International Journal of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Research <p>International Journal of Management, Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurial Research [eISSN 2395-7662] aims to publish original research results, reviews, case studies on recent&nbsp;development in management studies, innovation and entrepreneurial research and related domains.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> GIAP Journals en-US International Journal of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Research 2395-7662 <p>Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content published in this journal.&nbsp;</p> FINANCE AND TECHNOLOGY: KEY CHALLENGES FACED BY SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMES) IN OMAN <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>The objectives of the study were to critically investigate the challenges faced by SMEs; to analyze SMEs difficulties during adopting new technologies and to critically investigate the difficulties in the form of policies and procedures.</p> <p><strong>Design/methodology/approach: </strong>For this research study, purposive sampling methodology was adopted. Using a well-defined questionnaire, 257 samples were collected from all over Oman. The data collected was recorded, tabulated, summarized and the tests – Chi-square tests, Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests and regression analysis were carried to obtain the results.</p> <p><strong>Findings: </strong>The study reveals that most of the respondents got delay in the commencement of business due to lack of finance. It is also revealed that the SMEs are in dire need of technical support at the time of commencement of their businesses and need support to establish IT infrastructure.</p> <p><strong>Research limitations/Implications: </strong>The study suggests that the adequate support from General Authority for SMEs can change the scenario of setting up of the SMEs in a smooth transition and the interim advances by the financial institutions can help them avoid time lag.</p> <p><strong>Social implications: </strong>The study suggests that the Governmental authority should monitor and follow up SMEs to avoid the SME units becoming sick and provide technical support, guidance and nurse the units, if they become sick. Also, the licensing for the SME units should be made easier through single window system.</p> <p><strong>Originality/Value: </strong>Only a very few have examined the main challenges faced by SMEs in Oman. Our study includes selected samples of SMEs and not the micro enterprises. The study can further be extended to all the MSMEs in all the regions / Governorates of Oman.</p> Mr. Abdullah Al Buraiki Dr. M. Firdouse Rahman Khan ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-10-22 2018-10-22 4 2 01 12 10.18510/ijmier.2018.421 STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CRISIS ON TAIWAN’S GAME INDUSTRY AND INVESTORS <p><strong>Purpose of study:</strong> This study investigates the change of stock returns during the Lehman Brother’s announcement of bankruptcy in 2008 for the Taiwanese listed video game companies. We further explore the change of stock returns for the Taiwanese listed video game companies after Taiwan’s economy recovers from Lehman Brother’s bankruptcy.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> This study utilizes the event study method to statistically test abnormal returns so as to understand whether the Lehman Brother’s bankruptcy-related event affects stock prices and whether securities prices reflect Lehman Brother’s bankruptcy-related information.</p> <p><strong>Main Findings:</strong> The results show a significant negative abnormal rate during Lehman Brother’s declaration of bankruptcy on Sep. 15, 2008. Investors were affected by the financial crisis caused by Lehman Brother’s bankruptcy and fully reflected on the stock prices of that day. In addition, our results show that video game companies have significantly positive returns when most Taiwanese electronics firms stop no-pay leave on March 31, 2009. It represents investors were encouraged by this information and fully reflected on the stock prices.</p> <p><strong>Implications:</strong> The results support the efficient market hypothesis. The pattern of CARs experiences a constant increase and displays the apparent price rise during the announcement of no-pay leave stop. The positive abnormal returns are accompanied by the economic recovery.</p> <p><strong>Originality/Novelty:</strong> This investigation for the first time chooses the stop of no-pay leave as the indicator of economic recovery from financial crisis. Our analysis novel explores the impact of the financial crisis and the economic recovery on the game industry simultaneously and the results show significantly different market reactions between the occurrence of the financial crisis and economic recovery.</p> Bi-Huei Tsai ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-10-23 2018-10-23 4 2 13 18 10.18510/ijmier.2018.422