The Business Review Journal
Vol. 27 * Number 2 * December 2019
The Library of Congress, Washington, DC * ISSN 1553 - 5827
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Independent Accountants' Benefits and Drawbacks of Artificial Intelligence Use
Dr. Michael Ulinski, Pace University Pleasantville, NY
Dr. Roy Girasa, Pace University Pleasantville, NY
The researchers reviewed the best practices of Artificial Intelligence use as applied to the independent accountants' work, including those in public accounting practice and as part of the internal audit function in industry and government. An overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is offered and specified as to its current and future use in the service industries. Forensic accounting applications were also considered as significant users of AI technology. Benefits and drawbacks of AI were examined and conclusions and recommendations were drawn from our exploratory analysis. Artificial Intelligence has always been a great element in science fiction, involving machines a lot smarter than human beings. Accountants will also benefit from this cutting-edge technology. It is already being deployed on multiple fronts in the industry, and AI technologies are being used every day, from chatbots to search engine algorithms. (1) The technology is transforming routine tasks that take up much of accountants' time and also provide an efficiency and effectiveness that sampling and other risk based procedures that can't be matched by AI applications. Applicable phases of the work done by Independent Accountants for AI applications were reviewed by the researchers, including Public Accountants, private or Internal Auditors and Forensic Accountants, having distinct benefits but some drawbacks to its use. Software applications and data base management improved by AI use along with risk reduction inherent in sampling used in many voluminous data bases seems to be the best practices noted by the researchers. AI developers aim to make machines process information like humans. This way, computers can work and react similarly to humans. At best they could think creatively, independently and ultimately with better judgment than people. However, a big difference between human beings and machines “intelligence” is the massive scale and speed machines can process. Machines can consume vast amounts of information to identify patterns and help make informed decisions. (2) Positioning AI as a natural evolutionary outgrowth of analytics, thus benefitting from already established analytics capabilities, provides the best and easiest path for most companies to successfully embark upon AI. Although there are some forms of AI that are not statistical in nature, statistically-based AI technologies such as machine and deep learning are rapidly growing in power and popularity. Analytics-oriented groups within organizations may want to focus their attention primarily on those types of technologies, or acquire new capabilities in non-statistical areas. Analytics 4.0 is the next step in analytical sophistication for organizations, and it is the era of artificial intelligence or cognitive technologies. It became widely adopted – with adoption rates, depending upon geography, of 20 to 30% across large enterprises in 2016 and 2017. As with prior analytics phases, unlocking the full potential of different flavors of AI requires vast data, immense data processing, and (for the most part) cutting-edge statistical methods. For this reason, AI fits well into the analytics family and should not be treated as distinct from it. At the same time, the mix of investments, skills, internal partnerships, and top-level strategy required for enterprise AI has important differences from those required for Analytics 2.0 and Analytics 3.0.
Turkish Banking Sector Capital Adequacy Interactions in The Process of Basel Regulations and Real Economic Growth
Dr. Sahap Kavcıoglu, (Şahap Kavcıoğlu), Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
Banks aims to be able to carry out its activities with an effective capital management both in compliance with the legal regulations and with the ability to compete effectively. Therefore, minimum capital adequacy standards and compliance with these standards are of vital importance for the banking sector. Standards and guidelines, the Basel Committee has set, also has indirect effects on the growth trends in emerging countries such as Turkey, and this situation unveiled the need for an analysis of Turkey’s economics and the effects on the Turkey’s banking sector. In this study, how the Turkish banking sector was shaped in the light of Basel principles starting from the financial crisis period in Turkey in 2001, is discussed. In addition, Turkey's impact on the growth rate of loans in the 2000s, wrapped in a weighted structure of the Turkish bank's balance sheet composition, is evaluated. As a result of the study, it has been observed that the activities of ICAAP (Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process), which have been carried out in accordance with the Basel directives since 2013 with a target capital adequacy ratio determined by the BRSA, contributed to the strong capital structure of the Turkish banking sector and that this situation indirectly and positively contributed to the national economy. The banking sector, which is one of the most important actors in the world of finance, did not have a common evaluation and surveillance system until 1974. Although there are local regulations and country-specific set of rules, the fact that a financial problem in a globalized world in a country has a high risk of transmission to other countries through banking positions has led to the search for international standards for the banking sector. Moreover, the financial crises, stability and global development have revealed that one of the main priorities of the banking sector and the level of trust in this sector is that; it was inevitable that the regulation differences between the countries would be eliminated and the sector would be able to compare with the numerical data, and eventually in 1974 the Basel Committee had emerged. From this date on, international standards of minimum capital adequacy have been led by the Basel Committee and are carried out by the local regulatory and supervisory authorities of the countries. (Külahi, Tiryaki, & Yılmaz, 2013) In the light of the developments in the financial system, the standards and principles introduced as Basel conventions have been accepted in our country as well as in the world and the Turkish banking sector has met with the concept of capital adequacy ratio with Basel I capital agreement. In the first instance, Basel regulations, which defined only the credit risk, have included the market risk, operational risk and counterparty credit risk measurements into the capital adequacy legislations, over time. In addition, it has developed a risk-oriented perspective incrementally day-by-day by adding a set of criteria to the equity items subject to capital adequacy calculations.
