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  1. Teaching Culture in Business Studies

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    Cazaux, Nathalie

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, an intercultural component needs to be integrated in the development of any business course and research in the field of Intercultural Studies outlines issues directly relevant to the Business world. Research findings have underlined the complexity of concepts such as Culture and Stereotypes. In the light of these findings, future business courses incorporating an intercultural dimension should be developed.

  2. A Study on Integrating Business Intelligence into E-Business

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    Sim Sheng Hooi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available With the high speed of development in the information technology area, many organizations use the Internet in their businesses instead of traditional "brick and mortar" physical stores. With the rapid spread of the Internet, people can access the web easily anywhere and anytime without barriers of time or space. However, a lot of data collected from global and local e-businesses is complex and unstructured and thus of limited use. Business intelligence tools could be used to extract accurate and useful information about future forecasts, business patterns, and business decision making. This paper provides a high level view of business intelligence and its benefits in e-business. Methods of adopting business intelligence are studied and examples of current market business intelligence tools are given in order to give a better idea of business intelligence usage in e-business.

  3. Communication science: An integral part of business and business studies?

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    Hinner, Michael B.

    2002-01-01

    Communication is at the center of any business transaction. Unfortunately until recently, communication has rarely been assigned its proper relevance in traditional business studies at German universities. This paper attempts to demonstrate why communication science can and should be an integral part of all business studies. Without understanding the pertinent communication principles, it will not be possible to fully understand specific business relationships. With understanding, more effect...

  4. Matrixed business support comparison study.

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    Parsons, Josh D.

    2004-11-01

    The Matrixed Business Support Comparison Study reviewed the current matrixed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) division staff models at Sandia National Laboratories. There were two primary drivers of this analysis: (1) the increasing number of financial staff matrixed to mission customers and (2) the desire to further understand the matrix process and the opportunities and challenges it creates.

  5. Study on ABCD Analysis Technique for Business Models, Business Strategies, Operating Concepts & Business Systems

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    Aithal, Sreeramana

    2015-01-01

    Studying the implications of a business model, choosing success strategies, developing viable operational concepts or evolving a functional system, it is important to analyse it in all dimensions. For this purpose, various analysing techniques/frameworks are used. This paper is a discussion on how to use an innovative analysing framework called ABCD model on a given business model, or on a business strategy or an operational concept/idea or business system. Based on four constructs Advantages...

  6. Study on promotion of venture business

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    This study reviewed the concepts of venture business and surveyed venture business support system nationwide. The venture business support system is summarized in depth to help the pre-entrepreneurs under establishing venture business. This study also reviewed the technology management system of KAERI and surveyed its historical accomplishment of technology transfer. Then, this study suggested its future direction by surveying the system of advanced countries and also suggested the measures to meet the future direction. The main finding of this study is that the direct investment to venture business by KAERI could greatly contribute to promoting venture business. Therefore, the government and KAERI should make efforts to change the technology management system toward the direct investment. Finally, this study concluded by offering policy suggestions to the government on improvement of technology management system

  7. Business Studies Teachers and Student Needs

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    Mei, Chiew Wye; Siraj, Saedah

    2013-01-01

    This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on the direct users of the Business Studies curriculum in Malaysia to uncover the perceived gap between what was experienced with what was wanted. Interviews were used to examine the needs of the Form Six (equivalent to "A" level) Business Studies teachers and students. Findings…

  8. Business Research Methods: A Study Guide.

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    Dawson, George

    This study guide provides an overview and model of business research. First, introductory material defines research and discusses the benefits of studying business research methods for both producers and consumers of research. In the next section different types of research are discussed, including experimental, ex post facto, quasi-experimental,…

  9. Designing a Futuristic Business Studies Curriculum

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    Mei, Chiew Wye; Siraj, Saedah

    2013-01-01

    This paper is a discourse on the theoretical aspects underpinning the design of the Business Studies curriculum domain. It draws on recent shifts in the business and educational environment of Malaysia, and maps out the methodology and method for expanding and revamping the core ground of the discipline. Using the pragmatic worldview stance, this…

  10. Moving to e-Business: Exploratory Study on e-Business Readiness in Croatian Large Companies

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    Spremić, Mario

    2003-01-01

    This paper defines e-business, its dimensions with respect to differences between traditional business, partial, or pure e-business. Also, a model for moving to e-business is illustrated. The results of the study on current practices in evolving the e-business in top Croatian companies are presented. In this paper some aspects of business process innovation and e-business usage have been investigated (general e-business issues with levels of e-business usage, key objectives of participating i...

  11. Entrepreneurs vs. Business Plans: A Study of Practicality and Usefulness

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    Sam PD Anantadjaya

    2007-01-01

    In higher education, the topic on business plan is relatively studied in great details to note the importance on formulating business plans. Business plans are regarded as the reference point for business people; managers and members of the board of directors, to really realize the business activities. At least, the topic on business plan, which are discussed and studied in universities, ought to have its own value in the real business operations. Many entrepreneurs, however, face difficultie...

  12. An Exploratory Study on Small Business Website Creation and Usage

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    Chuleeporn Changchit; Tim Klaus

    2015-01-01

    This study aims at exploring the factors related to the implementation of E-commerce websites by small business owners. While large organizations often consider E-commerce as a fundamental piece of their business strategy, small businesses place varying degrees of importance on E-commerce as a strategic tool to business success. Through a survey of small businesses, this study examines the creation and usage of E-commerce websites for small businesses. For companies with only a web presence, ...

  13. Business Performance, Business Strategy, and Information System Strategic Alignment: An Empirical Study on Chinese Firms

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    DONG Xiaoying; LIU Qianqian; YIN Dezhi

    2008-01-01

    The alignment between information systems (IS) and business strategy along with its implications for perceived IS effectiveness and business performance is an important question, which is rarely studied in China. Based on an empirical study, this paper summarized the significance of IS strategic alignment and its impact on business performance. This study also measured business strategy, information system strategy, and information system strategic alignment, built a conceptual model to describe the relationship between these factors, and investigated their implications for information system performance and business performance. A structural equation model was employed to test the conceptual model. Analyses of data gathered in a survey indicate that information system strategic alignment is a better predictor of business performance than business strategy or information system strategy alone, although business strategy can significantly influence business performance.

  14. Studying Dynamics in Business Networks

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    Andersen, Poul Houman; Anderson, Helen; Havila, Virpi; Halinen-Havila, Aino

    1998-01-01

    This paper develops a theory on network dynamics using the concepts of role and position from sociological theory. Moreover, the theory is further tested using case studies from Denmark and Finland......This paper develops a theory on network dynamics using the concepts of role and position from sociological theory. Moreover, the theory is further tested using case studies from Denmark and Finland...

  15. Social Media Marketing in a Small Business: A Case Study

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    Cox, Sarah

    2012-01-01

    In today’s social media driven environment, it is essential that small businesses understand Facebook, Twitter, and the strategies behind using social media for growing their business. Unfortunately, many small businesses do not have a strategy when they begin using social media. The purpose of this study is to understand how the owner of a small business, recognized for using social media to grow the business, uses social media to engage consumers. A case study is presented, followed by an i...

  16. Incorporating New Areas of Business into Business Language Studies: Social Media Marketing

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    Abbott, Annie

    2014-01-01

    Despite the fact that social media marketing has established itself as a vital area of marketing for businesses both large and small, global and local, Business Language Studies (BLS) has yet to turn its full attention to this business activity that requires a keen sense of language, culture, and business. As BLS continues to build and articulate its theoretical and methodological grounds, social media marketing provides rich research and teaching possibilities. However, social media is a dyn...

  17. Entrepreneurs vs. Business Plans: A Study of Practicality and Usefulness

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    Sam PD Anantadjaya

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available In higher education, the topic on business plan is relatively studied in great details to note the importance on formulating business plans. Business plans are regarded as the reference point for business people; managers and members of the board of directors, to really realize the business activities. At least, the topic on business plan, which are discussed and studied in universities, ought to have its own value in the real business operations. Many entrepreneurs, however, face difficulties in formulating structural business plans. Many entrepreneurs may not actually formulate business plans as they are regarded important in many classrooms’ teaching, to provide necessary guidance toward corporate governance, opening up new business units, venture agreements, and/or expansion of business operations. Universities should provide connections between what is discussed in classrooms, and the implementation of such discussions in business practices. This research is intended to seek out relationships between the importance of structural business plans, and the practicality and usefulness of business plans for entrepreneurs in young organizations. The reference point for this research is business portfolio theory, both for individual and organization rational theory. One of such means discussed in this paper is the formulation and development of business plans to attract external funding in supporting the needs toward growth.

  18. Study of business ethics in occupational medicine.

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    Philipp, R; Goodman, G; Harling, K; Beattie, B

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the views of specialists in occupational medicine about business ethics in occupational medicine. METHOD: A qualitative study with face to face focus groups and successive reviews of the draft consensus was undertaken of all accredited specialists in occupational medicine who were members of the south Wales and west of England group of the Society of Occupational Medicine, and of all regional specialty advisers and deputies from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. ...

  19. The Business of Creating Small Businesses: A Case Study of the Springfield Business Incubator at Springfield Technical Community College

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    Klauber, James Shuler, Sr.

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this case study is to understand and explain the characteristics of a small business incubator located on the campus of a community college. Business incubation and entrepreneurship programs are increasing in number on community college campuses across the country (Montoya, 2009). As community colleges have traditionally played a…

  20. Evolutionary Studies in Business: A Presentation of a New Journal

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    Paloma Fernández Pérez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business is a new open access journal led by an international interdisciplinary team of scholars located in eight institutions from three continents who wants to attract contributions that help shed light on the new questions, challenges, methodologies and realities, faced by businesses in an evolutionary perspective. The journal calls particularly for review essays that deal with new research topics about business, and provide useful overviews of the key ideas, scholars, and debates about important research topics concerning business and its environment. The strategic areas of interest for submissions from authors are: Management Challenges, Entrepreneurship, Science and Business, Creative Industries, International Business, Business History, and Latin American Businesses. JESB will also publish articles about relevant online resources that contain information of interest to academic scholars and business practitioners.

  1. Pushing or pulling of the business by family members: A study of family businesses in Sri Lanka

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    Kuruppuge, Ravindra Hewa; Gregar, Aleš

    2015-01-01

    A number of family business researches affirm benefits of family involvement to the business while some of other studies assure only detriments of family involvement. When comparative studies of family businesses begin to surface on the family involvement in business, there is that irritating question on what effect is brought about by family involvement to the business. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore business advantages and disadvantages generated by family involvement in...

  2. Benchmarking in Business Education: An Exploratory Study

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    Dr Mehraj Ud Din Shah

    2012-01-01

    The quality of Business Education dwindles at a complex pace in the world. This phenomenon forces academician, researchers, policy makers and think tank to scrutinize and review business education to make it objective oriented, mission based, qualitative and beneficial for all the stakeholders. Accordingly, Business schools have adopted and operational zed variety of measures like accreditation and assessment process to raise the quality of business education and to meet global manpower requi...

  3. Relationship between Small Business Line of Business and Survival: A Longitudinal Study in Cancun Mexico

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    Lorena Hernandez von Wobeser; Francisco J. May Hernandez; Mario Gabriel Martinez Casas

    2015-01-01

    Micro-sized Enterprise is the most common path for undertaking a business in Mexico and a fundamental part of the economic structure of the country. Previous studies reported high mortality rates in this kind of business. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the survival behavior of Micro-Enterprises categorized by kind of business in Region 101, a particular area in Cancun, México. The paper is the result of a longitudinal study that contemplates 4 years of observation of the business uni...

  4. Developing International Business Managers through International Study Visits to China

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    Tang, Yiming; Rose, Susan

    2014-01-01

    Globalization is a key factor in the success of business organizations today, impacting many aspects of management performance. Understanding the global business environment has therefore become a key objective in the teaching of international business on Executive MBA programs. Drawing on the theory of experiential learning, this study examines…

  5. An Exploratory Study of E-Business Success Factors

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    LI Jingting; HUANG Jinghua

    2004-01-01

    E-business success factors are important for traditional enterprises to implement e-business. This topic is attracting more and more researchers to study. This paper makes an exploratory study on the factors influencing e-business success. Firstly, based on the literature review, 52 factors are suggested. Secondly, two rounds of survey with Delphi method are conducted. Qualitative and quantitative analysis are used to identify 57factors. This is the foundation of empirical study.

  6. Pilot study comparing market orientation culture of businesses and schools of business.

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    Harmon, Harry A; Webster, Robert L; Hammond, Kevin L

    2003-08-01

    A market orientation culture has been described as one that blends an organization's commitment to customer value with a process of continuously creating superior value for customers. Developing such a culture is further described as (1) obtaining information about customers, competitors, and markets, (2) examining the gathered information from a total organizational perspective, (3) deciding how to deliver superior customer value, and (4) implementing actions to provide value to customers. A market orientation culture focuses on the customer, identifies issues in the competitive environment, and coordinates all functional areas to achieve organizational objectives. Research has found businesses with higher market orientation are more successful in achieving organizational objectives. The measurement of market orientation within businesses has been empirically tested and validated. However, empirical research on market orientation in nonprofit organizations such as universities has not been examined. This study investigated market orientation within the university setting, specifically Schools of Business Administration, and compared these data with previously published data within the business sector. Data for comparative purposes were collected via a national survey. Hypothesis testing was conducted. Results indicated significantly lower market orientation culture within the schools of business as reported by AACSB Business School Deans vis-à-vis managers of business enterprises. PMID:14563058

  7. Case Study Method in Business Education in the USA

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    Velushchak Maryna

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Business Education is dynamic in nature and needs diverse information to deal with different business problems. To understand the peculiar situations and to manage them effectively, case studies are widely used. Researchers in education have already demonstrated that students' active participation in the educational process increases their learning outcomes. Methods of small group activities, case studies and cooperative student projects give the opportunity to participate actively in the learning process by talking, reading, writing and reflecting. Case-based learning is an essential part of business education as it enables students to discover and develop their unique framework for dealing with business problems. The important peculiarity of the business case study is that it introduces a slice of realism into the learning experience. The case study method helps the students in developing wisdom and gives lot of scope for knowledge application. Nowadays, business education should be much more practically oriented and has to consider the main features of a modern competitive global economy. Lectures and discussions are not any more the most effective teaching methods. As research results show, the case method is the most effective teaching technique of future career preparations and practical application skills in today's business environment as it enables students examining different business situations in various cultural and economic perspectives, opening up their minds by solving the problems of the real business situations.

  8. Evolutionary Studies in Business: A Presentation of a New Journal

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    Paloma Fernández Pérez; Jaume Valls Pasola

    2016-01-01

    The Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business is a new open access journal led by an international interdisciplinary team of scholars located in eight institutions from three continents who wants to attract contributions that help shed light on the new questions, challenges, methodologies and realities, faced by businesses in an evolutionary perspective. The journal calls particularly for review essays that deal with new research topics about business, and provide useful overviews of the ke...

  9. Information Studies for the Business Sector in Spanish Universities

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    Canavate, Antonio Munoz; Hipola, Pedro

    2008-01-01

    The management of information in the business world constitutes a single consolidated area within undergraduate and graduate study programs in Librarianship and Information Science. This article describes information studies for the business sector within Spain, including the university programs known as Diplomatura in Librarianship and…

  10. How new business ecosystems emerge:a study on Finnish cloud business ecosystem

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    Xu, Y.

    2013-01-01

    It is an emerging phenomenon that the leading multinational companies are studying how to use the engagement experiences of customers and communities as the foundation of value co-creation. To achieve this, the business leaders have increasingly adopted an ecological organizational form, namely business ecosystem. Google, Amazon and Microsoft are the real world examples and pioneers in this field. However, in the academic research, it is addressed by a number of researchers that there is sign...

  11. Applying Business Process Mode ling Techniques : Case Study

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    Bartosz Marcinkowski

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Selection and proper application of business process modeling methods and techniques have a significant impact on organizational improvement capabilities as well as proper understanding of functionality of information systems that shall support activity of the organization. A number of business process modeling notations were implemented in practice in recent decades. Most significant of the notations include ARIS, Business Process Modeling Notation (OMG BPMN and several Unified Modeling Language (OMG UML extensions. In this paper, the assessment whether one of the most flexible and strictly standardized contempo-rary bus iness process modeling notations, i.e. Rational UML Profile for Business Modeling, enable business analysts to prepare business models that are all-embracing and understandable by all the stakeholders. After the introduction, me-thodology of res earch is discussed. The following section presents selected case study results. The paper is concluded with a summary

  12. Empirical study to identify the key business activities contributing to manufacturing business performance

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    L. Chen

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Within the context of high global competitiveness, knowledge management (KM has proven tobe one of the major factors contributing to enhanced business outcomes. Furthermore, knowledge sharing(KS is one of the most critical of all KM activities. From a manufacturing industry perspective, supply chainmanagement (SCM and product development process (PDP activities, require a high proportion of companyresources such as budget and manpower. Therefore, manufacturing companies are striving to strengthen SCM,PDP and KS activities in order to accelerate rates of manufacturing process improvement, ultimately resultingin higher levels of business performance (BP. A theoretical framework along with a number of hypotheses areproposed and empirically tested through correlation, factor and path analyses.Design/methodology/approach: A questionnaire survey was administered to a sample of electronicmanufacturing companies operating in Taiwan to facilitate testing the proposed relationships. More than 170respondents from 83 organisations responded to the survey. The study identified top management commitmentand employee empowerment, supplier evaluation and selection, and design simplification and modular designas the key business activities that are strongly associated with the business performance.Findings: The empirical study supports that key manufacturing business activities (i.e., SCM, PDP, and KS arepositively associated with BP. The findings also revealed that some specific business activities such as SCMF1,PDPF2, and KSF1 have the strongest influencing power on particular business outcomes (i.e., BPF1 and BPF2within the context of electronic manufacturing companies operating in Taiwan.Practical implications: The finding regarding the relationship between SCM and BP identified the essentialrole of supplier evaluation and selection in improving business competitiveness and long term performance. Theprocess of forming knowledge in companies, such as

  13. How To Set Up Your Own Small Business. Study Guide.

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    This study guide is intended for use with the separately available entrepreneurship education text "How To Set Up Your Own Business." The guide includes student exercises that have been designed to accompany chapters dealing with the following topics: determining whether or not to set up a small business, doing market research, forecasting sales,…

  14. Investigating Technology Acceptance towards E-commerce within the Work Wear Sector : A study within business-to-business about business clients’ technology acceptance towards e-commerce

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    Bjursten, Amanda; Classon, Lina; Steen, Ida

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to study business clients’ technology acceptance of e-commerce within business-to-business in the work wear sector. In specific, develop and test a framework in order to analyze the antecedents of perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use behind business clients’ behavioral intention to the usage of e-commerce. Problem: There is not sufficient research regarding industries and companies that are categorized as laggards (Del Aguila-Obra & Padilla...

  15. Finnish High Tech in China - A Study of Business Culture

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    Suhonen, Petri

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was to study the challenges caused by differences in Finnish and Chinese business cultures in the high technology industry. The study explains the main characteristics of the Chinese national and business cultures which every company operating in China will be dealing with, and offers examples of how these affect a high tech company. The study was conducted as a case study of a Finnish high technology company running a project in China. The company encountere...

  16. Social entrepreneurial business models: An exploratory study

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    Mair, Johanna; Schoen, Oliver

    2005-01-01

    Although social entrepreneurial organizations have begun to receive more scholarly attention, we still know relatively little about how they are able to create both social and economic value. This paper presents a comparative case analysis of three social entrepreneurial organizations, based in Bangladesh, Egypt and Spain, whose success has been widely recognized. Analysis of these organizations' business models reveals common patterns: in their use of strategic resources, in their value netw...

  17. Entrepreneurial Inclination Among Business Students: A Malaysian Study

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    Yet-Mee Lim

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Entrepreneurship has been the fundamental topics of discussion among the politicians, economists, and academics. Business creation is especially critical in developing countries to stimulate economic growth. The present study attempts to examine entrepreneurial inclination among students who are a potential source of entrepreneurs. The fi ndings of the present research study indicate that majority of our business students are not entrepreneurial-inclined. They do not seem to possess strong entrepreneurial characteristics and entrepreneurial skills, and they are not keen in starting a new business. The roles of higher institutes of education and the government in promoting entrepreneurship are discussed.

  18. How to develop scalable business model?:a study on the scalability of business model in Finnish ICT & software industry

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    Nguyen, H.

    2014-01-01

    The revolution of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and globalization leverages the business model concept to become more popular in order to support the firm to achieve competitive advantage in dynamic business environment. The start up is not restrict in their size and their novelty but able to be agile by efficiently and effectively exploiting business opportunity through business model innovation. Given these points, the study want to find an optimal combination and fit between t...

  19. Study Abroad Programs in Business: Planning, Organizing, and Marketing.

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    Tashakori, Ahmad; Dotson, Michael

    1989-01-01

    Focuses on study abroad programs as a means of increasing the intercultural understanding of U.S. business students. Offers guidelines for planning, organizing, and marketing such programs. (Author/JOW)

  20. Entrepreneurial Inclination Among Business Students: A Malaysian Study

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    Yet-Mee Lim; Teck-Heang Lee; Boon-Liat Cheng

    2012-01-01

    Entrepreneurship has been the fundamental topics of discussion among the politicians, economists, and academics. Business creation is especially critical in developing countries to stimulate economic growth. The present study attempts to examine entrepreneurial inclination among students who are a potential source of entrepreneurs. The fi ndings of the present research study indicate that majority of our business students are not entrepreneurial-inclined. They do not seem to possess strong en...

  1. Case Study Method in Business Education in the USA

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    Velushchak Maryna

    2014-01-01

    Business Education is dynamic in nature and needs diverse information to deal with different business problems. To understand the peculiar situations and to manage them effectively, case studies are widely used. Researchers in education have already demonstrated that students' active participation in the educational process increases their learning outcomes. Methods of small group activities, case studies and cooperative student projects give the opportunity to participate actively in the lea...

  2. Mobile information management in E-business - with case study

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    Zhang, Yanchao

    2010-01-01

    This report carries on write according to the background of Business of information system and ICT management; making use of this MEB management system can be convenient for our needs. The main idea of this report is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages about MEB and the difference between E-business and MEB, by study the bank case(such as KBC bank) , we will focuses on E- payment in MEB, what will be the future evolution in e business on point of IT Mobile architecture. And we wil...

  3. Complexity Study of the Credit Risk of a Business Group

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    Yang, Yang; Gu, Jing; Zhou, Zongfang

    2015-01-01

    A business group is a complex system; thus it is much more difficult to predict its credit risk than that of an individual company. This study proposes an iterative model, which describes the internal interactions and dynamic credit risk of a business group. The proposed model was analyzed from a complex dynamics perspective. The simulation results based on this model show that chaos will emerge in the credit risk of a business group due to the dynamic decision-making processes of its subsidi...

  4. Building an Informing Business School: A Case Study of USF’s Muma College of Business

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    Grandon Gill

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available As the complexity of a system grows, the challenge of informing the stakeholders of that system grows correspondingly. Nowhere is that challenge more daunting than in business education, where globalization, technological innovation, and increasingly complicated regulations continuously transform the business environment facing graduates and practitioners. Informing science theory proposes that different levels of complexity require different channels if effective informing is to be achieved. The paper first examines how two important sources of complexity—the diversity of clients and the ruggedness of the business landscape—are changing, and how these changes demand vastly more interactive informing channels if impact is to be achieved. Using an exploratory case study methodology, it then takes a detailed look at how one institution—the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business—has introduced a variety of new channels, many of which enable informing flows without necessarily directing them, to adapt to these environmental changes. It then considers both outcomes related to these individual informing channels and college-wide outcomes related to a broad and deep mosaic of informing flows. Finally, it considers the question of the resources required to support these new channels and the relationship between resource acquisition and channel introduction. The proposed framework for looking at business school informing channels can be applied by administrators, faculty members, and key stakeholders in understanding, evaluating, and planning programs and activities supporting informing in a complex environment. Ultimately, the informing business school framework may also provide a means for communicating impact to business school accrediting agencies (such as AACSB.

  5. A LINGUA-DISCURSIVE STUDY OF BUSINESS AND GOVERNANCE COMMUNICATION

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    DANYUSHINA YULIA VLADIMIROVNA

    2014-01-01

    The paper suggests establishing a separate sub-discipline on the crossroads of Applied Linguistics and Communication studies Business and Governance Linguistics a complex, interdisciplinary field for researching the use of language in business / governance and verbal specifics of institutional communication. The discursive approach is adopted to provide the basis for the investigating, and the multi-level critical discourse analysis is used as its key research method. The spectrum of research...

