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Each member of AAMO as the National Management Organisation (NMO) of its country conducts various research and special studies / surveys in its country. AAMO offers them a platform to share, supplement and leverage from the findings of all such initiatives so that each member can benefit. This collection also serves as an important archive. Some of the important studies conducted by AAMO members are as below:

The Australian Management Capability Index (AMCI) 2013 is the second in a series of AIM surveys which provide an opportunity for CEOs and senior executives to track management performance over time and contributes to building a longitudinal profile of management capability in Australia and overseas. Management capability captures how effectively a management team puts into practice its combined competencies to achieve strong organisational performance. For the first time, this year's AMCI report provides an in-depth industry profile of Professional services.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been recognized as a priority area in the Asian economies. This study aims to identify the problems and prospects in strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs in different countries in this region. Prior research have helped us to identify variables which act as barriers, hindering the growth and development of SMEs. They can be grouped under internal and external barriers. The variables related to internal barriers are: inadequate resources of entrepreneurs, limited possibilities to identify business opportunities, lack of market economy experience, understanding of modern business and ability to cope up with risky and unpredictable market environment etc.

However, in this study we are interested in the research of the external barriers, which are outside the economic and business system. Some identified variables are as follows: taxation, legislation, property rights, finance and credit, bureaucracy, business security, difficulties in accessing information, lack of business training etc. We believe that in different countries different variables act as barriers. Identifying them and relating them to the success of SMEs in the countries will go a long way in providing policy prescription in different countries.

So the present study will consider following objectives. First, to compare growth and progress of SMEs across the Asian countries. Second, to find the constraints and hurdles for SME creation along with an evaluation of the intensity of capital constraint and comparing these factors across the countries in the Asia. Third objective is to find the factors responsible for the success or failure of SMEs. Final objective is to suggest appropriate policies and procedural guidelines at regional level to encourage SME startups, enhance their competitiveness and the sustained growth across the countries in the Asian region.

The current study will use a data set based on a survey of SME firms across Asia. The survey will be conducted through a structured questionnaire, which will be around three pages. This will be sent to the concerned firms which are associated with the Asian Association of Management Organizations. The selection of the sample will be used by using a sample frame work. Sample size would be arrived by classifying the associated member countries in to three levels based on the size of the economy (large, medium and small).The number of firms, for the study, for a country belonging to a particular level will be 75 if a country is in level one. If the country will be from second level then 50 firms will be selected and if the country is from third level, 30 firms will be considered for the study. After the data collection the data will be analyzed using appropriate statistical and econometric tools like regression analysis.

Time frame for the study will be one year. During this period 3 months will be for background research to help in formulating hypothesis, one month for the development of survey instruments, the next 4 months for data collection and the remaining time will be used for analysis and report writing.

For details please contact Head - Operational Office - AAMO

Developing an effective remuneration program is a complex challenge that potentially impacts every level of your business. The AIM National Salary Survey simplifies the task, giving you a powerful, transparent tool for determining salaries and conducting performance reviews. Designed for companies with a turnover from $2m to $300m, the AIM National Salary Survey offers exact salary figures and detailed descriptions for over 300 jobs across 18 industries. The information is clearly presented in salary tables. It's a practical, easy-to-use guide for remuneration planners that has been carefully compiled from data provided by over 600 contributing organisations Australia-wide; including salary information of more than 19,000 people.

Read more on the AIM National Salary Survey

New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) commissioned BRC Marketing and Social Research to conduct research with the objectives to identify pressing concerns, current and future trends of the fast-changing business environment in which today's organisations operate. The questions were designed to elicit both factual information and information based on respondents' perceptions of the various aspects of their organisation's development and growth.

The copy of the study can be obtained from Head - Operational Office - AAMO

This study is the first nation-wide assessment of Singapore's Leadership performance. The main objective of this three-year project was to provide leaders in Singapore with a comprehensive examination of the leadership profile at national, organisational, and individual senior leader levels using items and scales that have been shown to be repeatedly and positively related to sustainable growth and performance.

This study was done over three phases by the Singapore Institute of Management, the Gallup Organization, and the Gallup Leadership Institute. Phase One involved a national poll on leadership with a representative sampling of working age Singaporeans evaluating the leadership in their respective organisations. The second phase involved building a broad sampling of organisations across the public and private sectors, soliciting participation from employees within those respective organisations, and evaluating their immediate and senior level leaders on the same survey items used in the national poll. The third and final phase involved interviewing a broad cross section of Singapore's top leaders in both public and private sectors. In-depth interviews with 24 top leaders were completed and the overall findings are incorporated in this report.

