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Article
Publication date: 14 August 2019

Majed AbuKhader, Rawan Abdelraziq, Maryam Al-Azawi and Salma Khamis Ali

This paper aims to examine and assess the sodium content in various pre-packed bread products marketed in three cities, Muscat, Morgantown (West Virginia) and Stockholm, and in…

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Purpose

This paper aims to examine and assess the sodium content in various pre-packed bread products marketed in three cities, Muscat, Morgantown (West Virginia) and Stockholm, and in combination with spread products. It also aims to investigate the pattern of public consumption of bread in Muscat.

Design/methodology/approach

A random cross-sectional investigation was followed. This study used the nutrition panel of selected bread and spread products to record sodium content and a close-ended questionnaire.

Findings

The mean sodium content in 100 g of bread marketed in Muscat was significantly lower than that in Morgantown (p < 0.001) and Stockholm (p < 0.022). The intake of 100 g of any bread type with 40 g of cheese spread will offer more than 20 per cent of the recommended daily intake of sodium, which poses a health risk upon frequent consumption. Results from the survey conducted in Muscat showed that most of the people consume bread in breakfast and the average amount of bread consumed per day was reported to be 100 g. Only 74.9 per cent of the participants knew that salt is added in the making of bread.

Originality/value

This research is of a value to food policymakers in relation to the use of salt (sodium) in bread. Sodium content in bread products varied significantly in the selected markets. Daily consumption of bread with cheese spreads should be either reduced or avoided by children because of high sodium content. Average intake of 100 g bread per day by participants in the survey is an indicator of a reduced exposure to sodium.

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Nutrition & Food Science , vol. 50 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0034-6659

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Article
Publication date: 13 January 2012

Ali Khamis Ali

The main objective of this study was to examine academic staff's perceptions of the characteristics of a learning organization within higher education: in this instance, the…

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Purpose

The main objective of this study was to examine academic staff's perceptions of the characteristics of a learning organization within higher education: in this instance, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). The study also examined the relationship between the characteristics of a learning organization and satisfaction with performance in teaching and research activities.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey method was used in a sample of 400 academicians with a return rate of 214 (53.5 per cent). Watkins and Marsick's and Marsick and Watkins's learning organization questionnaire was used to measure the characteristics of the learning organization and to collect data for the study.

Findings

The main results showed that the academic staff indicated moderate levels of the characteristics of a learning organization and satisfaction with performance. The results also showed that there were positive and significant relationships between dimensions of the learning organization and satisfaction with performance activities in teaching and research. Furthermore, dimensions of the learning organization accounted for small but significant variance of satisfaction with both teaching and research performance activities.

Originality/value

This study contributes empirical findings on learning organization in a higher learning institution, a research area in which there is a scarcity of empirical studies.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 26 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Book part
Publication date: 22 August 2015

Meher Rizvi

An analysis of traditional authoritarian preservice teacher development approaches in Pakistan demonstrates that they develop teachers as technicians who carbon copy the same…

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An analysis of traditional authoritarian preservice teacher development approaches in Pakistan demonstrates that they develop teachers as technicians who carbon copy the same authoritarian training model in their classrooms. The more contemporary approaches to teacher education with leadership development focus are mostly limited to in-service teacher education programs. The key dilemma with in-service education is that once the teachers have received higher qualification they tend to move out of the classrooms to assume management positions. What Pakistan requires is classroom teacher leaders who have the capacity to initiate and sustain school improvement. I propose the pedagogy of transformation, which is based on the principles of participation and emancipation suited to develop preservice teachers as active professionals who have the capacity to influence and drive improvements in their own learning and in the learning of the children. The transformation pedagogy encompasses five specific instructional strategies for nurturing teachers’ leadership skills in the current preservice teacher preparation program in Pakistan. These are: encourage active involvement and delegation of authority among preservice teachers, engage preservice teachers in critical analysis and meta-cognitive tasks, building collaborative teams and professional networks among preservice teachers, providing preservice teachers with experience of working with real-life teacher leaders, and develop preservice teachers’ moral and ethical reasoning. I bring the discussion to a closure in the form of a framework which encompasses key elements of the proposed pedagogy. The framework can be adopted or adapted to give due considerations to the complexities of the contexts where it is being implemented.

