Journal of Business and Management Research <p>Official journal of the Kathmandu University School of Management (<a title="KUSOM" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">KUSOM</a>).</p> en-US (Asst. Prof. Arjun Kumar Shrestha) (Sioux Cumming) Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 60 Trainee Characteristics and Transfer of Training: Effect of Supervisory Support (A Study of Public Managers in Nepal) The significance of transfer of training to organizations has been recognized by researchers and managers alike, and the factors affecting the transfer have been the subject of many research studies in the West.  Considering the recent growth in training investment and coverage in public enterprises in Nepal without corresponding impact on their performance, the issue of transfer of training has gained importance in our context.  This study examines the effect of trainee characteristics, viz.: perceived content validity, learning transfer motivation, and self-efficacy on the level of training transfer and the role of supervisory support in this relationship in the context of Nepali public enterprises. Due to the non-availability of total population, the non-probability sampling method, specifically, quota sampling was used for selecting organizations, and then, managers meeting the pre-defined criteria, were selected for the study. Two hundred ninety-one officials from nine public enterprises participated in the survey.  The findings suggest that level of transfer of training is moderate, and two trainee characteristics, viz.: learning transfer motivation and content validity, positively and significantly affect transfer of training whereas self-efficacy does not have such effect. Supervisory support moderates the relationship between content validity and transfer of training but not between learning transfer motivation and transfer of training.  Managerial and research implications of the findings are discussed. Seema Singh ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:31:45 +0000 Predictors and Outcomes of Employee Engagement: Empirical Study of Nepali Employees <p>Engaged employees are the most sought-after resources in organizations across the globe. Efforts have been made by academicians and management consultants to help organizations understand the dynamics of Employee Engagement. Little is known, though, about Employee Engagement and its predictors and outcomes in the context of Nepali organizations. This study examined the relationship between predictors and outcomes of Employee Engagement among employees of Nepali organizations and tested its mediating effects. The study was conducted among 158 employees working in various organizations. Correlation, multiple regression, and bootstrapping methods were used to test the hypothesized relationships. The results in general found support for all the hypothesized relationships between predictor variables, viz.: Person-Organization Fit (P-O), Perceived Organizational Support (POS), and Employee Engagement. Likewise, Employee Engagement and outcome variables: Job satisfaction, Organizational Citizenship Behavior (OCB) and Counterproductive Work Behavior (CWB) were related too. Employee Engagement fully mediated the relationship between P-O Fit and OCB, POS and OCB, and POS and CWB while partially mediated the relationship between P-O Fit and Job satisfaction, P-O Fit and CWB and POS and Job satisfaction. The findings are discussed and implications identified.</p> Sabina Baniya Chhetri ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:31:45 +0000 Workplace Spirituality and Employee Attitudes: Moderating Role of Organizational Politics <p>There is growing interest in examining the influence of workplace spirituality (WPS) on employee attitudes. However, there is still lack of studies that examine the relationships between WPS and employee attitudes and moderating effect of other variables on these relationships. This study examined the relationships between WPS and two job attitude variables – job satisfaction and job involvement. It also examined the moderating effect of perceptions of organizational politics (POP) on these relationships. Survey questionnaire was used to collect data from 500 employees working in two Nepali organizations, of which 480 questionnaires were used for further analysis. Structural equation modeling and multiple moderated regression analyses were used to test the hypothesized relationships. Results indicated that WPS is significantly positively related to job satisfaction and job involvement and POP moderates the relationship between WPS and job involvement. Research implications are discussed and limitations of the study are highlighted.</p> Arjun Kumar Shrestha ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:31:46 +0000 Components of Celebrity Endorsement Affecting Brand Loyalty of Nepali Customers <p>This study investigates the direct effect of components of celebrity endorsement (physical attractiveness, source creditability and celebrity brand matchup) on brand loyalty (attitudinal loyalty and behavioral loyalty). 220 general customers of branded products participated in the study. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to test hypotheses. Our result shows that physical attractiveness, source credibility expertise and celebrity brand match up has positive impact on developing attitude towards the brand. However, only physical attractiveness and celebrity brand matchup are associated with purchase intention. Practical and research implications of the findings are discussed and directions for future research are suggested.</p> Rojan Baniya ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:31:46 +0000 Indicators for Measuring Performance of Financial Cooperatives in Nepal <p>Comprehensive institutional assessment tool helps to appraise performance of an organization and adopt appropriate strategies for enhancing performance. Different organizations demand different indicators and standards for appraising performance. Different tools such as PEARLS and CAMEL have been prescribed measure performance of financial institutions. These tools were developed in different contexts and are not adopted in Nepali cooperative sector. The objective of this paper is to identify and recommend different indicators for measuring performance of financial cooperatives in Nepal. Expert interviews and focus group discussions were applied to explore the indicators for performance assessment. The identified indicators were piloted with randomly selected 210 cooperatives. The findings showed that 32 financial ratios under eight performance measurement dimensions and 25 self-governance related indicators are needed to assess the performance of financial cooperatives in Nepal and elsewhere. Implications of the findings are discussed and limitations of the study are highlighted,</p> Nav Raj Simkhada ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:31:46 +0000