  6. Econometric Studies of Business Cycles in the History of Econometrics

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    Qin, Duo

    2010-01-01

    This study examines the evolution of econometric research in business cycle analysis during the 1960-90 period. It shows how the research was dominated by an assimilation of the tradition of NBER business cycle analysis by the Haavelmo-Cowles Commission approach, catalysed by time-series statistical methods. Methodological consequences of the assimilation are critically evaluated in light of the meagre achievement of the research in predicting the current global recession.

  7. Emotional Intelligence among Business Consultants: A Comparative Study

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    Fonthip Sarinnapakorn; Usaporn Sucaromana

    2013-01-01

    This study aimed to investigate the levels of emotional intelligence (EI) of business consultants who work for a consulting firm in Bangkok, Thailand, and to compare the EI levels of these consultants based on gender and years in the industry. A questionnaire adapted from the theoretical framework of Goleman (1995) was completed by 80 business consultants. This instrument comprised of 45 items that can be grouped into fives EI competencies referred to as: (a) self-awareness, (b) self-regulati...

  8. The Impact of Business Size and Business Type on Small Business Investment in Electronic Commerce: a study of Swedish small businesses

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    Robert MacGregor

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available In the past, organisations relied on traditional quantitative metrics, such as Return on Investment (ROI to make decisions when investing in technology. With the advent of electronic commerce (EC, organisations have had to rethink their investment and acquisition decisions due to the strategic nature of electronic commerce. Where ROI measures have failed, they have been replaced with a plethora of organisational driving forces. This paper focuses on the driving forces behind EC adoption by small and medium enterprises (SME's and aims to determine the impact of organisational factors such as size and type of business on EC acquisition criteria. The results of a research study carried out in Sweden are presented and suggest that there exist high levels of significance between the size of the business and customer demand, reduced costs, developing new markets and improvement to marketing as driving forces, and the type of business and customer demand, pressure from competition, increased sales and improvement of relationship with business partners as driving forces for EC adoption.

  9. Business value creation and stakeholder expectation management as tools for better business relationships : Case Study: TeliaSonera AB, Enterprise Systems

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    Kirjola, Sirpa

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this Master’s thesis is to create a plan of conduct for aligning and implementing business value metrics on the basis of the expectations of business stakeholders in TeliaSonera. The study analyzes how IT and business can be bridged closer together so that IT is creating and communicating business value to the business stakeholder from the point of view of improving business performance. The target is to improve customer satisfaction towards business stakeholders and end-u...

  10. The Effect of Using Case Studies in Business Statistics

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    Pariseau, Susan E.; Kezim, Boualem

    2007-01-01

    The authors evaluated the effect on learning of using case studies in business statistics courses. The authors divided students into 3 groups: a control group, a group that completed 1 case study, and a group that completed 3 case studies. Results evidenced that, on average, students whom the authors required to complete a case analysis received…

  11. Study on the Issue of Staff Training in Business Hotel

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    Qiumei Fan

    2009-01-01

    According to the analysis of characteristics of hotel business and business traveler, a business hotel will have new requirements to employees. So this essay puts forward new ways of staff training in business hotels.

  12. The antecedents of open business models : an exploratory study of incumbent firms

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    Frankenberger, Karolin; Weiblen, Tobias; Gassmann, Oliver

    2014-01-01

    Firms engage increasingly in open business models. While most research has previously focused on typologies or challenges of open business models, their specific antecedents have not been studied so far. We use data from eight open business model cases to explore this question and identify five main antecedents of open business models: (1) business model inconsistency, (2) need to create and capture new value, (3) previous experience with collaboration, (4) open business model patterns, and ...

  13. Valuing Short-Term Study Abroad in Business

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    Loh, Chung-Ping A.; Steagall, Jeffrey W.; Gallo, Andres; Michelman, Jeffrey E.

    2011-01-01

    Short-term study abroad courses often claim to provide a unique experience for students, but it is not clear how the value translates into a dollar amount. The paper uses the contingent valuation method to assess participating students' pre- and post-trip perceived dollar value of their study abroad courses at an AACSB accredited business school.…

  14. Ethical and Social Values in Business Administration and Management Studies

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    Ruiz-Lozano, Mercedes; de los Rios-Bergillos, Araceli; Tirado-Valencia, Pilar; Millan-Lara, Salud

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this research was to analyze the impact of the learning process in business administration and management of students' values, through the application of factor analysis to the information obtained in a survey consisting of students in the first and fifth year of studies. The study derived the following conclusions: First,…

  15. Achieving Communicative Competence in Business English : A study of teacher and participant attitudes in Business English courses

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    Jonsson, Malin

    2013-01-01

    The increasing globalization of trade has resulted in a growing need for Swedish corporations to ensure that their work force is able to communicate in English. In order to meet this demand, there is a growing market of companies offering courses in Business English. When English is used for communication between people from different linguacultural backgrounds in a business context it is referred to as BELF (Business English as a Lingua Franca). The purpose of this study was to investigate w...

  16. Opportunizing: A classic grounded theory study on business and management

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    Ólavur Christiansen

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Opportunizing emerged as the core variable of this classic GT study on business and management. Opportunizing is the recurrent main concern that businesses have to continually resolve, and it explains how companies recurrently create, identify, seize or exploit situations to maintain their growth or survival. Opportunizing is the recurrent creation and re-creation of opportunities in business. Opportunizing is basically what business managers do and do all the time. The problematic nature of opportunizing is resolved by a core social process ofopportunizing and its attached sub-processes that account for change over time and for the variations of the problematic nature of its resolution.Opportunizing has five main facets. These are conditional befriending (confidence building & modifying behavior,prospecting (e.g. information gaining, weighing up (information appraisal & decision-making, moment capturing (quick intervention for seizing strategic opportunities, andconfiguration matching (adjusting the business organization to abet the other activities of opportunizing.On a more abstract level, opportunizing has three more organizational facets: the physically boundary-less, the valuehierarchical, and the physically bounded. The first of these called perpetual opportunizing. This emerges from the conjunction of conditional befriending and prospecting. The second facet is called triggering opportunizing. It arises from the coming together of weighing up and moment capturing. The final facet is called spasmodic opportunizing. This happens when moment capturing and configuration matching unite.

  17. A Pilot Study of Small Business's Perception of Vendor Services: are these associated with small business IT educational requirements

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    R.C. MacGregor

    1997-11-01

    Full Text Available Despite the extensive use of microcomputers in the small business environment, little research has been applied to the training needs of those small businesses. This study examines the computer related training needs of 131 small businesses and the factors which appear to impinge upon those needs. In particular the paper examines whether satisfaction with vendor provided services (both pre and post sales are associated specific educational requirements in small business. The results suggest that there a need for the development of a university/college IT training program directed specifically towards small business. These programs should avoid the more technical aspects of IT and concentrate on areas which involve the analysis and use of software in the small business. The results further show that a number of vendor provided services appear to be associated with the rating of importance of potential curricular inclusions in IT training programs.

  18. Improving Inventory Management in Small Business : A Case Study

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    Bai, Lining; Zhong, Ying

    2008-01-01

    Introduction: The growth of small business is fast and their impact on the economy is becoming bigger. How to manage the inventory effectively and efficiently often is a challenge for these small businesses. The study took place at HEM-SOL FORSALJNINGS AB, a company involved in gym sports equipment wholesale. For HEM-SOL two inventory problems, stock-out and overstock occur frequently. The company wants to improve its efficiency and is con-sidering a change in the inventory management. Purpos...

  19. An Analisys of Business VPN Case Studies

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    Crescenzio Gallo; Michele Perilli; Michelangelo De Bonis

    2009-01-01

    A VPN (Virtual Private Network) simulates a secure private network through a shared public insecure infrastructure like the Internet. The VPN protocol provides a secure and reliable access from home/office on any networking technology transporting IP packets. In this article we study the standards for VPN implementation and analyze two case studies regarding a VPN between two routers and two firewalls.

  20. Aligning IT and Business Strategy: An Australian University Case Study

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    Dent, Alan

    2015-01-01

    Alignment with business objectives is considered to be an essential outcome of information technology (IT) strategic planning. This case study examines the process of creating an IT strategy for an Australian university using an industry standard methodology. The degree of alignment is determined by comparing the strategic priorities supported by…

  1. Moral Disengagement in Science and Business Students: An Exploratory Study

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    Cory, Suzanne N.

    2015-01-01

    Cases of unethical business practices and technical failures have been extensively reported. It seems that actions are often taken by individuals with little apparent concern for those affected by their negative outcomes, which can be described as moral disengagement. This study investigates levels of moral disengagement demonstrated by business…

  2. Business Innovation through Customer-Value Creation: Case Study of a Virtual Education Business in Japan.

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    Kodama, Mitsuru

    2000-01-01

    The case of a virtual education business that expanded through creation of customer value in strategic partnerships yields two key points for the future of multimedia businesses. Ability to incorporate new business styles and innovative leadership that harmonizes the philosophies of various partner companies were factors in success. (SK)

  3. Mediating Business

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    "Mediating Business" is a study of the expansion of business journalism. Building on evidence from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, "Mediating Business" is a comparative and multidisciplinary study of one of the major transformations of the mass media and the realm of business - nationally and...... globally. The book explores the history of key innovations and innovators in the business press. It analyzes changes in the discourse of business journalism associated with the growth in business news and the development of new ways of framing business issues and events. Finally, it examines the...... organizational implications of the increased media visibility of business and, in particular, the development of corporate governance and media relations....

  4. Performance Estimation of Networked Business Models: Case Study on a Finnish eHealth Service Project

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    Marikka Heikkilä

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The objective of this paper is to propose and demonstrate a framework for estimating performance in a networked business model. Design/methodology/approach: Our approach is design science, utilising action research in studying a case of four independent firms in Health & Wellbeing sector aiming to jointly provide a new service for business and private customers. The duration of the research study is 3 years. Findings: We propose that a balanced set of performance indicators can be defined by paying attention to all main components of the business model, enriched with of network collaboration. The results highlight the importance of measuring all main components of the business model and also the business network partners’ view on trust, contracts and fairness. Research implications: This article contributes to the business model literature by combining business modelling with performance evaluation. The article points out that it is essential to create metrics that can be applied to evaluate and improve the business model blueprints, but it is also important to measure business collaboration aspects. Practical implications: Companies have already adopted Business model canvas or similar business model tools to innovate new business models. We suggest that companies continue their business model innovation work by agreeing on a set of performance metrics, building on the business model components model enriched with measures of network collaboration. Originality/value: This article contributes to the business model literature and praxis by combining business modelling with performance evaluation.

  5. International Business and Trade in the Next Decade: Report from a Delphi Study

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    Michael R Czinkota; Ilkka A Ronkainen

    1997-01-01

    The globalization of business causes major changes in the business environment and in business practices. Forecasting such changes is crucial for the preparation of responses to them. This article reports on a Delphi study conducted with a global set of experts drawn from the policy, business and academic communities. Over three rounds of mailings, these experts analyzed and debated the likelihood of changes in the international business environment over the next decade and the impact of thes...

  6. MODEL FOR NETWORKED BUSINESS: Case study of Application Service Provider's network

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    Pesonen, Tero

    2011-01-01

    MODEL FOR NETWORKED BUSINESS Case study of Application Service Provider's network The aim of the research was to create a network business model to optimise benefits for a business network in the area of software industry. The main research questions were: ? What kind of network business models can be found? ? What are the value creation mechanisms as well as advantages and disadvantages of different models? ? How to use former frameworks to develop a network business mode...

  7. Management succession in black-owned family businesses : an exploratory study / Absolom Netsianda

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    Netsianda, Absolom

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this study is to assess management succession in black-owned family businesses in the Vhembe District in Limpopo Province in South Africa. In both developed and developing countries, the majority of family businesses are family owned and controlled and these businesses contribute significantly to their economic growth. To be sustainable, family businesses should anticipate, recognise, understand and work pro-actively on issues, learn from other businesses and find their own u...

  8. The Business Incubator Management Strategy Case study of the Business Incubator Located in Mangalia

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    Epure Danut Tiberius; Cusu Dorinela; Teliceanu Claudiu Daniel

    2010-01-01

    Through this paper we intend to analyze the management process of a business incubator. To achieve our aim we will use for example the Business Incubator located in Mangalia developed by the Establishment and Development of Business Incubators Project in Romania, a program initiated by The Agency for Implementing Projects and Programmes for SMEs (AIPPSME) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The main aspects considered in this work are related to the administrator selection proced...

  9. Loyalty in Business to Business Context: A Study in Puchong, Malaysia

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    Heng Su Wan; Abdullah Al Mamun; P. Yukthamarani Permarupan; Noor Raihani Binti Zainol

    2013-01-01

    Customer loyalty has been a focus of marketing as it is believed that higher level of customer loyalty may resultin higher levels of repurchase. Numerous researches are carried out on the antecedents of customer loyalty inconsumer market, but not many been discussed within business market and supply chain environment. Thisstudy aims to examine how product value, profitability, marketing support and perceived switching costs caninfluence customer behavioural loyalty in the business-to-business...

  10. A bibliometric study on culture research in International Business

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    Claudia Frias Pinto; Fernando Ribeiro Serra; Manuel Portugal Ferreira

    2014-01-01

    National cultures and cultural differences provide a crucial component of the international business (IB) research context. We conducted a bibliometric study of articles published in seven leading IB journals over a period of three decades to analyze how national culture has been impacting IB research. Co-citation mappings permit us to identify the ties binding works dealing with culture and cultural issues in IB. We identify two main clusters of research, each comprising two ...

  11. Study of Taxation, Registration, Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Small Businesses in Uganda & Pounder Rig Contractor Business: Projected Cash Flow.

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    Kakooza, S M; Ball, Peter; Danert, Kerstin

    2000-01-01

    This document is made up of a number of reports. The first section contains a study of ‘Taxation, Registration, Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Small Business in Uganda’, by Kakooza, Ball and Dan

  12. Communication Skill of the Business Executives: An Empirical Study on Some Local Private Business Concerns in Bangladesh

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    Nargis Akhter; Sardana Islam Khan; Md. Kamrul Hassan

    2009-01-01

    The study which is mainly based on primary data attempts to focus on the facts relating to the communication skill of the different levels of business executives of local private business concerns in Bangladesh and their level of awareness regarding the importance of communication skill in their professional career. The study reveals that majority of the executives have positive opinions regarding the importance of communication course designed for executives. Most of the respondents have com...

  13. A Study of Faculty Racial Diversity in Business Schools: Perceptions of Business Deans

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    Moshiri, Farrokh; Cardon, Peter Wilson

    2016-01-01

    For decades, business schools in the United States have attempted to increase faculty diversity. The goals and benefits of increasing faculty diversity include improved educational outcomes, social justice, and economic competitiveness. While Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business data shows that a gender gap still exists in…

  14. Characteristics of Highly Talented International Business Professionals Defined: Qualitative Study among International Business Professionals

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    van Heugten, Petra; Heijne-Penninga, Marjolein; Paans, Wolter; Wolfensberger, Marca

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the characteristics of talent in relation to international business to facilitate selection and development of talent in human resources (HR) and human resource development (HRD). Design/methodology/approach: A mixed method design was used: focus groups with business professionals to identify the…

  15. The Value of International Experiences for Business Students: Measuring Business Student Attitudes toward Study Abroad

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    Heffron, Sean; Maresco, Peter A.

    2014-01-01

    The value of an international experience--especially for students of business--continues to be an area of focus at colleges and universities. Students across all disciplines within the business curriculum: accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, or sport management are expected by employers to possess knowledge of, and appreciation…

  16. Integrating Methods and Strategies from Language Teaching and Business Studies in Languages for Specific Business Purposes Courses

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    Ainsworth, Judith A.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been argued that acquisition of skills in the use of foreign languages is comparable to the development of competence in other skills (Drew & Ottewill, 1998. The foreign language learner must actively participate in the learning process and practice the skills required in order to achieve success. Thus, learning to communicate in a foreign language emphasises experimentation and concrete experience. On the other hand, abstract conceptualisation, reflective observation, and the development and testing of theories and ideas are more important for business studies. However, language studies and skills acquired are often related to the development of the softapplied skills of business communication and workplace competence. This paper argues that the two approaches to learning foreign languages and acquiring business competence are complementary and supportive. This can be accomplished by providing in two ways. First, courses in Languages for Specific Business Purposes can be offered that draw on an interdisciplinary approach based on recent studies in business discourse (Bargiela-Chiappini & Nickerson, 1999, 2002, 2003; Charles & Marschan-Piekkari, 2002; Planken, 2005; Poncini, 2003. Second, one can provide communicative activities, such as case studies and simulations emphasizing conceptual models and reflective observation, as well as language teaching related to business discourse situations and the strategic nature of the communicative event.

  17. Emotional Intelligence among Business Consultants: A Comparative Study

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    Fonthip Sarinnapakorn

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate the levels of emotional intelligence (EI of business consultants who work for a consulting firm in Bangkok, Thailand, and to compare the EI levels of these consultants based on gender and years in the industry. A questionnaire adapted from the theoretical framework of Goleman (1995 was completed by 80 business consultants. This instrument comprised of 45 items that can be grouped into fives EI competencies referred to as: (a self-awareness, (b self-regulation, (c motivation, (d empathy, and (e social skills. The results were calculated in terms of percentages, mean scores, and standard deviations. T–test was also employed to determine the differences between levels of EI and the independent variables which are gender and years in the industry. The results revealed that the EI level of the business consultants was at a high level. However, there was no significant difference between levels of EI based on gender and years in the industry.

  18. Characteristics of Information Systems and Business Informatics Study Programs

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    Markus HELFERT

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Over the last decade there is an intensive discussion within the Information Systems (IS and Informatics community about the characteristics and identity of the discipline. Simultaneously with the discussion, there is an ongoing debate on essential skills and capabilities of IS and Business Informatics graduates as well as the profile of IS programs. With this paper we recognize the need for different IS perspectives resulting in diverse study profiles. We developed a framework for structuring information systems study programs and characterized some of the differences in study programs. The results from this study are based on a survey and workshops with domain exerts, both from academia and practice. The descriptive results from the survey are presented, and show the diversity of study programs, both on master and bachelor level. As an example for an IS profile we summarize a reference structure for Business Informatics study programs, which aims to provide guidance for curriculum development and to stimulate further debate on IS curriculum development.

  19. A STUDY ON THE OBSTACLES FACED BY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS TO ENTER INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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    Lakshmi Priya. S; Vidya Shree D V

    2014-01-01

    In today's era business have wider scope in International Business. Even small industries have their vision to extend their business unit to some other country. Ofcourse the ultimate aim is to earn maximum profit. As this the case worldwide, our country is no were apart. Recent studies states that emerging women entrepreneurs have enlarged in enormous way. This study investigates the key factors which hamper women entrepreneurs in India to enter International Business. Wom...

  20. MEASURING THE IMAPCT OF BUSINESS INTELLEGENCE ON PERFORMANCE: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY

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    Faris Nasif AL- Shubiri

    2012-01-01

    In this study explain rapidly changing business environment, the need for very timely and effective business information is recognized as being indispensable for organizations not only to succeed, but even to survive. Business intelligence (BI) is a concept which refers to a managerial philosophy and a tool that is used in order to help organizations and refine information and to make more effective business decisions. The sample of study is 50 industrial firms for the period 2006-2010 listed...

  1. Intercultural communication in the forest products business in China : a case study

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    OWARI, Toshiaki

    2005-01-01

    The growing forest products business in China has attracted foreign companies to the Chinese market. This study examines the unique characteristics of intercultural communication in the forest products business in China, using an exploratory case study approach. In-depth interviews were conducted with executives of a multinational forest industry company. The qualitative data analysis identified ten topics concerning business communication in China: bureaucracy, negotiation, business protocol...

  2. Practical Uses of Statistical Power in Business Research Studies.

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    Markowski, Edward P.; Markowski, Carol A.

    1999-01-01

    Proposes the use of statistical power subsequent to the results of hypothesis testing in business research. Describes how posttest use of power might be integrated into business statistics courses. (SK)

  3. Can We Do Business? A Study of the Attitudes of Chinese and Australian Business Students

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    Parikshit K. Basu

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Australia’s business relationship with China is growing. However, there are culturaldifferences between the residents of the two countries that may lead to differences inattitudes and actions. These differences can present obstacles to optimising thebenefits to be gained from mutual business cooperation. In order to understand howthe future business leaders (present students view the potentiality for doing businessin each others’ countries, groups of commerce students in Australia and China weresurveyed using the same set of questions. The results identified interesting similaritiesand differences. Analysis of the responses helps us to detect the knowledge gaps anddifferences in perceptions and future outlooks between Australian and Chinesestudents which may impact on the future business relationship between the twocountries.

  4. Loyalty in Business to Business Context: A Study in Puchong, Malaysia

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    Heng Su Wan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Customer loyalty has been a focus of marketing as it is believed that higher level of customer loyalty may resultin higher levels of repurchase. Numerous researches are carried out on the antecedents of customer loyalty inconsumer market, but not many been discussed within business market and supply chain environment. Thisstudy aims to examine how product value, profitability, marketing support and perceived switching costs caninfluence customer behavioural loyalty in the business-to-business (B2B context. By targeting small retailers ascase market, tailored questionnaires were distributed to 150 business customers. The findings of this studysuggests that customer behavioural loyalty towards supplier can be improved by focusing on increasing productvalue, enhancing profitability and building switching of costs.

  5. Management of commercialization - Case studies of industrial, business-to-business product innovations

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    Simula, Henri

    2012-01-01

    Product innovations are the cornerstones of growth and profit in business. One of the main arguments put forward in this dissertation postulates that commercial success is required for a new product to become a product innovation. Commercial success does not happen automatically; it requires the proper management of commercialization. Commercialization within the context of new products is defined as a set of business activities, tasks, and actions that run in parallel with ideation and produ...

  6. Issues of Business Ethics in Domestic and International Businesses: A Critical Study

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    Aytac Gokmen; A. Turan Ozturk

    2012-01-01

    Ethics is a significant issue in business both on the firm level and wider phases. Ethics indicate what is right and what is wrong in business branches also lead employees and stakeholders with moral values. Ethics is the basics for an impartial internal environment in an organization. An ethical climate constituted on fair foundations and lead by executives upholding ethical standards in the first instance tend to be more achieved when compared to other firms, since fair organizational inter...

  7. Methodology and Family Business Studies : The Interpretive Approach

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    Nordqvist, Mattias; Hall, Anita; Melin, Leif

    2008-01-01

    This article introduces and discusses the interpretive approach: a methodology with high relevance to family business research. Family business research has grown over the last decade and there are increasing requests for deeper insights into the nature and workings of these organizations. Research on family business is different from research on other organizations in that it means researching a family, and the influence it exerts on the business this family owns and/or manage. Currently, fa...

  8. Culture Studies in the Field of International Business Research

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    Worm, Verner; Li, Xin; Jakobsen, Michael;

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the status of culture studies within the field of international business research, and to examine how two main paradigms – essentialism and social constructivism – relate to the discourse in this field. We analyze the main points of the two...... for the first time that Bohr’s complementarity principle is illustrative and useful for understanding the paradoxical relationship between essentialism and social constructivism. Inspired by two principles enunciated by Bohr – that of complementarity and that of classical concepts – we argue that the two...

  9. The Study of Language and Communication in Cross Cultural Business

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    2016-01-01

    Language plays an important role in the contemporary business communication. Regarding to the businesspersons' choices of language, jargon, jokes and their applications in cross cultural business, suggests that language is in fact a part of a strategic discourse between diverse groups within the organization and the business scope.

