Open Access Original Research Article

Traditional Architecture in Romanian Philately (II): the Case Study Regarding Households from Chiojdu Mic, Curteni and Curtișoara

Bogdan-Vasile Cioruța, Alexandru Leonard Pop

South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics, Page 1-12
DOI: 10.9734/sajsse/2021/v11i130273

As the traditional Romanian architecture is little known abroad and sporadically threatened with major changes due to the incursions of various neo-modernist architectural currents, it is appropriate to bring back to the attention of the general public, the image of what was and still is there. In this context, this study aims to emphasize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional architecture in terms of the tools offered by Romanian philately. Knowing that philately is an ambassador of promoting Romanian cultural values locally, but also abroad, the present study tried to outline this aspect in relation to the ethnographic and architectural specifics. Thus, the architectural specificity of three areas is desired, this time from the localities of Chiojdu Mic (Buzău), Curteni (Vaslui), and Curtișoara (Gorj), using stamps, illustrated postcards, and other philatelic effects. The results of the investigation, carried out through the consultation of sites with predominantly philatelic content (on platforms such as Colnect®, Delcampe®, PicClick®, StampWorld®, etc), confirm the preoccupation of the Romanian thematic philately for the local architecture; at the same time, indicate the availability of the community towards the promotion of the cultural heritage.

Open Access Original Research Article

The Development of Chinese Investments in Central African Countries Exceed that of France

Fred Eka

South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics, Page 13-25
DOI: 10.9734/sajsse/2021/v11i130274

The purpose of this article is to study the role that market potential plays precisely in the attractiveness of territories. We will try to analyze and compare the localization of Chinese and French green fDI in Central Africa. The econometric study identifies the main factors on which the economic attractiveness of the territories is based. Our results indicate that the choice of mode and country of establishment will depend on the combination of the advantages of the firm and the host area. The impact that market potential has in particular is fundamental, particularly in Central Africa.

Open Access Original Research Article

Strategic Agility and Small and Medium Enterprises’ Performance: Evidence from Osun State, Nigeria

P. O. Ogunleye, S. A. Adeyemo, M. A. Adesola, Yakubu Yahaya

South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics, Page 26-36
DOI: 10.9734/sajsse/2021/v11i130275

The study examines the influence of strategic agility on small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) performance with specific reference to SMEs operating in Osogbo metropolis, Osun State. Purposive sampling technique was employed to select SMEs engaging in manufacturing, trading, and service and agro-allied in Osogbo metropolis, Osun State, Nigeria, while snowball sampling technique was used to select 50 operators/managers each from the four sub-sectors totaling 200 respondents. A structured questionnaire was used to solicit information from the respondents. Data analysis was performed with the aid of Mean, Chi-Square, Pearson Correlation, and Ordinary Least Square method of estimation. The result reveals that strategic sensitivity, strategic response, leadership unit and resource fluidity independently have a significant influence on SMEs’ performance. Consequently, the study recommends that SME operators should have to increase their interest in all strategic agility dimensions due to their great role in achieving organizational performance excellence in the midst of a cut-throat competitive environment. Also, employees should be encouraged to participate in the strategic planning process and be creative.

Open Access Original Research Article

Contraceptive use among Young Adults in Zimbabwe, Questionnaire Study

Lianora Manyange, Tolbert Mucheri, Thabani Nyoni, Norman Makunika, Naftaly Mose

South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics, Page 37-47
DOI: 10.9734/sajsse/2021/v11i130276

Adolescents face several challenges where ASRH issues are concerned. One of these issues is the low uptake of HIV prevention services especially those in high-density urban townships who are prone to several factors that hinder their access to HIV prevention services. This study sought to highlight the prevalence of HIV prevention methods use among adolescents and factors that determine their accessibility in Dzivarasekwa and Tynwald Districts. A total of 500 questionnaires were administered to adolescents aged 15-19 years to collect quantitative data. The study also conducted 10 Focus group discussions and 20 Key informant interviews to solicit qualitative data. The findings showed that, though a level of prevention was observed, a significant number of adolescents were engaging in sexual activities. Adolescents were aware of most HIV prevention methods: however, their knowledge was not being translated into the utilization of these methods. Recommendations were also offered to serve on how HIV prevention services uptake can be improved amongst adolescents.

Open Access Original Research Article

Innovative Leadership of Principals in the Implementation of Senior High School Program in Philippines

Elpidio Mabali Ortega, Novie John B. Palarisan

South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics, Page 48-59
DOI: 10.9734/sajsse/2021/v11i130277

This sequential explanatory mixed methods research design aimed to explore the innovative leadership practices of principals in the implementation of Senior High School Program in the Division of Davao del Sur. Using purposive sampling, ten (10) secondary school heads answered the validated and tried interview guide which results were coded, interpreted, and clustered into leadership, individual attributes, psychological climate for innovation and influence to the stakeholders based on the theory, Determining Individual Innovative Behavior: A Hypothetical Model by Scot and Bruce (1994). Thereafter, an eighty-one (81) item initial survey questionnaire was developed and by complete enumeration, it was administered to two hundred (200) Senior High School teacher-respondents. Using Exploratory Factor Analysis, seventy (70) item survey questionnaire on principals’ innovative leadership practices was developed and generated three (3) components which included leadership, individual attributes, and psychological climate for innovation. The developed survey questionnaire was subjected to internal consistency reliability test in which the computed Cronbach’s Alpha value was 0.989 which means that the over-all reliability of it was excellent. Based on the findings, it was recommended that school heads need tos focus on setting goals and plans, equip themselves with the basic skills, plan and develop effective strategies, coordinate, communicate and empower stakeholders, analyze the educational pattern and meet, cope up and sustain the needs of the school in all aspects.