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Joona Keränen, Kalle A. Piirainen and Risto T. Salminen

The purpose of this study is to review the current body of the B2B branding literature, and identify research issues that hamper current B2B branding research.

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to review the current body of the B2B branding literature, and identify research issues that hamper current B2B branding research.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employs a systematic review, and identifies 73 relevant journal publications from the years 1973‐2010 that were subsequently evaluated for further analysis.

Findings

This study identifies five possible issues hampering current B2B branding research: the lack of systematic theory development, the transference of consumer concepts, the dominance of quantitative research, the lack of longitudinal research, and the focus on single industries.

Research limitations/implications

This study considers only published journal articles, excluding books and conference proceedings. By highlighting the research issues, this paper aims to direct research efforts to areas where they will have the most impact, and thus aid more rapid advancement of B2B branding as a discipline.

Originality/value

This study provides the first systematic review to identify and evaluate the current B2B branding literature. The review identifies the key literature related to B2B branding, provides an overview of past research and identifies emerging research issues to be addressed in future research.

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Journal of Product & Brand Management, vol. 21 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1061-0421

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Raphael Odoom, Bedman Narteh and Richard Boateng

Given the significant contributions of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across several economies, calls for investigations into their branding strategies are…

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Purpose

Given the significant contributions of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across several economies, calls for investigations into their branding strategies are burgeoning. However, the literature is unclear, scattered and relatively scanty. The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the existing literature on branding with a focus on SMEs.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a systematic review by identifying and evaluating peer-reviewed journal publications focusing on branding within the context of SMEs. The systematic design is based on papers published within the period of 2004-2014.

Findings

The review shows that significant progress is being made in the area under discussion. With several gaps in issues and empirical evidence, as well as in theoretical and methodological approaches, the paper signals promising lines of inquiry for both empirical and theoretical research.

Research limitations/implications

By highlighting the research issues, as well as providing some pertinent research questions across various themes, the paper aims at directing future research efforts to critical areas which require immediate attention. The implications of the review are discussed in the paper.

Originality/value

The study identifies and describes the state of research issues and evidence in branding literature within the context of SMEs over a 10-year period, prompting insightful avenues to the academic and practitioner communities.

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Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, vol. 20 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-2752

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Umar Nawaz Kayani, Tracy-Anne De Silva and Christopher Gan

This paper aims to provide a review of the existing literature available on working capital (WC) and working capital management (WCM).

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Purpose

This paper aims to provide a review of the existing literature available on working capital (WC) and working capital management (WCM).

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review (SLR) methodology is used to review 187 articles selected from referred journals, books and international conferences for the period 1980-2017.

Findings

This comprehensive review reveals that much of the focus in the existing literature is paid on investigating the empirical relationship between WCM and firm performance. Furthermore, the attention has been paid towards studying the WC practices. The behavioural aspects, qualitative studies, survey studies and systematic theory development have been ignored in most of the prior studies. These areas have a broader scope for future research.

Research limitations/implications

This study is based on literature review and theoretical in nature. Therefore, it does not have any empirical results.

Practical implications

So far, a limited literature review studies have been conducted in WCM perspective. This review provides various emerging trends, which may be considered in future research for providing a deep understanding of WCM.

Originality/value

This is the first time a detailed review of WCM literature has been conducted by using SLR for the period of 1980-2017. This review will be useful for researchers, business policymaker, finance professionals and all other having direct or indirect concerns with WCM study.

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Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4179

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Harsh Pratap Singh and Satish Kumar

The purpose of this paper is to review research on working capital management (WCM) and to identify gaps in the current body of knowledge, which justify future research…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review research on working capital management (WCM) and to identify gaps in the current body of knowledge, which justify future research directions. WCM has attracted serious research attention in the recent past, especially after the financial crisis of 2008.

Design/methodology/approach

Using systematic literature review (SLR) method, the present study reviews 126 articles from referred journal and international conferences published on WCM.

Findings

Detailed content analysis reveals that most of the research work is empirical and focuses mainly on two aspects, impact of working capital on profitability of firm and working capital practices. Major research work has concluded that WCM is essential for corporate profitability. The major issues with prior literature are lack of survey-based approach and lack of systematic theory development study, which opens all new areas for future research. The future research directions proposed in this paper may help develop a greater understanding of determinants and practices of WCM.

