This issue of the Globalisation, Competitiveness and Governance Journal extends the journal’s perfect publication interval track record and reflects its commitment to internationally accepted quality criteria audited by various institutions. GCG is currently indexed in the following databases: SCOPUS (Elsevier Bibliographic Databases. Scimago Journal Rank 2016, SJR) in these categories: Business, Management and Accounting Economics, Econometrics and Finance; EconLit (American Economic Association’s electronic bibliography); EBSCO Publishing’s databases (Business Source Complete; Business Source Premier; Business Source Elite; Fuente Académica Premier; Fuente Académica Plus); ABI/INFORM (ProQuest; LATINDEX; REDALYC; Google Scholar Metrics). This commitment to quality has enabled GCG to achieve category A journal status (the highest classification) among Spanish human and social science journals in Web of Science and/or COPUS (ISOC-CSIC).
The high proportion of foreign contributors (80%) is worth noting, above all those from Brazilian universities (54% of all authors). 67 articles were received in 2018 with an acceptance rate of 20.9% and 104,025 articles were downloaded from GCG’s website. We would like to encourage authors to submit articles that, complying with the requirements, enable managers, entrepreneurs and civil servants to find answers to their reflections, concerns and problems.
In the first article, Luis Enrique Simbaña-Taipe, Gabriela Estefanía Vargas-Negrete and Alexandra Morales-Navarrete of the University of the Armed Forces ESPE; María Jesús Rodríguez-Gulías (Universidade da Coruña) and David Rodeiro-Pazos (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela) analyse the relationship between the size of companies and their growth. They compare the application of Gibrat's law in a sample of 2,915 Ecuadorian manufacturing companies in the 2012-2016 period. This research performs a regression by quantiles for the panel data in order to establish the effect of business feature-type and financial performance variables on the company's growth measured on the basis of sales and the number of employees. The results show that small enterprises grow at higher rates than bigger companies. In the authors’ opinion, this evidence enables them to reject Gibrat's law, since there is a negative relationship between the size and the growth rate of manufacturing companies.
To Susana Herrero Olarte (Universidad de Las Américas, Ecuador), South America’s low productivity leads inevitably to the need to import from more productive countries and to the fact that countries that do export, do so with limited added value. This article intends to analyse the question of whether Latin American intraregional trade is influenced by changes in productivity, and if so, to what extent. To do so, she uses a data panel linear regression model using data with random effects for the period 1992 - 2016 that takes South American intraregional trade as the dependent variable and productivity and the exchange of goods not subject to tariffs between the countries of the region as independent variables. To the author, the results show how both variables effectively influence South American intraregional trade with similar levels of incidence in each case.
The aim of the next article is to analyse the relationship between structural, cognitive and political resources and the level of basic sewage in large Brazilian municipalities. To do so, Fabricia Silva da Rosa, Gabriel Donadio Costa and Rogério João Lunkes (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), analyse the 241 largest Brazilian municipal districts. The results obtained show that basic sewage is still in the incipient stage in large Brazilian municipalities. On average, the population of Brazil has better access to water supply than to wastewater treatment and the country’s northern region has a lower average implementation rate than the rest. The study reveals that the available structural resources directly influence the municipalities’ capacity to serve the population and that the age and training-related profile of the mayors has a significant influence in this respect. However, the study cannot confirm the influence of gender or political affiliation on these issues.
In view of the growing relevance of corporate governance and the lack of empirical evidence on banks in emerging markets, Edmundo R. Lizarzaburu (ESAN University, Peru), Kurt Burneo (Universidad Católica de Perú), Gabriela Barriga Ampuero (Consultant) and Luis Noriega (UCV University - Chimbote campus) have researched the relationship of application of good corporate governance practices with the monetary value of listed banks in an emerging securities market such as the Lima Stock Exchange. The authors use a model that evaluates Tobin's Q ratio, leverage ratios, portfolio quality, efficiency and return on assets (ROA) and the dichotomous variable with respect to inclusion in the Good Corporate Governance Index. They conclude that good corporate governance practices contribute to increasing the monetary value of the most representative companies in the banking sector.
In the next article Luís Claudio Sampaio, Antônio Carlos de Almeida, Ivano Ribeiro, Jerry Adriani Johann and Geysler Rogis Flor Bertolini (Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Brazil) analyse the influence of the use of vapour recovery technology in service stations. On the basis of environmental awareness, they research the impact of this initiative on the consumers’ purchase decision. The data were analysed through structural equation modelling by the partial least squares regression method. According to the authors, the results show that there is a relationship between environmental awareness and the perception of companies’ environmental initiatives, that environmental awareness influences the purchase decision, that the companies’ environmental initiatives influence the purchase decision, that the recovery of fuel vapours is perceived as an environmental initiative and that the vapour recovery system installed at the service stations does not significantly influence the purchase decision.
Finally, using the Z-score model constructed by Edward I. Altman, Hugo Moraga-Flores and Maruzzella Rossi-Undurraga from Universidad Andres Bello in Chile, investigate the features of companies that are adopting corporate governance practices in Chile and the extent to which this adoption affects the financial solvency of the companies involved. To the authors, the statistical tests reveal low adoption and high heterogeneity of the economic sectors and sub-sectors in this respect. A relationship cannot be established between adoption of corporate governance practices and the degree of solvency measured through the Z-score model, although a relationship was established with two of the ratios that comprise said model.
Once again, we would like to thank all those who make proper operation of the journal possible: members of the Advisory Council, the Editorial Board, Editors and Area Associate Editors, assessors, authors, and above all, our readers.