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International Teacher Education: Promising Pedagogies (Part B)
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78441-669-0

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Open Access
Article
Publication date: 28 November 2023

Kamalah Saadah and Doddy Setiawan

This study aims to explore the factors that determine the perceived benefits and the perceived risks of financial technology (fintech) and to evaluate the influence of perceived…

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Purpose

This study aims to explore the factors that determine the perceived benefits and the perceived risks of financial technology (fintech) and to evaluate the influence of perceived benefits, perceived risks and small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs') trust to continue using fintech.

Design/methodology/approach

This study involves SMEs in Indonesia. Non-probability with a convenience sampling technique was used in this study.

Findings

Convenience and economic benefits can explain the perceived benefits. Operational risk is stated as a risk factor felt by the respondents. Furthermore, the perceived benefits have a positive effect and the perceived risks show a negative effect on trust. At the same time, the individuals’ intention to continue using fintech is determined by trust.

Research limitations/implications

Based on the theory of reasoned action (TRA), various benefits and risks of using fintech are used to build the construction of perceived benefits and perceived risk in building trust that will determine decision to continue using fintech.

Practical implications

This research can provide advice to managers to develop efficient payment systems, lower payment fee and error-free transactions. In addition, the fintech management needs to understand the risks related to operational risks that are a challenge for the users to decide to use fintech so that a reliable mechanism for using fintech can be developed. Furthermore, it will be useful for fintech developing companies as a reference in knowing the factors that influence users in continuing to use fintech, this allows fintech developing companies in Indonesia will be even more developed and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, research on the factors that affect the trust of SMEs in adopting fintech has not been conducted. This study can be advantageous for fintech service companies and organizers in developing fintech strategies in terms of users who are involved in SMEs which is the population in Indonesia is enormous and has a significant role in the development of the country.

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LBS Journal of Management & Research, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0972-8031

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Publication date: 9 September 2019

Anders Örtenblad

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The Learning Organization, vol. 26 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0969-6474

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Publication date: 3 November 2020

Anders Örtenblad

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The Learning Organization, vol. 27 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0969-6474

Article
Publication date: 11 September 2017

Aini Ahmad, Norrihan Sulan and Anita Abdul Rani

The concept of learning organization has been inspiring both public and private sectors since the early 90s. This paper discusses the implementation of learning organization ideas…

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Purpose

The concept of learning organization has been inspiring both public and private sectors since the early 90s. This paper discusses the implementation of learning organization ideas along with the organization’s core values at one of the public universities in Malaysia. The purpose of this paper is to identify the components of core values that support the development and maintenance of learning organization ideas. It also aims to examine the potential integration of the learning organization idea with organizational core values.

Design/methodology/approach

The study analyses the application of learning organization principles based on Örtenblad’s (2002) four understandings of learning organization, which are organizational learning, learning at work, learning climate and learning structure, along with the five core values initiatives at the university.

Findings

This study suggests that the university core values and the learning organization idea work harmoniously with each other. This paper provides examples of the application of the learning organization idea and the core values attribute and how both fit into each other in one of the Malaysian public universities. A learning organization–core values matrix is proposed at the end of the paper.

Research limitations/implications

This research uses the specific case of organizational core values that are established based on Islamic principles. Opportunities for further research can be a study of learning organizations in other core values environment and also from a different belief system.

Practical implications

Learning organization is relevant and in harmony with Islamic environment.

Originality/value

The paper provides real examples of learning organization practices within the core values agenda in a Malaysian university.

