Central European Business Review, 2015 (vol. 4), issue 4



Ondřej Machek

Central European Business Review 2015, 4(4):3


Comparison of Competitiveness and Business Performance in the Visegrád Group since the EU Accession: A Quantitative Analysis

Ilya Bolotov

Central European Business Review 2015, 4(4):5-17 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.134

The goal of this paper is to analyze main changes in the business performance - as in part of the overall competitiveness - of the Visegrád Group, i.e. Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland and Hungary, in the last ten years, 2004-2014, based on Pearson correlation, Chow and Granger Causality tests. The business performance in the Visegrád Group is defined with the help of five indicators: business density, value added per business entity, investment in fixed capital per business density, inward foreign direct investment stock per business entity and exports of goods and services per business entity. The author finds that the business performance,...

Measuring Consumer Innovativeness: Identifying Innovators among Consumers of Modern Technologies

Jana Filová

Central European Business Review 2015, 4(4):18-29 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.135

The methods currently used in innovation marketing research are focused on the late phases of the innovation process and are usually methodologically complex. This limits their practical impact. The presented work aims to create a simple self-report scale applicable in the initial and late phases of the innovation process, highly modular and suitable for a wide range of research. The main battery of questions was inspired by the adopter categorization by Rogers. The questions determine both (1) general characteristics of innovation adopters and (2) their relationship to a specific innovation. The scale was tested during robust longitudinal online research,...

Dark Triad of Croatian Management Students

Mario Bogdanovic, Domagoj Cingula

Central European Business Review 2015, 4(4):30-47 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.136

This paper researches the so-called "dark triad" personality traits of management student populations, because of their potential to generate dysfunctional organizational behavior and processes. Namely, the dark triad with characteristics such as lack of empathy, willingness to manipulate others (for self-betterment), antagonism, and belief in one's own superiority can represent a real organizational threat. The goal of this paper is to stimulate thinking and discussion around this issue. The paper is based on questionnaire measurement that adopts the standardized short dark triad measurement instrument of Jones and Paulhus (2012) who measure the scales...

Human Capital Reporting and its Linkage with Key Performance Indicators of Companies: Evidence from Estonian Companies Listed on Nasdax OMX Baltic

Emilia Startseva, Natalja Gurvitš, Inna Sidorova

Central European Business Review 2015, 4(4):48-57 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.137

Today the subject of non-financial accounting and reporting has become very popular. Human Capital Reporting (HCR) has become a vital part of everyday business activities of companies across the world. Most companies declare that human capital is the most important factor of their competiveness, which is also reflected in their CSR reports by incorporated social disclosures. The subject of the present research is human capital reporting and its linkage with the performance indicators of companies. The aim of this research is to establish whether there is a linkage between HCR and financial performance indicators of Estonian companies listed on the...

Analysis Regarding the Growing Presence of Italian Firms in Romania

Stefano Valdemarin

Central European Business Review 2015, 4(4):58-70 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.138

At the end of 2014, the number of firms with an Italian presence in Romania was 39,556, representing 19.33% out of total registered firms and this number is still growing. This article focuses on answering the following question: what kind of Italian firms are investing in Romania and why? Starting from the empirical observation that the number of Italian firms in Romania grew by 6.82% last year, we have used a PESTEL analysis to find the key points characterizing the country, paying attention also to the concept of country brand. From the point of view of Italian firms, we have also analyzed the shifting paradigm of internationalization from a Vertical...


Cultural Obstacles in MNCs? Yes, but... "Back to Basics" Guidelines for Success in HRM in Central Europe

Yves-Fréderic Livian

Central European Business Review 2015, 4(4):71-74 | DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.139