Practical implications

Till date, literature on classification of WCM has been almost non-existent. This paper reviews a large number of articles on WCM and provides a classification scheme in to various categories. Subsequently, various emerging trends in the field of WCM are identified to help researchers specifying gaps in the literature and direct research efforts.

Originality/value

This paper contains a comprehensive listing of publications on the WCM and their classification according to various attributes. The paper will be useful to researchers, finance professionals and others concerned with WCM to understand the importance of WCM. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no detailed SLR on this topic has previously been published in academic journals.

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Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, vol. 6 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4179

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Max Baker and Sven Modell

The purpose of this paper is to advance a critical realist perspective on performativity and use it to examine how novel conceptions of corporate social responsibility…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to advance a critical realist perspective on performativity and use it to examine how novel conceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) have performative effects.

Design/methodology/approach

To illustrate how the authors’ critical realist understanding of performativity can play out, the authors offer a field study of an Australian packaging company and engage in retroductive and retrodictive theorising.

Findings

In contrast to most prior accounting research, the authors advance a structuralist understanding of performativity that pays more systematic attention to the causal relationships that underpin performative tendencies. The authors explain how such tendencies are conditioned by pre-existing, social structures, conceptualised in terms of multiple, intersecting norm circles. The authors illustrate their argument empirically by showing how specific conceptions of CSR, centred on the notion of “shared value”, were cemented by the interplay between the causal powers embedded in such norm circles and how this suppressed alternative conceptions of this phenomenon.

Research limitations/implications

The findings draw attention to the structural boundary conditions under which particular conceptions of CSR can be expected to become performative. Greater attention to such boundary conditions, denoting the social structures that reinforce and counteract performative tendencies, is required to further cumulative, yet context-sensitive, theory development on this topic.

Originality/value

The paper is the first to adopt a critical realist perspective on performativity in the accounting literature. This perspective strikes a middle path between the highly constructivist ontology, adopted in most accounting research concerned with performativity and realist criticisms of this ontological position for de-emphasising the influence of pre-existing, objective realities on performativity.

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Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, vol. 32 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-3574

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Roberto Filippini

Introduces the special issue and starts with an overview of the evolution of OM studies. Examines the development of OM research, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, both…

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Introduces the special issue and starts with an overview of the evolution of OM studies. Examines the development of OM research, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, both as regards topics and research approaches involved. Reflects on the problems and perspectives of the OM research which has been carried out on this question. Taking into account the fact that empirical research is assuming an increasingly important role in OM, seeks to highlight the need to improve the quality of such research and, especially, that of the survey, in order to support theory development in this field.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 17 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Robert S. Spich

Discusses myth making and ideology in the discourse onglobalization. Argues that the present globalization model of the worldpolitical economy represents more of a…

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Discusses myth making and ideology in the discourse on globalization. Argues that the present globalization model of the world political economy represents more of a contemporary business ideology than a new intellectual paradigm. Reviews and critiques the roles, development and problems of both myth making and ideology. Proposes an improved forum of discussion of globalization issues in the literature.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 8 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0953-4814

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Jorge Negreiros

Considers a historical approach to the evolution of evaluation methodsin alcohol and drug education in the present century. Thetransformations in this field can be…

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Considers a historical approach to the evolution of evaluation methods in alcohol and drug education in the present century. The transformations in this field can be analysed by considering two basic paradigms, the paradigm of didactic instruction and the socio‐psychological paradigm. Describes some of the main features of the two paradigms. Examines the conditions which led to the “crisis” of the paradigm of didactic instruction and the emergence of the socio‐psychological paradigm.

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Employee Councelling Today, vol. 6 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-8217

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Leadership, Communication, and Social Influence
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83867-118-1

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Emmanuel Ogbonna and Lloyd C. Harris

Although there has been substantial academic and practitioner interest into innovative structural arrangements, the study of structural transformation and the structural…

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Although there has been substantial academic and practitioner interest into innovative structural arrangements, the study of structural transformation and the structural practices of small to medium‐sized organizations in traditional industries has been relatively ignored. This article presents empirical evidence of a company that changed its organizational structure from a traditional bureaucracy to a structure that was fundamentally different from those of other firms within its industry. The changed structure was characterized by many novel attributes such as devolved responsibility, empowerment, community orientation and a lack of hierarchy. Although there was some evidence to suggest that the structure had positive performance implications, the study also finds that the content, context and process of change were influenced by a dominant managing director such that the outcomes masked underlying political issues. The article concludes by discussing the theoretical and practical implications of the findings.

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Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 16 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0953-4814

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