chain process integration and firm performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The dimension classification and measurement instrument of the framework adapted from the previous research focus on firm performance impacts of digitally enabled supply chain integration (SCI) capabilities. The study employed the quantitative method where convenience sampling and self‐administered survey questionnaires were sent to 98 conference participants in Malaysia. The research framework was pre‐tested using multivariate analysis.

Findings

The findings reveal that all three dimensions of supply chain process integration were statistically significant to firm performance. Furthermore, information flow integration shows a greater influence than physical and financial flow integration.

Research limitations/implications

This study focused on the manufacturing sector with respondents who were participants of a conference.

Practical implications

The results offer insights to supply chain management practitioners and policy makers on the importance of SCI and information technology (IT) infrastructure to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing industry in terms of operational excellence, revenue growth and customer relationship.

Originality/value

This study adds to the body of knowledge by providing new data and empirical insight on the relationship between SCI and firm performance specifically for the manufacturing industry in Malaysia. In addition, the findings may invite opportunities for comparative studies mainly with other industries as well as other developing and developed economies.

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Journal of Systems and Information Technology, vol. 12 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1328-7265

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Article
Publication date: 30 January 2009

Ali Hussein Saleh Zolait, Minna Mattila and Ainin Sulaiman

The purpose of this paper is to attempt to introduce a new approach to User's Informational‐Based Readiness (UIBR) for investigating the acceptance of marketing innovations such…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to attempt to introduce a new approach to User's Informational‐Based Readiness (UIBR) for investigating the acceptance of marketing innovations such as Internet Banking (IB) services.

Design/methodology/approach

The UIBR construct involves four dimensions that it is proposed influence the potential adopters' intention to adopt IB. The study employed the quantitative method where convenience sampling and self‐administrated survey questionnaires were sent to 1,000 bank account holders in Yemen.

Findings

The findings reveal that both intention and attitude are positively related to all variables of interest and are significantly related to all investigated variables. Furthermore, the multiple regression findings moderately supported that all alternative hypotheses of interest and their sub‐hypotheses are accepted, regarding both the individual's intention and attitude towards the adoption of IB.

Research limitations/implications

This study does not examine the formal relationship between Intention and Attitude and the sample size could have been larger.

Practical implications

The results strengthen the study's argument that the four UIBR dimensions significantly affect a person's intention and attitude towards IB‐use.

Originality/value

Previous studies that sought innovation adoption did not give much concern to the UIBR. This study makes a valuable contribution in the field of marketing by implementing the four UIBR components in the management area as a tool to evaluate the performance and marketing strategy of firms, and also to evaluate to what extent consumers are ready to accept the products or the services introduced.

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International Journal of Bank Marketing, vol. 27 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-2323

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Article
Publication date: 17 March 2012

Suhazimah Dzazali and Ali Hussein Zolait

The purpose of this paper is to examine the basis factors involved in the information security management systems of Malaysian public service (MPS) organizations. Therefore, it…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the basis factors involved in the information security management systems of Malaysian public service (MPS) organizations. Therefore, it proposes an empirical analysis which was conducted to identify the antecedents of the information security maturity (ISM) of an organization; and to clarify the relationship between ISM and the social and technical factors identified.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses quantitative approach, convenience sampling and the required data collected from 970 key players' managers in information security, in a total of 722 government agencies, through a self‐administrated survey. Research adopted the Wallace et al. process to develop and validate the study's instrument.

Findings

The paper provides empirical insights and reveals a number of underlying dimensions of social factors and one technical factor. The risk management was found to be the formal coping mechanism adopted in the MPS organizations and is the leading factor towards ISM. The social factors have the most influence on MPS organizations' ISM. Findings demonstrate that two independent variables, risk management and individual perception, discriminate between those organizations that have high and low ISM.

Research limitations/implications

The research results may lack generalization; therefore, researchers are encouraged to test the proposed propositions further in a different context.

Practical implications

The paper includes implications for the development of a powerful instrument in explaining the ISM. Moreover, it helps internal stakeholders of an organization to formulate a more appropriate policy or give a more effective focus on issues that are really relevant to MPS information security management.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils the identified need to explore determinants of information security maturity.

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Publication date: 31 March 2020

Prem Chhetri, Victor Gekara, Shaorong Li and Jun Yeop Lee

This editorial establishes the broader context for debating the great global convergence of world economic systems and the role of Belt and Road Initiative in shaping the…

Abstract

This editorial establishes the broader context for debating the great global convergence of world economic systems and the role of Belt and Road Initiative in shaping the reconfiguration of key global transport nodes and trade corridors. The interwoven relationships between various aspects of technological transformation, supply chain integration and demographic restructuring in shaping the global value chain and integrated production networks are theoretically and empirically probed in this special issue. The importance of technological innovation, and structural reforms are highlighted to help businesses to sustainably manage the growing supply chain complexity and the likely disruptions during the fourth industrial revolution.

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Journal of International Logistics and Trade, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1738-2122

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