Social & Management Sciences

Research Papers/Topics in Social & Management Sciences

The Impact of Micro and Macro-economic Factors on the Profitability of Banks: A Case of Zimbabwean Banking Sector (2012-2016)

ABSTRACTThe research sought to establish the impact of micro and macro-economic factors on the profitability of banks in the banking sector of Zimbabwe. The low levels of profitability has been an area of concern. The study covered the period from 2012 to 2016 using monthly time series data employing the Ordinary Least Squares method to ascertain the factors that contribute to profitability as measured by Return on Assets. In the previous period, the profitability of banks have been on an upw...

Challenges faced in implementing a functional environmental education programme in secondary schools. A case of Mhondoro-Mubaira Cluster, Chegutu District.

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to establish the challenges faced in implementing a functionalenvironmental education programme in secondary schools. The researcher used a descriptivesurvey design because it gave a descriptive picture to the data obtained through observations,interviews and questionnaires. The sample consisted of twelve teachers and forty studentsfrom schools in Mhondoro-Mubaira Cluster. Questionnaires, interviews and observationswere used as data generation tools. Rese...

Psychological Empowerment Of The Youth’s At Tsungirirai Welfare Organization In Norton

ABSTRACTThe study of psychological empowerment have been neglected locally,regionally and internationally. Different empowerment programs that have been introduced worldwide have failed to address the matter from a psychological standpoint. Negligence of psychological empowerment programes globally has therefore contributed to high rate of unemployment amongst the youth’s.The fact that the youth’s are the most disadvantaged group drive the researcher to carry out a study that targeted the...

The Effectiveness Of Results Based Financing In The Provision Of Better Health Services .A Case Of Rushinga Health Institutions

ABSTRACTThe research study focused on the effectiveness of Results Based Financing (RBF) in the provision of better services within health facilities. The main motives of this research are to examine the forms of RBF being partaken by health service providers in ensuring changes in the health sector, to identify the various challenges experienced in the implementation of RBF, to analyze the influence of RBF towards a motivated health workforce within the operating circles, to assess the exten...

The effect of cost leadership strategies on company performance. A case of Multimedia Saatchi & Saatchi.

AbstractThe research was carried out to find out the effect of cost leadership strategies on company performance in the advertising industry. In this research a sample of 61 respondents was used as representative of the target population. The main objectives of this research was to find out the effect of vertical integration on market share, to determine the effects of restructuring on company profitability, to evaluate whether outsourcing from cheapest supplier managed to reduce company cost...

Intervention strategies that can be utilised to enhance CBZ bank loan book performance

INTRODUCTION1.0 INTRODUCTION 11.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY 11.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM 3.1.3 RESEARCH OBJECTIVES. 41.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS 41.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY 41.5.1 Practical Significance 41.5.2 Theoretical Significance 51.6 RESEARCH ASSUMPTIONS 51.7 DELIMITATION (SCOPE) OF STUDY 51.8 LIMITATIONS 51.9 DEFINATION OF KEY TERMS 61.10 CHAPTER SUMMARY 7CHAPTER TWOLITERATURE REVIEW2.0. Introduction 82.1 An Overview of Loan Performance 82.1.1 Determinants of Loan Performance 82.1.1.1 Interes...

A Comparative Study Of The Determinants Of Capital Structure Among Listed And Non Listed Financial Firms In Zimbabwe (2010-2016.

ABSTRACTThe study sought to compare the determinants of capital structure among listed and non-listed financial firms in Zimbabwe for the period 2010 to 2016. The major objective was to establish if there was a relationship between debt to equity ratio and the independent variables and to answer the question of whether listed financial firms had capital advantages over non-listed financial firms. No studies had been done in Zimbabwe on comparability of listed and non-listed financial firms. E...

Strategies used by Midlands State University Students to cope with academic stress.