  10. Study of Sharing Knowledge Resources in Business Schools

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    Ranjan, Jayanthi

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to propose a common business school framework based on knowledge resources that are available in business schools. To support the arguments made based on review literature, the paper presents the holistic framework of knowledge resources in a business school and also provides a knowledge value chain in sharing…

  11. The Study Abroad Experience: A Crucial Element in Globalizing Business School Programs

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    Mangiero, George A.; Kraten, Michael

    2011-01-01

    Globalization is a fundamental reality of modern business practice. Participation in a study abroad program is a crucial element in helping students become well rounded global business leaders; it is an increasingly important element of a well rounded business curriculum. A semester or summer abroad, properly conceived and designed, can provide…

  12. A Comparative Study on Information-Seeking Behaviors of Domestic and International Business Students

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    Song, Yoo-Seong

    2004-01-01

    This study investigates information-seeking behavior of one particular segment of international students--international students seeking degrees in the field of business. The author surveyed domestic and international business students enrolled in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The survey was designed to…

  13. Commitment to the Study of International Business and Cultural Intelligence: A Multilevel Model

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    Ramsey, Jase R.; Barakat, Livia L.; Aad, Amine Abi

    2014-01-01

    Adopting a multilevel theoretical framework, we examined how metacognitive and motivational cultural intelligence influence an individual's commitment to the study of international business (IB). Data from 292 undergraduate and graduate business students nested in 12 U.S. business school classes demonstrated that individuals'…

  14. The Power of Unstructured Data: A Study of the Impact of Tacit Knowledge on Business Performance

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    Paladino, Armando E.

    2012-01-01

    This study examined the incorporation of tacit knowledge into corporate business intelligence and its impact on business performance, specifically analyzing individual productivity. Business productivity in relation to the use of knowledge has been investigated but using macro-dimensions not specifically oriented to individual workers'…

  15. Resilience as a way to improve business continuity: a multiple case study with large Nordic companies

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    Mäkilä, Miikka

    2014-01-01

    This thesis observes the impacts of business interruptions on business, which is a relatively new area of research. Since the extant theory concentrates mainly on supply chain disruptions the understanding of business interruptions is narrow. Companies suffer increasingly from supply chain disruptions due to just-in-time strategies, globalization and outsourcing, but the risks that threaten companies' business continuity are much more diverse rendering this study to seek answers to fill the g...

  16. Marketing with changed media habits : A qualitative study about what small businesses think about digital marketing

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    Hoffner, Fredrik; Maliqi, Petrit; Svensson, Jesper

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Title: Marketing with changed media habits: A qualitative study about what small businesses think about digital marketing. Authors: Fredrik Hoffner, Petrit Maliqi och Jesper Svensson Supervisor: Department: School of Management, Blekinge Institute of Technology Course: Bachelor’s thesis in Business Administration, 15 credits Purpose: The purpose with this article is to examine and analyze if small businesses within the construction business adapt to the changing media habits, and why...

  17. Overcoming Recession through Effective Business Communication Approaches (A Study in Indian Scenario)

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    Rishi MISHRA; Mehta, D; Naveen K. Mehta

    2011-01-01

    No business activity can be completed without effective business communication network. The stage of economic turmoil is the most important time for any organization to regroup its strategy. At this juncture, strong, transparent and constant internal and external communication networks play a vital role. The global meltdown is a blessing in disguise for the organizations to invigorate their business communication network. The present paper aims to study multifarious approaches of Business Com...

  18. Transitivity Study-Material Process in Business Negotiation

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    2013-01-01

    Since China entered into the World Trade Organization and became a member of this institution, business negotiation has become the important implement in communicating and information exchanging in business market. Compared with the past time, more and more companies involve in the business negotiation at present. This paper uses Halliday* s transitivity theory-material process as its theoretical framework to analyze business negotiation. As soon as reading this thesis totally, English teacher, especially business English teachers should add the awareness on considering unconscious points of business negotiation. They should be led to hold the deep cognition and language choice. Moreover, it is hoped for negotiators to have the understanding for choosing the better words and structure in order to make an agreement in business negotiation.

  19. FAMILY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT: CASE STUDIES IN BUSINESS OF THE STATE OF SÃO PAULO

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    Victor Antonio Barros Belmonte

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study was to examine, from two case studies, management processes (strategic planning, management control systems and human resources and cultural (succession and organizational culture two family businesses in the state of São Paulo. Concepts were discussed, and specific features, as well as factors related to organizational management of family businesses (planning, control, people management, culture and succession to support the studies described. Through interviews and observation of routine business, it was concluded that there is evidence that the management in Company "B" moving towards professionalization, due to be developing a formal strategic planning. This company already has clear goals for employees and creating an area of ​​people management. In contrast, Company "A", still needs to improve its organizational structure, as there is lack of planning, strategies and formal actions, so that decisions are focused on owners and taken in light of action-reaction.

  20. Feasibility study on equipment of LLW management business system

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    LLW from university and private company has been kept in their own nuclear facilities in Japan. RANDEC has been studying business system for the treatment and conditioning of LLW before disposal. Reference to proven waste treatment process used in Nuclear Power Plant, it was studied that the appropriate treatment process for the LLW from university and private company. The waste will be collected from the university and private company to a central treatment facility. After operations such as unpacking, classification, compression, incineration and others, the waste will be treated to waste form. Most equipment are adopted by the process technology used in Nuclear Power Plant. But some equipment such as measurement of radio activity and solidification of powder need to be studied for the treatment of LLW from university and private company. (author)

  1. Facilitating Data Driven Business Model Innovation - A Case study

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    Bjerrum, Torben Cæsar Bisgaard; Andersen, Troels Christian; Aagaard, Annabeth

    2016-01-01

    ability to adapt these new DDBM depends on the ability to pick up, share and develop knowledge between customers, partners and the network. This knowledge can be embedded into core BMs and constitutes a strategic opportunity enabling businesses to extract value from data into BMI, resulting in DDBMs......This paper aims to understand the barriers that businesses meet in understanding their current business models (BM) and in their attempt at innovating new data driven business models (DDBM) using data. The interdisciplinary challenge of knowledge exchange occurring outside and/or inside businesses......, that gathers knowledge is of great importance. The SMEs have little, if no experience, within data handling, data analytics, and working with structured Business Model Innovation (BMI), that relates to both new and conventional products, processes and services. This new frontier of data and BMI will have...

  2. CSR BALANCED SCORECARD SYSTEMS AND BUSINESS PERFORMANCES: SMEs CASE STUDY

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    Full Text Available This paper aims to examine the performance measurement using the CSR Balanced Scorecard system in SMEs firms in Malaysia. It investigates the relationships of the four perspectives of CSR Balanced Scorecard system toward performance measurement. The purpose of this paper is to in- vestigate whether or not the improvement of the non-financial CSR measures will lead to the im- provement of performance measures. To test these relationships, data were collected using the four perspectives approach introduced by Utting (2007. The finding indicates that the organizational business performance can be greatly increased by putting greater emphasis to CSR measures. The results also reveal that the increases of firms customer’s satisfaction is caused by the increase imple- mentation of CSR measurement. At the end of the article, the implications of this study for SME industries and some suggestions are discussed for future studies.

  3. Instilling Service Learning to Undergraduate Business Students: A Case Study Approach to Understanding Business-Related Concepts with the Use of Kiva

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    Grotrian-Ryan, Sheri; Ryan, Kyle; Jackson, Alan

    2016-01-01

    Higher education continues to place an emphasis on service-learning, specifically within business and management sciences (Kenworthy-U'Ren & Peterson, 2005). A local academic business organization at a small institution chose to embark on a service-learning endeavor. The purpose of this study was for business majors, active in Phi Beta Lambda…

  4. Enhancing University Business Curriculum Using an Importance-Performance Approach: A Case Study of the Business Management Faculty of a University in Malaysia

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    Daud, Salina; Abidin, Nurazariah; Sapuan, Noraina Mazuin; Rajadurai, Jegatheesan

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: This study seeks to investigate the potential gap between important dimensions of business graduates' attributes and the actual performance of these graduates in their post-graduate employment. These graduates have completed a business-related degree from the business management faculty of a higher education institution (HEI) located in…

  5. The Business Education Index 1996. Index of Business Education Articles and Research Studies Compiled from a Selected List of Periodicals Published during the Year 1996. Volume 57.

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    Noll, Cheryl L., Ed.; Graves, Pat R., Ed.

    This index, which was compiled from a selected list of 45 periodicals published in 1996, lists more than 2,000 business education articles and research studies. Articles are listed under the following subject categories and subcategories: basic business (accounting, consumer awareness, economics, entrepreneurship/small business, finance…

  6. Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in management master programs : A qualitative study on the EQUIS-accredited business schools in four Nordic countries

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    Larsson, Linnéa; Massart, Catherine

    2009-01-01

    With today’s public debates concerning the environmental and social issues there is a need to educate the future business leaders how to run a business in a way that can contribute to sustainability and the protection of the world’s natural resources. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate to what extent management master programs at the EQUIS-accredited business schools in the Nordic countries include courses which address the concepts of Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability. ...

  7. A Comparative Study of Accounting Entities Under Different Business Organizations

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    LUO Hong-lan; XU Guo-xin; FAN Jin

    2001-01-01

    In terms of accounting, all types of business enterprises regardless of their organizational form are separate accounting entities. But different types of organization forms entail remarkable differences in the establishments, legal positions, liabilities, taxation obligations and accounting practices of the business enterprises as accounting entities. A good knowledge of such difference is beneficial to the promotion of the development of all types of business enterprises in China.

  8. Informal networks in business development services: case studies from two Brazilian business incubators

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    A.A. Corradi (Ariane Agnes)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractIntroduction: The central idea of this paper is claiming business incubators as brokerage environments where entrepreneurs have access to resourceful actors. Brokerage relates to the development of bridging social capital (Knorringa, Staveren 2006) through which new information, ideas an

  9. Bank Solutions Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity: A Case Study for Business Students

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    Camara, Steve; Crossler, Robert; Midha, Vishal; Wallace, Linda

    2011-01-01

    Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) planning is an issue that students will likely come in contact with as they enter industry. Many different fields require this knowledge, whether employees are advising a company implementing a new DR/BC program, auditing a company's existing program, or implementing and/or serving as a key…

  10. Characteristics of highly talented international business professionals defined : Qualitative study among international business professionals

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    Heugten, Petra van; Heijne-Penninga, Marjolein; Paans, Wolter; Wolfensberger, Marca

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the characteristics of talent in relation to international business to facilitate selection and development of talent in human resources (HR) and human resource development (HRD). Design/methodology/approach – A mixed method design was used: focus g

  11. PROJECT-DRIVEN SOFTWARE BUSINESS IN TRANSILVANIA - A CASE STUDY

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    Full Text Available The fairly low salaries of the IT workers compared to the Western countries, the skills and the location have supported outsourcing become one of the most competitive Romanian sectors. IT sector in Romania maintains a steady growth favoured by outsourcing companies. Moreover Romania is highly competitive when you take into account the level of technical proficiency and soft skills in the country. Romanian labour force can drive relevant projects even in small teams. This case study explores the realty of Romanian IT companies profiles. It presents in comparison two companies bases on organizational and strategic dimensions: project approach orientation, leadership, project value driven, and social responsibility. The corporate goal of the first company presented in the case study - Fortech - is to achieve the best adaptive organizational structure which can sustain its competitive advantage. This advantage results from combination of three main ingredients: scaled up human resource capital, versatile knowledge management and adaptability to customer needs. Fortech manages and administrates and execute their business activities using project management methodologies and practices in order to achieve the strategic goals. On the other hand Dolphin Kiss Company is a “Python boutique agency” created around a single contract and organized on a single project. The project was contracted with a top company from telecommunication industry. The company is a small team of creative software engineers focused on developing a very innovative software business solution. This case study is an empirical qualitative research intended to depict the main differences between two relevant company profiles present in the actual economic context: small team – results oriented – highly skilled VS large structure of outsourcing teams – matrix organized – customer oriented. The case study constructs a space for debates regarding the potential evolution of the

  12. International ESCO business opportunities and challenges: a Japanese case study

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    Recently, US energy service companies (ESCOs) have begun to actively explore markets outside the US. Despite the needs of many countries for ESCO involvement, ESCOs face many challenges (i.e., marketing, financial, institutional, political and cultural barriers). Consequently, most of these firms pursue international project opportunities very selectively due to the costs and risks associated with project development. Despite these barriers, some ESCOs view international work as a strategic expansion of their business, assuming that there will be adequate business in the future to repay them for their initial investment. In this paper, the authors present the findings from a recently completed study on the proposed development of an ESCO industry in Japan. The study was based on four sources of information: (1) a review of the published and unpublished literature on ESCOs; (2) interviews with 26 ESCOs in the US, the US Department of Energy, and the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO); (3) ESCO presentations at the October 1996 NAESCO meeting; and (4) informal discussions with ESCO experts in the US. They believe that the lessons learned in this study can be transferred or applied to other countries interested in developing an ESCO industry. While energy prices have remained relatively stable over the last several years in Japan and energy capacity is not perceived as a near-term problem, other ''market drivers'' necessary for the emergence of a successful and vibrant ESCO industry exist in Japan. Despite the presence of these market drivers, significant barriers to the successful development of an ESCO industry exist in Japan

  13. What comes first? Publishing business or publishing studies?

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    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to analyze and compare publishing studies, their programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels and scholars involved in the teaching of publishing courses at the top universities around the world and in Croatia. Since traditional publishing business is rapidly changing, new skills and new jobs are involved in it. The main research question is: Can modern publishing studies produce a modern publisher? Or, is it the other way around? The hypothesis of the paper is that scholars involved in the teaching of publishing courses at the top universities around the world have a background in publishing business. So, can they prepare their students for the future and can their students gain competencies they need to compete in a confusing world of digital authors and electronic books? The research methods used were content analysis and comparison. Research sample included 36 university publishing programmes at the undergraduate and graduate level worldwide (24 MA, 12 BA. The research sample was limited mainly to the English-speaking countries. In most non-English-speaking countries, it was difficult to analyse the programme curriculum in the native language because the programme and course description did not exit. In the data gathering phase, a customized web application was used for content analysis. The application has three main sections: a list of websites to evaluate, a visual representation of the uploaded website and a list of characteristics grouped by categories for quantifying data. About twenty years ago, publishing was not considered a separate scientific branch in Croatia. Publishing studies are therefore a new phenomenon to both scholars and publishers in Croatia. To create a new, ideal publishing course, can we simply copy global trends or is it better to create something of our own?

  14. International ESCO business opportunities and challenges: a Japanese case study

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    Vine, E. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Environmental Energy Technologies Div.; Murakoshi, C. [Jyukankyo Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan)

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    Recently, US energy service companies (ESCOs) have begun to actively explore markets outside the US. Despite the needs of many countries for ESCO involvement, ESCOs face many challenges (i.e., marketing, financial, institutional, political and cultural barriers). Consequently, most of these firms pursue international project opportunities very selectively due to the costs and risks associated with project development. Despite these barriers, some ESCOs view international work as a strategic expansion of their business, assuming that there will be adequate business in the future to repay them for their initial investment. In this paper, the authors present the findings from a recently completed study on the proposed development of an ESCO industry in Japan. The study was based on four sources of information: (1) a review of the published and unpublished literature on ESCOs; (2) interviews with 26 ESCOs in the US, the US Department of Energy, and the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO); (3) ESCO presentations at the October 1996 NAESCO meeting; and (4) informal discussions with ESCO experts in the US. They believe that the lessons learned in this study can be transferred or applied to other countries interested in developing an ESCO industry. While energy prices have remained relatively stable over the last several years in Japan and energy capacity is not perceived as a near-term problem, other ``market drivers`` necessary for the emergence of a successful and vibrant ESCO industry exist in Japan. Despite the presence of these market drivers, significant barriers to the successful development of an ESCO industry exist in Japan.

  15. Environmental management and business profitability - a case study of NPCIL

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    Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is responsible for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear power plants in India for electricity generation. NPCIL presently has fourteen units in commercial operation. Over the last few years, the performance of Indian nuclear power plants have registered a marked improvement. This has been achieved through sustained and systematic efforts to upgrade all aspects of the plant activities on one hand and on the other, development and implementation of latest tools, techniques and management systems to further enhance their effectiveness. In addition, development and implementation of International Standards on Environmental, Safety and Quality Management have been institutionalized for continual improvement. WANO (World Association of Nuclear Operators) Peer Reviews are also being conducted. The present paper is an attempt to present a case study of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited in view of the changing perceptions on environmental management and overall business plan. (author)

  16. Marketing of renewable energies. Foundations, business models, case studies

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    How to market green electricity or biomethane? What is the right price for renewable energy and how do you design the optimal use of social media? What impact have the EEG or electromobility to the Green Power Marketing? Does direct marketing works or is online marketing the guarantee of success? Answers to these and many other basic questions provides the band with contributions from leading scientists and renowned practitioners. For the first time they describe in a structured form the basics of marketing of renewable energies, provide an introduction to the legal and market-based features and present new business models. The book is based on the latest research results, treats all questions of marketing issues important for practitioners, provides case studies and specific recommendations.

  17. Optimal use of video for teaching the practical implications of studying business information systems:- a case study among of first semester business students

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    Fog, Benedikte; Ulfkjær, Jacob Kanneworff Stigsen; Schlichter, Bjarne Rerup

    2013-01-01

    The study of business information systems has become increasingly important in the Digital Economy. However, it has been found that students have difficulties understanding the practical implications thereof and this leads to a motivational decreases. This study aims to investigate how to optimize the use of video to increase comprehension of the practical implications of studying business information systems. This qualitative study is based on observations and focus group interviews with fir...

  18. Study of Impacts of Small Business Innovation Research Programs

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    2008-01-01

    The development and commercialization of new technologies are important to the global economy. In this paper, the author first addresses Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) background; then, implicitly defines SBIR; finally, I also analyze the intpacts of small business innovation research programs. There are four aspects: entrepreneurial orientation; environmental factors; organizational factors and performance.

  19. An Empirical Study of Gift Authorships in Business Journals

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    Manton, Edgar J.; English, Donald E.

    2008-01-01

    The authors surveyed authors of business journal articles who had worked with coauthors at 30 colleges of business, regarding their experience with gift or undeserved authorships. Of 433 responding faculty authors, more than 35% reported having collaborated with a coauthor who had done very little work on a published article, and nearly 10%…

  20. Social Issues in Business Education: A Study of Students' Attitudes

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    López-Navarro, Miguel Ángel; Segarra Ciprés, Mercedes

    2015-01-01

    Although issues such as opportunistic behavior or economic profit maximization have dominated business school curricula, in recent years interest has grown in all matters relating to the corporate social dimension. The training of business students in this area is an important part of their preparation to assume responsible roles in society. The…

  1. Developing New Lines of Business: A Case Study

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    Clegg, Judith; Smart, Dawn Hanson

    2006-01-01

    Developing a new line of business in an independent consulting firm provides an excellent way to expand, increase income for the company, and create cross-marketing opportunities. If it is not done correctly, however, this potential opportunity can imperil the existence of the business. This chapter's case highlights the benefits new lines of…

  2. Business School Education and Technology--A Case Study

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    Mohapatra, Sanjay

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses the holistic integration approach that a management school has to adopt, so that the students are equipped with enough skills and techniques to face the challenges of the varying business dynamics. There is a need for Business schools to integrate academic activities with all other relevant processes such that at the end of…

  3. Business Sustainability and Undergraduate Management Education: An Australian Study

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    Fisher, Josie; Bonn, Ingrid

    2011-01-01

    The academic literature arguing that there is an urgent requirement for businesses to become more sustainable is rapidly expanding. There is also a demonstrated need for managers to develop a better understanding of sustainability and the appropriate strategies required to improve business sustainability. In addition, there have been international…

  4. Improving Computer Literacy of Business Management Majors: A Case Study

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    Johnson, David W.; Bartholomew, Kimberly W.; Miller, Duane

    2006-01-01

    Stakeholders, such as future employers, parents, and educators, have raised their expectations of college graduates in the area of computer literacy. Computer skills and understanding are especially critical for business management graduates, who are expected to use computer technology as a tool in every aspect of their career. Business students…

  5. Studies on Speaking and Presenting Manners in Foreign Business

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    HOU Hao; FENG Li

    2015-01-01

    With the further integration of global economy, business competition becomes increasingly fierce;interactions among na⁃tions are more often than before. Business manners become quite necessary because manners convey a man of his or her qualities, self-confidence and spirits. A man’s behaviors in formal occasions are not only for himself but represent his unit, sometimes a na⁃tion’s reputation. Thus in orders to have a successful business negotiation, business behaviors and manners must be watched.This essay is aim at speech and gifting manners in foreign business:One is that we need attention on wordage, appellations and topics in talking. The other is that we shall mind pick, gifting and acceptance of presents.

  6. A business plan for a pizza business in Vietnam: a case study of Pizzavn

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    Nguyen, Kim

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, the economy of Viet Nam has developed rapidly and standards of living have also increased. The Vietnamese nowadays are eager to try more foreign dishes. In the city of Binh Duong, the pizza business is considered to have good potential because there is a large market and only two dominant competitors. The problems with the currently existing pizza brands are that the prices are high compared to the average income of local residents. Furthermore, they only offer food choices b...

  7. Development and Evaluation of English Listening Study Materials for Business People Who Use Mobile Devices: A Case Study

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    Yamada, Masanori; Kitamura, Satoshi; Shimada, Noriko; Utashiro, Takafumi; Shigeta, Katsusuke; Yamaguchi, Etsuji; Harrison, Richard; Yamauchi, Yuhei; Nakahara, Jun

    2011-01-01

    This study aims to verify the effectiveness of English language materials using mobile devices for business people in terms of the effect on motivation, overall learning performance, and practical performance in real business situations. We compared the use of materials developed from business English for a sales department in a company…

  8. Study on Brand Loyalty in Chinese Local Fashion Brand in China: Focus on Business Attire

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    Huang, Xiaosheng

    2008-01-01

    Chinese business attire market has provides an ideal platform for investigating the brand loyalty: fast economic growth, mature business attire market and distribution channel. However, this market differs widely from other countries with specific culture and development context. Factors influence consumers attitude toward brand loyalty would be different from prior studies. This study investigates brand loyalty toward local brands from a strategic and holistic view of Chinese business attire...

  9. Negotiating continuity: a case study of transitions and cultural elaboration in family business

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    Adiguna, Rocky

    2016-01-01

    This paper explores the cultural dynamics in family business. By adopting a cultural morphogenetic approach, the paper challenges the common assumptions of culture in family business studies where culture is predominantly defined as coherent values, as shared values, and that values are the core of culture. Drawing from an in-depth single case study of a fourth-generation Luxembourgish family business, this paper shows the value of dualistically analyzing culture in terms of its logical relat...

  10. E-Business Modeling : A Case Study with IKEA

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    Karabatak, Pinar; Ndobegang, Anyinke Nkongtendem; Amankwaah, Kingsley Kwabena

    2006-01-01

    E-business modeling is a concept that has several components and can be designed based on different combinations of them. Furthermore, it is a concept that is vulnerable to changes as it is associated with technology, which is developing rapidly day by day. By con-ducting this research on 1) how the companies are managing changes in a competitive envi-ronment by means of adjusting their e-business models, and 2) if there are any compo-nent(s) of e-business model(s) that has more importance th...

  11. The Overall Study of the Business Intelligence Explorer

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    Zhaohui Yu; Xiang Ji

    2010-01-01

    Business Intelligence Explorer uses a new browsing method and the framework incorporates visualization, web mining and clustering techniques to support effective exploration of knowledge. To examine whether the business intelligence explorer did optimize the search result or not, this paper chose three research objects, Google, Quintura, Clusty, and conducted an analysis of variance in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and usability. The result shows that visualization and clustering techniq...

  12. Business Ethics Perceptions of Working Adults: A Study in Thailand

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    Lam D. Nguyen; Kuo-Hao Lee; Bahaudin G. Mujtaba; Sorasak Paul Silanont

    2014-01-01

    Businesses nowadays face urgent demands to act ethically and socially responsibly. Some believe that ethically responsible companies design and use corporate governance that serves all stakeholders' interests to achieve competitive advantage and maintaining ethical behavior is very important through corporate governance. Thus, an ethical business environment is critical and ethical behavior is expected of everyone in the modern workplace. Companies devote many resources and training programs ...

  13. Study on university-business cooperation in the US

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    RANGA Marina; Hoareau, Cecile; Durazzi, Niccolo; Etzkowitz, Henry; Marcucci, Pamela; Usher, Alex

    2013-01-01

    University-Business Cooperation (UBC) is a relationship in flux, reflecting issues specific to the transition from an industrial to a knowledge society. UBC is undergoing a transformation from a dyadic university-business relationship, aimed at solving firm problems, sourcing new products or providing an outlet for academic research, to a triadic universityindustry- government relationship that maintains these objectives, while incorporating new features, such as contribution to economic and ...

