Aim and Scope

International Journal of Management Sciences is peer-reviewed international research journal that deals with both applied and theoretical issues in all fields of management sciences. The scope of the journal includes:

Marketing

• Marketing strategy
• Relationship marketing
• Consumer markets and buying behaviour
• Managing marketing channels
• Segmentation
• Marketing theory
• New product development
• Integrated marketing communications
• International market entry decisions and relationships;
• International retailing;
• International channel management;
• Consumer ethnocentrism, country and product image and origin effects;
• Cultural considerations in international marketing;
• Sales force
• The buying culture
• Effective use of concept testing
• Marketing research to meet corporate goals
• Sales management
• Understanding buyer behavior & buying process
• Building and defending growing market share
• How to value your brand portfolio
• Target marketing
• Understanding the risks of a new product launch
• Winning customer loyalty
• Customer policy and service
• Marketing of services
• Marketing planning
• Service marketing abroad
• Service quality
• Social marketing
• Advertising
• Pricing
• The role of brand equity models
• Differing perspectives of green marketing – legend, myth, farce or prophesy
• Celebrity endorsements
• Brand relationships
• Identity construction through the use of counterfeit products
• Consumer attributed meanings to color usage

Human Resource Management

• Individual careers – psychological and developmental perspectives
• Career interventions (systems and tools, mentoring, etc)
• HR planning and recruitment
• International themes and issues (MNCs, expatriation, etc)
• Organizational strategies and systems
• Performance management
• Work and occupational contexts
• Communication, participation and involvement
• Developments in collective bargaining
• Equal opportunities
• Health and safety
• Industrial relations and employment protection law
• Industrial relations management and reform
• Organizational change and people
• Quality of working life
• Developing HRM strategies
• Employment law
• Managing employees in mergers and acquisitions
• Recruitment policies
• Employee retention strategies
• Managing employees during times of change
• Promoting leadership and succession planning
• Employee development strategies
• Management and leadership styles
• Career issues
• Equality and diversity issues
• Work life balance
• Emotions in the workplace
• Employee-employer relationships
• Sexual politics, harassment and discrimination
• Gender stereotypes
• Cross-cultural issues
• Competence-based management development
• Global management
• Promoting leadership and succession planning
• Employee development strategies
• HR business partnership
• Employee engagement
• Executive coaching and development
• Employer branding
• Employee communication
• Managing a global workforce
• Rewards
• e-HR

Supply Chain Management

• Capacity planning and control
• E-business and operations
• Global operations management
• Information and knowledge management
• Lean/agile operations
• Logistics, order fulfillment and distribution
• Management of technology for operations
• Managing technological/organisational change
• Materials and inventory management
• New product and service design/development
• Operations planning, scheduling and control
• Operations strategy
• Plant location, design and layout
• Project management in operations
• Quality management in operations
• Role of operations in sustainability
• Supplier/customer relationship management
• Distribution costing
• Distribution planning
• Information technology
• Transport and inventory management
• Humanitarian logistics
• Emergency logistics
• Disaster relief operations
• Development aid logistics and supply chain management
• Assessing and managing supply chain vulnerability
• Managing supply chain disruptions
• Not-for-profit supply chains.
• Enhancement of existing processes
• New business / process / operations models
• Process design
• Service design
• Business Process Reengineering
• Localisation issues
• Supplier / partner selection
• IT systems
• Collaboration and supply chain management
• Interrelations between outsourcing and other sciences
• Data interchange and vertical integration
• Just in time
• Logistics

Management

• Business Strategy and Policy
• Quality Management
• Knowledge Management
• Communication and Conflict
• Organizational Conflict
• Mediation
• Arbitration
• Negotiation
• Dispute resolution
• Bargaining and industrial relations
• Conflict in the public sector
• Time planning
• Cost planning and control
• Risk management
• ICT support systems
• Communications management
• Stakeholder management
• Project strategy and
• Change management
• General management
• Information & telecommunication management
• E-business, E-commerce, E-governance
• International Business
• Innovation and R&D management
• Management of technology for competitiveness
• New product and service design/development
• Strategic management
• Performance measurement and management
• Project management
• Quality management and six sigma
• Corporate social responsibility and ethics

