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Samsudeen. A. & Sulphey, M. M. (2018). Does Performance Management of Medical Practitioners Stand Apart? International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, 10(2), 101-106. Prof. Sulphey M M

A perfect Performance Management (PM) system which recognizes and give due i mportance to human resources are alone are capable of providing a distinct and sustained competitive advantage. PM includes all activities that facilitate the harmonious and strategic blending of individual and organizational objectives. It is capable of delivering sustained success to organisations by developing the capabilities of teams and individuals. The present article examines if the PM for Medical Practitioners are different from that of the general form. A review of the available literature shows that there is indeed a host of differences between PM applicable to Medical Practitioners and the general professionals. This is due to the unique nature of the medical profession and the competencies required to accomplish their tasks in a peerless manner.

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Sulphey, M. M. & Alkahtani, N. S. (2017). 0rganizational ambidexterity as a prelude to corporate sustainability, Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues, 7(2), 335-347. https://doi.org/10.9770/jssi.2017.7.2(13) Prof. Sulphey M M

Corporate Sustainability (CS) and Organisational Ambidexterity (OA) are two aspects that are capable of facilitating innovation in business. Though the concepts have been elaborately discussed separately, attempts are yet to be made to find out the association between them and blending of the two. Both CS and OA gathered the attention of social scientists and management experts only recently. However, within a short span of a few decades there has been sufficient accumulation of literature in these challenging areas. While CS involves a host of actions by which organizations strive for financial success, even as they accept the responsibility for their actions and its impacts on a diverse group of stakeholders; OA is the ability of an organisation to simultaneously explore and exploit, enabling it to succeed at adaption over time rather than pursing limited activities. The present paper attempts to find out the similarities and associations between CS and OA. It is expected, that the present work will add to the existing body of literature about the two concepts, and provide inputs for further research in this new and exciting area.

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Sulphey, M. M., AlKahtani, N. S. & Syed, A. M. (2018). Relationship Between Admission Grades and Academic Achievement, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues, 5(3), http://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2018.5.3(17). Prof. Sulphey M M

The predictive validity of standardized eligibility test for college admissions is a matter of debate and controversy. Standardized admission test came into vogue in the later part of the previous century. It gained traction due to various reasons. The main reason for this is the heterogeneity of high school GPA and the inherent drawbacks of teacher made tests. Often teacher-made tests fail to follow the basic rules of test construction, and are hence considered to be of poor quality. Standardized admission tests came to be widely accepted due to its presumed scientific predictive validity. Though number of studies has examined the predictive validity of standardized admission tests with respect to various health courses, there is a gap in literature with respect to business students. This study examined the relationship between the admission grades (high school GPA and GAT) of Saudi college students and their academic achievement. The result of the study points towards a strong relationship between the two variables.

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Sulphey, M. M. & Al-Kahtani, N. S. (2018). Academic Excellence of Business Graduates through Nudging: Prospects in Saudi Arabia, International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 24(1), 98-114. http://doi:10.1504/IJIL.2018.10013022 Prof. Sulphey M M

Globally academic excellence and quality education is receiving paramount importance. With innovations in methodology of teaching and rapid changes in technologies, delivering quality education has become easy. Nudging is a tool that is now used globally to enhance academic excellence. Nudge is defined as ' any attempt at influencing people's judgment, choice or behavior in a predictable way (1) made possible because of cognitive biases in individual and social decision-making posing barriers for people to perform rationally in their own interest, and (2) working by making use of those biases as an integral part of such attempts.' It is used in business and by governments of welfare states to change behaviour of the masses. The study reviews a few successful implementations of nudges in academic filed, and explores the possibility of utilising it in Saudi education sector to solve a few compelling problems faced by it. A few suggestions to this effect are also provided.

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Determinants of Economic Growth in Saudi Arabia: An Economic Analysis using Vector Error Correction (VEC) Model Mohammad Imdadul Haque

Saudi Arabia is one of the major oil producing and exporting countries of the world. In recent years, it has been taking measures to diversify its economy. It has also been spending a lot on education in recent years. Under this situation, it is important to analyze and determine what are the major factors that impact Saudi Arabia's economic growth? Econometric analysis using co-integration shows a long-run equilibrium relationship between gross domestic product as dependent variable and three variables namely gross fixed capital formation, exports and imports as explanatory variables. Moreover, estimated long-run relationship shows that while gross fixed capital formation and exports boost up gross domestic product, imports cause a fall in it in the long-run. Public expenditure on education does not have any significant impact on gross domestic product. The results of Vector Error Correction Model validates that there is a long-run equilibrium relationship between the above mentioned four variables in Saudi Arabia. Granger Causality/Block Erogeneity Wald Tests show that gross fixed capital formation and exports cause growth ingross domestic product in the short-run as well.

