Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty, Kazakhstan

KIMEP University is an institution of higher education in Almaty, Kazakhstan. KIMEP is a private, non-profit university offering credit-based, North American-style degree curricula. Most classes are taught in English and strive to create and transfer knowledge relevant to Central Asian society. Wikipedia.

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Lee J.,KIMEP University | Min J.,Chosun University | Kim H.-W.,Yonsei University
Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2015 - Proceedings | Year: 2015

As social network sites (SNS) expand the boundaries of one's social life, we often observe encounters between two different types of motivations for socialization - I want-to socialize vs. I have-to socialize. SNS at present are considered commodities. People do not always start using SNS because they want to, but often because everyone else is using it; people do not wish to be isolated from social circles. This study aims to examine different types of user motivations in SNS and observe how these lead to actual socialization behaviours with different progress dynamics. We apply constraint- and dedication- based relationship framework to distinguish motivations and identify constructs for each motivation. We plan to collect data from one of the major SNS to validate how their socialization intentions are differently realized into actual behaviours. We develop a two-staged research model and this research-in-progress presents the result of the pilot study conducted for the first stage. We also discuss how the second stage of the study will be executed, and how it will benefit the related literature when the project is successfully completed.

Hwang H.J.,KIMEP University
International Journal of Software Engineering and its Applications | Year: 2013

Ever since their introduction, social networks have attracted millions of users and play very significant and important role in world's communication system. Social networks are now becoming a useful to develop business, social and educational spheres in the country, but also can have their own limitations and problems. The primary goal of this research is to reveal attitudes of Kazakhstan social network users to worldwide and domestic resources, their preferences, and to investigate the question of further domestic networks development. Current position of domestic Kazakhstan social networks is weak and requires improvements. Further integration and development can bring benefits to businesses, educational sphere and to the whole society. Benefits of strong social network extend to the level of individual person, giving new opportunities and options. This study is expected to make contributions for Kazakhstan based social network services (SNS) to explore potential opportunity to extend their services and enrich policies and practices in implementing theirs businesses.

Lee J.,KIMEP University | Lee J.-N.,Korea University
Behaviour and Information Technology | Year: 2015

This study challenges the conventional assumption that online customers with high purchase intention routinely move to the purchase stage. To this end, the process of how online customers form purchase intention and behaviour is examined. On the basis of product value distribution (PVD), we propose that the hypothetically expected product value (i.e. PVD average) determines purchase intention, whereas the actual probability of attaining the expected product value (i.e. PVD variance) moderates purchase behaviour. This proposal indicates that the expected product value has significance only when repeated purchase is assumed given that most consumers do not repeatedly purchase the same product in reality. Thus, the actual probability of attaining the expected product value more critically affects customer behaviour than does its expected value. The effectiveness of the research model is verified by conducting a survey on 300 online mall shoppers in Korea. The results confirm model effectiveness. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Ryu H.-S.,Korea University | Lee J.,KIMEP University
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2015

By using empirical data collected from 870 manufacturing firms in Korea, the present study investigates the relationships between technological innovation (i.e., product and process innovations) and non-technological innovations (i.e., organizational and marketing innovations) and its overall innovation success with innovation initiatives. We highlight the business value of non-technological innovations by proposing its moderating effect on innovation success. We then argue that technological innovation exhibits a strong impact on innovation success only when non-technological innovations adequately strain the relationship between them. This study enhances the understanding of innovation in organizations by showing that the effective interaction between technological and non-technological innovations helps firms succeed in innovations and enhance firm performance. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.

Mouraviev N.,KIMEP University | Kakabadse N.K.,University of Reading
Journal of Risk Research | Year: 2014