Finance

• Redefining, measuring and identifying new methods to manage risk for financing decisions
• The role, costs and benefits of insurance and hedging financing decisions
• The role of rating agencies in managerial decisions
• The uses and applications of forecasting to examine financing decisions
measurement and comparisons of various financing options
• The public versus private financing decision
• Short term versus long term portfolio management – choice of securities (debt vs equity, convertible vs non-convertible)
• Managerial finance responses to the tightening of regulation in the wake of recent financial scandals
• Capital budgeting decision and financing decisions
• Role of corporate governance when designing new financing projects and establishing executive compensation
• Costs and benefits to mergers and acquisitions
• The decision to initiate dividends versus share repurchases
• Developing the single market in financial services
• Basel II proposals
• Global stock market
• Risk assessment and management
• Regulation in emerging markets
• Regulation of internet banking
• Capital adequacy
• Research analyst independence
• Structure of securities markets
• Recent mutual fund abuses
• Organization of the compliance function
• Role of the chief compliance officer
• Fund governance
• Developing a culture of compliance
• Comparison of regulations across international jurisdictions
• Trends in financial market and securities regulation
• Fund reporting and disclosure
• Insider trading
• Money laundering
• Derivatives and structured financial products;
• Financial risk management;
• Regulation of risk management;
• Risk governance;
• Financial innovation;
• Covered bond markets;
• Alternative risk measures;
• Economic and risk capital;
• Capital structure and credit-arbitrage methods;
• Corporate social responsibility and risk management;
• Other issues relating to the effective management of financial, operational, and business risk.
• Inconsistency in managerial and investor perceptions of market pricing mechanisms;
• Evidence and opinions on bubbles, herding and speculative behaviour;
• Managerial and investor views regarding stock market overreaction;
• Investors’ portfolio choices, including the incorporation of risk;
• Managerial decision-making frameworks, including attitudes to risk;
• The role of market timing in relation to major corporate news releases;
• Principal-agent relationships in the modern global financial environment;
• Responses to changes in corporate governance regulations and structures;
• Over-commitment to real and financial investments;
• Practitioner perspectives on external financing decisions;
• Corporate communication and the transmission of price-sensitive information;
• Divergence between theory and practice in the use of derivatives;
• The implications of the recent trend for private equity and off-market financing;
• The effect of the sub-prime lending crisis on financial market structure and regulation.
• Corporate control and restructuring
• Financial decisions of listed or unlisted firms
• Market microstructure
• Mutual and hedge funds
• Risk measurement and asset pricing
• Trading strategies in financial/derivative markets
• Anomalies in financial markets
• Corporate finance,
• Financial markets,
• Money and banking,
• International finance and economics,
• Investments,
• Risk management,
• Theory of the firm,
• Competition policy,
• Corporate governance,
• Monetary economics.

Accounting

• Audit regulation
• Financial accounting
• Financial reporting of intangible assets and intellectual capital
• Public sector accounting
• Accounting for human capital
• Accounting for specialized industry
• Accounting education & ethics
• Accounting information system
• Islamic accounting and reporting
• Management Accounting
• Social and environmental reporting
• Auditing
• Taxation
• Interdisciplinary studies related to financial reporting and accounting
• Compliance costs and benefits
• Financial reporting
• Reporting for the future – climate change, sustainability
• Accounting education – needs and trends
• Taxation policy and outcomes
• Forensic accounting
• Fraud – identification & detection
• Corporate and behavioural governance
• Reporting on the internet
• Alternative reporting formats
• Integrated reporting
• Accounting and e-business
• Non-financial performance measurement and reporting
• Education, training, and the role of professional accounting bodies
• Financial reporting and accounting standards
• Auditing
• Management accounting issues
• Accounting, regulation, and privatization.
• Accounting and accountability issues in the public sector, NGOs, multinational corporations.
• Accounting practices in family businesses.
• The impact of culture, ethnicity, and history on accounting.
• The role of accounting in socio-economic development and poverty reduction.
• Theoretical approaches to accounting.
• Accounting in developing economies
• Approaches to management control
• Management accounting techniques
• Public sector accounting
• Business and shareholder value
• Corporate financial management
• Taxation

Economics

• Macro Economics
• Micro Economics
• Banking stability
• Banking supervision
• Banking policy
• Financial markets and stability
• Fiscal policy
• Fiscal risk management
• Public debt policy and management
• Monetary policy
• Regulation and law
• Institutional organization
• Investment management policy
• Competition policy
• Institutional voting policy
• Crisis management: forecasting and control
• Sovereign risk and management
• Dependence theory
• Economic methodology
• Labour and regional economics
• New developments in the international monetary system
• The history of economic thought
• Urban bias in developing countries
• Foreign trade and policy
• Technology economics
• Labour economics
• Business in transitional economies
• Economic reform in developing countries
• Globalisation and its impact upon economics and business
• Uni, bi and multi-lateral trade and investments
• Inward and outward foreign direct investments
• Development of service sectors
• Growth and development strategies
• Poverty
• Income and wealth distribution
• Infrastructure
• Human capital
• Inflation
• Unemployment
• Agriculture
• Microfinance
• Regional development
• Political economy of growth and development
• Agricultural economic theory and policy
• Agricultural markets
• Agricultural trade
• Agricultural investment
• Rural finance
• Resource economics and environment protection
• Agricultural R&D and extensions
• Employment, labor use and migration
• Rural sociology
• Development economics
• Development of rural non-agricultural industries
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