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Telecommunication Sector of Saudi Arabia: Internal and External Analysis Mohammad Imdadul Haque

Telecommunication sector plays a vital role in development of any economy. This study takes a holistic approach of studying the sales, financial performance, customer satisfaction and service quality. A comparative study of the three major telecom service providers is planned here. Financial performance of service providers indicates STC as the best, while Zain currently has the highest net sales. Overall customer satisfaction is much lower in the telecommunication sector. Also, customers' perception about the quality of service is lower than the expectations in terms of all the dimensions of SERVQUAL. But, the results indicate that there is neither any significant difference between the satisfaction of customers from their respective service providers nor there is any significant difference between aspects of service quality of different service providers. This is both a problem and opportunity for this sector. Increasing quality of services would lead to increase in customer satisfaction and finally increase sales and profits.

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Farmers' Sensitivity to Crop Loss: Evidence From India Mohammad Imdadul Haque

This study analyses farmer's sensitivity to crop yield loss in India. The four prominent reasons identified are: drought; disease; natural causes and others, among which drought appears to be the major issue. The farmers who had small landholdings and lacked irrigation facilities, assets, credit and technical guidance were more at loss. The crop loss severity and its region at agro-ecosystem level has also been analysed and it was found that across all ecosystems, arid area experiences more crop loss followed by rainfed, costal, irrigated and hills & mountain. Arid and rainfed agro-ecosystems are worse hit by inadequate rainfall and while coastal and hills & mountain are more risky due to insect/disease/animal. In case of irrigated ecosystem both inadequate rainfall and insect/disease/animal come out as credible threat and emerge as major reasons for crop loss. Insurance could be one possible ways to mitigate the impact of climate change on agriculture.

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Sales Force Management MURAMALLA VENKATA SAI SRINIVASA RAO RAO

Because of bifercation of states such as Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India based on linguistic backgrounds of both states, the promotion of products in these two markets was become difficult in the context of personal selling.  Sales force of these two states would confront some problems of language.  A research is needed to identify the barriers of communication between sales force and customers in these two states. 

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Intraday Return Volatility in Saudi Stock Market: An Evidence from Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) Stocks Abdul Rahman Shaik

The market microstructure explains the association between the trading volume and stock price (return) movements. The flow of new information into the market affects these movements, hence causing return volatility. There are two important theories that study the association between the trading volumes and return volatility of stocks, one is the Sequential Information Arrival Hypothesis (SIAH), and the other is Mixture of Distribution Hypothesis (MDH). the literature found returns on Saudi stock market featured with volatility clustering where the distribution of returns is not normal. Moreover, the Saudi stock market is sensitive to fluctuations in the stock market. Furthermore, most of the research on stock market volatility has been found in the western world, and the number of studies in this area are less in Saudi context. The study of intraday stock volatility by employing E-GARCH model and establishing lead-lag relationships between volume and returns might capture the market fluctuations in a better manner. The study expects that the TASI stocks follow a sequential pattern since there is an expectation of lead – lag pattern between them.  It can also be expected that larger changes in volatility are followed by large price change in stocks, and vice-versa. Further, it is expected that the returns on Saudi stock market follow a non-normal distribution pattern, and the market volatility is found to be consistent. The study of stock market volatility in Saudi stock market is of utmost significance to market investors and treasury managers. The results of the current study might add...

Sulphey, M. M. (2017). Towards sustainable forest management through enhancing safety of nature. Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues, 6 (4): 703–710. http://doi.org/10.9770/jssi.2017.6.4(14) Prof. Sulphey M M

Human-animal conflict is a major issue in human settlements around forests. Only sustainable forest development will help in mitigating this malady. The repercussions of human-animal conflict are far reaching and are mostly irreparable in nature. Depletion of forests and forest resources are a freighting reality. Extinction of many species, especially large carnivores stare on our faces. A positive attitudinal change towards sustainable development of forests will go a long way in its conservation. A few meaningful and whole hearted steps will facilitate harmonious human animal co-existence. The paper presents the unique story of peaceful co-existence of humans and wild animals in the Jawai forest region of Rajasthan, India. It also provides a few suggestions that can secure the peaceful co-existence of humans and wildlife.

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