Research finding/report is available for sale. Enquiries to be directed to research@sim.edu.sg

This Singapore Institute of Management study of the level of directing practices among 120 small and medium-sized enterprises in Singapore showed that SME top managers provide a broad perspective on the organisations' purposes. They are able to visualise the future direction and formulate a strategic vision. SME employees see their supervisors as being able to provide reliable and adequate information about happenings in their departments and companies. The study also showed that the supervisors used more formal channels of communication than informal ones to discuss and communicate company matters. On motivation, the survey found that SMEs rated higher in terms of rewarding their employees based on performance instead of seniority and always place great importance on training and developing good people. On group dynamics, group work is emphasised rather than individual work, and the employees were generally pleased with the co-ordination of work among team members.

Research finding/report is available for sale. Enquiries to be directed to research@sim.edu.sg

This report on change and adaptability of small and medium enterprises is based on two surveys conducted by the Singapore Institute of Management. It discusses the characteristics of change agents; how companies are becoming more adaptable and flexible; how companies cope with change; difficulties in implementing change; organisational change and overall success of the organisation; and distinguishing successful organisations. The Change Agent Characteristics scale, developed for this research, has high reliability and construct validity and can be reduced to three factors: Committed-Focused, Open-Pragmatic, and Passionate-Optimistic. These traits correlate well with Success, Optimism, and Coping. Staff involvement and support in planning and implementing change, the organisation's adaptability and flexibility, and the level of optimism were found to be related to the organisation's success in coping with change.

Research finding/report is available for sale. Enquiries to be directed to research@sim.edu.sg

This research report contains six case studies describing the challenges Singapore small and medium enterprises, SMEs, face when doing business in China. While the cases are fictional, the study is solidly research-based, and addresses commonly encountered challenges for Singapore SMEs doing business in China. The cases have deliberately displayed a range of industry types and host cities, to help readers identify the different ways in which business challenges may emerge, and help them give some thought to how they might be addressed. The purpose of the study is to help entrepreneurs and managers anticipate and address common, repeated, and damaging but often unacknowledged pitfalls in doing business in China. This drives the subject matter as well as the form in which the cases are presented.

Research finding/report is available for sale. Enquiries to be directed to research@sim.edu.sg

This research report contains six case studies describing the challenges Singapore small and medium enterprises, SMEs, face when doing business in China. While the cases are fictional, the study is solidly research-based, and addresses commonly encountered challenges for Singapore SMEs doing business in China. The cases have deliberately displayed a range of industry types and host cities, to help readers identify the different ways in which business challenges may emerge, and help them give some thought to how they might be addressed. The purpose of the study is to help entrepreneurs and managers anticipate and address common, repeated, and damaging but often unacknowledged pitfalls in doing business in China. This drives the subject matter as well as the form in which the cases are presented.

Research finding/report is available for sale. Enquiries to be directed to research@sim.edu.sg

This study reveals some important characteristics of succession planning of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore. It shows that very few organisations have only a vague idea of what corporate succession is all about or what it involves.Most of the organisations surveyed are totally unprepared for ownership transfer and management succession. It is, therefore, not surprising that very few SMEs survived their founders and few SMEs survived the second generation. SMEs that still exist after the second generation are very rare indeed. The detailed background study and findings are recommended reading for companies that want a business stake in the future.

Research finding/report is available for sale. Enquiries to be directed to research@sim.edu.sg

In India , the Small-Scale Industrial (SSIs) sector has acquired a prominent place in the socio economic development of the country during past 50 years. This sector constitutes 95% of the industrial units & contributes 40% to the total industrial output of the country and 35% to direct export. According to the latest statistics, this sector employs approximately 28 million people, which is next only to agriculture. In India , the economic reforms started in 1991. On one hand, liberalisation provided opportunity to SSIs to grow big, on the other, de-reservation, removal of quantitative restrictions and global competition particularly from Chinese manufacturers posed challenges to overcome.

The study conducted by All India Management Association features contributors or inhibitors for the growth of this sector. It captures the view of all the stakeholders through interviews with Banks, Financial Corporations, Industrial Authorities, opinion makers like Industry Associations, Regulatory bodies and Ministry of Small Scale Industry. A structured survey was also conducted through a questionnaire, wherein owners of the SSIs or decision-makers were personally interviewed. The sectoral analysis of Indian SSIs in study is very pertinent & in the light of the findings from the survey some areas which are important for policy thrust have also emerged.

The copy of the study can be obtained from Head - Operational Office - AAMO

Nor Ruhaida Haron,
Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM)

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