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Investigating the Role of Motivation on Teachers` and Students` Performance: A Case of Limkokwing University, Botswana

Abstract: The main objective of the study was to investigate the role of motivation on students and teachers looking further within corridors of Limkokwing University, Botswana. The study looked further on identifying factors that influenced performance of teachers and students in higher education as well as investigating motivation strategies that can be employed within the education sector to better academic performance. The study adopted a case study design using qualitative technique. Th...

Critical Success Factors Influencing Performance of Small Firms in Lesotho

Abstract: This study investigated critical factors influencing the performance of small businesses in Lesotho. A sample of owners/managers of small firms completed the questionnaires which helped to arrive at a successful outcome. A review of literature and inquisitiveness was the basis for the conception and foundation of the research study. The researcher gave a background information of small firms business in Lesotho and went further to discuss some theories which helped to get a better ...

Payment Processes as Factors Impede the Successful Implementation of Construction Projects at WT Business Group in Namibia.

Abstract: Many projects are initiated but few are completed on budget, on schedule, and on the scope of the initial project concept. Proper planning largely determines successful implementation of any project because without it, the strategic goals remain unattainable. The main objective of this study was to examine the factors that impede the successful implementation of construction projects at WT Business Group in Namibia. This study adopted an interpretivist research philosophy and a qua...

Viability and Economic Contribution of Shared Ride Taxis: A Case Study of Francistown Metropolis

Abstract: The scope of the study was to ascertain the viability of the cruise taxi business in Francistown metropolis. The business is dominated by black entrepreneurs supported by local authority to ply the metropolitan routes. A semi-structured questionnaire was introduced and issued to commuters who were randomly selected on their way to pick a taxi at their terminus. Collected data were analysed using IBM SPSS Statistics ver. 26. A Cruise taxi driver’s level of education influenced tim...

Public Perceptions of Botswana’s Improvement of Land administration Procedures, Capacity and Systems Project (LAPCAS): The Role of Marketing and Publicity Initiatives In raising Public Awaren

Abstract: Quality service provision remains elusive for most organizations. Like other government services before, LAPCAS was initiated as an information technology tool to improve service delivery to members of the public. This study evaluates the initiatives used to market and publicize this project and the success rates of those initiatives. To gauge the perception of the public to this initiative, the study measures the service experiences of a sampling of members of the public at three ...

The Role of Knowledge Infrastructure Capabilities on The Market Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises: A Case Study of Redman Consulting (Proprietary) Limited,

Abstract: The satisfactory performance of small and medium enterprises hinges on many factors that include employees, information technology, organizational structure, and organisational culture. These aforementioned elements are collectively known as knowledge infrastructure capabilities. They are instrumental in helping organisations to develop the required competitive strengths. The study focuses on Redman Consulting (Pty) Ltd. The main objective of the study was to investigate the role t...

Causes of Project Failure in Botswana Public Projects: Contractors’ Perspective

Abstract: Projects have important contributions in the development of the economic landscape of any country. This research study was to identify factors causing project failure in the case of Botswana from the contractors’ perspective. The quantitative survey conducted highlighted how the contractors agreed in ranking these causes. The questionnaire that was used to collect data was subdivided into three sections. The questionnaire was emailed to contractors after gathering their informati...

Software-Defined Networking: An Evolving Network Architecture—Programmability and Security Perspective

Abstract: Software-defined networking is an evolving network architecture beheading the traditional network architecture focusing its disadvantages in a limited perspective. A couple of decades before, programming and networking were viewed as different domains which today with the lights of SDN bridging themselves together. 'is is to overcome the existing challenges faced by the networking domain and an attempt to propose cost-efficient effective and feasible solutions. Changes to the exist...

Optimal Investment-consumption-insurance strategy with inflation risk and stochastic income in an Ito-levy setting

Abstract: In this study, we focus on finding the possible optimal strategy where there is consump tion, stochastic income, purchasing of life insurance and investment in risky and risk-less investments are made. The stock follows a jump diffusion process and the bond is linked to inflation making the two risky and we have the investment position taken also on the money market account. The wealth process is determined by the different generations of the life of an investor, that is before the...

The impact of economic infrastructure on long term economic growth in Botswana

Abstract: The growth rate for the Botswana economy has slowed down in recent years. This has been explained by weak global demand in minerals, subdued commodity prices and persistent electricity supply problems. The government is making efforts to diversify the economy to tap from other sources of growth. The government has come with two initiatives to boast growth: increasing expenditure on roads and improved generation of electricity. Literature has failed to agree on the causal linkage be...

Macroeconomic Determinants of Economic Growth in Zimbabwe

Abstract: The study used time series data for Zimbabwe (1975-2012) to: (i) empirically determine the link between economic growth and four macroeconomic variables (Foreign Direct Investment, volume of trade, Inflation and capital accumulation) (ii) analyze the impact of these macroeconomic variables on economic growth (iii) test if innovations in macroeconomic variables influence on the rate of economic growth and vice versa and (iv) establish the major drivers of economic growth. Using the ...

Electricity Consumption and Economic Growth in Botswana: A Vector Error Correction Approach

Abstract: Emerging economies are still faced with need to improve economic growth. One of the main drivers of growth in literature has been found to be electricity consumption. However literature fails to explain the relationship between economic growth and electricity consumption. It is against this background that the study examines the presence of the long run relationship between economic growth and electricity consumption in Botswana. The study use annual time series data for the period...

Leadership Styles for Organizational Sustainability: A study of International joint ventures (IJVs) in Botswana manufacturing

Abstract: Leadership is one of the oldest phenomena in the history of social sciences and management that has an impact to business ventures sustainability. International joint ventures (IJVs) leadership encounters cross-cultural related and diverse workforce challenges that call for appropriate leadership behaviors (style) for their organization sustainability. This paper presents empirical research done on International Joint Ventures (IJVs) leadership in Botswana manufacturing with partne...

New-genre leadership styles for international joint ventures (IJVS) sustainability: a literature review

Abstract: This paper aims to provide insights into the existing literature on the contemporary leadership styles commonly applied by International joint ventures (IJVs) leaders. A total of 51 articles published between 1992 and 2014 were retrieved from 21 refereed journals, all of which could be accessed online. New genre theories applicable for International joint ventures (IJVs) sustainability focus on exceptional leadership that has extra ordinary effects on their follower; to become high...

An approach to drastically reduce the required legs DOFs for bipedal robots and lower-limb exoskeletons

Abstract: We present a method to drastically reduce the required number of degrees-of-freedom (DOFs) needed for walking for each leg of bipedal robots and lower-limb exoskeletons. This approach releases more legs DOFs in the null space to do other tasks, instead of unnecessarily constraining them. It uses relative reference frames to control relative motion between the two feet, instead of the usual method of controlling foot movement with respect to fixed reference frames. In its basic form...


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