Petr Scholz, Lenka Červová, Petr Janeček, Ivica Linderová
Currently, at a time greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic affecting not only tourism but also other areas of business, there is demand for modern and effective trends of increasing profitability and cost-effectiveness, especially considering the fact that revenues in tourism have dropped worldwide by 74%. There is a noticeable pressure on cost reduction throughout society at this time. According to Sangeetha and Rebecca (2020), the green approach can, over the long term, reduce business operating costs while increasing the added value in society. Tourism represents 10% of global GDP and is also responsible for 5% of global CO2 emissions, of which 1% is attributed to accommodation facilities. Accommodation facilities, particularly hotels, are the key element of tourism (Khatter et al., 2021). In this respect, sustainable hotel strategies are primarily intended for maintaining and improving the socio-economic and environmental balance of our planet (Migale et al., 2019).
Radovan Savov, Jana Kozáková, Jan Tlučhoř
TPeople and especially talented individuals are of remarkable interest for many academics in research (Collings et al., 2019; Meyers et al., 2013; Krishnan & Scullion, 2017). The reason is very simple. Human resources are the most valuable resource a company should have. People are movers of each company and create added value. A high commitment human resources strategy leads to a firm competitive advantage (Collins, 2020). Employees play an important role in forming a competitive advantage for the organization. The role of the employees has become pronounced and significant, and it is no longer conventional. They are responsible for the strategic planning and development of the organization (Chakraborty & Biswas, 2019). Nowadays, firms operate in an environment which is characterized by many political, economic, social, and technological changes (Wee & Taylor, 2018).These changes force companies to transform themselves to gain greater prosperity or to survive (Ocasio et al., 2017; Riviere et al., 2017).
Milan Svoboda, Pavla Říhová
This empirical study deals with the short-term prediction of stock prices on the Czech stock market. Stock movements have been of interest to traders for a long time. Using a wide range of analytical methods, it tries to satisfactorily clarify past and present changes in stock prices. Based on these findings, it attempts to predict the future development of stock prices. Early forecasting allows traders to make capital gains. It is necessary to mention that according to Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH), stock prices are unpredictable and markets are efficient. This means that the market responds immediately to any new information. This information cannot be predicted, it is randomly sent to the market and therefore the change in the exchange rate is random and the exchange rates perform a so-called ʻrandom walk’. In efficient markets the above-average profits cannot be achieved and according to this theory, other approaches are dysfunctional.
Wunhong Su,Yi-Hao Fan
Science and technology contribute 87.5% to economic growth (Solow, 1957). Enterprises, especially high-tech enterprises, largely perform research and Development (R&D) activities. Risks of R&D activities lead to free-riding among enterprises. The income tax preference is preferred to control the free-riding because of reflecting the incentive effect of tax revenue on the economic development (Bronzini & Piselli, 2016). Most industrialized countries implement special income tax incentives to boost the R&D investment of enterprises (Elschner et al., 2011). The additional deduction, accelerated depreciation, and innovation box are common policies (McCutchen, 1993). For instance, Japan issues the schedule of fixed assets depreciation in 1951 and stimulate Innovation of enterprises. Since 2003, OECD countries continually increase incentives for enterprises to the R&D investment. China begins to offer income tax preference to R&D investments of enterprises in the 1990s.
Jelena J. Stanković, Ivana Marjanović, Saša Drezgić
The competitiveness of cities is most often associated with their economic performances, but there is a growing consensus that other factors must be observed as relevant (Huggins et al., 2014). The performance of modern cities, in addition to hard infrastructure, is increasingly influenced by the availability and quality of social infrastructure (Caragliu et al., 2011). The development potential and competitiveness of the city depend on the quality of social infrastructure, i.e., human and social capital. Human capital is emerging as a major driver of innovation and economic growth. Therefore, attracting highly skilled workers plays a fundamental role in the perspective of cities since the economic progress of cities depends on the knowledge of highly skilled workers (Buch et al., 2017). The impact of population growth on urban areas is multidimensional, in addition to the impact on infrastructure, economy and patterns of social interaction, population growth also affects the environment (Marshall, 2007).