  14. Ports: Definition and study of types, sizes and business models

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the world today there are thousands of port facilities of different types and sizes, competing to capture some market share of freight by sea, mainly. This article aims to determine the type of port and the most common size, in order to find out which business model is applied in that segment and what is the legal status of the companies of such infrastructure.Design/methodology/approach: To achieve this goal, we develop a research on a representative sample of 800 ports worldwide, which manage 90% of the containerized port loading. Then you can find out the legal status of the companies that manage them.Findings: The results indicate a port type and a dominant size, which are mostly managed by companies subject to a concession model.Research limitations/implications: In this research, we study only those ports that handle freight (basically containerized, ignoring other activities such as fishing, military, tourism or recreational.Originality/value: This is an investigation to show that the vast majority of the studied segment port facilities are governed by a similar corporate model and subject to pressure from the markets, which increasingly demand efficiency and service. Consequently, we tend to concession terminals to private operators in a process that might be called privatization, but in the strictest sense of the term, is not entirely realistic because the ownership of the land never ceases to be public

  15. THE USE OF CASE STUDIES IN THE BUSINESS ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper is concerned with methodological aspects of using Case studies in Business English language teaching at University level. It emphasizes the benefits and opportunities of the Case study method as well as the role Case studies play in practicing and developing language, business communication and managerial skills. The paper analyses Case study as an example of Task-Based Learning (TBL method which focuses on communicative approach towards problem solving tasks presented in authentic Case studies. The paper deals with language and subject matter integration in the creation and implementation of Case studies in the Business English classroom which involves collaborative work of English language and subject matter lecturers. The integrated approach strengthens both students’ subject matter knowledge and language competence. The result of lecturer collaboration is the creation of Case study “Rukisu teja” which is based on a real Latvian family-run business and can be incorporated into both Business English and Entrepreneurship courses.

  16. Business unit controller involvement in management : An empirical study in the Netherlands

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    Rouwelaar, ten, J.A. (Hans); Bots, J.M.

    2008-01-01

    In recent years there has been much debate on the new business-oriented role of management accountants, also called controllers. The purpose of this paper is to investigate to what extent the involvement of the business unit (BU) controller in the decision-making process of business units is impacted not only by organizational factors, but also by the personal characteristics of BU controllers. This exploratory study provides further insight into the various roles of BU controllers. Survey da...

  17. The benefits of e-business adoption : an empirical study of Swedish SMEs

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    Beheshti, Hooshang; Salehi-Sangari, Esmail

    2007-01-01

    The global nature of business today and the advances in information and communications technologies have compelled corporations to employ emerging technologies in order to remain competitive. In recent years electronic business has been adopted by many corporations to improve operational efficiency, profitability, and to strengthen their competitive position. This study examines the impact of web-based e-business on the small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in Sweden. The analyses of data ...

  18. Collaboration with the Business Career Services Office: A Case Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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    Song, Yoo-Seong

    2005-01-01

    This article presents a case study of the collaboration between the Business Career Services Office (BCSO) and the Business and Economics Library (BEL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The collaboration with BCSO helped BEL to become a strategic partner to both the College of Business and to graduate Business students. A survey…

  19. Business analysis

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    Throughout the business world, public, private and not-for-profit organisations face huge challenges. Business analysts must respond by developing practical, creative and financially sound solutions. This excellent guide gives them the necessary tools. It supports everyone wanting to achieve university and industry qualifications in business analysis and information systems. It is particularly beneficial for those studying for ISEB qualifications in Business Analysis. Some important additions since the first edition (2006): the inclusion of new techniques such as Ishikawa diagrams and spaghe

  20. Future grocery : A study of the e-commerce grocery basket business in Sweden

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    Fallgren, Karl; Sundborg, Håkan

    2013-01-01

    The era of the Internet has become increasingly important in our daily life. Internet channels are rapidly growing into sophisticated businesses. This thesis purpose is therefore to conduct an initial study on a newly approaching e-commerce business, namely the grocery basket business. As there has not yet been much research in this field the overall aim is to contribute to the research in this business area. There are many who argue that in relation to the Internet and e-commerce fields ther...

  1. Overcoming Recession through Effective Business Communication Approaches (A Study in Indian Scenario

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available No business activity can be completed without effective business communication network. The stage of economic turmoil is the most important time for any organization to regroup its strategy. At this juncture, strong, transparent and constant internal and external communication networks play a vital role. The global meltdown is a blessing in disguise for the organizations to invigorate their business communication network. The present paper aims to study multifarious approaches of Business Communication applied by Indian Organizations to combat the turbulent period of recession in a successful manner.

  2. Model Joint Business Group Based Knowledge for Fishermen Community Empowerment Strategies (Case Study of Business Diversification on Solid Capture Region Cirebon City)

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    Liliek Soeprijadi; Endang Yuli; Edi Susilo; Rudianto Rudianto

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of public capital fishing, fish processing business and micro-business skills to the programs and activities of the agency joint venture (KUB) coastal fishing town of Cirebon: to analyze the effect of public capital fishing, fish processing business and micro-enterprise skills through the agency the joint venture (KUB) fisherman exchange coastal fishing town of Cirebon: to analyze the effect of public capital fishing, fish processing busines...

  3. Business English as a Lingua Franca - BELF in the Swedish Pharmaceutical Sector : A study of the needs of the Business English speakers when used as a Lingua Franca.

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    Randén, Petra

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Multinational corporations operating in Sweden often use English as their official corporate language. The employees are expected to communicate using English both internally and with external business contacts. English used for communication between people with different mother tongues is commonly referred to as ELF, English as a Lingua Franca, and when used in business contexts it is referred to as BELF, Business English as a Lingua Franca. This study was conducted to explore how B...

  4. Business Value Is not only Dollars - Results from Case Study Research on Agile Software Projects

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    Racheva, Zornitza; Daneva, Maya; Sikkel, Klaas; Buglione, Luigi; Ali Babar, M.; Vierimaa, Matias; Oivo, Markku

    2010-01-01

    Business value is a key concept in agile software development. This paper presents results of a case study on how business value and its creation is perceived in the context of agile projects. Our overall conclusion is that the project participants almost never use an explicit and structured approac

  5. Quest for Excellence in Business Education: A Study of Student Impressions of Service Quality

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    Sohail, M. Sadiq; Shaikh, Nassar M.

    2004-01-01

    This paper undertakes a case study of a business school within a leading university in the Middle East, which has implemented a quality system and has gained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The paper reviews the development of the quality system and examines the concept of service quality…

  6. Process Evaluation Results from the Healthy Directions-Small Business Study

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    Hunt, Mary K.; Barbeau, Elizabeth M.; Lederman, Ruth; Stoddard, Anne M.; Chetkovich, Carol; Goldman, Roberta; Wallace, Lorraine; Sorensen, Glorian

    2007-01-01

    The Healthy Directions-Small Business randomized, controlled study aimed to reduce cancer risk among multiethnic workers in small manufacturing businesses by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and daily multivitamin in take and decreasing consumption of red meat. The intervention incorporated participatory strategies…

  7. Graduate Students' Research Interest in Business Ethics: A Study of Dissertations

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    Piotrowski, Chris; Guyette, Roger W.

    2014-01-01

    Research on the nature of business ethics education during graduate-level training is somewhat limited. One approach in determining advanced students' research interest in the area is to examine the selection of "business ethics" topics for dissertation research. The current study addressed this issue by conducting a topical…

  8. Sustainable Growth and Ethics: A Study of Business Ethics in Vietnam between Business Students and Working Adults

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    Lam D. Nguyen

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Sustainable growth is not only the ultimate goal of business corporations but also the primary target of local governments as well as regional and global economies. One of the cornerstones of sustainable growth is ethics. An ethical organizational culture provides support to achieve sustain- able growth. Ethical leaders and employees have great potential for positive influence on decisions and behaviors that lead to sustainability. Ethical behavior, therefore, is expected of everyone in the modern workplace. As a result, companies devote many resources and training programs to make sure their employees live according to the high ethical standards. This study provides an analysis of Vietnamese business students’ level of ethical maturity based on gender, education, work ex- perience, and ethics training. The results of data from 260 business students compared with 704 working adults in Vietnam demonstrate that students have a significantly higher level of ethical maturity. Furthermore, gender and work experience are significant factors in ethical maturity. While more educated respondents and those who had completed an ethics course did have a higher level of ethical maturity, the results were not statistically significant. Analysis of the results along with suggestions and implications are provided.

  9. Strengthening Industrial Ecology’s Links with Business Studies: Insights and Potential Contributions from the Innovation and Business Models Literature

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    Samantha Sharpe

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The declining availability of natural resources and the environmental impacts of continued extraction of primary resources for production activities have forced greater focus on waste streams and recycling activities. Industrial ecology as a field of practice and theory has been closely related to sustainability issues, yet despite the development of much theory and specific tools and methodologies, the link between natural, industrial and economic systems is not convincing. Not only that, the need for delivering sustainable production and consumption practices is increasing, which is demanding new solutions to existing problems, particularly around the degree of novelty. The interaction of industrial ecology with business studies and industrial investment decision-making remains under-developed, and this is likely impacting on the adoption of more sustainable and resource-efficient practices. As such, this paper uses a constructive approach and explores how two areas of the literature can support the development of the industrial ecology field into strategic business practice: firstly, the innovation literature, particularly the emerging work on open innovation and sustainable innovation as a model to understand radical innovation processes and the creation and maintenance of networked systems of firms; secondly, the closely related area of business model (BM innovation, specifically the emerging typologies of sustainable BMs and how these typologies can be developed and used as a route to positioning recycling activities at the strategic management level of the firm.

  10. Characteristics of Information Systems and Business Informatics Study Programs

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    Helfert, Markus

    2011-01-01

    Over the last decade there is an intensive discussion within the Information Systems (IS) and Informatics community about the characteristics and identity of the discipline. Simultaneously with the discussion, there is an ongoing debate on essential skills and capabilities of IS and Business Informatics graduates as well as the profile of IS…

  11. Using English for International Business: A European Case Study

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    Rogerson-Revell, Pamela

    2007-01-01

    With the continuing globalisation of markets and internationalisation of trade, professionals from a wide range of organisations, from large multinational corporations to small to medium size enterprises, are increasingly coming together to do business in the international workplace, particularly in meetings. Such international events usually…

  12. Study of Annual Research Productivity in Indian Top Business Schools

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    Aithal, Sreeramana

    2016-01-01

    Institutional Ranking in higher educational institutions became common practice and business schools are highly benefitted by announced ranks based on various ranking criterions. The ranking is usually announced based on the criterions like pedagogy, placement salary, research output, faculty-student ratio, international linkage, management of technology, infrastructural facilities etc. Recently, we have developed a model of calculating research productivity of higher educational institution ...

  13. Business intelligence and service-oriented architecture: a Delphi study

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    Müller, Roland M.; Linders, Stefan; Ferreira Pires, Luis

    2010-01-01

    Although service-oriented architecture (SOA) is becoming increasingly popular in enterprise application rchitectures, little is known about how SOA could support and influence the use and implementation of business intelligence (BI). We applied the Delphi method in order to identify opportunities an

  14. An Organizational Performance Study of AACSB International Member Business Schools

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    Webster, Robert L.; Hammond, Kevin L.

    2012-01-01

    Organizations are thought to adopt or evolve to an organizational strategy that will improve organizational effectiveness. Familiar strategies in the business world include a production strategy, low cost strategy, and market orientation strategy. In the world of higher education however organizational strategies may take a different form such as…

  15. Merciful Practices of a Business Program: A Case Study

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    Warrington, Traci B.; Nicholas, Arlene J.; Keenan, Judith

    2008-01-01

    The service-learning experiences provided by the Business & Economics Department are carefully crafted to exemplify the Mercy mission at Salve Regina University. By practicing what they are learning, and teaching others what they know, students are able to retain a higher percentage of that which is taught. It also gives them the opportunity to…

  16. Past Experience, Cultural Intelligence, and Satisfaction with International Business Studies

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    Morrell, Daniel L.; Ravlin, Elizabeth C.; Ramsey, Jase R.; Ward, Anna-Katherine

    2013-01-01

    Despite significant increases in international business education, and cultural competence in particular, in U.S. classrooms we still know relatively little about the roles of specific cultural intelligence dimensions relative to how students affectively respond to such education. This article examines the relationship between prior international…

  17. Improved stoves in India: A study of sustainable business models

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    Burning of biomass for cooking is associated with health problems and climate change impacts. Many previous efforts to disseminate improved stoves – primarily by governments and NGOs – have not been successful. Based on interviews with 12 organizations selling improved biomass stoves, we assess the results to date and future prospects of commercial stove operations in India. Specifically, we consider how the ability of these businesses to achieve scale and become self-sustaining has been influenced by six elements of their respective business models: design, customers targeted, financing, marketing, channel strategy, and organizational characteristics. The two companies with the most stoves in the field shared in common generous enterprise financing, a sophisticated approach to developing a sales channel, and many person-years of management experience in marketing and operations. And yet the financial sustainability of improved stove sales to households remains far from assured. The only company in our sample with demonstrated profitability is a family-owned business selling to commercial rather than household customers. The stove sales leader is itself now turning to the commercial segment to maintain flagging cash flow, casting doubt on the likelihood of large positive impacts on health from sales to households in the near term. - Highlights: ► Business models to sell improved stoves can be viable in India. ► Commercial stove efforts may not be able to deliver all the benefits hoped for. ► The government could play a useful role if policies are targeted and well thought-out. ► Develops models for that hard-to-define entity mixing business and charity.

  18. BUSINESS ETHICS

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    Nelu BURCEA; Croitoru, Ion

    2014-01-01

    Through this study we seek to explore the concept of business ethics, in those aspects that we consider to be essential and concrete. We started from a few questions: Could the two concepts be compatible? If not, why not? If yes, could they be complementary? How real is the use of ethics in the profits of a business? How can be business ethics be exemplified and what principles are essential in doing business? How does the business environment react to the concept? These are some of the eleme...

  19. ‘Don’t Leave Before You Understand’: Supporting Master’s Candidates in Business Studies

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    Christine Winberg

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Postgraduate studies in business faculties pose particular challenges to candidates who have come from practically-oriented undergraduate programmes, particularly those that adopt a ‘technical-rational’ approach towards the improvement of business practices or organisational efficiency. Research studies in the applied business fields usually expect that the candidate will take a more sociological approach, or be able to work within socio-historical or political frameworks (Hordern, 2014. Candidates who are enrolled for postgraduate business studies have to negotiate this complex transition. The focus of this paper is how candidates acquire the necessary academic and social practices for theorising their research, for conducting research activities and writing up their research findings in Masters level applied business studies. We selected candidates who had experienced difficulties throughout their Masters studies and who had successfully completed, or who were close to completion, despite initial difficulty for narrative interviews. The interview data were analysed with a view to establishing the practices that supported successful transition from practice-based undergraduate business degrees to postgraduate studies in the field. This paper concludes with suggestions for supervisory practices that have the potential to support successful postgraduate research in applied business studies

  20. ‘Don’t Leave Before You Understand’: Supporting Master’s Candidates in Business Studies

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    Christine Winberg

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Postgraduate studies in business faculties pose particular challenges to candidates who have come from practically-oriented undergraduate programmes, particularly those that adopt a ‘technical-rational’ approach towards the improvement of business practices or organisational efficiency. Research studies in the applied business fields usually expect that the candidate will take a more sociological approach, or be able to work within socio-historical or political frameworks (Hordern, 2014. Candidates who are enrolled for postgraduate business studies have to negotiate this complex transition. The focus of this paper is how candidates acquire the necessary academic and social practices for theorising their research, for conducting research activities and writing up their research findings in Masters level applied business studies. We selected candidates who had experienced difficulties throughout their Masters studies and who had successfully completed, or who were close to completion, despite initial difficulty for narrative interviews. The interview data were analysed with a view to establishing the practices that supported successful transition from practice-based undergraduate business degrees to postgraduate studies in the field. This paper concludes with suggestions for supervisory practices that have the potential to support successful postgraduate research in applied business studies.

  1. An Empirical Study of Sources Affecting E-Business Value Creation in Jordanian Banking Services Sector

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    Ali. Alawneh

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Grounded in the technology–organization–environment (TOE framework, we have developed an extended conceptual research model for assessing the value of e-business at the bank level. For the purposes of our research some constructs were added to (TOE framework such as IT/Business strategy alignment, adequacy of IT professionals, and availability of online revenues. Other factors were excluded such as the global scope since our research is at the national level in Jordanian banking sector. Based on our enhanced framework, we have formulated eight hypotheses and identify eight factors (technology readiness or competence, bank size, financial resources commitment, IT/Business strategy alignment, adequacy of IT professionals, availability of online revenues, competition intensity or pressure, and regulatory support environment that may affect value creation of carrying out e-business in Jordanian banking sector. Survey data from 140 employees in seven pioneered banks in the Jordanian banking services industry were collected and used to test the theoretical model. Based on simple and multiple linear regressions, our empirical analysis demonstrates several key findings: (1 technology readiness is found to have the strongest significant influence on the e-business value in banks. (2 Bank size, IT/Business strategy alignment, and availability of online revenues are found to have significant influence on the e-business value in banks, while financial resources commitment and adequacy of IT professionals do not contribute significantly to e-business value. (3 Both the competition intensity and regulatory support environment contribute significantly to value creation of e-business in banks. These findings indicate the usefulness of the proposed research model for studying e-business value in banks. They also provide insights for both business managers and policy-makers.

  2. Business Strategy Role as Mediation of Management Capability and Orientation of Entrepreneurship on Business Performance (A Study on Micro and Small Scale Seaweed Business in Takalar District, South Sulawesi Province)

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    Ibrahim Dani; M.S. Idrus; Umar Nimran; Achmad Sudiro

    2012-01-01

    This study aims to examine and analyze: (1) whether the business strategy is directly influenced by management ability, entrepreneurship orientation, (2) whether business performance is influenced by management ability, entrepreneurship orientation, both directly and indirectly, through business strategy as mediation. Theoretically, the results of this research is expected to be enrich and complete the repertoire of knowledge in strategic management field, especially micro and small entrepren...

  3. Nature's Business: Incorporating Global Studies, Environmental Law and Literacy, and Corporate Social Responsibility into the Business School Curriculum through Interdisciplinary "Business-Science" Study Tour Courses

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    Denbo, Susan M.

    2008-01-01

    At many universities, much of the learning in the undergraduate curriculum is discipline based, with very little integration of material from different subject areas. Furthermore, not all undergraduate business students have the opportunity to take courses with a diversity component that exposes them to the cultural and other differences that…

  4. Governance in business process outsourcing: case study on call center outsourcing

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    Rantakari, Lauri

    2010-01-01

    GOVERNANCE IN BUSINESS PROCESS OUTSOURCING: Case study on call center outsourcing RESEARCH OBJECTIVES The main research question in this study is: what factors influence the governance of business process outsourcing? This study focuses on how to evaluate service provider capabilities in different service types and how to utilize this information in outsourcing vendor selection and governance. Theoretical basis for the study is built by reviewing latest theories on the subject. Using...

  5. Using ERP and WfM Systems for Implementing Business Processes: An Empirical Study

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    Aversano, Lerina; Tortorella, Maria

    Software systems mainly considered from enterprises for dealing with a business process automation belong to the following two categories: Workflow Management Systems (WfMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. The wider diffusion of ERP systems tends to favourite this solution, but there are several limitations of most ERP systems for automating business processes. This paper reports an empirical study aiming at comparing the ability of implementing business processes of ERP systems and WfMSs. Two different case studies have been considered in the empirical study. It evaluates and analyses the correctness and completeness of the process models implemented by using ERP and WfM systems.

  6. Pragmatic guidelines and quality metrics in business process modeling: a case study

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    Isel Moreno-Montes-de-Oca

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Business process modeling is one of the first steps towards achieving organizational goals. This is why business process modeling quality is an essential aspect for the development and technical support of any company. This work focuses on the quality of business process models at a conceptual l evel (design and evaluation. In the literature there are works that propose practical guidelines for modeling, while others focus on quality metrics that allow the evaluation of the models. In this paper we use practical guidelines during the modeling phase of a business process for postgraduate studies. We applied a set of quality metrics and compare the results with those obtained from a similar model that did not use guidelines. The results provide support for the use of guidelines as a way for business process modeling quality improvement, and the practical utility of quality metrics in their evaluation.

  7. A comparative study of women in the european business world

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    Daniela ISTODOR

    2009-01-01

    Today, women represent more than 50% of the world's population, yet in no country do they represent nearly half of the corporate managers. According to the United Nation's fourth Conference on Women, women hold only 14% of the top managerial positions in business and only 10% of national legislative seats. Barriers to women's entry into senior management, otherwise known as the "glass ceiling", exist across the globe, and in some areas of the world it is worse than in others. Despite recent p...

  8. Business School-Industry Cooperation: Lessons from Case Studies

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    Chanaron, Jean-Jacques; Birchall, David

    2006-01-01

    There is evidence to suggest that firms wish to work with universities to gain access to new technologies, to knowledge of future technologies and their possible impact and to thechnical problem-solving capability. There is much less evidence to support the proposition that firms work with business models and new processes. The barriers identified include those concerning management and leadership.Following an overview of relevant literature, the research here reported is the outcome of inves...

  9. Cultural Awareness, a Form of Risk Management in International Business: Case Study of China

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    Fadun Solomon Olajide

    2014-01-01

    Mutual awareness of cultural references is essential in international business as levels of formality vary greatly among cultures. The emergence of capitalism into China induces international firms¡¯ investment in the country. This resulted to creation of a production base to explore the inexpensive factors of production, particularly low-cost labour. The study examines cultural awareness as a form of risk management in international business, using China as a case study. The study uses ¡®XYZ...

  10. Recognition and Ranking Critical Success Factors of Business Intelligence in Hospitals - Case Study: Hasheminejad Hospital

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    Marjan Naderinejad

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Business Intelligence, not as a tool of a product but as a new approach is propounded in organizations to make tough decisions in business as shortly as possible. Hospit al managers often need business intelligence in their fiscal, operational, and clinical reports and indices. Rec ognition of critical success factors (CSF is necessary for each organization or project. Yet, there is not a va lid set of SCF for implementing business intelligence. The main goal of recognition and ranking CSF is implementation of a business intelligent system in hospitals to increase success factor of applicati on of business intelligence in health and treatment sector. Materials and Methods: T his paper is an application and descriptive - analytical one, in which we use questionnaires to gather data and we used SPSS and LISREL to analyze them. Its statistical society i s managers and personnel of Hasheminejad hospital and case studies are selected by Cochran formula. Results: The findings show that all three organizational, process, and technological factors equally affect implementation of business intelligence based on Yeoh & Koronis approach, where the assumptions are based upon it. The proposed model for CSFs of business intelligence in hospitals include: declaring perspective, goals and strategies, development of human and financial resources, clarification of organizational culture, documentation and process mature, management support, etc. Co nclusion: Business intelligence implementation is affected by different components. Center of Hasheminejad hospital BI system as a leader in providing quality health care, partially succeeded to take advantage of the benefits the organization in passing th e information revolution but the development of this system to achieve intelligent hospital and its certainty is a high priority, thus it can`t be said t hat the hospital - wide BI system is quite favorable. In this regard, it can be concluded

  11. Freemium Business Models as the Foundation for Growing an E-business Venture: A Multiple Case Study of Industry Leaders

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    Günzel-Jensen, Franziska; Holm, Anna B.

    2015-01-01

    ‘free’ was employed in young entrepreneurial ventures’ business models in the initial life-cycle stages – opportunity recognition, market entry, and market exploitation. We find that various forms of freemium business models are employed through the initial life-cycle stages of a new venture for reasons......In e-business freemium business models have become legitimate. However, current research provides little insight on how the free and premium offering should be employed to lead to growth and success in the long run. The presented research aims to fill this gap by investigating how the property...... of trial-and-error, learning, exploration, legitimization and resource acquisition. A freemium business model can also serve as a nascent business model, though without a sustainable monetization component, for finding a sustainable business model through a series of dynamic adjustments. With our...

  12. Implementing a Course in Business Environment and Public Policy: A Case Study.

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    Wooten, Bob E.; Snider, Walter D.

