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KSBL Working Paper Series

The Karachi School of Business & Leadership (KSBL) periodically publishes working papers that highlight the findings of its research. The KSBL Working Paper Series is intended to disseminate business research and stimulate discussion on topics related to the field of Management Sciences. A working paper summarises original research into a narrow segment of a field of study and is intended for publication within the next few years. The latest ideas from KSBL faculty can often be found in these working papers.

 

Innovation Focus, Buyer – Supplier Relationship and Product Innovation: Study of Organizations in India and Pakistan

M. Shakeel Sadiq Jajja / Shaukat Ali Brah / Syed Zahoor Hassan

This paper argues that supply chain innovation focus has positive impact on supplier focus, buyer – supplier innovation intent and structure, which in turn impact product innovation and business performance positively. Also, the paper seeks to explore association between organizational demographics and product innovation.

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A Branch and Bounds Algorithm for a Flow Shop with Multiple Processors with Separable Setup and Removal Times

Shaukat Ali Brah

The paper considers a flow shop with multiple processors, where the processing times are separate from the setup and removal times of each job at each stage of processing. The objective of scheduling is to optimize the maximum completion time. The optimal solution of this scheduling problem comes from using the branch and bound approach.

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Supply Chain Orientations and Performance: Role of Suppliers

M. Shakeel Sadiq Jajja / Shaukat Ali Brah / Syed Zahoor Hassan

Purpose/Originality: Supply chain strategy is widely recognized as a crucial part of an organizational strategy. However, the relationship between key aspects of supply chain strategy and functions of immediate suppliers is less known…

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Supply Chain Strategy and Organizational Performance: Role of Core Operational Functions

M. Shakeel Sadiq Jajja / Shaukat Ali Brah / Syed Zahoor Hassan

The relationship among supply chain strategy, management of core operational functions and improvement in performance requires better understanding. Research framework in this paper, drawing from literature, seeks to establish and validate…

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“Reform of Irrigation Management in Punjab, and Implications for Institutional Modernization”

Imran Ali

Pakistan has the largest contiguous canal irrigation system in the world. Based on the River Indus and its western tributaries, the canal irrigated zone is critical for Pakistan’s agricultural sector and hence for its national economic sustainability. Efficiency and adaptability of irrigation management is not only crucial for sustainability…

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The Relationship between Culturally Endorsed Leadership Theory (CLT)

Rizwan A. Sheikh / Ralf Müller

The existing literature on organizational behavior and general management theory frequently reports on the impacts of leadership and culture on organizations. Project management researchers have explored the relationship between leadership and project success and…

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Reviving the Hearts and Souls in Managers: A Ghazalian Sufi Perspective

Farzad Rafi Khan / Rabia Naguib

The Islamic business ethics literature appears to have ignored Sufism and ethical transformation of individual managers through Islam. In this paper we aim to address these knowledge gaps in the field. We do so by drawing upon the works of one of the greatest Sufi sages, Imam Abu Hamid ibn Muhammad Al – Ghazali, to construct…

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Climatic Shocks and Child Human Capital: Evidence from Ethiopia

Asma Hyder / Jere R. Behrman*

We examine the impact of four different climatic shocks as perceived my households and community representatives on child learning and health outcomes in Ethiopia; one of the poorest countries in SubSaharan Africa (SSA). Two waves of household panel data for years 2006 and 2009 are used and data is collected from both urban…

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Volatility Spillovers in the Crude Oil Markets

Ali Khalil Malik

We examine the volatility spillover hypothesis in the crude oil market. Using futures and spot prices for crude oil, we examine the volatility spillovers between the two prices. We use multivariate GARCH and Stochastic Volatility models for evaluating the volatility spillover hypothesis. Contrary to the popular belief that speculation/volatility…

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An Empirical Examination of Karachi Stock Exchange A Time Series Perspective

Ali Khalil Malik

This paper examines the time series properties of Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE). We examine the time variation (if any) in the KSE returns and relationships. We also examine the properties of KSE in comparison to other stock markets and investments. For the KSE, we examine the risk-return relationship nd estimate the time-varying…

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The Performance of Nominal Income Targeting and Inflation Targeting Rules In A Small Dynamic General Equilibrium Model: A Comparison

Ali Khalil Malik

We examine the performance of nominal income targeting and inflation targeting rules in a small dynamic general equilibrium framework. We evaluate the performance of the two rules in terms of their impact on the behavior of the macroeconomic variables. The nominal income targeting rule appears a good alternative in our…

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The Emerging Middle Class in Pakistan

Jawaid Abdul Ghani

During the last decade (2001-2011) the size of Pakistan’s middle class (M-class), defined as households
having daily per capita consumption of between $2 and $10 in 2005 purchasing power parity dollars,
doubled to 15 million households….

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