Izabella Szakálné Kanó, Imre Lengyel
The issue of whether there is convergence or divergence between regions in terms of GDP per capita has long been investigated in regional studies. According to the position of neoclassical economics, if factors can flow freely and comparative advantages prevail, the flows of labour force and capital in opposite directions result in convergence in the long term. Less developed countries and regions with accelerated growth converge toward more developed regions. This hypothesis has been tested in several studies, utilising extensive methodology and instruments for the examination of convergence between countries and regions, e.g., absolute and conditional convergence, or beta and sigma convergence (Breinlich et al., 2014; Eurofound, 2018; Ertur & Le Gallo, 2009; Fischer & Stumpner, 2010; Halmai & Vásáry, 2012; Le Gallo & Fingleton, 2014; LeSage & Fischer, 2009).
There can be found many articles in which price discrimination was swiftly considered as a negative phenomenon, mainly behavioural economy studies. Such studies described it as pricing leading to consumer-detrimental effects and increasing companies’ profits. However, this rule is not as universal as it may seem. The case is more complicated because exceptions do exist, and they are far from rare – software, cell carrier services, real-time stock quotes, electronic newspapers subscription, electric energy supply, payment accounts, books, copyrighted content streaming, file storage, and more. These information and network goods were often treated as any mass-produced physical goods, which is not an adequate approach. The article’s ambition is to contribute to a change. I hope that after reading the article, you would agree that price discrimination in the case of information and network goods should be viewed by different optics.
Mohammad Khalilzadeh, Omid Kebriyaii, Jonas Šaparauskas, Natalija Lepkova
Freeman (1984) describes stakeholders as “those groups who can affect or is affected by the achievement of the firm’s objectives”. “Each stakeholder will either expect or demand to be part of all critical decisions on the project” (Kerzner, 2009). The stakeholder engagement is the most substantial matter in any project (Abidin, 2010). Stakeholders are defined as legal entities or individuals who have stakes in a project or are able to affect project execution (Olander, 2005). McGrath and Whitty (2017) define stakeholder as “an entity with a stake (interest) in the subject activity”. Stakeholders can significantly influence on project outputs. At each project phase, the number and type of stakeholders may vary and have different interests that should be effectively met (Oppong et al., 2017). These different interests may conflict with each other and certainly make it even more difficult to determine stakeholder engagement strategies. It is not practically possible to make all project stakeholders satisfied.
Zhuang Xiong, Junzhou Yan, Lingling Wang
In recent years, despite the slowdown in the world economic performance, the trend of world innovation is still booming. The Global Innovation Index 2019 released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) showed that the growth rate of global research and development expenditure is higher than that of global economy. As the foundation of entrepreneurship, the continuous improvement of innovation develops entrepreneurial activities. Moreover, the scale of entrepreneurial groups is expanding, and a vigorous entrepreneurial boom has formed through the implementation of positive entrepreneurial policies (Wang et al., 2019). However, the uncertainty and high risk in the entrepreneurship process determine that entrepreneurship is not smooth sailing. In particular, COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, and the business environment faced by new ventures is more difficult. More and more enterprises are unable to survive. The phenomenon of entrepreneurial failure exists objectively. Relevant data show that the failure rate of Chinese youth first venture is as high as 90% (Zheng et al., 2019). Furthermore, even the Chinese unicorn enterprises, such as OFO sharing bicycles, is from the favorite of the capital market to the end of brand failure.
M. M. Sulphey, Awad Ali Alanzi, Martin Klepek
In the current world, there is an informational imbalance in employer-employee relationships (Cabrelli, 2019). While employers usually enjoy higher levels of resources, expertise, and access to information about labour conditions, employees are disadvantaged than employers as they have to face multiple issues and barriers. Employees are in a difficult situation concerning contract negotiation and writing. Due to better resources, employers are in a better place regarding eliciting unilaterally favourable contractual terms. As employers have a form of monopoly, they tend to be involved in intimidating and unprincipled behaviours like treating employees inconsistently, which could be detrimental (Deakin, 2012). There is also a gap in the process of monitoring and enforcement of contractual obligations (Wachter, 2012). This situation tends to affect employees far more than an employer, e. g. any cost overrun for the employer is often passed down indirectly to employees in reduced compensation and deferred benefits.