    1982-01-01

    Describes a course of study dealing with business values, ethics, and environment. The course focuses on issues concerning ethical and moral considerations that may be encountered in the marketplace. (JOW)

  13. The Study of the Contract Award in Business Company

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    Polčíková, Lucie

    2015-01-01

    The bachelor thesis deals with the issue of contract award in business company Falco computer, s.r.o., which is providing low-voltage sites services and operating other IT services. In my bachelor thesis, I focuse on the analyzing of current status of contract award, including all sub-processes, which take part in order processing. I have made an improvement proposal, based on the results, which may lead to optimalization of every process and cost reduction. I also define requirements of real...

  14. Ports: definition and study of types, sizes and business models

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    Ivan Roa; Yessica Peña; Beatriz Amante; María Goretti

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: In the world today there are thousands of port facilities of different types and sizes, competing to capture some market share of freight by sea, mainly. This article aims to determine the type of port and the most common size, in order to find out which business model is applied in that segment and what is the legal status of the companies of such infrastructure.Design/methodology/approach: To achieve this goal, we develop a research on a representative sample of 800 ports worldwide...

  15. International ESCO business opportunities and challenges: a Japanese case study

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    U.S. energy service companies (ESCOs) are very interested in expanding their businesses outside the U.S. Despite the needs of many countries for ESCO involvement, ESCOs face many challenges (i.e. marketing, financial, institutional, political and cultural impediments). Using Japan as an example, we present (i) impediments to the development of an ESCO industry, (ii) general guidance for helping Japan to develop its own ESCO industry, (iii) specific ESCO development strategies for Japan, and (iv) recommendations to U.S. companies considering joint ventures between U.S. ESCOs and Japanese companies. (Author)

  16. Performance Estimation of Networked Business Models: Case Study on a Finnish eHealth Service Project

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    Marikka Heikkilä; Sam Solaimani; Aki Soudunsaari; Mila Hakanen; Leni Kuivaniemi; Mari Suoranta

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The objective of this paper is to propose and demonstrate a framework for estimating performance in a networked business model. Design/methodology/approach: Our approach is design science, utilising action research in studying a case of four independent firms in Health & Wellbeing sector aiming to jointly provide a new service for business and private customers. The duration of the research study is 3 years. Findings: We propose that a balanced set of performance indicators...

  17. An exploratory study of some of the determinants of managements succession planning in family businesses

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    Susanna M Ellis; Van der Merwe, Stephan; Venter, Elmarie

    2009-01-01

    This study highlights the importance of management succession planning in small and medium-sized family businesses. The primary objective of this study is twofold : firstly to identify the potential influence of selected variables (determinants) on the management succession planning process in small and medium-sized family businesses, and secondly to make practical recommendations for actions that families can take to improve their chances of a successful succession and thereby ensure the sus...

  18. Intention of offspring to join the family enterprise: a study of Indian businesses

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    Rastogi, Sanjay; Agrawal, Reena

    2010-01-01

    This paper studied the perception and mindset of the children belonging to family businesses. The aim was to explore their intention to join their existing family business and also examine the major factors that influence their decision. The paper analyzes the potential impact of a set of demographic variables such as age, gender, and other background factors, including level of education. The study was conducted on respondents from the northern part of India. The major findings imply that fa...

  19. Managerial use of accounting information : A study on how managers use business reports at NCC

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    Andersson, Christofer; Mähönen, Lotta

    2014-01-01

    There is a need to learn more about how managers use accounting information. This thesis investigates how managers make use of business reports; as they are one of the ways managers receive information. Previous research was found to broadly correspond to four important aspects affecting how managers make use of business reports; aggregation, timeliness, flexibility and dimensions. A case study was conducted at NCC Construction. The main findings from this study are that managers have the pos...

  20. From Open Source to long-term sustainability: Review of Business Models and Case studies

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    Chang, Victor; Mills, Hugo; Newhouse, Steven

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents several case studies to demonstrate how open source software can achieve long-term sustainability by adopting the relevant business models. The objectives of this paper are to study the different models, processes, and legal/licence requirements that have been successful for such transformations. We classify the business models used in the open source area into five types: (a) Support Contracts; (b) Split Licensing; (c) Community; (d) Valued-added closed source; (e) Macro ...

  1. Enabling Business Processes through Information Management and IT Systems: The FastFit and Winter Gear Distributors Case Studies

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    Kesner, Richard M.; Russell, Bruce

    2009-01-01

    The "FastFit Case Study" and its companion, the "Winter Gear Distributors Case Study" provide undergraduate business students with a suitable and even familiar business context within which to initially consider the role of information management (IM) and to a lesser extent the role of information technology (IT) systems in enabling a business.…

  2. A qualitative study of pandemic influenza preparedness among small and medium-sized businesses in New York City.

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    Burton, Deron C; Confield, Evan; Gasner, Mary Rose; Weisfuse, Isaac

    2011-10-01

    Small businesses need to engage in continuity planning to assure delivery of goods and services and to sustain the economy during an influenza pandemic. This is especially true in New York City, where 98 per cent of businesses have fewer than 100 employees. It was an objective therefore, to determine pandemic influenza business continuity practices and strategies suitable for small and medium-sized NYC businesses. The study design used focus groups, and the participants were owners and managers of businesses with fewer than 500 employees in New York City. The main outcome measures looked for were the degree of pandemic preparedness, and the feasibility of currently proposed business continuity strategies. Most participants reported that their businesses had no pandemic influenza plan. Agreement with feasibility of specific business continuity strategies was influenced by the type of business represented, cost of the strategy, and business size. It was concluded that recommendations for pandemic-related business continuity plans for small and medium-sized businesses should be tailored to the type and size of business and should highlight the broad utility of the proposed strategies to address a range of business stressors. PMID:22308579

  3. Competing With the Use of Business Model innovation - an Exploratory Case Study of the Journey of Born Global Firms

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    Marlene Johansson; Jan Tony Abrahamsson

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this article is to investigate how business models are used by born global firms to act upon new business opportunities and how they manage business model innovation over time to prosper and grow. Design/Methodology: The study is based on three exploratory case studies of born global firms in mobile communication, financial services and digital music distribution. Findings: Three interrelated capabilities to manage business model innovation are articulated in...

  4. Voluntary business activities to mitigate climate change: Case studies in Japan

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    Voluntary business activities, such as the voluntary action plans conducted by comprehensive business associations in Japan to reduce environmental damage, are viable policy instruments alongside regulations and economic incentives (e.g. taxes and emissions trading schemes). This paper examines three case studies in which voluntary activities have played a successful role in mitigating climate change. Based on interviews with business organisations together with a literature review and data analysis, we show why businesses are motivated to take socially responsible actions and describe the major benefits of such activities. One of the important benefits of voluntary activities is their flexibility in phasing measures. This flexibility is greatly appreciated, since industries are able to retain control of their responses to future uncertainties, which allows them to tackle climate change issues aggressively. We conclude that voluntary activities have been more environmentally effective than alternative policy measures under a proper institutional framework, which consists of effective motivation mechanisms for businesses, governmental measures to encourage their compliance, and capable industrial associations that can lessen the transaction costs both of the government and of industry. - Highlights: • Businesses are well motivated to take suitable, technologically feasible actions. • Capability of industrial associations is a key to successful voluntary activities. • Flexibility allows businesses to manage uncertainty and aim for ambitious goals

  5. Business Model Innovation

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    Dodgson, Mark; Gann, David; Phillips, Nelson; Massa, Lorenzo; Tucci, Christopher

    2014-01-01

    The chapter offers a broad review of the literature at the nexus between Business Models and innovation studies, and examines the notion of Business Model Innovation in three different situations: Business Model Design in newly formed organizations, Business Model Reconfiguration in incumbent firms, and Business Model Innovation in the broad context of sustainability. Tools and perspectives to make sense of Business Models and support managers and entrepreneurs in dealing with Business Model ...

  6. Crisis Management in the Business: A Case Study on Turkish Footwear Manufacturing Industry Enterprises

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    Mehmet Karahan

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available This study attempts to examine about crisis management in Turkish footwear industry enterprises. Business is affected by the crisis in different degrees. This situation is actually related to the skills of crisis management of the business faced with crisis. The feature and process of the crisis differs from each one. Therefore reaching a common conclusion about the causes and consequences of the crises is impossible. In addition, the crisis in the past and global crisis in the recent years reveals that the crises must be researched in sector terms also. For this purpose, the basic findings obtained as a result of the study, according to the provinces where the crisis management skills are different from city to city. SMEs compete better in times of crisis. Experienced businesses are more successful in crisis preparedness and competition. Without a quality certificate businesses, need more support in crisis period.

  7. Competing With the Use of Business Model innovation - an Exploratory Case Study of the Journey of Born Global Firms

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    Marlene Johansson

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    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this article is to investigate how business models are used by born global firms to act upon new business opportunities and how they manage business model innovation over time to prosper and grow. Design/Methodology: The study is based on three exploratory case studies of born global firms in mobile communication, financial services and digital music distribution. Findings: Three interrelated capabilities to manage business model innovation are articulated in the context of born global firms; sensing capabilities, entrepreneurial capabilities and relational capabilities and four propositions are formulated. We find that business model innovations are used as a tool by maturing born global firms to navigate the value chains and achieve international growth. We further propose that born global need the capabilities to balance different business model designs simultaneously and to manage its business model innovation in a timely manner. Originality: This article contributes to both the business model literature and research of international entrepreneurship. By putting business model research into the dynamic context of rapidly internationalizing born global firms, we contribute to the field of business model research with findings of how business models are used in the internationalization processes. Certain capabilities are needed to manage business model innovation for born global firms to dynamically use business models as a tool in the international growth overtime.

  8. Business and public health collaboration for emergency preparedness in Georgia: a case study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Governments may be overwhelmed by a large-scale public health emergency, such as a massive bioterrorist attack or natural disaster, requiring collaboration with businesses and other community partners to respond effectively. In Georgia, public health officials and members of the Business Executives for National Security have successfully collaborated to develop and test procedures for dispensing medications from the Strategic National Stockpile. Lessons learned from this collaboration should be useful to other public health and business leaders interested in developing similar partnerships. Methods The authors conducted a case study based on interviews with 26 government, business, and academic participants in this collaboration. Results The partnership is based on shared objectives to protect public health and assure community cohesion in the wake of a large-scale disaster, on the recognition that acting alone neither public health agencies nor businesses are likely to manage such a response successfully, and on the realization that business and community continuity are intertwined. The partnership has required participants to acknowledge and address multiple challenges, including differences in business and government cultures and operational constraints, such as concerns about the confidentiality of shared information, liability, and the limits of volunteerism. The partnership has been facilitated by a business model based on defining shared objectives, identifying mutual needs and vulnerabilities, developing carefully-defined projects, and evaluating proposed project methods through exercise testing. Through collaborative engagement in progressively more complex projects, increasing trust and understanding have enabled the partners to make significant progress in addressing these challenges. Conclusion As a result of this partnership, essential relationships have been established, substantial private resources and

  9. Hedges Used in Business Emails: A Corpus Study on the Language Strategy of International Business Communication Online

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    Siwei Yue; Xuefei Wang

    2014-01-01

    Based on a corpus of 296 authentic business emails produced in computer-mediated business communication from 7 Chinese international trade enterprises, this paper addresses the language strategy applied in CMC (Computer-mediated Communication) by examining the use of hedges. With the emergence of internet, a wider range of hedges are applied extensively in four types of business emails: marketing email, inquiry email, quotation email, follow-up email. Marketing emails have the most hedges whi...

  10. Business Ethics in the Republic of Croatia - results of a study

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    Koprek, Ivan; Rogošič, Nediljka

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of the study could be summarized as it follows: a) to examine the factors influencing the behaviour and actions of per-sons who have the authority and duty or responsibility to contribute to the general welfare and the common good ; and, b) to examine the factors preventing or impeding ethical behaviour in the Republic of Croatia. The starting hypotheses are as follows: Hypoth. 1.) Business ethics is an important factor affecting individual business behaviour in the Republic of Cr...

  11. The business model of integration social enterprises. A case study of the French WISEs

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    Jeremy Tantely Ranjatoelina; Adam Dewitte; Bilal Bourkha

    2015-01-01

    The limitations of Yunus’ work on social business models are a starting point of our research. After setting out his approach as unusable to analyze all social organizations, we empirically study the different forms of integration social enterprises (WISEs) in France. We then try to identify what are the distinguish features of the business model of the integration social enterprises? Our research shows that specific wasted human resources mobilization, through the organization of five integr...

  12. The Influence of Culture on the Process of Business Negotiations: An Exploratory Study

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    John L Graham

    1985-01-01

    The processes of business negotiations in three countries, the United States, Japan, and Brazil, are composed and contrasted. Three dyads from each country were videotaped during a buyer-seller negotiation simulation. Both verbal behaviors and nonverbal behaviors were observed and recorded. Observed differences provide the basis for hypothesized differences which might be tested in future work.© 1985 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1985) 16, 81–96

  13. Business value of in-memory technology - multiple-case study insights

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    Bärenfänger, Rieke; OTTO, Boris; Österle, Hubert

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to assess the business value of in-memory computing technology by analyzing its organizational impact in different application scenarios. Design/methodology/approach - This research applies a multiple-case study methodology analyzing five cases of in-memory computing application scenarios in five large European industrial and service-sector companies. Findings - Results show that in-memory computing can deliver business value in var...

  14. Business Contingency, Strategy Formation, and Firm Performance: An Empirical Study of Chinese Apparel SMEs

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    Ting Chi

    2015-01-01

    This study empirically investigated how small and medium-sized Chinese apparel enterprises (SME) formed their strategy as a response to the characteristics of business environment in order to achieve competitive business performance. An environment-strategy-performance model was proposed and tested. Using primary data gathered by a questionnaire survey of the Chinese apparel industry, factor analysis and structural equation modeling (SEM) were conducted for measurement and structural model a...

  15. Business coordination across borders within toyota : a case study focusing the coordination between Japan and Toyota

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    Jumreorn, Nathida; Promprasit, Supadet

    2009-01-01

    Date: May 28th, 2009Level: Master Thesis: EFO705 (15 Credits)Authors: Nathida Jumreorn (NJN08002)Supadet Promprasit (SPT08001)Title: Managing Multinational Corporation: Coordination Mechanisms within theMNCsTutor: Leif LinnskogResearch Problem:How does Toyota coordinate its business across borders? A case study with particularfocuses on the relationship between Japan and Thailand.Purpose: To describe how Toyota manage its business across borders in perspective ofrelationship and coordination ...

  16. A study on Vietnam's solid waste management industry and business environment

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    Le Thi Thu, Hien

    2015-01-01

    In Vietnam, a country with a numerous population and growing economy, solid waste management has become a serious issue, attracting the attention of the local government and businesses. This study aimed at reviewing Vietnam’s solid waste management industry and its overall business environment. Porter’s diamond model and PESTEL analysis were used in this research as theoretical framework. Porter’s diamond model was used to analyze the competitiveness of the Vietnam’s solid waste managemen...

  17. A study of owner - managers environmental awareness and small business performance

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    Lecturer B. Nimalathasan

    2008-01-01

    The Importance of strategic planning as a major activity of organizational management isbeing increasingly accepted both academician and professional managers. As one of the important componentsof strategic planning process, environmental scanning has received importance to explore new opportunitiesand to identify threats for making important strategic decision. The present study indicates therelationship between owner-managers environmental awareness and business performance of the SmallBusi...

  18. BUSINESS JUDGMENT RULE - EXONERATION OF LIABILITY CAUSE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR. COMPARATIVE LAW STUDY

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    CARMEN TODICA

    2012-01-01

    Starting from the origin system- the American law, and from the principles of corporate governance which establishes it expressly, the study reveals the regulatory manner in Company law and also the implication of legal practice, of the “business judgment” rule. Seen from a double perspective: as a ground for exclusion of liability clause from civil liability of the administrator, but also as a counterweight to the diligence and prudence duty, the business judgment rule is analyzed in accorda...

  19. From Agents to Offices: A Case Study Examining International Business Relationships

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    Traverso, Pablo

    2010-01-01

    The factors which contribute towards international business success in the relationship between firms located in different parts of the world have been subject to considerable scrutiny, particularly in recent years. The main purpose of this study is to critically assess the effects on business relationships when a company invests in foreign markets in order to get closer to their target customer base. We will focus on the main conduits which form a Relationship Marketing strategy. Such a stra...

  20. BARRIERS IN MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF SLOVENIA AND BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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    Ana Barić; Dejan Jelovac; Nuša Fain

    2013-01-01

    Companies that work in multicultural environments face several challenges in their everyday business life. In this article we focus on the communication aspect of working in multicultural business environments. We test the hypothesis that companies that work in multicultural environments are subject to communication barriers due to different cultural backgrounds of people that engage in these types of communication. We test the hypothesis through a case study of two companies, one from Bosnia...

  1. The main social media outlets used in business to business marketing : Case Study: Viexpo

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    Liuski, Emma

    2013-01-01

    This study was made in collaboration with a company called Viexpo, which operates in the field of internationalization. Also the author was employed at the firm. The aim of this thesis was to find out how B2B companies are utilizing social media marketing through the main social media outlets, such as Facebook and LinkedIn and how they are engaging their audience in these social media outlets. The results will help Viexpo perceive how these different social media outlets can be utilized in ma...

  2. An Empirical Study on the Distinctive Teaching Mode and Practice of International Business Innovation Class in GDUFS

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    Dongman, Cai; Wenzhong, Zhu

    2016-01-01

    Accommodating to the development of globalization, China witnesses a mounting demand for international business talents who are proficient in both foreign languages and business knowledge and adept at international cooperation and competition in business context. In order to meet this need, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, taking advantage…

  3. Longevity’s factors in small-scale business system: An Italian case study during the 20th century

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    Ilaria Suffia

    2015-01-01

    Firms’ survival and longevity have recently emerged as a new intriguing theme of business history, spreading from the initial studies on family business to all forms of business. In family business the transition to the next generation can represent a strong limit to survival, as it depends on three different longevity factors: the family members’ involvement and commitment, the preparation of an adequate succession planning and the presence of a competitive advantage. Temporal continuity has...

  4. A Study of How to Develop Students’Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC) in Business English Teaching (BET)

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    Zhiyi Fu

    2008-01-01

    Under the economic globalization today, the ultimate goal of business English teaching is to develop students’ language transfer competence in the intercultural communication environment and improve the strategies of the Business English Major students in dealing with the international business affairs. After presenting the intercultural issues in current China’s Business English teaching, the study focuses on five constructive suggestions of the workable strategies of how to develop students...

  5. How Business Guanxi Affects a Firm’s Performance : A Study on Chinese Small and Medium Sized Construction Companies

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    TANG, Wanyi; Cheng, Qian

    2012-01-01

    The Chinese term “Guanxi” literally refers to interpersonal relationships which have aroused growing interests among researchers and business practitioners. Common research interests are mainly centered on theoretical study and model building instead of applying them to business practices while this paper is aimed to investigate how business Guanxi works from a practical view, and in particular how business Guanxi affects the performance of small and medium-sized Chinese construction companie...

  6. A study of knowledge supernetworks and network robustness in different business incubators

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    Zhang, Haihong; Wu, Wenqing; Zhao, Liming

    2016-04-01

    As the most important intangible resource of the new generation of business incubators, knowledge has been studied extensively, particularly with respect to how it spreads among incubating firms through knowledge networks. However, these homogeneous networks do not adequately describe the heterogeneity of incubating firms in different types of business incubators. To solve the problem of heterogeneity, the notion of a knowledge supernetwork has been used both to construct a knowledge interaction model among incubating firms and to distinguish social network relationships from knowledge network relationships. The process of knowledge interaction and network evolution can then be simulated with a few rules for incubating firms regarding knowledge innovation/absorption, social network connection, and entry and exit, among other aspects. Knowledge and networks have been used as performance indicators to evaluate the evolution of knowledge supernetworks. Moreover, we study the robustness of incubating firms' social networks by employing four types of attack strategies. Based on our simulation results, we conclude that there have been significant knowledge interaction and network evolution among incubating firms on a periodic basis and that both specialized and diversified business incubators have every advantage necessary in terms of both knowledge and networks to cultivate start-up companies. As far as network robustness is concerned, there is no obvious difference between the two types of business incubators with respect to the stability of their network structures, but specialized business incubators have stronger network communication abilities than diversified business incubators.

  7. Hedges Used in Business Emails: A Corpus Study on the Language Strategy of International Business Communication Online

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    Yue, Siwei; Wang, Xuefei

    2014-01-01

    Based on a corpus of 296 authentic business emails produced in computer-mediated business communication from 7 Chinese international trade enterprises, this paper addresses the language strategy applied in CMC (Computer-mediated Communication) by examining the use of hedges. With the emergence of internet, a wider range of hedges are applied…

  8. A Study on Strategy Establishment for Foreign Market Penetrating of Nuclear Technology Venture Business

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    Song, Ki Dong; Kim, S. S.; Choi, Y. D.; Park, C. S.; Bae, C. I.; Chung, J. M.; Roe, S. P

    2007-05-15

    The objective of this study is to suggest feasible strategy for foreign market penetration of nuclear venture technology business. Especially, this study focuses on the technology and product export to the Frankfurt-Hoechst Industrial Park in Germany. This study analyzed the operating system of German Industrial Park, especially the Frankfurt-Hoechst Industrial Park. This study also analyzed the current status of Industrial Science Parks in Northern European countries such as Finland, Sweden, and England. Then, this study suggested the strategy for nuclear technology venture business to penetrate German export market effectively.

  9. A Study on Strategy Establishment for Foreign Market Penetrating of Nuclear Technology Venture Business

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    The objective of this study is to suggest feasible strategy for foreign market penetration of nuclear venture technology business. Especially, this study focuses on the technology and product export to the Frankfurt-Hoechst Industrial Park in Germany. This study analyzed the operating system of German Industrial Park, especially the Frankfurt-Hoechst Industrial Park. This study also analyzed the current status of Industrial Science Parks in Northern European countries such as Finland, Sweden, and England. Then, this study suggested the strategy for nuclear technology venture business to penetrate German export market effectively

  10. An exploratory study on the management of business records by knowledge workers

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine how knowledge workers could align the creation and management of business records with organisational records management needs. Problem investigated: Knowledge workers are employed by more than one organisation at the same time. This creates problems in managing and preserving the business records created and received by knowledge workers. This article investigates how organisations should manage and preserve their business records that are created and received by knowledge workers who are employed by more than one organisation. Methodology: The importance of the management of business records in the knowledge economy was discussed and in the empirical survey data was collected through a questionnaire survey of 122 knowledge workers at an investment management company. Findings: The results of the empirical survey revealed that the majority of respondents always save business records that they create on their own personal filing systems and that they are familiar with the concept of records management. The findings provided support for the hypothesis that knowledge workers take control of managing the business records of various organisations, as their careers consist of a series of projects or assignments, irrespective of the organisation employing them. Value of research: The active role that knowledge workers can play in the management of strategic business records, underlines its key position as an information management function in organisations. Further research is needed to clarify the importance of records management in the knowledge economy. Conclusion: Knowledge workers take control of managing the business records of various organisations, as their careers consist of a series of projects or assignments while working at different organisations.

  11. Developing a Business Model for a Podcast Streaming Service : Case Study Analysis of Online Streaming Businesses and Identification of Success Factors

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    Schmitz, Simon

    2015-01-01

    This study examines characteristics of successful online streaming businesses and proposes with the new gained insights a scalable business model solution for a podcast streaming service. As podcasts have just recently regained popularity after ten years of existence, there is an open opportunity to capitalize on the growing market of listeners. With the emergence of new formats and high-end studio productions such as ‘Serial’, the most accessed podcast to date, the podcast industry is becomi...

  12. An analysis of the use and measurement of online direct marketing to increase business to business sales of a small company. A Case Study Buyking

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    Kotsalo, Niitta

    2010-01-01

    The main objective was to analyse the use and measurement of online direct marketing to increase business to business sales of a small company. The case study company is Buyking Ltd. A critical review of literature was carried out. Secondary data research was made to examine the situation of online and direct marketing to find out what measurement methods are out there for companies to use. In addition the qualitative methods were applied. An interview was carried out with the Managing Dir...

