Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business Research

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Investigating Generation Y’s Internet Usage and Materialism
Investigating Generation Y’s Internet Usage and Materialism

Author(s): Pattarapong Burusnukul 1, Dhanila V. Parboteeah-Alex 1, Sophitmanee Sukalakamala2, Piyavan Sukalakamala2, and Zoe Ho3

Abstract: Generation Y (Gen Y) dominates the Internet-using population. Their personal values and attitudes are crafted through online interactions. One such societal value is materialism, which determines how individuals regard material possession and its importance in life. Environmental factors such as interpersonal communication can influence materialism and are facilitated by the Internet and social media, making Gen Ys more susceptible to materialism. Thus, there is a need to understand Gen Y’s Internet usage and its linkage to materialism in an effort to address the adverse effects of materialism on their personal well-being. A survey methodology was used to collect data from students from four Southwestern and Northeastern American universities. Pearson r correlations and t-test analyses were performed for hypothesis testing. Technology was found to allow societal values to be evenly shared among the Internet-using Gen Y without geographic limitations. Further, materialistic Gen Ys spend more time browsing websites looking for products/services. Implications are discussed in relation to educating Gen Ys about the influences of environmental factors on materialism and to thinking more consciously about consumption.

Keywords: Materialism; Internet usage; Social media; Generation Y; Consumption behaviors.

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Author Affiliations:
  • Affiliation Eastern New Mexico University, United States1
  • Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte Campus), United States2
  • Boston University, United States3
Issues Influencing Accounting Faculty to Remain at Their Schools
Issues Influencing Accounting Faculty to Remain at Their Schools

Author(s):Rodger G. Holland1, Arnold Schneider2,and James R. Hasselback3

Abstract:This study examines the reasons that accounting faculty decide to stay at their universities. Our questionnaire contained 30 potential issues relating to personal characteristics, work-related characteristics, and other characteristics. We surveyed 1,393 accounting faculty members who had been faculty members for at least 10 years and who had moved to a different university at most once during the past 25 years. Personal issues relating to general happiness of the family and satisfaction with quality of life in general dominated the rankings of importance for our sample as a whole as well as across all groups partitioned by number of moves, gender, age, tenure status, length of time since last publication, and country.

Keywords:Faculty retention; Faculty satisfaction; Decision to stay.

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Author Affiliations:
  • (Deceased)1
  • Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States 2
  • Department of Accountancy, Clarion University, United States 3
Staff Development Programs and Job Performance of Lecturers of Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin Ladi
Staff Development Programs and Job Performance of Lecturers of Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin Ladi

Author(s):Gadi Dung Paul1, Gontur Silas2, and Davereng Macrop2

Abstract:The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of staff development programs on the job performance of lecturers of Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin. The study was carried out in all the Schools namely; School of Administration and Business Studies (SABS), School of Environmental Studies (SES), School of Engineering (SE), School of Science Technology (SST), School of Legal and General Studies and School of Technical Education (S.T.E). The study objectives were: to examine the influence of training on the job performance of lecturers of Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin and to establish the effect of promotion on the job performance of lecturers of Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin. A sample of one hundred and fifty two respondents was randomly chosen from the six schools to take part in the study. However, due to time constraints and School break only 81 respondents were accessed. The data gathered from the field was organized and presented quantitatively in form of frequency schedules, counts and percentages for the purposes of analysis. Interview responses were reported qualitatively and were used to compare and enrich the responses in the structured items. It had been presumed that in spite of the staff development programs which have been on-going, the performance of lecturers has not been satisfactory and thereby making it difficult for the institution to achieve its goals for which it was set in 2014. The results of the study were analyzed using the Pearson linear correlation method in SPSS. The analysis showed that there is very significant relationship between job performance and staff development programs. Promotion was found to be very significantly related to job performance and so was the number of training programs attended by the lecturers. The findings and conclusions were that training has a positive effect on job performance and that promotion, followed by a clear promotion criterion enhances job performance of lecturers. The researcher recommends that there is need to recognize, acknowledge usefulness and support both short and long term training opportunities, develop a clear promotion criteria that recognizes teaching, research and service, academic qualifications, and experience, and to improve the staff development programs policy that all staff shall be encouraged through training and promotion to develop their potential and enhance their efficiency on the job. Suggestions for future studies and researches were proposed.

Keywords:Performance; Training; Promotion; Staff development; Pearson linear correlation; Plapoly.

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Author Affiliations:
  • Department of Business Administration and Management, Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin Ladi1
  • Department of Business Education Federal College Education Pankshin2
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