ABSTRACTThe researcher sought to study on the strategies used by Midlands State University students to cope with academic stress. The research was enriched with a couple of theories,relavant literature by other authors and previous studies that supported the research. The students were sampled using stratified random sampling. Stratification comprised of strata that are first, second and fourth year students from the Psychology Department in the Faculty of Social Sciences who made up a total ...

The Dynamics Of Factionalism In Zanu Pf: 1980 – 2017

ABSTRACTThis study is a critical examination of the dynamics of factionalism in ZANU-PF between 1980 and 2017, with the goal of identifying how factionalism has impacted on the national development agenda. This qualitative research drew data from the analysis of documents and from oral unstructured interviews. The specific aim of the study is to analyse why Zimbabwe has failed to develop for the past 37 years despite being led by a socialist revolutionary party which is ideologically informed...

Illegal Street Vending On Bulawayo Central Business District Urban Space: Challenges And Possible Solutions

ABSTRACTPeople are forced into street vending due to various factors. First and foremost street vendingis a source of livelihood for the urban poor and those who couldn’t be absorbed into the formalsectors of the economy. Zimbabwe is facing a plethora of economic challenges and under sucha precarious state of affairs street vending activities are on the rise. The astronomical growthof street entrepreneurs is an addition to multifarious challenges faced by urban local authoritiesin most deve...

The Impact Of Debt Finance On The Financial Performance Of A Small To Medium Enterprise: A Case Of Workman Zimbabwe (Private) Limited

AbstractThe main purpose of this research was to determine the impact of debt finance on a small to medium entity, a case of Workman Zimbabwe (Private) Limited. The management reports of the company showed a recurring decline in profits, increase in interest costs as well as high gearing ratios from 2015 to 2017. This had resulted in greater variances between budgeted amounts and actual amounts raising a cause for concern thereby necessitating the need for this research. Literature from vario...

Challenges And Opportunities For Disabled Children’s Rights In Zimbabwe: An Analysis Of The Educational And Health Rights Of Children With Cerebral Palsy In Harare’s Highfield High Density Su

ABSTRACTThis study examined the extent to which the educational and health rights of children with disabilities (Cerebral Palsy) are being met in Zimbabwe, in general, and in Harare’s Highfield Suburb, in particular. The study was motivated by the fact that, in most parts of Africa children with disabilities and their families constantly experience barriers to the enjoyment of their basic human rights and to their inclusion in society. Objectives of the study were to examine the adequacy of...

Screening of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) genotypes for resistance to covered kernel smut (Sporisoriumsorghi) disease

ABSTRACTCovered kernel smut of sorghum caused by Sporisoriumsorghi is a major threat to sorghum production globally. This pathogen has been reported to attack sorghum resulting in yield losses as high as 75% on susceptible sorghum genotypes in Zimbabwe. Twelve sorghum genotypes were screened to determine the incidence and severity of covered kernel smut during the 2014/15 growing season. The trial was done under field conditions, where two artificial inoculation techniques namely seed dressin...

Impact Of The Grain Loan Scheme On Food Security In Mutoko District In Zimbabwe From 2010 To 2014

ABSTRACTThe main focus of the research was on the impact of the Grain Loan Scheme on food security in Mutoko district’s wards 18 and 19 which are naturally drought prone areas in the district. The research was aimed at establishing an effective way of managing government funded food aid interventions including identifying and assessing the impacts of Grain Loan Scheme on food security in the district, assessing the capacity of institutions responsible for managing government funded food aid...

The Effectiveness Of Differentiation Strategies On Company Performance. A Case Of Gtel Zimbabwe

ABSTRACTThe research aimed at determining the effectiveness of differentiation strategies on company performance investigating. Due to the intense competition faced by Gtel and the flooded mobile market , the researcher saw it fit to propose the implementation of differentiation as a strategy that will help the company to upgrade and revive company performance. The research objectives were to find out if product differentiation affects competitive advantage, to determine if personnel differen...


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