Exponential Growth Strategies in the Modern Business Landscape: How WhatsApp Achieved Market Share Domination
Dr. Nadeem M. Firoz, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY
Atif Noor, Founder & CEO, Adaptly-AI.com, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY
The objective of this proposal is to extract valuable insights from WhatsApp’s business model and growth strategy (which can be applied to a variety of organizations in multiple industries) in order to achieve exponential growth. Utilizing the tactics extracted from WhatsApp’s marketing mix, companies may exploit the opportunities available in the increasingly expansive IOT (Internet of Things) economy by thinking globally and digitally and adapting their core business architecture to ride the trends of this new landscape before it’s too late. This proposal will follow WhatsApp from its inception as a startup in Mountain View California to becoming the most popular messaging app in the world after being acquired by Facebook. Its features will be dissected and its value to the marketplace will be closely analyzed. The demographics, geodemographics and user segmentation of the service will be ascertained; along with its business models, marketing positioning, and SWOT analysis. Through careful consideration of each observation, clear tactics for growth will be illuminated and ways to apply them to an organization will be self-evident. WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VOIP) service that allows users to send text messages and video calls, along with other rich media such as audio, images, documents, and even video calls. (whatsapp.com) The service was created by WhatsApp Inc. in Mountain View, California by founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum, who previously worked for Yahoo! (Forbes.com) After leaving Yahoo! in 2007, they applied to jobs at Facebook, but failed to get hired. Ironically, after the they were rejected jobs at Facebook, their company was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for close to $19.3 billion dollars (techcrunch.com). By early 2018, the product had accumulated over 1.5 billion users, making it the most popular messaging app in the market. (Forbes.com) According to the company, “More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world.” (Whatsapp.com) The app was named WhatsApp because it sounded like “What’s up?” and had a viral component to it. It was officially incorporated on February 24, 2009 (forbes.com) and the founders visited RentACoder.com (now known as freelancer.com) to find a Russian iPhone developer named Igor Solomennikov. In October 2009, Brian Acton was able to secure $250,000 in seed funding from past colleagues at Yahoo! To pay back investors, the app switched from a free model to charging 99 cents per year. In 2011 it became one of the top apps on the App Store and attracted $8 million in funding from Sequoia Capital for 15% stake in the company, and another $50 million by February 2013. This created more than a 5000% return for the VC firm. (BusinessInsider.com) Months after WhatsApp was valued at $1.5 billion on February 19, 2014, Facebook announced it was acquiring WhatsApp for US$19 billion, its largest acquisition to date.
