IOSR Journal of Business and Management (IOSR-JBM)

Volume 2 - Issue 1

Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : Analysis of Equity Based Mutual Funds in India
Country : India
Authors : Sahil Jain
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Abstract : The last decade has seen a tremendous growth in the mutual fund industry. As per the latest data the assets under management in this industry is more than Rs 6.8 thousand billion. Today the Indian market is flooded with more than a thousand mutual fund schemes, promising better returns than others. In this paper an attempt has been made to analyze the performance of equity based mutual funds. A total of 45 schemes offered by 2 private sector companies and 2 public sector companies, have been studied over the period April 1997 to April 2012 (15 years). The analysis has been made using the risk-return relationship and CapitalAssetPricingModel (CAPM). The overall analysis finds that HDFC and ICICI have been the best performers, UTI an average performer and LIC the worst performer which gave below- expected returns on the risk-return relationship.
Keywords: Comparison, India, Mutual funds, Performance and risk-return,
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[3] Debasish Sathya Swaroop (2009), Investigating Performance of Equity-based Mutual Fund Schemes in Indian Scenario, KCA Journal of Business Management. VOL. 2, ISSUE 2.
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : An Analysis on Women Empowerment Programs in India
Country : India
Authors : Dr. M. S. Ramananda
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Abstract: Literally empowerment denotes to invest with power. But women's empowerment is much broader in connotation. It is not limited to a specific area which has stretched the biological differences to in equalities in the culture and strengthened the prejudices by the erroneous socialization process. In physical empowerment might be superior to women but this has been wrongly utilized to consider women as inferior in every respect Physical as well as psychological. The concept of empowerment of women aims at rectifying such misperceptions and gene rate an environment where women will have the psychological potency to overcome the discrimination's simultaneously it is directed to transform the prejudiced norms guiding the society. The psychological domain is strengthened by physical capabilities and empowerment includes social, economic, legal and political dimensions. The present study makes an attempt to find out the variation of growth and performance of the women empowerment programmes and major activities of women empowerment in India. The data reference period was 2002-03 to 2007-08. The study clearly establishes that access to micro finance, secure full employment; improved housing with access to water and sanitation; preventive and low cost curative health care at the doorstep can empower the large weaker sections of a society and in turn improve the health of all community members. These emerge as the best determinants of health from the SEWA study while capacity building, partnership, networking and self-reliance remain the primary instruments of change.
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : Human Resources Responsibility on Job Satisfaction
Country : India
Authors : Dr. Mallikarjuna NL
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Abstract: Job satisfaction means sense of inner fulfillment and pride achieved when performing a particular job. Job satisfaction occurs when an employee joyously feels that he has accomplished something which is having importance and value worthy of recognition. Job satisfaction plays very vital role in terms of retention of employees in an organization and retention of talented employees is a big challenge in today's competitive and dynamic business environment. Hence, it is important to understand why employees get dissatisfied? Employees have been forced to take on larger workloads; employees have experienced significantly added stress without receiving compensatory rewards. HR regularly has to chart out the plans and providing ways to reduce dissatisfaction among employees. This paper attempts to focus on the reasons of employee's dissatisfaction & the ways to improve employee's job satisfaction.
Keywords: Job enrichment, Job Satisfaction, Retention, Reward systems, Work life Balance.
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : Automobile Sales and Macroeconomic Variables: A Pooled Mean Group Analysis for Asean Countries
Country : Malaysia
Authors : Fidlizan Muhammad || Mohd Yahya Mohd Hussin || Azila Ab Razak
: 10.9790/487X-0211521      logo
Abstract : The objective of this paper is to analyse the impact of economic variables on automobile sales in five ASEAN countries. The long term and short term correlation between these variables are implemented using the panel error-correction model. Annual data from 1996 to 2010 involving five variables from five ASEAN countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Thailand were accumulated as sample for this research. Result from the test shows that gross domestic product (GDP), inflation (CPI), unemployment rate (UNEMP) and loan rate (LR) have significant long term correlation with automobile sales in these ASEAN countries. The value of error correction in the short term to achieve long term stability based on ECT parameter is found to be significant in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. On the other hand, each country is influenced by different variables in the short term period.