  13. Information Technology and the Business Communities: A Case Study of Small-scale

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The world is fast becoming a global village and a necessary tool for this process is informationtechnology. Thus, this study examined the impact of information technology on the economies of small-scalebusiness enterprises, specifically on business growth and income flow, job creation, efficient businessmanagement and crime rate reduction. Survey approach was adopted and data was collected from 1000respondents randomly selected from some commercial communities in Nigeria; Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Ekpoma,Auchi, Ajaokuta and Okpella, using the questionnaire alongside personal interview. The Chi- Square (X2statistic was used as an inferential tool. This was used to test the hypothesis formulated in the course of thestudy. Findings generally indicate that information technology has impact on small-scale business enterprisesin terms of business growth and income flow, job creation, efficient business management and drastic reductionof fraudulent activities in business. Thus, it w as concluded that the benefits of information technology to smallscalebusiness enterprises cannot be overemphasized. However, information technology resources are stillunderutilized in the rural areas. Hence, focus should be shifted to optimum utilization of information technologyresources for the benefits of all small-scale business enterprises in Nigeria.

  14. Optimal use of video for teaching the practical implications of studying business information systems

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    Fog, Benedikte; Ulfkjær, Jacob Kanneworff Stigsen; Schlichter, Bjarne Rerup

    The study of business information systems has become increasingly important in the Digital Economy. However, it has been found that students have difficulties understanding the practical implications thereof and this leads to a motivational decreases. This study aims to investigate how to optimize...... the use of video to increase comprehension of the practical implications of studying business information systems. This qualitative study is based on observations and focus group interviews with first semester business students. The findings suggest that the video examined in the case study did not...... sufficiently reflect the theoretical recommendations of using video optimally in a management education. It did not comply with the video learning sequence as introduced by Marx and Frost (1998). However, it questions if the level of cognitive orientation activities can become too extensive. It finds that...

  15. The New Historicism and Studies in the History of Business and Technical Writing.

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    Dillon, W. Tracy

    1997-01-01

    Argues that researchers can benefit as scholars/teachers by conducting studies in the history of business and technical writing within the framework of the new historicism. Discusses problems and features of historical studies literature. Explains the legitimizing effects of treating studies as the new historicism. Advocates teaching students to…

  16. Determinants of the Use of Technological Innovation in Distance Learning: A Study with Business School Instructors

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    Araujo Leal, Edvalda; Luiz Albertin, Alberto

    2015-01-01

    This study's overall purpose is to identify the factors determining the use of technological innovation in Distance Learning (DL), as perceived by instructors of Business Education programs. The theoretical basis for the study is the Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT). The study's sample is made up of 436 instructors; we used a quantitative…

  17. Types of B2B E-Business Model Commonly Used: An Empirical Study On Australian Agribusines Firms

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    Ng, Eric

    2005-01-01

    This paper explores the various B2B e-business models commonly used using in-depth interviews and case studies conducted with Australian agribusiness firms. There is an apparent need to rethink the types of e-business models to be adopted as businesses make their transition toward the electronic environment. This is particularly evident in the B2B market where e-business has seen a significant growth. From the analysis, 10 B2B e-business models were identified with seven of them regarded as c...

  18. Influence of Control and Family Management in the Indebtedness of Brazilian Open Business: a Quantitative Study

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This research investigated the influence of the family on the debt of Brazilian open business companies. Although there is a vast national and international literature on capital structure, there are still doubts on the importance of family in business management. In Brazil, due to the large number of family businesses, it is even more evident the need to investigate the issue. The studied population was composed of companies listed on the BM&FBovespa, in 2010, and the final sample consisted of 356 companies. Six years were analyzed (2004-2009, in a total of 2,136 observations. The results show that the studied companies that are familiar or that have family management have become less indebted than others. This result is in accordance with national and international studies, according to which family firms tend to be more conservative in their investments, seeking to use more equity than third party capital.

  19. How journal rankings can suppress interdisciplinarity. The case of innovation studies in business and management

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    Rafols, Ismael; O'Hare, Alice; Nightingale, Paul; Stirling, Andy

    2011-01-01

    While interdisciplinary research (IDR) is valued as a means of encouraging scientific breakthroughs, innovation and socially relevant science, it is also widely perceived as being at a disadvantage in research evaluations. Various qualitative studies have provided evidence that peer review tends to be biased against IDR. However, quantitative investigations on this claim have been few and inconclusive. This paper provides new quantitative evidence of how journal rankings can disadvantage IDR in evaluation. Using publication data it compares the degree of interdisciplinarity and the research performance of innovation studies units with business and management schools in the UK. The paper uses various mappings and metrics to show that innovation studies units are consistently more interdisciplinary than business and management schools. It shows that the top journals in the Association of Business Schools' rankings span a less diverse set of disciplines than lower ranked journals, and that this bias results in a...

  20. A study of Relationship Marketing in business-to-business markets focusing on the Indian Jewellery sector

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    Godha, Kartika

    2007-01-01

    Relationship marketing today is one the most talked about contemporary marketing strategies and a new paradigm in marketing over a last few decades. However, the operational aspects of this paradigm are still vague and need more investigation. The purpose of this research is to understand the effect of relationship marketing in business-to-business sector emphasizing on Indian gems and jewellery Industry and how different factors add to the creation and development of relationships. ...

  1. Study of the Highly-skilled Talent Training Mode for Business English Major Rural Students: A Case Study of Higher Vocational Colleges in Anhui Province

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    Zhou, Min

    2014-01-01

    This paper makes an in-depth study of the reasons for employment problems of Business English major rural students in Anhui Province, and sets forth the appropriate highly-skilled Business English talent training mode and the corresponding recommendations.

  2. The RBV in International Business Studies: A bibliometric study of Barney?s (1991) contribution to the field

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    Manuel Portugal Ferreira; Fernando A. Ribeiro Serra; Benny Kramer Costa

    2011-01-01

    Jay Barney?s contribution to the current status of the Resource-Based View (RBV) is well accepted, in particular his 1991 article on ?Firm resources and sustained competitive advantage? has been acknowledged as one of the most significant contributions to developing the RBV. The RBV has since evolved to become one of the central theoretical perspectives in international business studies and research, and several other business disciplines. In this paper we examine the impact of Barney?s (1991...

  3. Business Ethics and Integrity a Case Study on 300 U.S. Listed Companies

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    Tinjala Diana-Maria

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    Full Text Available Profit-maximizing behavior or moral integrity? Can companies have both? Our study takes a look at 300 U.S. based companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and their way of dealing with business ethics. The research undertaken focuses on the content analysis method, using the corporate Codes of conduct and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR reports. The study reveals the evolution of the corporate ethics policies and programs throughout the years 2010- 2014. We also take a look at the most frequent controversies concerning business integrity, by sectors of activity

  4. The Archaeology Of Business Networks: The Use Of Archival Records In Case Study Research

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    Welch, C

    1999-01-01

    The case study tradition in IMP relies almost exclusively on in-depth interviews as the main source of data. This paper discusses the use of another strategy: archival research. It examines the contribution which archival sources can make to case studies of business networks, and outlines the process of collecting archival data.

  5. A Study of Teaching and Testing Strategies for a Required Statistics Course for Undergraduate Business Students

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    Lawrence, John A.; Singhania, Ram P.

    2004-01-01

    In this investigation of student performance in introductory business statistics classes, the authors performed two separate controlled studies to compare performance in (a) distance-learning versus traditionally delivered courses and (b) multiple choice versus problem-solving tests. Results of the first study, based on the authors' several…

  6. The Use of Economic Impact Studies as a Service Learning Tool in Undergraduate Business Programs

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    Misner, John M.

    2004-01-01

    This paper examines the use of community based economic impact studies as service learning tools for undergraduate business programs. Economic impact studies are used to measure the economic benefits of a variety of activities such as community redevelopment, tourism, and expansions of existing facilities for both private and public producers.…

  7. An Exploration into the Impact of Blogs on Students' Learning: Case Studies in Postgraduate Business Education

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    Mansouri, S. Afshin; Piki, Andriani

    2016-01-01

    The research draws from four case studies to investigate the impact of using blogs within postgraduate education. The study explores how postgraduate business students engage with blogs, whether students' learning preferences correlate with their degree of contribution and how student participation relates with overall achievement. A mixed…

  8. An Exploratory Study of Listening Practice Relative to Memory Testing and Lecture in Business Administration Courses

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    Peterson, Robin T.

    2007-01-01

    This study investigates the combined impact of a memory test and subsequent listening practice in enhancing student listening abilities in collegiate business administration courses. The article reviews relevant literature and describes an exploratory study that was undertaken to compare the effectiveness of this technique with traditional…

  9. Learning Style and Study Skills Differences across Business and Other Academic Majors.

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    This study examines differences in study skills and learning styles of students enrolled at the University of Scranton in the four business school majors of accounting, economics/finance, management, and marketing. It also compares these differences with those of students enrolled in other majors throughout the university. (CT)

  10. Phenomenological Study of Business Models Used to Scale Online Enrollment at Institutions of Higher Education

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    Williams, Dana E.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore factors for selecting a business model for scaling online enrollment by institutions of higher education. The goal was to explore the lived experiences of academic industry experts involved in the selection process. The research question for this study was: What were the lived…

  11. A Study of Synchronous versus Asynchronous Collaboration in an Online Business Writing Class

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    Mabrito, Mark

    2006-01-01

    A case study examined the collaborative experiences of students in an online business writing classroom. The purpose was to examine the same groups of students working on collaborative writing assignments in both a synchronous (real-time) and an asynchronous (non-real-time) discussion forum. This study focused on examining the amount, pattern, and…

  12. Using Popular Culture to Teach the Community College Business Curriculum: A Comparative Study

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    Passero, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    This study addressed a need for comprehensive quantitative empirical studies to determine the effectiveness of using popular culture media as a teaching technique. A quasi-experimental design was implemented to examine whether a group of community college students taking a first-semester introduction to business course who were exposed to a…

  13. The Use of Verbs in Business E-Mail Communication – A Pragmalingu Istic Corpus Study

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    Šiškovič Mojca Nidorfer

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Corpus analyses conducted with the help of special tools have become more widely used in all areas of linguistics, including discourse analysis, genre analysis and pragmatics. The paper presents a pragmalinguistic research study of verbs, carried out on a specialized corpus of authentic correspondence of (chains of Slovene business e-mails, Posle-pis. The corpus tools Oxford Wordsmith Tools 5.0 and Sketch Engine were used for analysis, and the research was followed by a comparison of language use with two Slovene reference corpora FidaPLUS and Gigafida. The study confirms the hypothesis that business discourse via e-mail has inherent characteristics that are shown through the frequency of use of certain verbs and verb forms. Certain forms were also identified which prove the conventionalized language use of business e-mail discourse.

  14. Barriers to establish e-business for developing tourism industry: A case study of Kish Island

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    Ardeshir Tajzadeh Namin

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present an empirical study for ranking different barriers on developing e-business in one of the free zones called Kish Island in. This Island is located in south part of Iran and it is one of the most beautiful free zones of this country with tremendous opportunities for tourism industry. The proposed study gathers important factors in five different groups of economical, social and cultural, political, technology and software packages. In each group, decision makers determine various influencing factors and after three rounds of brainstorming, analytical hierarchy process is used to rank these factors. Based on the results, the lack of a good infrastructure (0.206, the lack of good culture among ordinary people to use e-businesses (0.205, the lack of good knowledge on internet services among ordinary people (0.204 are some of the most important factors preventing e-business in this region.

  15. Adapted strategic plannig model applied to small business: a case study in the fitness area

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The strategic planning is an important management tool in the corporate scenario and shall not be restricted to big Companies. However, this kind of planning process in small business may need special adaptations due to their own characteristics. This paper aims to identify and adapt the existent models of strategic planning to the scenario of a small business in the fitness area. Initially, it is accomplished a comparative study among models of different authors to identify theirs phases and activities. Then, it is defined which of these phases and activities should be present in a model that will be utilized in a small business. That model was applied to a Pilates studio; it involves the establishment of an organizational identity, an environmental analysis as well as the definition of strategic goals, strategies and actions to reach them. Finally, benefits to the organization could be identified, as well as hurdles in the implementation of the tool.

  16. Developing E-Business Strategies Curriculum Case Study in the Information Systems Department

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available E-Business Strategies (EBS is an elective course in the Information Systems Department, Faculty of Computing & Information Technology at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. In this course, students learn many concepts regarding e-business, such as strategies, models, relationships and so on. Also, they improve their leadership skills, such as analyzing the business environment and take the decisions. In this paper, we address the main challenges faced by the EBS course developers and study all the components of the existing EBS course. We then determine a learning strategy using an Outcomes-based Education (OBE approach and redesign the course using an Active Learning Approach. This paper provides comprehensive information concerning an EBS course in terms of its importance, goals, textbook and evaluation tools.

  17. Influence of social media on business (A case study of Lagos, Nigeria)

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    Imran, Shakir

    2014-01-01

    Since the advent of social media has bring a new landscape and present a new grid of personal connections, businesses have been seeing a tremendous opportunities and are intense to draw from (social media or the trend). Many studies has been conducted stating the reasons to draw from social media and in other to help companies to gain a better position in the transition, The main reason for writing this research is to analyze the influence of social media on Lagos Nigerian businesses. Th...

  18. Design study of technology requirements for high performance single-propeller-driven business airplanes

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    Kohlman, D. L.; Hammer, J.

    1985-01-01

    Developments in aerodyamic, structural and propulsion technologies which influence the potential for significant improvements in performance and fuel efficiency of general aviation business airplanes are discussed. The advancements include such technolgies as natural laminar flow, composite materials, and advanced intermittent combustion engines. The design goal for this parameter design study is a range of 1300 nm at 300 knots true airspeed with a payload of 1200lbs at 35,000 ft cruise altitude. The individual and synergistic effects of various advanced technologies on the optimization of this class of high performance, single engine, propeller driven business airplanes are identified.

  19. Case Studies In Business Market Research: An Abductive Approach

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    DuBois, A.; Gadde, L

    1999-01-01

    Case studies are frequently used in industrial network research. In this paper we discuss the difficulties and opportunities characterizing the case study approach. In particular we deal with single case research aiming at theory generation. For this purpose we suggest an approach based on 'systematic combining' grounded in an 'abductive' logic.

  20. A Study of Business Student Choice to Study Abroad: A Test of the Theory of Planned Behavior

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    Presley, Adrien; Damron-Martinez, Datha; Zhang, Lin

    2010-01-01

    Study abroad experiences are becoming increasingly common with business students. In this study, we build upon previous research into the motivations of students to study abroad by using Ajzen's Theory of Planned Behavior as a theoretical basis for identifying the factors which might influence their intention to study abroad. A survey administered…

  1. A Study on Teaching Business Communication/English in Indian Classroom

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    Devimeenakshi K.; Sarika Tyagi

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this article is to discuss on teaching Business Communication in classroom to Business Administration degree programme students. Indeed, teaching Business Communication in classroom was different experience when compared with Technical English for B.Tech students. The syllabus for Business Communication (English) was also peculiar whereas Business Communication taught in other institutions. Usually in Business Communication we will have components of letter writing (Business letter...

  2. Academic Attributes of College Freshmen that Lead to Success in Actuarial Studies in a Business College

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    Smith, Richard Manning; Schumacher, Phyllis

    2006-01-01

    The authors studied beginning undergraduate actuarial concentrators in a business college. They identified four variables (math Scholastic Aptitude Test [SAT] score, verbal SAT score, percentile rank in high school graduating class, and percentage score on a college mathematics placement exam) that were available for entering college students that…

  3. Business Studies Academic Performance Differences of Secondary School Juniors in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria

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    Udoukpong, Bassey E.; Emah, Ime E.; Umoren, Shirley E.

    2012-01-01

    The research examined the differences in the academic performance in Business Studies of a sampled secondary school junior students in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. A sample of 290 (138 male and 152 female) Junior Secondary Three (9th grade) students was surveyed. The students' variables' being examined vis-à-vis academic performance in Business…

  4. A Day at the Beach: A Multidisciplinary Business Law Case Study

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    Rymsza, Leonard; Saunders, Kurt; Baum, Paul; Tontz, Richard

    2010-01-01

    This case study, written for use in a multidisciplinary course, exposes students to concepts in business law, economics, and statistics. The case is based upon a hypothetical scenario involving a young woman who, having spent a relaxing day at the beach, heads for home. On the drive home, a flip-flop she is wearing becomes lodged under the gas…

  5. Performance estimation of networked business models : Case study on a Finnish eHealth Service Project

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    Heikkilä, M.; Solaimani, H. (Sam); Kuivaniemi, L.; Suoranta, M.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The objective of this paper is to propose and demonstrate a framework for estimating performance in a networked business model. Design/methodology/approach: Our approach is design science, utilising action research in studying a case of four independent firms in Health & Wellbeing sector ai

  6. How To Set Up Your Own Small Business. Study Guide Keyed.

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    American Inst. of Small Business, Minneapolis, MN.

    This study guide, which includes the answers to student exercises included in it, is intended for use with the separately available entrepreneurship education text "How To Set Up Your Own Business." The guide includes student exercises and answers that have been designed to accompany chapters dealing with the following topics: deciding whether or…

  7. Measuring Business Teachers' Educational Philosophies: An Exploratory, Cross-National Study.

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    Lupton, Robert A.; Braunstein, Lori

    2002-01-01

    A comparative study was conducted to identify the educational philosophies of 33 U.S. and 23 Slovakian business educators. Slovakian teachers overall tended to be more favorable about their educational philosophies than their U.S. counterparts. Both valued a student-centered orientation to teaching. (Contains 15 references.) (JOW)

  8. A Case Study on Teaching Business Courses in English or Bilingualism with Guangwai as an Example

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    Zhu, Wenzhong; Deng, Xuping; Li, Jingyi

    2014-01-01

    Teaching courses in a foreign language was formally promoted by Ministry of Education in China in 2001. Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (Guangwai) as a top 3 Chinese foreign language university has taken the lead in teaching business courses in English instruction or bilingual languages. The paper summarizes and analyzes Guangwai's…

  9. Multiple Integrated Examinations: An Observational Study of Different Academic Curricula Based on a Business Administration Assessment

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    Ardolino, Piermatteo; Noventa, Stefano; Formicuzzi, Maddalena; Cubico, Serena; Favretto, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    An observational study has been carried out to analyse differences in performance between students of different undergraduate curricula in the same written business administration examination, focusing particularly on possible effects of "integrated" or "multi-modular" examinations, a recently widespread format in Italian…

  10. An Experimental Study of the Reputation Mechanism in a Business Game

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    Greco, Marco; Branca, Antonio Maurizio; Morena, Gianfranco

    2011-01-01

    Reputation enables different parties to establish a trusting and cooperative relationship, a key factor in integrative negotiations referred to as "win-win" negotiations. Thus, a good reputation mechanism can bring simulations closer to reality. In this study, the authors review the reputation mechanisms applied to the online business game WIN WIN…

  11. An academic practice's transition to the business of medicine in the community. A case study.

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    Griffin, S L; Schryver, D L

    2000-01-01

    This case study highlights the problems confronting a clinical practice corporation affiliated with a major medical school, and the business realizations it made in the acquisition of a community-based clinic. Launching a financially viable enterprise requires careful planning, determination of formal goals and expectations, an appropriate mix of physicians and services, a specific marketing campaign and community support. PMID:11010507

  12. Business Language Studies in the United States: On Nomenclature, Context, Theory, and Method

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    Doyle, Michael Scott

    2012-01-01

    Although it has existed for many decades in the national curriculum of U.S. higher education, the study of languages for business purposes has lacked a more serviceable and academically communal name--a more rigorous toponymic identity--by which to identify itself as a theory-based field of scholarship. The intention here is to propose for…

  13. Higher Education Business Management Staff and the MBA: A Small Study Analysing Intrinsic and Extrinsic Benefits

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    Gander, Michelle

    2015-01-01

    Higher education is a key sector for the United Kingdom contributing over £70 billion of output. It functions in an increasingly complex operating, regulatory, and legislative environment that has led to an increased need for effective nonacademic business managers. This study evaluates the benefits of a specialist master of business…

  14. Recommendations for Using the Case Study Method in International Business Research

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    Vissak, Tiia

    2010-01-01

    The case study method has not been as frequently used in international business (IB) research as quantitative methods. Moreover, it has been sometimes misused and quite often criticized. Still, it can be very useful for understanding such complex phenomena as the internationalization process or the management of multinational enterprises. Based on…

  15. A Case Study in Effectively Bridging the Business Skills Gap for the Information Technology Professional

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    Gorman, Michael F.

    2011-01-01

    A longitudinal study of information technology (IT) managers at a Fortune 200 company in the Southwest United States was conducted to assess the effectiveness of a training program at bridging the perceived business skills gap for IT employees. A needs assessment was carried out, resulting in a 4-module training program. The program was evaluated…

  16. To Study the Capability Model for Sustainable E –Business Environment in Construction Industries in Maharashtra Region

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    P. Deepa, Prof. Upendra saharkar

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available : This paper focuses on studying a capability model for an individual firm in relation to e business in construction industries within Maharashtra region. The paper describes a framework for theorization of adoption of e- business overcoming different barriers faced by them. Capability model though it comes from the field of software development, it is also used as a general model to aid in business processes. The adoption of e- business is considerably less in small and medium enterprises due to barriers like lack of knowledge, lack of trust, lack of fund which requires attention. This research study confirms this lacking and focuses on providing solution through capability frame work.

  17. Pushing the Frontiers of Critical International Business Studies

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    Boussebaa, Mehdi; Morgan, Glenn

    2014-01-01

    for the development of IB research in this area. Design/methodology/approach: – The paper provides a summary overview of context- and power-sensitive studies of multinationals before proposing a research agenda for the next decade. In particular, it argues for the need to combine the institutionalist...

  18. A study of owner - manager’s environmental awareness and small business performance

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    Lecturer B. Nimalathasan

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available The Importance of strategic planning as a major activity of organizational management isbeing increasingly accepted both academician and professional managers. As one of the important componentsof strategic planning process, environmental scanning has received importance to explore new opportunitiesand to identify threats for making important strategic decision. The present study indicates therelationship between owner-manager’s environmental awareness and business performance of the SmallBusiness. Bollinger (1994 found that scanning is positively correlated with the firm's financial performance. Similar results were also found by Orpen (1993 reported that small firm which posses more information about themselves and their environment engage in formal strategic planning and they perform better financially than their counter parts. Authors in the area of small business and entrepreneurship have recognized the need for conscious and continuous study of the environment and integrate the environmental information into their strategic planning. Finally, Environmental awareness contributed significantly to the relationship with overall performance of small business under the study.

  19. PROJECT-DRIVEN SOFTWARE BUSINESS IN TRANSILVANIA - A CASE STUDY

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    Radu Marius

    2015-01-01

    The fairly low salaries of the IT workers compared to the Western countries, the skills and the location have supported outsourcing become one of the most competitive Romanian sectors. IT sector in Romania maintains a steady growth favoured by outsourcing companies. Moreover Romania is highly competitive when you take into account the level of technical proficiency and soft skills in the country. Romanian labour force can drive relevant projects even in small teams. This case study explores t...

  20. ICT Adoption by Indonesian Small Business Owners: Preliminary Study

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    Hermana, Budi; Sugiharto, Toto; E.S. Margianti

    2006-01-01

    - The adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in small and medium enterprise in Indonesia is left behind if it is large-scale enterprise. This preliminary study reports on several predictors which influence SME’s owner’s decision to adopt information and communication technology, such as computer, internet, and mobile phone. A behavioral model was developed based on previous research on technology adoption in SME. The model for major research consist of six predictor, the...

  1. RESTRUCTURING BUSINESS OPERATIONS IN GERMANY: A CASE STUDY

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    Küblbeck, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Various export strategies and methods can be used when entering foreign markets. When using intermediaries, the company has to choose which sales representatives are best suited for them. One alternative are distributors, who are buying the products from the company and selling them to the end-users on the target market. The goal of this thesis was to study what is demanded from a distributor to be a profitable partner and how the distribution network should be developed in the target market ...

  2. The Intersections of Medicine and Business: Case Studies of Contradictions and Negotiations in Medical-Business Writing.

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    Popham, Susan

    2003-01-01

    Questions the communications between two discourse communities, medical practices and health insurance companies. Finds that much of the communication between the medical activity systems and the business insurance systems resulted in contradictions of genres objectives, and agency, and these contradictions were eventually negotiated through…

  3. Mothers’ Employment, Marital Status and Educational Level on Students’ Academic Achievement in Business Studies

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    Subuola Catherine Abosede; Olugbenga Adeyanju Akintola

    2016-01-01

    The mother’s personality is a build-up of demographic factors among which employment, marital status and educational level are prominent in shaping child’s abilities and aspirations. This study therefore, determines the influence of mothers’ employment, marital status and educational level on students’ academic achievement in Business studies. Ex-post facto survey design and stratified random sampling technique were adopted for the study.Structured Questionnaire (MEMSEL Scale, r= ...

