Business, Management and Economics Research

Online ISSN: 2412-1770
Print ISSN: 2413-855X

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Volume 2 Number 3 March 2016

Deep Leadership® Coaching Effectiveness: A Case Study of a Science-Based Company

Authors: Pia-Maria Niemi ; Tommi Kinnunen
Pages: 56-65
Organizational coaching can be described as a learning process that aims to facilitate the participants’ leadership skills by providing them with new ways to view their work, as well as their actions within the work community. Previous studies focusing on the Deep Leadership® coaching process have found that the coaching program has immediate effects on the participating work communities. However, more studies on the effectiveness of the method are needed in order to enable an understanding of how the coaching method operates in different kinds of work communities. In this paper, we study the effectiveness of the Deep Leadership® coaching process  (DL, 2014) by analyzing the changes that have taken place within a science-based company during and after active between 2011 and 2012. In this study, we combine the statistical findings of 360-leadership profiles, coaching feedback data, and the organization’s climate survey data to evaluate the effectiveness of the Deep Leadership® coaching process. We will start by presenting the core aims and structure of the Deep Leadership® coaching process and the methods used to study the effectiveness of the program. Thereafter we will proceed to the analysis of this case study and discuss the findings in relation to previous studies.

Prospects for a Geographical Indication (GI): Evaluation of the Willingness to Pay (WTP) of Two Food Products: Peanut Oil (Agonlinmi) and Wafers (Kwlikwli) of the Agonlin Area?s of Benin

Authors: Euloge Gr?goire Videgla ; Anne Floquet ; Roch L. Mongbo ; Hermann S. Tossou ; Gildas Adjovi
Pages: 46-55
The concept of Geographical Indication (GI) is a local development tool. In 2010, on ten thousand GIs identified in the world, Africa had none. However Africa has food products that have reputations or specific characteristics links to their origin. This is the case of two peanut food sub products (Agonlinmi and kwlikwli) in Benin, that undergoing counterfeits. This study aims to assess consumer’s willingness to pay for these two products. This assessment is carried out on a sample of 400 Agonlin oil consumers and 150 kwlikwli consumers selected randomly in the city of Cotonou and surroundings and also in the Agonlin area. The assessment was made using hedonic price method. Quality attributes and implicit price of both products were calculated. The results showed that the quality attribute variable "geographical origin" of the two products is not significant. Prices of quality attributes "color" for Agonlin oil and "crispness" for Kwlikwli are significant. The potential for GI protection for the two products is not evident on the basis of this analysis of willingness to pay. It will take more research by other analysis or investigative tools.

Effect of Cross-Cultural Competences on Adaptive Performance among United Nations Peacebuilding Practitioners

Authors: Jean Bosco Nzitunga ; Christine Monica Nyanway-Gimeh
Pages: 36-45
Given the complexity and challenging nature of environments in which peacebuilding practitioners operate, their Cross-Cultural Competences (CCCs) are very crucial for them to effectively adapt and function in foreign countries. The ability to effectively maintain positive interactions with local people is so vital that the overall success of a peacebuilding mission is every so often considerably affected by it. Therefore, in order to gain an understanding on how peacebuilding practitioners successfully navigate in local culture and achieve successful performance in competitive environments, adaptability is an essential measure of their performance to be analyzed. Despite heightened interest by both scholars and practitioners in studying and better understanding the importance of expatriate adjustment, limited research has so far been conducted on adaptive performance in United Nations peacebuilding context. A review of the literature in this regard revealed a research gap that culminated in the following research question: What is the influence of Cross-Cultural Competence (CCC) on Adaptive Performance (AP) in United Nations missions? Hence, an empirical study of 100 staff members of the Integrated Peacebuilding Mission in Guinea-Bissau was designed to answer this research question.