In Kazakhstan, a transitional nation in Central Asia, the development of public-private partnerships (PPPs) is at its early stage and increasingly of strategic importance. This case study investigates risk allocation in an ongoing project: the construction and operation of 11 kindergartens in the city of Karaganda in the concession form for 14 years. Drawing on a conceptual framework of effective risk allocation, the study identifies principal PPP risks, provides a critical assessment of how and in what way each partner bears a certain risk, highlights the reasons underpinning risk allocation decisions and delineates the lessons learned. The findings show that the government has effectively transferred most risks to the private sector partner, whilst both partners share the demand risk of childcare services and the project default risk. The strong elements of risk allocation include clear assignment of parties responsibilities, streamlined financing schemes and incentives to complete the main project phases on time. However, risk allocation has missed an opportunity to create incentives for service quality improvements and take advantage of economies of scale. The most controversial element of risk allocation, as the study finds, is a revenue stream that an operator is supposed to receive from the provision of services unrelated to childcare, as neither partner is able to mitigate this revenue risk. The article concludes that in the kindergartens PPP, the government has achieved almost complete transfer of risks to the private sector partner. However, the costs of transfer are extensive government financial outlays that seriously compromise the PPP value for money. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Seo D.,Hansung University | Lee J.,KIMEP University
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

This study aims to examine how the relationship with an information source affects the perceived credibility of online information. We develop a general framework that explains how people perceive information credibility when they are familiar with the information source and/or when the information source seems credible. We then compare the associations of the model in two contexts, namely, online review and social media sites, to examine the difference. The result confirms that credibility of information is strongly mediated by credibility of information source than familiarity with information source in online review sites and vice versa in social media sites. © 2014 Springer International Publishing.

This study investigates perceived risk and trust in relationship to the Diffusion of Innovation Theory [Rogers, E.M., 1962. Diffusion of innovations. Glencoe, IL: The Free Press; 1983. Diffusion of innovations. 3rd ed. New York: The Free Press] from a cultural perspective to understand the determinants of behavioural intent to adopt mobile commerce among the Y Generation in Kazakhstan. Surveys from 345 university-level students and subsequent structural equation modelling revealed perceived risk, trustworthiness and Rogers five innovation characteristics are important determinants. Perceived risk and trustworthiness are important determinants because of the high uncertainty avoidance characteristics of the Kazakh society. This study advances theory regarding culture- and generation-based characteristics to transition economies by verifying theoretical proposition regarding the behavioural intent towards mobile commerce adoption, resulting in a greater understanding of mobile commerce adoption among the Y Generation in transition economies. Marketing implications are discussed. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Pee L.G.,Nanyang Technological University | Lee J.,KIMEP University
International Journal of Information Management | Year: 2015

The knowledge management literature emphasizes intrinsic motivation in promoting employees' knowledge sharing due to its consistently positive and lasting effect. Yet, how intrinsic motivation to share knowledge can be nurtured remains elusive and it is often left to random development. This study examines how job design, which determines the conditions in which employees develop and function, influences their intrinsic motivation to share knowledge. A model that specifies the effect of different job design characteristics and clarifies the underlying mechanism through which job design affects intrinsic motivation is developed. The model is assessed with data collected in a survey of 255 employees. Implications of the findings for research and practice are discussed. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Despite government efforts, post-independence Kazakhstan has largely failed to provide high-quality medical services to its population. State retrenchment in the public healthcare system has led to the deterioration of medical service delivery. It has provided incentives for people to widely use informal reciprocal exchanges - personal connections and informal monetary and non-monetary payments - to gain access to better medical care. In contrast to the existing explanations focusing mostly on the cultural origin of the continuity of informal exchanges, I argue that state retrenchment from the social sphere and under-provision of state goods and services have perpetuated informal exchanges in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Despite similarities in informal practices between Soviet and post-independence Kazakhstan, some important differences in terms of scope and the nature of informal exchanges are observed. This article draws on data collected from interviews, textual analysis, and original surveys of people's attitudes towards the healthcare system and informal help conducted in Kazakhstan in 2011 and 2013. © 2015 © 2015 Southseries Inc.

Soltys D.,KIMEP University | Orynbassarova D.,KIMEP University
Environmental Values | Year: 2013

The severity of Kazakhstan's ecological problems impels civic activists and state agencies to build public support for ecological rehabilitation in the country, through a comprehensive national programme of environmental education. This paper is a qualitative analysis whose main focus is the relations of civic groups and NGOs with the national government, occurring in the delivery of programmes for environmental education during the post-glasnost era. Provisional successes of civic groups in establishing environmental education programmes, and useful steps by the government to facilitate civic environmental activism, give reasons for optimism for improved environmental governance. © 2013 The White Horse Press.

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