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GENDER DIFFERENTIALS IN FACTORS AFFECTING PERFORMANCE OF SMALL-SCALE ENTERPRISES IN LAGOS STATE – NIGERIA
Yusuff Olabisi Sherifat
IIASS : Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences , 2013,
Abstract: There is a lack of empirical data segregation on factors affecting gender as the variable of interest. However, previous research had indicated several factors that affect business performances among small-scale enterprise owners. Using feminist theory and a descriptive survey research design, data were collected from fifty (50) small-scale enterprise owners that were purposively chosen across the study area. The findings show that the factors that were significant for female were significantly different from male. For female small scale enterprise owners, marital status (64%) Age of Children (68%), Role Model/ advisors (58%) were significant factors that affect their business performance. For male small-scale enterprise owners, Friends (70%), a lack of Government support (80%), inability to display innovativeness (78%) and Risk-Taking (84%) were significant for male. Lack of availability of capital and finances were significant for the two. Other factors that affect performance include friends, inadequate training and business location. Adequate knowledge of factors that affect gender enterprise performance will go a long way in alleviating these problems. Small-scale enterprises should be supported for poverty alleviation, especially among women and for the nation’s economic development
Students Access to Housing: A Case of Lagos State University Students – Nigeria
OLABISI S. YUSUFF
Journal of Sustainable Development , 2011, DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v4n2p107
Abstract: This study looks at access to housing among the students of Lagos State University. The study employed three methods of data collection: structured questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and some case studies. The analysis of data was done by simple percentage and frequency distribution. The information gathered reveals that the past rigid frame of house-owners of denying single-girls accommodation had softened. Female students now have access to accommodation in housing market. Furthermore, information gathered indicates that most students suffer one form of discrimination or the other which include: incessant increase in house rent, domestic violence and neighours disturbances. Late arrival for lectures and non-conducive atmosphere were some of the challenges faced by students of the University. All these factors may influence negatively on students academic studies. However, it is important that the university get involved in sourcing and solving students’ accommodation problem and mediating between the students and the house-owners within the communities.
Technology Enabled Customer Relationship Management in Supermarket Industry in Nigeria  [PDF]
Olamade O. Owolabi, Yusuff S. Adeleke, Kazeem Abubakar
American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (AJIBM) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ajibm.2013.32027
Abstract:

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is an enterprise-wide business strategy directed at attracting, retaining and effectively serving customers to grow up their value over the long term. Because customers differ in their preferences and purchasing habit, and their mobility is enhanced by increasing availability of information, firms invest in technologies that help them gain detailed understanding of their customers, allowing them to know how to respond to customer needs and market products and services more effectively. While the modern CRM strategy is intensive in the use of analytical technologies, the Nigeria supermarket industry still at the first stage of its development phase have largely interacted with customers through personal interaction partly due to the low level of competition for customers, high cost of investment in analytical CRM infrastructure and lack of dynamic capability to integrate technology, people and processes.

Itinerant vending of medicines inside buses in Nigeria: vending strategies, dominant themes and medicine-related information provided
Yusuff KB,Wassi Sanni A
Pharmacy Practice (Granada) , 2011,
Abstract: Objectives: To determine if a pharmacist assisted psychiatric clinic would improve adherence to medications and quality of life over 6 months. The primary study endpoints were the change from baseline in Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MARS), Brief Evaluation of Medication Influences and Beliefs (BEMIB), World Health Organization Quality of Life - BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) scales as well as hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Secondary endpoints included metabolic and physiologic parameters.Methods: A prospective, single-center study conducted at an outpatient psychiatric clinic. Subjects were required to attend 3 clinic visits (baseline, 3 and 6 months) with the pharmacist. Subject and medication histories were obtained at each visit. Subjects’ records within the local health system were reviewed for emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Metabolic parameters were assessed at each visit.Results: Twenty-seven subjects enrolled and twenty subjects completed. Total MARS score at baseline and study end were 7.90 and 8.65, respectively. At baseline, 10 (50%) were nonadherent based on the BEMIB and 9 (45%) were nonadherent at 6 months. Statistically significant improvements were seen in 2 domains of the WHOQOL-BREF. Reductions in both ER visits and hospitalizations were achieved. There were significant improvements in total cholesterol and LDL.Conclusions: Improvements were seen in two domains of the WHOQOL-BREF – physical capacity and psychological well-being over the 6 month period. While improvements were seen in various rating scales, due to small sample sizes, these were insignificant improvements. Reductions in hospitalizations and ER visits were also seen during the study and up to 6 months post study. Statistically significant improvements were also seen in both total cholesterol and LDL. The lack of improvement in many of the study outcomes reflects the difficulty of the mental health population to adhere to treatment recommendations; but also underscores the need for continued research in this area. This pilot demonstrates the pharmacist’s ability to provide comprehensive medication management services to the psychiatric outpatient.
Minimizing Earliness and Tardiness Penalties in a Single Machine Scheduling Against Common Due Date using Genetic Algorithm
Milad Yousefi,Rosnah Mohd Yusuff
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology , 2012,
Abstract: Scheduling problems involving both earliness and tardiness costs became more important in recent years. This kind of problems include both earliness and tardiness penalties and tries to reduce them. In this study a case study from real world is investigated. Since the machine is bottle neck in the production line and all jobs have a common restrictive due date and different earliness and tardiness penalties, the problem is NPhard. In this study a discrete Genetic Algorithm (GA) is successfully implemented to find an optimum scheduling for the production line. The results show the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm in finding near optimal solution.