  4. How Improving the Customer Experience Quality and Business Performance? A Case Study by Mystery Shopper Practices

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    Yung-Lung Lai; Shih-Chieh Chang

    2013-01-01

    This study aims to improve the quality of the customers’ experience of Chinese restaurants through the mystery shopper service, which will enhance customer satisfaction and repurchases as well as business performance. Thus, this study conducted case study on Formosa Chang Restaurant which the enterprise operation and management was ranked first in Taiwan by IMD2012 reports. The research found that the approach of using customers with unpleasant experiences as mystery shoppers could effectivel...

  5. Opportunity study and a business plan for a wind power plant

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    This paper provides illustration of opportunity study and a business plan for utilizing the wind renewable resource for electricity production in Macedonia. The study is prepared under UNIDO recommendations for feasibility studies (see [1]) and following the IAS, by Marjan Nikolov and Risto Naumov. This is a project simulation for a small wind farm comprising 3 power plant units. We use price list from 'Proven Engineering Products Ltd' UK.

  6. The Study of innovation Situation and Innovative Aspect in Business Strategy

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    Masoumeh Sadat Abtahi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available One of the most complicated and valuable organizational capabilities, is the business strategy. Recognition of Characteristics of entrepreneurial behavior has the most importance that makes the opportunities with the self skills and creates it by the means of innovative strategies. The lack of this skill, varied and nice processes of strategic planning would degrade to a brain game, because strategy cannot change the organization without implementation. Thus, we tried to express the characteristics and goals of innovative strategies and essential preconditions for its utilizations in business. More on, in this article we express the role and effect of opportunity and its recognition and the relation of organization life stages and how this business strategy is used and we presented some samples in this paper.Statistical Society includes all Goldiran service company staff (200 person that is named ”staff” in this study and according to Cochran formula 132 of them are chosen as Statistical sample.Research method in this study is correlation and Descriptive and data collecting method is field-library and for data analysis we used Liserl 8.7 software.this research results confirmed a significant effect of business innovation effective factors on service improvement in Goldiran Service Company.

  7. What are the factors limiting the success and/or growth of small businesses in Tanzania? – An empirical study on small business growth

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    Nkonoki, Enock

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the factors that limit the growth/and or success of small businesses in Tanzania and to try and suggest solutions to these factors. Nine interviews were conducted which included six small business owners and three officials representing three organizations. The results obtained identified a number of limiting factors to small firm growth. The author saw it as a merit to group the results into two groups; limiting factors that are internal to the firm (In...

  8. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE BUSINESS PLAN

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    CEAUSESCU IONUT

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The micro and macro-economical development of the world states is strongly influenced by the volume,structure and dynamic of finalized investment or being in various stages of progress The whole individual and social-human existence has its continuity and support in the area of investments. Looked at from the point of view of theory, as a complex and controversial financial category, appears to us in the investment plan as a practical reality that marks the past and future scans. In community life, occupying a central place investment, a factor which influences the application simultaneously, as well as the offer of goods or services. The argument in favor of this is given by the processes of training and multiplier effects generated by any investment project, whatever the sector of activity in which it applies. Implementation of a project in the sphere of production of goods and/or services has the effect increasing the diversification of supply and thus if it is validated by the market, rising incomes of economic agents. Investment project does not represent anything other than a set of tasks with a start and an end established, limited time, resources and budget, made in order to achieve a defined objective, the projects have become practically the main operational tool at the level of organizations, in the investment plan. Thus, in this study we propose to emphasize the importance of documentation that underpins the implementation of an investment project.

  9. How to Settle the Tussle between Business Model Innovation Approaches : Exploring the Automotive industry using a dual case study of Fiat and Tata Motors

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    Shariff, Arifulla; Elsalhy, Mennatullah

    2013-01-01

    This study investigates the drivers and forms of business model innovation. It is built on the business model innovation typology proposed by Koen et al. (2011), we have developed its dimensions into Hurdle rate, technology, partners value network and customer value network. The study used these dimensions as a base to differentiate between the two approaches of the business model innovation which were identified as innovating the existing business model approach and multiple business model a...

  10. Developing the International Business Curriculum: Results and Implications of a Delphi Study on the Futures of Teaching and Learning in International Business

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    Zettinig, Peter; Vincze, Zsuzsanna

    2008-01-01

    This article presents the results of a Delphi study concerning the futures of teaching and learning in International Business (IB), a topic that has been receiving a lot of discussion during recent years. Based on our findings we identify two dimensions which may be at the core and instrumental for developing the value proposition of IB. The first…

  11. An engineering approach to business model experimentation – an online investment research startup case study

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    Kijl, Björn; Boersma, Durk

    2010-01-01

    Every organization needs a viable business model. Strikingly, most of current literature is focused on business model design, whereas there is almost no attention for business model validation and implementation and related business model experimentation. The goal of the research as described in this paper is to develop a business model engineering tool for supporting business model management as a continuous design, validation and implementation cycle. The tool is applied to an online invest...

  12. A unified strategic business and IT alignment model : A study in the public universities of Nicaragua

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    Vargas Chevez, Norman

    2010-01-01

    A number of attempts have been made to define strategic business and information technology (IT) alignment; several representations of what it is are available in academic and practitioners’ fields. The literature suggests that firms need to achieve strategic business and IT alignment to be competitive. Strategic business and IT alignment impact business performance and IT effectiveness. We propose a unified strategic business and IT alignment model based on four strategic business and IT ali...

  13. Intellectual Capital and Business Performance: An Empirical Study for the Greek Listed Companies

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    Dimitrios Maditinos; Zeljko Sevic; Charalampos Tsairidis

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study is to empirically examine the four elements of intellectual capital (human capital, customer capital, structural capital and innovation capital) and their relationship with business performance in the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE). This study was conducted based on a psychometrically validated questionnaire developed and launched by Bontis (1997) and Bontis et al. (2000). Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Model have been used as statistical methods to an...

  14. Rhetorical business – A study of marketing work in the spirit of contradiction

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    Nilsson, Tomas

    2015-01-01

    Marketing has traditionally been understood from the perspective of marketing management. This causes problems when we study marketing practices because the normative discourse of marketing management is not particularly useful for describing the day-to-day work of marketing practitioners. This calls for marketing research from new perspectives. Rhetorical business – A study of marketing work in the spirit of contradiction investigates marketing work in professional service organizations from...

  15. Studying the Business Prospects of a Potential Handmade Chocolate Shop in Helsinki, Finland

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    Yang, Fei; Fu, Lu

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to concentrate on assessing the possibilities of establishing a handmade chocolate shop in Helsinki, Finland. The research is mainly a marketing research and concentrates on meeting the marketing demand, the potential customers’ expectations. By the further analysis and research of survey, the basic elements of establishing handmade chocolate shop will be listed. Based on this the basic principle of a business model can be formulated. The study involved resou...

  16. NETWORK RELATIONSHIPS FOR BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY: A CASE STUDY IN NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT

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    Hamrila A. Latip; Kosmas X Smyrnios

    2012-01-01

    The present case study examines social capital from the perspective of a national entrepreneurship development centre. Considering that one role of the Malaysian government is to develop long-term competitiveness of entrepreneurial firms at a national level, social capital is recognized as providing a platform for connectedness among entrepreneurs within related business sectors. Based upon a case study of Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB), the present paper proposes a causal network...

  17. Information Practices in a Business Intelligence Environment: Findings from an Exploratory Study of French SMEs

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    Cheval,, Perrine; Chaudiron, Stéphane; Ekongolo Makake, Narcisse

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the first results of a quantitative study that aimed to discover the way French SMEs in the northern part of the country perceive the Business intelligence process and their relation to the information-seeking and use process. The study has been conducted in close cooperation with the ARIST (Technological and Strategic Information Regional Agency) from the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Nord Pas-de-Calais, France, from November 24 to December 18, 2009, on a sample of ...

  18. A Credit Union Case Study of the Business Value of IS/IT

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    Graham Pervan; Hilangwa Maimbo

    2005-01-01

    This paper investigates the business value of IS/IT investments in the Financial Services Sectors (FSS) in Australia using a case study methodology to develop and refine a conceptual model of the relationship between IS/IT investment and organisational performance. The conceptual model has four main components, IS/IT investment, organisational performance, considerations for strategic information systems planning and managerial effectiveness. A case study of a credit union indicates support f...

  19. Business Ethics and Integrity a Case Study on 300 U.S. Listed Companies

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    Tinjala Diana-Maria; Pantea Lavinia Mirela; Alexandru Buglea

    2015-01-01

    Profit-maximizing behavior or moral integrity? Can companies have both? Our study takes a look at 300 U.S. based companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and their way of dealing with business ethics. The research undertaken focuses on the content analysis method, using the corporate Codes of conduct and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports. The study reveals the evolution of the corporate ethics policies and programs throughout the years 2010- 2014. We also take a...

  20. Empirical Studies on Legitimation Strategies: A Case for International Business Research Extension

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    Turcan, Romeo V.; Marinova, Svetla Trifonova; Rana, Mohammad Bakhtiar

    2012-01-01

    The paper focuses on legitimation and legitimation strategies applied by companies. Following the process of systematic review, we analyze empirical studies exploring legitimation and legitimation strategies from different theoretical perspectives. Using the key findings by reconnoitering and com...... comparing the theoretical background, approaches, methodologies, and findings of these empirical studies, we outline potential directions for research in the legitimation strategies of firms engaged in international business operations....

  1. Sustainable Growth and Ethics: A Study of Business Ethics in Vietnam between Business Students and Working Adults

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    Lam D. Nguyen; Bahaudin G. Mujtaba; Chat N. Tran; Quan H.M. Tran

    2013-01-01

    Sustainable growth is not only the ultimate goal of business corporations but also the primary target of local governments as well as regional and global economies. One of the cornerstones of sustainable growth is ethics. An ethical organizational culture provides support to achieve sustain- able growth. Ethical leaders and employees have great potential for positive influence on decisions and behaviors that lead to sustainability. Ethical behavior, therefore, is expected of everyone in the m...

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    Darsø, Lotte; Brearley, Laura

    2008-01-01

    Kapitlet handler om at anvende kreative og kunstneriske metoder i forskningspraksis. Hensigten er at vise at metoder, der appellerer til både kognitiv og følelsesmæssig erkendelse, kan anvendes til intervention, til at frembringe ny indsigt og læring, samt til at nye former for repræsentation. De...

  3. Why intended business model innovation fails to deliver: Insights from a longitudinal study in the German smart energy market

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    Sebastian, Knab; Rohrbeck, René

    This paper aims to explore whether intended business model innovation (BMI) activities enhance exploration capabilities of incumbent firms. We report findings from a longitudinal study that spans from 2010 to 2014. We find that even though incumbent firms generated 21 generic business models in 2...

  4. An Empirical Study on the Curriculum Construction of Business English for International Trade Based on the Case of GDUFS

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    Wenzhong, Zhu; Cheng, Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Business English education concern is of great significance. Business English for International Trade in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) is widely acclaimed, and it is also a popular major. GDUFS has adopted the slogan "Learn from East and West, moral integrity and direct behavior". It is a famous cradle of learning,…

  5. Are We "There" Yet? the Treatment of Gender and Feminism in Technical, Business, and Workplace Writing Studies

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    White, Kate; Rumsey, Suzanne Kesler; Amidon, Stevens

    2016-01-01

    This article reexamines the treatment of gender and feminism in technical, business, and workplace writing studies--areas in which the three of us teach. Surprisingly, the published discourse of our field seems to implicitly minimize the gendered nature of business and technical writing workplaces and classrooms. To understand this apparent lack…

  6. Toward the Successful Implementation of the North American Free-Trade Agreement: The Integration of Language and Business Studies.

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    Raffield, Barney T., III

    This paper examines the need for the integration of language and business studies to enhance successful implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. For college and university graduates to deal effectively with French-Canadian and Mexican business people and consumers, they must be exposed to their languages and their cultures. This…

  7. Defining business models from theoretical perspective and in practice - In-depth case study of a Finnish software start-up company

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    Kuisma, Marko

    2013-01-01

    Objectives of the Study: This research aims to define a business model for a small Finnish software start-up company. First, it is necessary to define what a business model is. Second, it is necessary to define a framework on how to arrive at a business model in practice. Third, business models are defined for the case company. Fourth, generalization of the framework is discussed. Academic background and methodology: The concept of business model has enjoyed increasing popularity ...

  8. Transforming Software Business Models into Business Processes

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    Schief, Markus; Bonakdar, Amir; Weiblen, Tobias

    2012-01-01

    Changed business models, such as induced by Software-as-a-Service, require an effective implementation in a firm's organization. This study clarifies the relation between business models as an implementation of a company's strategy, and business processes, as an abstraction of a company's operations. The presented transformation framework provides specific meaning to the industrial setting of a software vendor morphing to a SaaS model. Both underlying concepts, the business model and the valu...

  9. Customer Ranking Model for Project Businesses: A Case Study from the Automotive Industry

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    Bernd Markus Zunk

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available For technology-orientated enterprises that operate project-based businesses, the goal-oriented allocation of scarce marketing resources has great potential to help consolidate their competitive position. An important precondition for goal-oriented management is the identification of the most valuable customers. This enables technology-orientated enterprises to segment markets in order to make tactical marketing decisions. This theorybased paper aims to develop and test a holistic customer ranking model. By deploying the five steps presented in this paper, customer relationship managers are better able to identify and to rank their customers in project-based businesses. A case study provides an example of the application of the method from the automotive industry in Austria. The experiences derived from this case study show that using a customer ranking framework is a crucial factor for enterprises in narrow technology markets to be successful and to achieve their corporate goals.

  10. Prefeasibility study of a e-business application for the energy wood markets

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    Finland has a national target to increase the use of forest based energy from current 0.8 million m3/a to 5 million m3 /a by 2010. Realisation of the target will depend on the functionality of the energy wood markets. The objective of the prefeasibility study is to identify the best e-business applications for energy wood markets in order to achieve the targeted forest energy level by 2010. (orig.)

  11. Satisfaction with Knowledge and Competencies: A Multi-Country Study of Employers and Business Graduates

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: This study critically discusses findings from a research project involving four European countries. The project had two main aims. The first was to develop a systematic procedure for assessing the balance between knowledge and competencies acquired in higher, further and vocational education and the specific needs of the labor market. The second aim was to develop and test a set of meta-level quality indicators aimed at evaluating the linkages between education and employment. The project was designed to address the lack of employer input concerning the requirements of business graduates for successful workplace performance and the need for more specific industry-driven feedback to guide administrative heads at universities and personnel at quality assurance agencies in curriculum development and revision. Approach: The project was distinctive in that it combined different partners from higher education, vocational training, industry and quality assurance. Project partners designed and implemented an innovative approach, based on literature review, qualitative interviews and surveys in the four countries, in order to identify and confirm key knowledge and competency requirements. This study presents this step-by-step approach, as well as survey findings from a sample of 900 business graduates and employers. In addition, it introduces two Partial Least Squares (PLS path models for predicting satisfaction with work performance and satisfaction with business education. Results: Survey findings revealed that employers were not very confident regarding business graduates’ abilities in key knowledge areas and in key generic competencies. In subsequent analysis, these graduate abilities were tested and identified as important predictors of employers’ satisfaction with graduates’ work performance. Conclusion: The industry-driven approach introduced in this study can serve as a guide to assist different types of educational

  12. The Global Business Crisis and Consumer Behavior: Kingdom of Bahrain as a Case Study

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    Durra Mansoor; Akram Jalal

    2010-01-01

    The consumer is the most elemental basis for any business organization; hence, their core behaviour is also ofgreat importance and significance for a successful marketing experience and financial affluence. However,consumer purchasing behaviour can vary severely and has a very intricate trend. Consumer buying behaviour hasbeen attracting the studies and interest of a large amount of commercial and academic faction for a long time.The level of intricacy of the process where the consumer buying...

  13. Cooperative And Competitive Business Relationships: A Case Study Within The Transportation Industry

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    Seppälä, P.

    1999-01-01

    The importance of cooperative behaviour in long-term buyer-seller relationships has been emphasized in relational marketing research (e.g. IMF-studies) since the late 1980's. In this research tradition, competition has even been seen as a negative factor in relationship development. In real business life, however, almost every relationship includes cooperative as well as competitive elements. Consequently, cooperation and competition can be viewed as interacting dimensions of a relationship c...

  14. A Qualitative Study of E-Business Adoption in the Real Estate Sector in China

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    YAN SUN

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate e-business adoption into real estate agencies in China. This research focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of IT/IS (Information Technology/Information Systems integration through face to face interviews with property agency managers in Suzhou. Particularly, it looks into the real estate sector in China today and provides implications to improve service quality and stay competitive within local real estate agencies in Suzhou, China.

  15. Adoption of human resource practices within a South African small business: a case study

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    Havenga, Werner; Linde, Herman

    2012-01-01

    Until recently, human resource management has been considered inappropriate and too costly for small businesses and consequently research in this direction has been at a relatively minimum level. It is also evident that the effectiveness and competitiveness of SMEs can be increased through the application of sound HRM practices. In order to establish how SMEs can successfully apply HRM, the objective of this study is to establish, in an exploratory manner, the applicability of HRM in a small ...

  16. Business and University Responses to the Environmental Challenge: A Case Study Approach

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    Madsen, Henning; Ulhøi, John Parm

    It has long been recognized that education and training are essential factors in promoting environmental management in business organizations. So far, however, there has been little documentation about environmental management practice and related educational and training requirements in even...... EU research project has been carried out. One of the basic research methodologies was a case study approach. The background for selecting this approach, how it was carried out as well as a few concentrated examples will be presented in this paper....

  17. Understanding the Business Model ofSocial Enterprise : A Case Study of Indonesia Mengajar

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    RAHMANI QASTHARIN, ANNISA

    2014-01-01

    There has been an unexpected wave of growth in social entrepreneurship globally (Bornstein, 2004). This growth is followed by the number of research in the field. Academic research has been mainly focused on defining what it is, what it does and does not have in common with commercial entrepreneurial activity (Nicholls, 2006). Thus, there has not been many studies related to the business model of social enterprise. Osterwalder & Pigneur (2010) believes that every organization has a busine...

  18. Implementation plan for an online business community - A case study in logistics

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    Aho, Lauri

    2011-01-01

    Through a case study, this thesis examines possibilities to how can Logiera, a regional logistics integrator, use social media as a shared learning environment for its forthcoming logistics business network. Using literature sources and concrete examples, this paper explains the concepts that pertain to social media, including its emergence, significance in corporate use and possibilities in supply chain integration as well as issues that relate to the deployment of social media systems....

  19. Developing a Social Business Model for Zero Waste Management Systems: A Case Study Analysis

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    Atiq Uz Zaman

    2012-01-01

    The global gross domestic product (GDP) has increased by 40% during 1960-2000; poverty and inequity have also increased over the same time [1]. Many social scientists and economists have indicted the existing monetary-based corporate social structures with their insignificant contribution to the problem solving and social development processes. Waste is one of the major problems in every city around the globe. This study explores policy instruments in existing profit maximizing business syste...

  20. The Collaboration between Social and Commercial Businesses : A case study of Eskilstuna Elektronikåtervinning

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    Salisu, Nadja; Shaer, Waseem

    2015-01-01

    Purpose - The purpose is to analyze the motivation and the forms under which collaborations between social and commercial businesses can be established and maintained. This leads to the investigation of an essential area that remains with limited research and an understanding of the benefits and challenges that occur in such collaborations. A qualitative study of the relationship between the case company and its commercial partner helps to examine these aspects. Research question - What are t...

  1. A Study into the Integration of ICT into a Business Management Course: Challenges and Achievements

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    Ferreras Méndez, José Luis; Fernández Mesa, Ana Isabel; Alegre Vidal, Joaquín; Sevilla Pavón, Ana

    2012-01-01

    Nowadays, the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in education. Indeed, ICT are considered as very useful pedagogic tools, and multimedia resources are constantly being created, updated and shared by university members worldwide. This paper deals with a case of study exploring the way in which the integration of ICT impacts learning in the context of a business management course at the Universitat de València (UV), in Spain. The results of the...

  2. Peculiarities of the Commercial Open Source business model: Case study of SugarCRM

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    Berdal, Simon R. B.

    2013-01-01

    This thesis investigates the so-called “single-vendor” commercial open source business model, as exemplified by SugarCRM. Within the conceptual framework of Actor-Network Theory, the case study is informed by three interrelated research questions. The first relates to the different stakeholders and their incentives for participation. The second concerns the strategies applied by the owning entity to meet these stakeholders’ expectations and needs, whilst at the same time safeguarding its own ...

  3. Peculiarities of the Commercial Open Source business model : Case study of SugarCRM

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    Berdal, Simon R. B.

    2013-01-01

    This thesis investigates the so-called “single-vendor” commercial open source business model, as exemplified by SugarCRM. Within the conceptual framework of Actor-Network Theory, the case study is informed by three interrelated research questions. The first relates to the different stakeholders and their incentives for participation. The second concerns the strategies applied by the owning entity to meet these stakeholders’ expectations and needs, whilst at the same time safeguarding its own ...

  4. Information Technology and the Business Communities: A Case Study of Small-scale

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    I.F. Anyasi

    2010-01-01

    The world is fast becoming a global village and a necessary tool for this process is informationtechnology. Thus, this study examined the impact of information technology on the economies of small-scalebusiness enterprises, specifically on business growth and income flow, job creation, efficient businessmanagement and crime rate reduction. Survey approach was adopted and data was collected from 1000respondents randomly selected from some commercial communities in Nigeria; Lagos, Abuja, Benin,...

  5. Motivations of females to play poker online : (Business study of Swedish women)

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    Bochkareva, Anastasiya; Petrova, Karina

    2011-01-01

    Title: Motivations of females to play poker online. (Business study of Swedish women) Authors: Anastasiya Bochkareva - 870208 Engelbrektsgatan 8A 72216 Västerås, Sweden Karina Petrova - 880613 Södergatan 22 19547 Märsta, Sweden Supervisor: Mikael Holmgren Examiner: Ole Liljetors Key Words: Online gambling; Online poker; Swedish women; Motivation; Emotional motivations; Material motivations, Atmosphere; Accessibility; Hypotheses; Regression anal...

  6. The effect of place and transport on food businesses: a study of Scottish island communities

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    Schiffling, Sarah

    2015-01-01

    This paper explores the effect of place and transport on food-retail and food-production SMEs in peripheral regions, with an emphasis on the challenges faced by rural enterprises in respect to logistics and their supply chains. To capture extremes of rurality, food based SMEs in Scottish island communities with less than 200 inhabitants were studied. This paper reports data gathered from 58 semi-structured interviews, with business owners, transport providers, community groups and local counc...

  7. A study of owner - managerÂ’s environmental awareness and small business performance

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    B. Nimalathasan

    2008-01-01

    The Importance of strategic planning as a major activity of organizational management is being increasingly accepted both academician and professional managers. As one of the important components of strategic planning process, environmental scanning has received importance to explore new opportunities and to identify threats for making important strategic decision. The present study indicates the relationship between owner-manager's environmental awareness and business performance of the Smal...

  8. Dissecting Behaviours Associated with Business Failure: A Qualitative Study of SME Owners in Malaysia and Australia

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    Noor Hazlina Ahmad; Pi-shen Seet

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents the findings of the first phase of a larger research project on inter-country differences of business failure in entrepreneurial firms. This initial phase involves an exploratory comparative study into the perceptions of 20 Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) founder-owners in Australia and Malaysia on what they felt were ineffective behaviours and competencies that were strongly associated with their experiences of difficulties or failures in their own ventures. Drawin...

  9. Paid content strategies for news websites: An empirical study of British newspapers' online business models

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    N. Thurman; Herbert, J

    2007-01-01

    This study uses qualitative research interviews and a survey to quantify and analyse business models at online newspapers in the UK. Senior editors and executives reported that news websites rely on advertising income to a greater extent than their print counterparts. Despite this, British news sites continue to charge users for some content, although to a varying degree. The fact that online editions still contribute barely a tenth of total revenues explains this experimental approach toward...

  10. A multiple case study of small free software businesses associal entrepreneurships

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    Barcomb, Ann

    2015-01-01

    Free/libre and open source software are frequently described as a single community or movement. The difference between free software and open source ideology may influence founders, resulting in different types of companies being created. Specifically, the relationship between free/libre software ideology and social entrepreneurships is investigated. This paper presents seven case studies of businesses, five of which were founded by people who identify with the free/libre software movement. ...

