https://iksp.org/journals/index.php/ijbe/issue/feed iKSP Journal of Business and Economics 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Editor in Chief editor.ijbe@iksp.org Open Journal Systems <p><em>iKSP Journal of Business and </em><em>Economics (iJBE)</em> is a blind peer review journal published by <em>iKSP</em> publisher. <em>iJBE</em> is an openly accessible journal published twice a year, and it focuses on theories, methods and applications in Business and Economics. It is to provide a platform for researchers and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of Business &amp; Economics.</p> <p>Our peer-review is very fast, highly rigorous and authors are carried along adequately in all the publication processes. We inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within <strong>TWO WEEKS</strong> of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the coming issue.</p> <p>ISSN (Online): 2701-7060<br />ISSN (Print): 2701-7184</p> https://iksp.org/journals/index.php/ijbe/article/view/45 The Effects of SMEs, Population and Education level on Unemployment in Kingdom of Bahrain 2020-08-29T17:32:13+00:00 Ahmed Manaa ahmed.h.manaa@gmail.com Muhammad Abrar ul Haq abrar.haq@amaiu.edu.bh <p>Since the begging of the modern age unemployment was always considered a problem of any economy on the globe. Countries and governments around the world were always looking for ways to reduce the unemployment rate but the issue is a complex one with many affecting variables. Job creation was and is not precisely the problem as its happening all the time, rather the rate of creations versus the population and the education level that is appropriate for fresh graduates to enter the labour market. Therefore, the aim of this study is to analyse the effects of SMEs growth, population growth and education level on the unemployment rate in Bahrain. This study used secondary data that was collected over a span of 21 years from many sources like the Ministries of Bahrain and the World Bank data bank. The dependent variable in this study was the unemployment rate and independent variables were SMEs growth, Population growth and education level. The study applied the ADF unit root test for stationary analysis on the variables to determine the right statistical model to use for this study. Result of ADF unit root indicates that some variable was stationary at the level and some were stationary at first difference, thus ARDL model used for further hypotheses analysis. The findings of ARDL show that the two of the variables had a positive effect and one variable has a negative effect on unemployment rate in Bahrain. Finally, the study recommends the nurture of SMEs by issuing helpful policies and creating financial aid programs for new and old SMEs because of how big any effect SMEs can have on lowering the unemployment rate, on the other hand, the creation of training programs to help fresh graduates adapt to the new mentality of the workplace and give them enough experience to be acceptable candidates. </p> 2020-09-11T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 iKSP Journal of Business and Economics https://iksp.org/journals/index.php/ijbe/article/view/49 Demographic Characteristics as Antecedents for Propensity to Stay among Employees of Rosemarry Contracting Company in the Kingdom of Bahrain 2020-09-07T09:26:34+00:00 Manar Mohammed Radhi manarzaid.ama.1993@gmail.com Mark P. Doblas mpdoblas@amaiub.edu.bh <p>This study aimed to investigate if socio-demographic profile can significantly predict employee’s intention to stay in Rosemarry Contracting Company in the Kingdom of Bahrain. While several factors have been associated to employee retention, very little attention is channelled to the investigation on the role of socio-demographic characteristics to employee retention. This made the researcher decide to explore the construct under consideration. The research utilized a descriptive research design involving 162 randomly selected respondents were included in the study. An adopted questionnaire was utilized as data gathering tool. The results of the study found that among all socio-demographic profile tested, only Age, Education, years of service, income were found significant in predicting propensity to stay. Gender, Marital Statues were not found to be statistically significant antecedents of propensity to stay.</p> 2020-09-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 iKSP Journal of Business and Economics https://iksp.org/journals/index.php/ijbe/article/view/44 Cost-Effectiveness and Organizational Performance Impact of Management Information System in Albader Tower Contracting in the Kingdom of Bahrain 2020-08-27T23:08:00+00:00 Ameera Yusuf Al Khuzaei al.khuzaie.ameera@gmail.com <p>Albader Tower Contracting is a contracting company that provides services like renewable energy and deals with building and construction projects like civil, electrical, plumping, and mechanical projects to its clients in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It has sought the significance of improving its resources and has done developments and improvements in its administrative and operational processes to lever its organizational performance and benefits. It has planned and initially employed innovative technologies to effectively and efficiently deal with these developments and continuously seek to improve its organizational growth by increasing its investment to this technology. Hence, this research aimed at identifying, analyzing, and evaluating the cost effectiveness of the employed trigger in its developments and improvements – the Management Information System. Further, this study aimed at analyzing and evaluating the organizational performance impact of information system towards expected organizational benefits for Albader Tower Contracting. The collected data were organized, analyzed, compared, and interpreted by using the statistical tools mean, standard deviation, and variance. The identified indicators that were carefully identified, selected, and validated as organizational performance impact variables were categorized into organizational, technological, and people characteristics and further grouped into two main factors perceived usefulness and user satisfaction and statistically derived means, standard deviation and variance were analyzed, compared, and interpreted into the levels of impact. Moreover, to validate data, the researcher used Sampling Validity, Criterion Validity. Penultimately, the derived value of MIS determined by the cost-effectiveness analysis using the method Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio (ICER), and the determined levels of organizational performance impact of MIS were used to finally determine the organizational benefits. Finally, findings, conclusion, and recommendations were drawn out from the outcomes gotten from the tools used in this study to answer the formulated research questions.</p> 2020-09-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 iKSP Journal of Business and Economics