Itinerant vending of medicines inside buses in Nigeria: vending strategies, dominant themes and medicine-related information provided
Yusuff,Kazeem B.; Wassi Sanni,Abd';
Pharmacy Practice (Internet) , 2011, DOI: 10.4321/S1886-36552011000300003
Abstract: objective: to determine vending strategies and marketing themes employed by itinerant bus vendors, and assess the accuracy and completeness of information provided on medicines being sold in an urban setting in nigeria methods: cross-sectional study and content analysis of itinerant vending of medicines inside buses recorded with a mobile telephone on purposively selected routes in a mega city with an estimated 18 million residents in southwestern nigeria over a 2-month period. two coders independently assessed 192 vending episodes by 56 vendors for 147 otc and prescription medicines. inter-rater reliability (gwet ac1 =0.924; p<0.0001). results: fourteen thousands and four hundred potential consumers encountered 192 recorded episodes of vending of medicines inside 192 buses within the study periods. forty-four (78?5%) of the 56 vendors were females in the 30-45 years age bracket, were mostly (75%) attired in the local "iro and buba" ankara fabric and showed laminated identity cards (97.5%) issued by the local association for "marketers" of medicines inside buses, markets, and motor parks. of the 14400 consumers encountered inside buses during the study period, between 6.7% and 48.3% purchased the medicines promoted. prayers against death from road traffic accidents and diseases of physical and / or meta-physical origins were the most frequently used (76?8%) ice-breaking opening statement / strategy to gain consumers′ attention. hematinics, multi-vitamins, simple analgesic, nsaids and corticosteroids were the most frequently vended medicines. consumers′ enquiries were related to dosing for children (51.8%), elderly (28.6%), and pregnancy (52.7%); and contra-indications during pregnancy (8.9%). factual medicines information such as dose, frequency, potential side effects and contra-indications were not provided in majority of vending episodes. conclusion: itinerant vending of medicines and the use of misleading and melodramatic themes to secure high consumer patronage
On the Use of MCDM Technique for Identifying Key Technology: A Case of Auto Company
Aliakbar Mazlomi,Rosnah bt. Mohd. Yusuff
Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science , 2011,
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Development of a Model for Technology Strategy Elaboration
Aliakbar Mazlomi,Rosnah bt. Mohd. Yusuff
Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science , 2011,
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Pharmacists’ participation in the documentation of medication history in a developing setting: An exploratory assessment with new criteria
Yusuff KB,Tayo F,Aina BA
Pharmacy Practice (Granada) , 2010,
Abstract: Objective: To assess the impact of pharmacists’ participation on the frequency and depth of medication history information documented in a developing setting like Nigeria Method: The study consisted of two phases. The first phase was a baseline cross-sectional assessment of the frequency and depth of medication history information documented by physicians in case notes of systematic samples of 900 patients that were stratified over 9 Medical outpatients Units at a premier teaching hospital in south western Nigeria. The second phase was an exploratory study involving 10 pharmacists who conducted cross-sectional medication history interview for 324 randomly selected patients. Results: 49.2% of patients, whose medication history were documented at the baseline, by physicians, were males; while 50.3% of patient interviewed by pharmacists were male. Mean age (SD) of males and females whose medication histories were documented by physicians and pharmacists were 43.2 (SD=18.6), 43.1 (SD=17.9) years and 51.5 (SD=17.6), 52.1 (SD=17.4) years respectively. The frequency of medication history information documented by pharmacists was significantly higher for twelve of the thirteen medication history components (P < 0.0001). These include prescription medicines; over the counter medicines; source of medicines; adverse drug reactions; allergy to drugs, allergy to foods, allergy to chemicals; patient adherence; alcohol use; cigarette smoking; dietary restrictions and herbal medicine use. The depth of medication history information acquired and documented by pharmacist was significantly better for all the thirteen medication history components (P<0.0001). Conclusion: Pharmacists’ participation resulted in significant increase in frequency and depth of medication history information documented in a developing setting like Nigeria. The new medication history evaluation criteria proved useful in assessing the impact of pharmacists’ participation.
The role of Ethics in the process of Technology Transfer and Development of 206 Peugeot
Aliakbar Mazlomi,Rosnah bt. Mohd. Yusuff
International Journal on Computer Science and Engineering , 2011,
Abstract: Looking at the past history we find that the first phenomenon of technology transfer was taught by people who were traveling to another community and bring their technology, they move. After theindustrialization, transfer of knowledge from individuals to maintain their importance. However, now the situation for developing countries is controversial because it denied people with technical skills fromdeveloped countries to developing countries do not migrate, but the reverse is the professionals that are developing countries to developed countries loan go. Until developing countries can train your human resources specialist, they powerful companies overseas are the means of technology transfer, whether through direct investment, and whether through the sale of licenses and other means. (Noble, p. 105 - 106, 1367) Technology transfer is an important issue that should be given the capacity of countries to assess the possibility of application, absorption and its compatibility with local conditions to increase. Ie the transfer of technology and gain access to technology for its effective use for economic development and growth of countries relatively backward technology provides. (Archibugi, 2003) Today, the role of ethics in technology transfer and development is of great importance. The meaning of ethics and technology than are harvested, ethical values that have roles in the formation of modern technology. Another meaning of ethics and technology than is reached, that moral people who are dealing with technology, they must observe. It also includes technology to those that exist and sets it to those who apply and who are the analysis and criticism. In this article factors and ethical factors in the process of technology transfer and development for Peugeot 206 in Iran Khodro Company has been studied. For this purpose a questionnaire to determine and evaluate factors is designed and results are analyzed.
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