Central European Business Review, 2013 (vol. 2), issue 1

Editorial

Editorial

Miroslav Karlíček

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):3

Articles

Integrating Dependency on the Leader and Empowerment into Transformational Leadership - Creative Performance Relationship

Tobias Kollmann, Christoph Stöckmann, Patrick Krell, Anika Peschl, Sarah Buchwald

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):7-14 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.33

Previous literature highlights employees' creativity as an important means of fostering innovation and competitive advantage in companies. Transformational leadership is an approach aimed at stimulating and encouraging the creative performance of employees. However, contradictory empirical findings indicate that the relationship between transformational leadership and creativity may be more complex than a simple direct link. Drawing from the existing literature, we propose that dependency on the leader is a partial mediator of this relationship, impeding employees' creativity. Synthesizing theories of leadership and creativity, we propose that empowerment,...

The Growth of Anti-Corruption Attitudes in Czech Marketing Communication and PR Anti-Corruption Fight as Marketing Tool

Denisa Kasl Kollmannová

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):15-20 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.34

This article analyzes the emergence of a new trend in marketing communication and PR in the Czech Republic. After the decline of public trust after the economic crisis in 2008, many state officials and politicians were blamed for corruption and fraud worldwide (Edelman, 2013). Anti-corruption attitudes have emerged in government communication, media, NGOs and also within the business sector. The term "anti-corruption" has become an often-used marketing claim. Anti-corruption claims and values have been used by a wide range of companies and institutions in their corporate communication or PR. Often, the main business leader serve as personalities and...

How Far Along is Euro Adoption in the Czech Republic? Benefits for Businesses Still Remain

Mojmír Helísek

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):21-27 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.35

The objective of the paper is to assess the reasons for the current negative position of the Czech Government toward euro adoption and to find out whether the expected benefits of euro adoption for Czech companies still remain. The postponement of euro adoption in the Czech Republic has mainly been caused by the current problems of the euro area. The benefits arising from euro adoption are subject to the reduction of the exchange rate volatility and of the transaction costs, whereas they also depend on the degree of integration with the euro area. These benefits may still be expected - neither the financial crisis nor the economic recession has affected...

Strategy and Portfolio Management Aspects of Integrated Business Planning

Peter Jurečka

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):28-34 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.36

With ongoing globalization and the resulting growing competitiveness on most markets, companies are under constant pressure to increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of their operations. The focus of this paper is placed on one of the core business management processes - on planning, namely on Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and its latest development stage, nowadays often recognized under the term Integrated Business Planning (IBP). The author's experience from leading the global implementation of IBP in a multinational chemical company is reflected in the proposition of how IBP can serve as an effective tool for execution of business...

Price Dispersion on the Internet: Empirical Comparison of Several Commodities from the Czech Republic

Jiří Sedláček

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):35-42 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.37

The first large-scale (909 products, 79,679 individual price listings) empirical study of price dispersion based on data from the Czech Republic's online shops is presented in the paper. First, simple descriptive indicators were calculated for each product. Second, several versions of linear regression models were constructed for each of the 13 product categories and evaluated against the hypotheses. The price dispersion was regressed against its mean market price and the number of shops. For the majority of categories R2 is high or very high (the mean market price variable accounts for 86.6% to 96.7% in the price dispersion) or at least...

Best Practices in Human Resource Management: The Source of Excellent Performance and Sustained Competitiveness

Martin Šikýř

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):43-48 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.38

Based on summarizing the results of the global research on human resource management and the author's dissertation research on best practices in human resource management, this paper attempts to explain the essence of the positive relationship between best practices in human resource management and organizational performance and competitiveness. It supports the assumption that the essence is the optimal system of human resource management, based on proven best practices in job design, employee selection, performance management, employee compensation or employee training, that enables managers to achieve expected organizational performance and competitiveness...

Interview

Marek Skysľak: Learn in Every Single Moment of Your Life

Tomáš Poucha

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):49-52 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.39

Discussion

Do Regional Headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe Have a Future?

Arnold Schuh

Central European Business Review 2013, 2(1):53-54 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.40