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The Learning Organization, vol. 24 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0969-6474

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Article
Publication date: 4 September 2017

Parul Malik and Pooja Garg

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of learning organization on work engagement in Indian IT firms. Also, this study provides a holistic understanding of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of learning organization on work engagement in Indian IT firms. Also, this study provides a holistic understanding of antecedents of work engagement at the individual, team, and organizational levels of learning organization.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample comprised of responses from 250 managerial employees’ working in IT companies based in India. Confirmatory factor analysis was employed to analyze the proposed measurement model. The study utilized hierarchical multiple regression for testing the research hypotheses. Furthermore, incremental validity was examined to depict the variance contribution of the predictor variables (learning organization).

Findings

The results of hierarchical regression analysis revealed that learning organization dimensions have varied predicting effects on work engagement. The findings of the study showed that vigor and dedication were most significantly predicted by embedded system and continuous learning opportunities of learning organization where as inquiry and dialogue has the most significant influence on absorption.

Practical implications

This study offers concrete insights to human resource managers for developing prioritized composite-level interventions at individual, team, and organizational levels of learning organization for building highly engaged workforce.

Originality/value

Despite number of research works on work engagement, research is deficient in examining the role of learning organization dimensions (individual, team and organization level) in influencing work engagement. By investigating the relationship between learning organization and work engagement, the present study embarks to fill the paucity in academic and practitioner literature in the Indian organizational context.

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Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, vol. 9 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-4323

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Article
Publication date: 4 March 2021

Muhammad Ali, Syed Ali Raza, Bilal Khamis, Chin Hong Puah and Hanudin Amin

This study’s objectives are twofold; first, this paper aims to explore the determinants of perceived benefit and perceived risk of Islamic Fintech. Second, this study examines the…

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Purpose

This study’s objectives are twofold; first, this paper aims to explore the determinants of perceived benefit and perceived risk of Islamic Fintech. Second, this study examines the influence of perceived benefit, perceived risk and user trust on the intention to adopt Islamic Fintech.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample of 350 was distributed among the respondents, while a usable sample of 321 was retained for the analysis. The study performed a self-administration survey to collect the sample data while the hypothesized model was tested using SmartPLS.

Findings

The results revealed that perceived benefit and perceived risk were significant and positively influenced by their factors. Moreover, perceived benefits showed a positive and significant impact on trust. However, perceived risk had a negative and significant impact on trust. The results also found a strong positive and significant relationship between trust and intention to adopt Islamic Fintech.

Originality/value

The outcome of this research may be used to develop strategies for Fintech and enables the financial sector to attain economies of scale in the world.

Article
Publication date: 3 June 2019

Amina Buallay

The performance and effectiveness of governance principles continue to be a matter of concern (Mollah and Zaman, 2015). Focusing on differences between conventional and Islamic…

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Purpose

The performance and effectiveness of governance principles continue to be a matter of concern (Mollah and Zaman, 2015). Focusing on differences between conventional and Islamic banks, this study aims to examine the relationship between governance and bank’s operational (return on assets [ROA]), financial (return on equity [ROE]) and market performance (Tobin’s q [TQ]).

Design/methodology/approach

This study examined 127 banks within the Mena countries for the 10 years 2007 through 2016, for a total of 1270 observations. The study’s independent variable is corporate governance principles; the dependent variables are ROA, ROE and TQ. Also, the study uses bank- and country-specific control variables to help measure the relationship between governance and bank performance.

Findings

The findings deduced from the empirical results demonstrate that Sharia’ah governance significantly influenced ROA and ROE. However, corporate governance significantly influenced TQ. Furthermore, the results indicated that there were differences between Sharia’ah governance and corporate governance with regard to operational, financial and market performance.

Originality/value

The study provides insights into the differences in the relationship between Sharia’ah governance, corporate governance and the improvement of performance, which might be used by both banks to re-adopt the governance practices in enhancing the operational, financial and market performance.

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International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, vol. 12 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-8394

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