Keywords - Automobile sales, macroeconomic variables, ASEAN, dynamic relationship, panel error correction
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : Management of Wellness by Physical Activities
Country : India
Authors : Dr. Hemadri I. Tikawala || Mr.Mukesh R.Goyani || Mr. Jignesh Vaghela
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Abstract : Man is a basic unit of society. In society everyone has to live and generally cooperate with others. A physically well or fit member of society, instead of being a burden on it, will be able to contribute his might in the achievement of its particular goals and objectives. A physically well individual can prove a better worker, technician, doctor, engineer or a parent and can contribute towards the betterment of self, family or the institution where every works. Physical wellness is an ideal concept of physical fitness and includes both external as well as internal component of a person's fitness or wellness. The external factor of wellness or fitness may be misleading because a person may not be as fit as one appears to be outwardly. In some cases, person having some mental problems appear to be very healthy. Similarly, the achievement of a particular task mayn't reveal the real status of his health. Therefore, the internal component of well being i.e., physical, mental, and social well being is very important in management of wellness. Such factors are the foundations of health. Therefore, proper health is an essential part of wellness also includes the health factor and is therefore something more than mere wellness for a particular task. A state of well being can only help a person in leading a better quality life. Physical fitness is one aspect of wellness. Wellness isn't only concerned with physical fitness but also concerned with mental fitness; social fitness and emotional fitness are also its essential aspect. In fact, wellness is the capacity of an individual by which he leads a well balanced life.
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : The Role of Islamic Ethics in Accounting Environment
Country : Bahrain
Authors : Dr. Farooq Salman Alani || Dr. Haris Kareem Alani
: 10.9790/487X-0212630      logo
Abstract: Accounting organizations continue to develop various forms of moral laws in order to maintain its reputation and credibility and thus support the pillars of those organizations in the market. There have been Islamic accounting organizations that depend on the foundations ofIslamic lawethics as well as the traditional pillars. These institutions have emerged to give new momentum accounting environment to get the best results that enhance the confidence of individuals and organizations working. This harmony between the goals has led to the framing of accounting environment at the application level frameworks and powerful sound that will address all the bottlenecks and respond to faults that may occur in the application of Accounting.
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : Environmental Sustainability, Energy Use and Economic Growth: An Analysis of Toyohashi City Energy-Economy Interaction
Country : Japan
Authors : Nahid Hossain || Yuzuru Miyata
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Abstract: Manufacturing and trading concentration, elevated economic activities and rise in urban population are the driving forces of city growths in the central part of Japan. Toyohashi city, locating between Tokyo and Nagoya, Osaka, is facing rapid growth for its industrial and port related economic concentration. As a result, use of natural resources and energy in the city is increasing. Recent trends show that to ensure economic growth, the City level energy use increased significantly. On the other hand, after the great disaster of 2011, Japan is concentrating more on natural resources to produce energy. The outcome would end in a higher use of natural resources like fossil fuels and natural gas. Finding an optimum solution to address energy-economy interactions is, therefore, becoming complex and difficult. Under the circumstances, this paper attempts to study the growth of Toyohashi city over time and resultant increase in consumption level of electricity and gas. Another objective of the paper is to find features of effect of technological yield in use of energy. The results of the study show that manufacturing and trading sector of the economy are causing expansionary pressure on use of combustion energy. The study also finds that contribution of technology to reduce use of energy in production side of the economy yet a dormant factor. Hence, introduction of technology to ensure improved and efficient use of energy has been recommended by the findings of the paper. The limitation of the study can be described as the limitation in research sample and data influence on the results coming out from market orientation. Difference in technology and direction toward the energy use was not taken care of by the study too.
Keywords: Economic growth of city, energy use, Environmental Kuznets Curve, Toyohashi city.
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : Service Quality Measurement in Health Care System- A Study in Select Hospitals in Salem City, TamilNadu
Country : India
Authors : Dr. R.Kavitha
: 10.9790/487X-0213743      logo
Abstract: In today's highly competitive situation, hospitals are increasingly realizing the need to focus on service quality as a measure to improve their competitive position. In this research paper, the researcher presents a service quality perception study undertaken in two hospitals in Salem city. In the study the SERVQUAL questionnaire was used for measurement of Gap 1 Viz., difference between management's perception of patients' expectations & patients' expectations. An analysis covering a sample of 400 patients and 50 doctors revealed that a gap between managements' perception about patients' expectations and patients' expectations of service quality exists.
Keywords: Doctors, Health care, Hospitals, Patients, SERVQUAL
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Paper Type : Research Paper
Title : Occupational Hazards of Medical Group of Women Employees in Healthcare Units in Tamil Nadu, India
Country : India
Authors : Dr. D. ASHOK
: 10.9790/487X-0214455      logo
Abstract: In this study, the author focused on the medical group of jobs like 'Doctors and Nurses' employed in health care units. The myriad of occupational hazards to which healthcare workers may be exposed can be classified into five broad categories: biological, chemical, physical, and ergonomic/safety and psycho-social hazards. Based on above hazards sources and the proposition of women employment in nursing related jobs, the researcher had identified women session of employment in medical as their profession as the target group and the research objectives were framed accordingly to explore the details of personnel profile, organizational profile, employment profile, safety and health profile, training programs profile, personal treatment profile and personal occupational experience of women employees in their workplace. This article is focused on the cause and effect relationship between various factors associated with women employees' occupation in nursing homes and their influence in their occupation.
Keywords: Physical disablement, health care units, Occupational hazards, Ergonomics, psychosocial working conditions
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