International Journal of Business and Economics Research

Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015

  • Revealed Comparative Advantage of Ethiopian Leather Industry with Selected African Economies

    Mulat Alubel Abtew

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015
    Pages: 229-237
    Received: 31 July 2015
    Accepted: 11 August 2015
    Published: 3 September 2015
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyze the growth pattern of trade flow and trade comparative advantages of the leather industry products between some selected African economies-Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia and with particular focus on Ethiopia between 2004 to 2013. In doing so, it has been calculated the Balassa index of revealed comparative advantage using... Show More
  • The Effect of Social Networks on Performance of Fresh Tomato Supply Chain in Kilolo District, Tanzania

    Leonada Mwagike

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015
    Pages: 238-243
    Received: 7 August 2015
    Accepted: 19 August 2015
    Published: 23 October 2015
    Abstract: This study was conducted to determine the effect of social networks on performance of fresh tomato supply chain in Kilolo District Tanzania using Social Capital Theory and Transaction Cost Economic Theory. Tomato production and marketing has been identified as being important in poverty reduction mainly because it can offer employment and thus inco... Show More
  • Robust Control Solutions for Electric Vehicle Promotion Including Charging Infrastructure Development

    Takahide Niimura, Noriaki Sakamoto, Kazuhiro Ozawa

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015
    Pages: 244-249
    Received: 7 September 2015
    Accepted: 23 September 2015
    Published: 13 October 2015
    Abstract: In this paper the authors propose to determine the amount of public subsidies for the promotion of electric vehicles (EVs) by applying a feedback control model. The following three features are assumed on the growth model for the electric vehicle market for a controlled target: (1) The charging station is assumed to be public installation and priva... Show More
  • Antecedents of Performance Appraisal and Organizational Performance in Water and Sanitation Companies in Kenya: A Case of Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company limited

    Elijah Ng’ang’a Njuguna, Bula Hannah Orwa

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015
    Pages: 250-263
    Received: 3 September 2015
    Accepted: 4 October 2015
    Published: 19 October 2015
    Abstract: Performance appraisal serves a good number of purposes in organizations. In the context of socialization, performance appraisal provides important feedback about how well the individual is getting along in the organization. This general objective of this study was to assess the impact of performance appraisal on organizational performance in Murang... Show More