Volume 2 Issue 2 (2013)

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International migration, remittances and intelligent analysis of semi-structured data from the open sources (editorial)

Wadim Strielkowski, NUI Galway and Charles University in Prague, E-mail: strielkowski@fsv.cuni.cz; Evgeny LisinMoscow Power Engineering Institute (Technical University), E-mail: lisinym@mpei.ru

Abstract

With the growing importance of international migration in today’s world, new threats that include international terrorism and espionage (including cyber-espionage) are also emerging. With regard to the above, it becomes important to run intelligent surveillance of the open source data that circle the World Wide Web. This editorial poses some important questions regarding the use of intelligent analysis of semi-structured data from the open sources for keeping track of international migrants and their remittances. The important discussion that arises here is whether it is appropriate to dig for digital information for the sake of national security of Western democracies.

Keywords: international migration, remittances, terrorism, intelligent analysis, semi-structured data, information modelling, open sources 

JEL Classification: F22, F24, H 56, K42, C65, C80

PP. 5-9

 

Exploring ISO 26000 and Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI): a neo-institutional analysis of two CSR institutions

Reevany Bustami, Universiti Sains Malaysia, E-mail: the.secretariat@gmail.com; Diao Na,  Universiti Sains Malaysia; Ellisha Nasruddin,  Universiti Sains Malaysia; Shah Reeyaal A’mmaari, Independent scholar

Abstract

In the last decade or so, organizations have witnessed corporate social responsibility (CSR) increasingly becoming part of the mainstream business practice and expectation.  CSR has, in many ways been institutionalized as a standard practice for mainly large companies, especially MNCs. At various levels, ranging from individual company level to international level, a wide range of institutional arrangements and structures of CSR have been established, maintained and diffused in order to provide “a logic of appropriateness” and “give the expression and direction” (Campbell, 2006, p. 926) of CSR. However, in the context of institutionalization, these institutional arrangements of CSR have not been examined systematically. In particular, little attention has been given to the comparative analysis of two leading institutions of CSR: ISO 26000 and Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI). Adopting an analytical framework based on neo-institutional theory, this article explores and analyses both GRI and ISO 26000. 

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, ISO 26000, Global Reporting Initiative, institutional theory, standards

JEL Classification: D28, F20, F30, M1, M14, P28

PP. 10-17

 

A blueprint for determining the impacts of female labour migration: a case of the Czech Republic

Emily Welkins, Independent researcher, E-mail: emily@emilywelkins.com; Wadim Strielkowski, NUI Galway and Charles University in Prague, E-mail: strielkowski@fsv.cuni.cz

Abstract

The main goal of this paper is to deepen the understanding of female labour migration in the Czech Republic through proposing a blueprint of a research design that can be implemented in a form of a research project. A special stress in the research design is made on the research of the female labour and on examining how far the notion of risk may be useful as an analytical tool in explaining the process of female labour migration using the example of the work sectors typically allocated for female workers (e.g. cleaning, nursing, retail sellers, etc.). Furthermore, blueprint offers a novel approach to the topic of female migration by enriching the new methodological toolbox by applying the methodology of Mexican Migration Project (MMP) carried our since 1982 by Professor Douglas Massey from Princeton University and Professor Jorge Durand from the University of Guadalajara. This approach would yield a unique source of data that would enable tracking patterns and processes of contemporary female labour immigration to the Czech Republic. 

Keywords: international migration, female migration, gender, data collection and analysis, Czech Republic

JEL Classification: F11, F18, P10, Q54, Q57   

PP. 18-26

Economic consequences of Croatian EU Accession

Kristýna Šárková, Charles University in Prague, E-mail: kristyna.sarkova@seznam.cz

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Croatian economy and discover how it might be affected by the EU Accession of 2013. The paper describes Croatian integration path in the last decades and reviews the country’s main economic indicators and foreign trade. Moreover, it focuses on the economic changes related to the EU accession. We show that the EU accession will most likely be beneficial for the Croatian economy. With regard to the accession, adaptability of Croatian agriculture sector and privatization of state owned companies are identified as vulnerable points. One way or another, the EU accession of such small economy as Croatia is not going to have any substantial impacts on the EU economy as such.

Keywords: EU enlargement, Croatia, international economics, economic indicators, foreign trade

JEL Classification: F51, F61, F62, O10, O52

PP. 27-36