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Rakesh Belwal
University of Queensland
BusinessGovernmentEconomicsMarketingEconomic growth
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The purpose of this paper is to take cognisance of the work–life balance (WLB) challenges facing working women in Oman, make a review of the family-friendly policies (FFPs), related provisions in labour laws of various nations, and identify and suggest some FFP-based solutions for attracting women to private sector jobs.,Initially, desk research was used to review the labour laws of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and some pioneering countries known for their workplace policies ...
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#1Rakesh Belwal (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 10
#2Ahmed Al Maqbali (Sohar University)
Purpose The concept of Islamic banking (IB) as a discipline and the introduction of the full-fledged Islamic banks and Islamic windows are relatively newer developments in the banking sector in Oman. This paper aims to assess customers’ perceptions of the Islamic banks and IB windows in Oman. Design/methodology/approach Following the interpretive paradigm and an exploratory research design, data collected through personal interviews with a group of 60 respondents in two of the prominent cities i...
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The paper examines applicability of Sproles and Kendall's consumer styles inventory (CSI) of young Indian shoppers in context to online shopping. The study was conducted in two phases. Based on sample of 229, decision making styles of consumers were discovered using exploratory factor analysis, and a further confirmatory factor analysis was carried out to validate the dimensions discovered with an additional sample of 207 students. Six of the original eight factors from CSI were found to be appl...
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Abstract Intense competition and shifting loyalties in the Omani telecommunication sector are forcing companies to focus on service quality for increased customer satisfaction, customer loyalty, and organizational profitability. This study assesses the service quality for two major telecommunication companies – Omantel and Ooredoo – in the Sultanate of Oman using the SERVQUAL model and tests the effect of five SERVQUAL dimensions on the attitudinal loyalty of customers. The analysis of data usin...
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Fast population growth, urban sprawl and the raise in households’ motorization observed in all major cities of the Middle-East and North-Africa (MENA) region, are constantly challenging public transport providers who seek to handle efficiently the continuously rising travel demand. Most of the MENA cities suffer from traffic congestion that not only impacts the quality of life of MENA citizens, but also their access to job opportunities, health services, and social and political participation. A...
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#1Rakesh Belwal (UQ: University of Queensland)H-Index: 10
#2Shweta Belwal (Sohar University)H-Index: 6
Students' comprehension and understanding in classes have always been a contentious issue, affected most of the time by the pedagogy, technology, and culture. This paper introduces and assesses a pedagogy that integrates graphic tablet and projective tools (GTPT) in classroom deliveries. A class of 123 undergraduate business students was given lectures and tutorials using graphic tablet. After the completion of the course, students were asked to reflect on their experience of GTPT. Students appr...
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#1Rakesh Belwal (Sohar University)H-Index: 10
#2Shweta Belwal (Sohar University)H-Index: 6
Purpose The participation and productivity of women in Oman’s labor force are very low and heavily skewed toward the government sector. There are few women in the private sector and the reasons for this are not well-known. The challenges that women workers face specifically in the Arab World are worth understanding from a participation and policy perspective. The purpose of this paper is to explore employers’ perceptions of women workers and the major challenges they face in Oman in the context ...
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#1Rakesh Belwal (Sohar University)H-Index: 10
#2Pushpendra Priyadarshi (Indian Institute of Management Lucknow)H-Index: 2
Last. Mariam Humaid Al Fazari (Sohar University)H-Index: 1
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Purpose Supply and demand characteristics, influenced by the pre- and post-oil economy of Oman, have caused unemployment challenges to Omani graduates. The purpose of this paper is to explore the most common graduate attributes as they apply to graduates’ employability in Oman. Design/methodology/approach The study uses the principles of “hypotheticodeductive logic” and inferential analysis using a combination of focus group and survey approach. Using an online mode of data collection targeting ...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the factors affecting store image and customers’ choice of hypermarkets in Oman and compares two big hypermarkets in Sohar– the prominent industrial city of Oman. Design/methodology/approach A detailed review of literature was conducted initially to identify the attributes affecting store image and choice of hypermarkets in Oman and a questionnaire was developed later using the key attributes, vetted by a panel of professionals and consumers. Data ...
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#1Rakesh Belwal (Sohar University)H-Index: 10
#2Hanan Al Balushi (Sohar University)H-Index: 1
Last. Shweta Belwal (Sohar University)H-Index: 6
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Purpose – Universities and other higher educational institutions play an increasingly important role in providing entrepreneurship education, training, and technical assistance to existing and potential entrepreneurs. The purpose of this paper is to investigate students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship and the role of universities in developing enterprise education in Oman, focusing on the case of Sohar University. Design/methodology/approach – The research used a questionnaire based survey to c...
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