Exploring the Key Competencies of Nurses that Matter for Hospital Human Resource Management in Taiwan
TsaiLin Huang, Dept. of Resources Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Director of Personnel, Human Resources Dept. of ChiMei Medical Center, Taiwan
Lecturer, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science Dept., Hospital and Health Care Adm. Taiwan
Dr. JungHua Wu, Professor, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
TsairWei Chien, Researcher, Research Dept. of ChiMei Medical Center, Taiwan
Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science Department, Hospital and Health Care Adm. Taiwan
A competent nursing workforce is essential for a successful healthcare system. This study investigated the relationship between competencies and nurses’ job performance in hospitals. We used a comprehensive assessment system together with statistical methods to evaluate 1,855 nurses from three kinds of accredited hospitals in a private medical group in Taiwan. The results of the study showed that nurses’ competencies of customer relationship, empathy, and team cohesion are significantly higher than the average of the medical industry. Although they do not significantly affect job performance, those competencies belong to the basic abilities of nurses. On the other hand, the competencies of achievement, executive ability, and communication have a significant direct positive impact on job performance. Moreover, achievement had a significant direct positive impact on mental health and an indirect positive impact on job performance as a mediator variable. In conclusion, the strengthening of specific competencies associated with hospital policy for healthcare workers is worthwhile and beneficial for hospital human resources management and patients. These findings are valuable for recruitment, allocation, and training in hospital human resource management. The hospital belongs to the service industry, its human resource cost is the most important expenditure of the hospital, accounting for more than 40% of the hospital cost. It is the key issue how to effectively control the labor cost and maximize the utility of human resources on hospital performance management. The shortage of nurses in the healthcare industry is a significant global problem (Oulton, 2006). The allocation of working nurses directly and significantly affects patient safety and care quality (Dembe et al., 2009; Su et al., 2010) and is closely related to patient treatment outcomes (Carayon and Gürses, 2005; Hugonnet et al., 2007; Stone et al., 2007). The nursing shortage can have a negative impact on medical quality and organizational efficiency (Dunton et al., 2004; Rafferty et al., 2007; Theisen and Sandau, 2013). Thus, sufficient and efficient employees are important goals for the healthcare industry (Lin et al., 2013). Registered nurses in clinical practice are vital for the treatment and postoperative care of hospitalized patients. Because of their frequent contact and interaction with patients, the perception of nurses is based not only on their professional experience and skills but also on professional traits that are termed “competencies” (Jennings and Skovholt, 1999). The competencies are an explicit or implicit trait related to work ability, in which explicit traits include professional knowledge and skills; implicit traits include self-values, personality traits and motivations (Spencer and Spencer, 1993). The concept of competencies is widely used in enterprise human resource management activities and serves as a reference for recruitment, selection, appointment, training development, and performance appraisal. Although the competencies have been widely applied, it is not easy to collect data in the medical field. There are few research documents covering the data sets of medical centers, regional hospitals and regional hospitals. Nurses’ competencies have a key influence on employee performance and organizational efficiency. Ordinarily, personal implicit competencies (e.g., attitude and motivation) have a greater effect on job performance than explicit features (e.g., professional skills and knowledge certifications) that we can observe (Cofsky, 1993; Fan et al., 2015; Kim et al., 2015).
China’s Status in Global Developments and New Economic Power Centers
Dr. Isın Celebi, Altınbas University, Istanbul, Turkey
In recent years, the wave of protectionism and nationalism has become widespread especially in developed countries causing serious arguments in economic, social, and cultural structures, the closing of borders, and intensifying of competition in economic life. Similar circumstances led to the 1929 Great Depression. While these developments and resolutions have been taking place in the USA and the EU, new economic power centers are emerging in the world. These economic problems, protectionism, and introversion processes are also leading to new structures. In the last 20 years, due to significant foreign capital inflows to the region, these countries have become the first to export technology, especially China. The United States' statements on new sanctions against Iran in November 4-5, 2018 were very important indicators for the increase in the world's hardening. The trade war between the US and China in 2019 and the resulting walls and that have been built have led to a slowdown in the growth of the Chinese economy and an economic revival in the USA. Similar topics are likely to be on the agenda in economic, political, and social relations after 2019. Protectionism, introversion, and nationalism are rising worldwide. In the past, those movements had led to the 1929 Great Depression and to the Second World War. As new powers rise, new but obsolete insight stands out. The USA is becoming sharper and sharper. Only the USA economy and the interests of the USA community are of key importance for the current administration. China is being considered as a competitor in foreign trade. The Belt and Road Project developed by China and going through 65 countries is very significant. This is a project that integrates the Far East and the Western World. It aims at providing economic, social and cultural integration in order to ensure the reconciliation of civilizations. In the EU, as rational and global policies weaken, a radical right-wing party, the third party in Germany, the Nationalist Party, the second major party in France, the radical right in Sweden have all won the recent elections. In Germany, after losing the elections, Merkel announced that she would gradually leave politics. The radical movements are also rising in Italy. It is noteworthy that the US saw China as a rival and recalls Apple. There has been a rapid development of the relationship between Germany and China is significant. A new economic power is rising. During the last 20-30 years, China, India, Korea and Japan’s development levels have risen to the first league. Developments in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries in the region also have led them to an upper league. The technical developments resulting from digitalization have been outstanding.
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