  11. A bibliometric study of the cultural models in International Business research

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    Nuno Rosa Reis; Manuel Portugal Ferreira; João Carvalho Santos

    2013-01-01

    Culture and the influence of national cultures and cultural differences have been widely studied in International Business (IB) research especially over the past three decades. To better understand what culture actually means and its implications on firms’ international operations, several cultural models and taxonomies have been put forward. In this paper we review the main cultural models in the extant IB research – Hofstede’s (1980), Hall’s (1976) and Troompenaars’ (1993) – and Kogut and S...

  12. NHSC Business Standards Course. A Home Study Course on the Ethical Standards of the National Home Study Council.

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    Written expressly for the National Home Study Council (NHSC) school executive, this course is an introduction, refresher, and reminder on the various ethical and administrative standards developed by and required of NHSC-accredited schools. It is intended to acquaint accredited school staff with the NHSC Business Standards and should become an…

  13. Features of Identification Business Processes

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    E. V. Runova; S. D. Vdovina; L. V. Khafizova

    2015-01-01

    This article deals with the peculiarities of identifying business processes. Identification of business processes isthe most important stage in the development of business processes used by business analysts and enterprisearchitects to construct models of business processes. The aim of the study is to identify the problems for properoperation of business processes. The identification of business processes is based on their selection by differentclassification groups. This is due to the fact t...

  14. A Study on Teaching Business Communication/English in Indian Classroom

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    Devimeenakshi, K.; Tyagi, Sarika

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this article is to discuss teaching Business Communication in classroom to Business Administration degree programme students. Indeed, teaching Business Communication in classroom was a different experience when compared with Technical English for B.Tech students. The syllabus for Business Communication (English) was also peculiar…

  15. An engineering approach to business model experimentation – an online investment research startup case study

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    Kijl, Björn; Boersma, Durk

    2010-01-01

    Every organization needs a viable business model. Strikingly, most of current literature is focused on business model design, whereas there is almost no attention for business model validation and implementation and related business model experimentation. The goal of the research as described in thi

  16. ADVANTAGES AND LIMITATIONS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM IN MONTENEGRO: CASE STUDY TELENOR MONTENEGRO

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    Ljiljana Kašćelan

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Data warehouse is the main technology which integrates data from company operations. Business Intelligence with DW at its center, enables the company to extract very important information for making business decisions from these data. Implementation of these systems is a very expensive and long lasting process. These systems are used a lot and they bring great benefits to companies in developed economies. However, their implementation has a great number of limitations, especially in our conditions of operations. In this paper we have recognized the advantages and limitations of implementation of the BI systems in poor conditions of operations and on a small market such as the one in Montenegro, as well as the methods for overcoming some of those limitations. We have also done the case study research which shows that the implementation of these systems is possible even under such circumstances.

  17. Small Engine Technology (SET) Task 24 Business and Regional Aircraft System Studies

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    Lieber, Lysbeth

    2003-01-01

    This final report has been prepared by Honeywell Engines & Systems, Phoenix, Arizona, a unit of Honeywell International Inc., documenting work performed during the period June 1999 through December 1999 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, under the Small Engine Technology (SET) Program, Contract No. NAS3-27483, Task Order 24, Business and Regional Aircraft System Studies. The work performed under SET Task 24 consisted of evaluating the noise reduction benefits compared to the baseline noise levels of representative 1992 technology aircraft, obtained by applying different combinations of noise reduction technologies to five business and regional aircraft configurations. This report focuses on the selection of the aircraft configurations and noise reduction technologies, the prediction of noise levels for those aircraft, and the comparison of the noise levels with those of the baseline aircraft.

  18. Does the Gap Matter? A Study of IT and Business Culture Toward Customer Relationship Management Practice

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    T. Limsarun

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, Customer Relationship M anagement (CRM has become the important part of business due to the benefit of analyze sale opportunities, campaigns management, personalization to each individual customer, cross-selling and up-selling. Unfortunately, many research evidence shows that most of the companies fail to make their CRM effort to pay off. Thus success CRM is required co-operate from the management and end user buy-in from every department in the CRM installed companies. Therefore this study aims to highlight the different between Information Technology culture and Business culture. The finding has shown the significant of the culture gap toward CRM practice, while each part of the organization has to take care for their role and responsibility in order to success in CRM practice.

  19. Dissecting Behaviours Associated with Business Failure: A Qualitative Study of SME Owners in Malaysia and Australia

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    Noor Hazlina Ahmad

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the findings of the first phase of a larger research project on inter-country differences of business failure in entrepreneurial firms. This initial phase involves an exploratory comparative study into the perceptions of 20 Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME founder-owners in Australia and Malaysia on what they felt were ineffective behaviours and competencies that were strongly associated with their experiences of difficulties or failures in their own ventures. Drawing on real life lessons from the founder-owners on their actions or inactions, the research contributes to the understanding of behavioural differences in the context of business failure between founder-owners in two relatively different cultural settings.

  20. Recognition and Ranking Critical Success Factors of Business Intelligence in Hospitals -- Case Study: Hasheminejad Hospital

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    Naderinejad, Marjan; Tarokh, Mohammad Jafar; Poorebrahimi, Alireza

    2014-01-01

    Business Intelligence, not as a tool of a product but as a new approach is propounded in organizations to make tough decisions in business as shortly as possible. Hospital managers often need business intelligence in their fiscal, operational, and clinical reports and indices. The main goal of recognition and ranking CSF is implementation of a business intelligent system in hospitals to increase success factor of application of business intelligence in health and treatment sector. This paper ...

  1. Mosquito Nets as Social Business in Bangladesh : A Case Study of BASF Grameen Ltd.

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    TSUBOI, Hiromi

    2013-01-01

    The practice of using business methods to solve social problems has been accelerating in recent years. The social business practices of Grameen Bank, its associated companies, and Grameen-related joint companies have been gaining a lot of attention. Their business model they practice is regarded as being a “social business.” In Bangladesh, there are many Grameen-related joint companies operating as social businesses. BASF Grameen is one of them. This paper addresses the aforementioned company...

  2. The Importance of Web Page Design:a Case Study of Four Business School Websites

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    Vaara, R. (Ruut)

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was to look at four business school websites in detail, and evaluate the functionality of their web pages based on their structure and content, their overall web design, their usage as marketing tools and how they have taken into account internationalization in their site content. Two Finnish and two American business schools were evaluated, Oulu Business School (OBS) and Aalto University School of Business (AUSB) from Finland and Harvard Business School (HBS) and...

  3. Using ERP Systems to Transform Business Processes: A Case Study at a Precession Engineering Company

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    C.K.M.Lee

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Enterprises nowadays strive to keep transforming their business processes in accordance with the fastchanging customer demands so as to survive the intense global competition. In an attempt to provide practitioners with an insight into ERP implementation and the resulting business performances, this paper investigate how a successful ERP implementation can help transform enterprises processes. Case based research which is based on an in-depth observation under managerial and practitioner situation. A case study at a precession engineering company is conducted to evaluate the feasibility of the proposed strategic enterprise information model. This paper focuses on the implementation of Sales & Marketing and Warehouse modules of an ERP system. The key performance indicators are used to evaluate how the ERP implementation can improve the business processes. It is found that ERP helps to improve data visibility and improve on-time delivery but less effective on improving employee productivity. This research proposes an enterprise information model to exploit what strategy should be formulate and how ERP tactic can be implemented in company to enhance enterprise competitive advantages. The strategic enterprise information model is formulated based on our in-depth case study and ERP consultant's experience.

  4. The Global Business Crisis and Consumer Behavior: Kingdom of Bahrain as a Case Study

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    Durra Mansoor

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The consumer is the most elemental basis for any business organization; hence, their core behaviour is also ofgreat importance and significance for a successful marketing experience and financial affluence. However,consumer purchasing behaviour can vary severely and has a very intricate trend. Consumer buying behaviour hasbeen attracting the studies and interest of a large amount of commercial and academic faction for a long time.The level of intricacy of the process where the consumer buying can relate to has made the trend greatly difficultto be predicted and managed. This research aims to study the impact of the Global Business Crisis on Bahrainiconsumers, investigate their perception of this problem and whether their consumption behaviour has changed asa result.As known, the current financial downturn had a huge influence on the economic and social aspects of consumersaround the globe. Different behaviour has been shifted through different level of economies, one of which, theBahraini culture purchasing pattern. For this reason, this research is aimed to focus on the changing trends inconsumer buying behaviour in the present global business crisis.

  5. Business ethics

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    Raman Arora

    2002-01-01

    Ethics contain a set of principles of personal and professional conduct .The concept of Business ethics relates itself to the norms and the ideals businessman and business groups adopt in course of their activities in business .Business ethics is an assertion of “be good” and “do good” in business. Ethical business practices has been a blessing to the enterprises as it ensures faith in society ,government trust ,business partners trust .on the other hand unethical business pra...

  6. Identifying the Education Needs of the Business Analyst: An Australian Study

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    Deborah Richards

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The Business Analyst (BA plays a key role in ensuring that technology is appropriately used to achieve the organisation’s goals. This important mediating role is currently in high (unmet demand in many English-speaking countries and thus more people need to be trained for this role. To determine the educational and/or training needs of a BA we conducted a survey in the Information and Communication Technology industry in Australia. The survey items are based on prior studies of information systems educational requirements and the internationally-developed Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA that has been endorsed by the Australian Computer Society. From the literature we identified three types of skills: soft, business and technical. With the increasing importance of GreenIT and the pivotal role that the BA could play in green decision making, we added a fourth type of skill: green. The survey considers 85 skills, their importance, the level of attainment of that skill, skill gaps and types of skills. Results show that all soft skills were considered to be important with the smallest knowledge gaps. Selected business skills and green skills were seen to be important. Technical skills were considered less important, but also where the largest knowledge gaps existed. Further we asked respondents whether each skill should be acquired via an undergraduate or postgraduate degree and/or industry training and experience. We found that the workplace was considered the most appropriate place to acquire and/or develop all skills, except the ability to innovate. While we found that softskills should be taught almost equally at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, business and green skills were more appropriate in a postgraduate degree. In contrast, technical skills were best acquired in an undergraduate program of study.

  7. Family-Owned Businesses: Determinants of Business Success and Profitability

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    Wallace, Jeffrey S.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine many factors associated with family-owned businesses that lead to business success and profitability. The panel data used in this study came from the 1997 and 2000 waves of the National Family Business Study (NFBS). Many independent variables from the 1997 wave (e.g., age, gender, managerial activities, business size, home-based, business problems) were tested to predict business success and profitability (dependent variables), which were variables f...

  8. The Role of Brand Personality in Franchise Business : A Comparative Study of Starbucks & Robert’s Coffee

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    Robinson, Kaelan

    2016-01-01

    This study was conducted and aimed towards analyzing the role and importance of brand personality within franchise businesses from a consumer perspective. The study was formulated to assess and compare a large, global multinational franchise brand, Starbucks and a smaller, local-scale franchise within the same market of franchise business, Robert’s Coffee that operates primarily in Finland through a comparative case study. Through the distribution of a questionnaire to 105 respondents, thi...

  9. Study on The Development of The Group-Buying:A Secondary Business-Model Innovation Perspective

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    Xia; Yiwei

    2011-01-01

    Groupon group-buying business model promotes the development of e-commerce market in China.This group-buying model has obvious advantages.But it can be easily copied.There are thousands of group-buying websites,which are as much popular as Web 2.0and SNS entered China a few years ago.Although group-buying has been domestic only more than a year,it developed fast which has gradually changed the lifestyle of consumers and become a living habit.Therefore,it has great significance to study on the group-buying in the pattern of localization.We try to analyze the phenomena of local group-buying in Chinese market from business model innovation perspective,which has the impact on their competitive performance.We find that local group-buying sites get success through business model innovation.They clearly put forward the appropriate value proposition to attract customersattention with low-cost feature for specific target consumer groups.Moreover,they take advantage of their unique resources,integration of complementary assets to enhance the value of network systems.Thus,these latecomer e-commerce firms seize the opportunity to grow in emerging economies and have won a huge customer base.

  10. Business Contingency, Strategy Formation, and Firm Performance: An Empirical Study of Chinese Apparel SMEs

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    Ting Chi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This study empirically investigated how small and medium-sized Chinese apparel enterprises (SME formed their strategy as a response to the characteristics of business environment in order to achieve competitive business performance. An environment-strategy-performance model was proposed and tested. Using primary data gathered by a questionnaire survey of the Chinese apparel industry, factor analysis and structural equation modeling (SEM were conducted for measurement and structural model analysis and hypothesis testing. Results show the proposed model met parsimonious statistical criteria. The differences in strategy responses to environment between high- and low-performing firms were striking. Confronting an increasingly turbulent business environment, high performers emphasized differentiation strategy through higher quality, better delivery performance, and greater flexibility than cost reduction. In contrast, low performers prioritized low cost while quality and flexibility were given certain weights. The lack of clear focus on strategies could result in a relatively lower performance. While the process of government-led industrial upgrading continues, forward-looking firms have proactively shifted their strategic focus from solely or mainly cost reduction to a variety of differentiating factors which bring in added value and are less imitable by competitors.

  11. Pricing Policy on Business Performance: A Study on Organizational Strategy Simulator

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    Murilo Alvarenga Oliveira

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an analysis of the relationship between different pricing policies and the results obtained with them within on Business Games. Beginning from a theoretical review that seeks to reunite concepts about pricing, policy and price definitions, it is proposed a model analysis of pricing decisions made by teams that participate in a Business Game. From the applying of this model on data collected in the game, it seeks to classify the pricing policies applied by the teams. Then the results are discussed and its relationship to literature is referred. There are also comments on the decision make default demonstrated by the teams participating in the game. The results obtained here confirm the literature, indicating the price policy as a helpful and valid tool to support marketing strategies. They also show the adhesion between the simulated environment in a Business Game and the features found in the real world, confirming the trend toward adoption of organizational strategy simulators as instruments in teaching and research in Administration.

  12. A preliminary study on the definitions and differences of main types of business arrangements

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    Anderson Tiago Peixoto Gonçalves

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available With the growth of competitiveness and market requirements, several companies have been jointly organized with the aim of forming partnerships, forming the so-called Business Arrangements, to ensure that competitive advantages are achieved. This article came from the need to review the definitions and differences between the main types of existing Business Arrangements, as in the literature have been used different nomenclatures and classifications, either in terms of how the Arrangement is managed, how it is organized, the according to which members carry out their activities, how is the flow of resources and information, the degree of coordination and interaction, the form of production organization, and the strategies adopted. It is a basic research, descriptive and literature, which sought to collect the relevant sources, definitions about each Arrangement to meet the goal of the article is to study the definitions and differences between the main types of Business Arrangements. The article is justified by the scarcity of uniform definitions in the literature that make it possible to visualize the differences between each of the types of Arrangements, especially those in which the definitions are more similar.

  13. Key business factors for eco-innovation: an overview of recent firm-level empirical studies

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    Xavier Vence

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The increasing interest in eco-innovation or environmental innovation as a strategy not only to address the serious global environmental problems but also as a source of competitive advantages for companies and for the emergence of new business areas, leads us to try to identify the different factors that act as determinants of its development and adoption at the micro level. In this paper we integrate the findings from several recent empirical studies according to our own classification of factors derived from the variables used in those analyses. From a conventional perspective we referred to the structural characteristics of firms (size, sector, age, the business logic (cost savings, market expansion or to its technological competence (R&D, path dependencies, qualification of staff and management, cooperation and participation in networks, etc.. We added another category to refer to organizational or marketing innovations that reflect the existence of a certain environmental strategy within the company. In general, the findings show that factors influencing conventional innovation also work in relation to eco-innovation, in particular those related to cost savings and technological competence. Therefore, along with a stringent environmental regulation (justified because of the specific characteristics of eco-innovation specific supply and demand side instruments are convenient. Measures to disseminate environmental information amongst all stakeholders can also be very useful to promote environmentally friendly and economically viable products and processes, as well as forms of organization and new business.

  14. BUSINESS JUDGMENT RULE - EXONERATION OF LIABILITY CAUSE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR. COMPARATIVE LAW STUDY

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Starting from the origin system- the American law, and from the principles of corporate governance which establishes it expressly, the study reveals the regulatory manner in Company law and also the implication of legal practice, of the “business judgment” rule. Seen from a double perspective: as a ground for exclusion of liability clause from civil liability of the administrator, but also as a counterweight to the diligence and prudence duty, the business judgment rule is analyzed in accordance with the legal liability falling within the administrator’s duties, both by Law no.31/1990 and the New Civil Code. Discussing also by the standard for appreciating the prudence and diligence- the criterion of the good administrator- imposed by the Romanian legislation, compared with other countries, the paper approaches the manner for regulating the business judgment rule in American law, and the manner in which it has been transposed into the Romanian legislation, its application realm, the invocation method and the consequences of this rule on the civil liability of the administrator. This paper constantly refers to the legal practice solutions in common-law states, where the rule stems.

  15. Pure Perseverance: A Study of Women's Small Businesses in Colombia: Understanding Success Factors of Women's and Men's Small Businesses in Bucaramanga, Colombia

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    Jennifer Powers; Barbara Magnoni

    2013-01-01

    Supporting women's businesses has become a topic of growing interest to governments and mainstream development institutions in recent years. Declarations to address women's unequal access to economic opportunity at the G-20 Summit, the development of UN Women, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative reflect that mainstream institutions are adopting a role in improving women's economic opportunities throughout the developed and developing world. This study aims to inform thinking around ...

  16. Prefeasibility study of a e-business application for the energy wood markets

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    Finland has a national target to increase the use of forest based energy from current 0.8 million m3/a to 5 million m3/a by 2010. Realisation of the target will depend on the functionality of the energy wood markets. The objective of the prefeasibility study is to identify the best e-business applications for energy wood markets in order to achieve the targeted forest energy level by 2010. The prefeasibility study will be ready in November, 2001. (orig.)

  17. Spatial Distribution of Cosmetic-Procedure Businesses in Two U.S. Cities: A Pilot Mapping and Validation Study

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    S. Bryn Austin

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Cosmetic procedures have proliferated rapidly over the past few decades, with over $11 billion spent on cosmetic surgeries and other minimally invasive procedures and another $2.9 billion spent on U.V. indoor tanning in 2012 in the United States alone. While research interest is increasing in tandem with the growth of the industry, methods have yet to be developed to identify and geographically locate the myriad types of businesses purveying cosmetic procedures. Geographic location of cosmetic-procedure businesses is a critical element in understanding the public health impact of this industry; however no studies we are aware of have developed valid and feasible methods for spatial analyses of these types of businesses. The aim of this pilot validation study was to establish the feasibility of identifying businesses offering surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and to characterize the spatial distribution of these businesses. We developed and tested three methods for creating a geocoded list of cosmetic-procedure businesses in Boston (MA and Seattle (WA, USA, comparing each method on sensitivity and staff time required per confirmed cosmetic-procedure business. Methods varied substantially. Our findings represent an important step toward enabling rigorous health-linked spatial analyses of the health implications of this little-understood industry.

  18. Feasibility study on the business of collection and storage of waste from small producer of radioactive waste

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    Radioactive Waste Management and Nuclear Facility Decommissioning Technology Center (RANDEC) has investigated the feasibility study on the business of collection and storage of many kinds of low level radioactive waste in radioactive facilities. This works include the total volume of waste, conceptual design of storage facility and cost estimation of construction and operation of this business. This paper describes the some points of the results of this study. (author)

  19. An assessment on employees’ business intelligence and CRM on customer satisfaction: A case study of Auto industry

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    Somayeh Rezaei; Ali Alikhani

    2014-01-01

    This paper performs an empirical investigation on employees’ business intelligence and customer relationship management and their effects on customer satisfaction. The proposed study has been implemented among 625 people, 240 sales representative and 385 regular customers, who are involved with products of an Iranian automaker named Iran Khodro. The proposed study designs three questionnaires in Likert scale for business intelligence, customer relationship management and customer satisfaction...

  20. Exploring the Relationship between E-Commerce Adoption and Business Strategy: An Applied Study on the Jordanian Telecommunication Companies

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    Moayyad Al-FAWAEER

    2013-01-01

    This study aims to shed the light on the relation between E-commerce adoption  in terms of (website for corporate, website for product / services, customer support via web contact details, online order processing online business, Web Access to order, web-based marketplaces) and business strategy (internal factors, market factors, competitive factors) at the Jordanian telecommunication companies.The population of the study consisted of mobile communication companies  operating in Jordan (Zian,...

  1. Norwegian business athletes : a qualitative study on motivational- and achievement factors among leaders who participate in the Birkebeiner Race

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    Lorenzen, Kristin Staff; Lier, Gunhild

    2014-01-01

    There exists extensive research regarding motivation to exercise in various sports and physical activities, no study however, has qualitatively examined the motivation for Norwegian business leaders to participate in Birken. The primary purpose of this study was to answer the following research question: “What motivates Norwegian business leaders to participate in Birken, and to what extent is achievement important?” Aspects from self-determination theory (SDT), and the theo...

  2. The Evolution of Network-based Business Models Illustrated Through the Case Study of an Entrepreneurship Project

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    Morten Lund

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Existing frameworks for understanding and analyzing the value configuration and structuring of partnerships in relation such network-based business models are found to be inferior. The purpose of this paper is therefore to broaden our understanding of how business models may change over time and how the role of strategic partners may differ over time too. Design/methodology/approach: A longitudinal case study spanning over years and mobilising multiple qualitative methods such as interviews, observation and participative observation forms the basis of the data collection. Findings: This paper illustrates how a network-based business model arises and evolves and how the forces of a network structure impact the development of its partner relationships. The contribution of this article is to understanding how partners positioned around a business model can be organized into a network-based business model that generates additional value for the core business model and for both the partners and the customers. Research limitations/implications: The results should be taken with caution as they are based on the case study of a single network-based business model. Practical implications: Managers can gain insight into barriers and enablers relating to different types of loose organisations and how to best manage such relationships and interactions Originality/value: This study adds value to the existing literature by reflecting the dynamics created in the interactions between a business model’s strategic partners and how a how a business model can evolve in a series of distinct phases

  3. Business idioms in America

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    Stirling, Bruce

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    Meet Joan Austen, a rising star in the advertising business. Joan's company is taking off and you have a front row seat as Joan and her staff resolve business and personal challenges during a typical business day in New York City. By entering Joan's world, you will acquire the latest and the most commonly used vocabulary in business today. Best of all, you will gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed in any English-speaking business environment anywhere in the world. * Over 2,000 essential business idioms and phrases * Perfect for classroom and for self-study * Lessons designed t

  4. Business Plan SMEs

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    Oppolzerová, Eva

    2009-01-01

    The study presents a business plan for a firm which offers fishing services. The study consist of a theoretical part and a practical part. In the theoretical section the small and medium enterprises are specified, especially the family business and there are characteristics of the form, structure and terms of the business plan. The practical section focuses on elaboration of the business plan for the particular firm. It includes description of all activities, market analysis, financial plan, ...

  5. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESS

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    Oana COSMAN

    2013-01-01

    The article examines the work of researchers primarily interested in the investigation of written communication in business settings. The author regards 'business discourse' as a field of study with distinct features in the domain of discourse analysis. Thus, the paper overviews the most important contributions to the development of written business discourse with a number of landmark studies. To gain a greater understanding of the written business discourse, the author also investigates some...

  6. VERSLO TĘSTINUMO PRIEMONIŲ TAIKYMO ŪKIO SUBJEKTUOSE SVARBA: PREKYBOS ĮMONIŲ ATVEJO ANALIZĖ / THE IMPORTANCE OF BUSINESS CONTINUITY TOOLS APPLICATION IN BUSINESS ENTITIES: CASE STUDY OF SHOPPING MALLS

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    Odeta Maksvytienė; Jordana Šablinska

    2015-01-01

    Purpose – to analyze and assess peculiarities of business continuity planning in shopping mall “X” of emergency management. As well as make suggestions for activity improvement. Methodology – by theoretical presumptions to define applied scientific literature’s, legislation’s and other document’s analyze method. A case of business continuity tools application in business entities was accomplished by using comparative study and interview methods of Lithuanian and foreign emergency managemen...

  7. Aspects of the business success important to female entrepreneurs in urban areas of the Republic of Serbia: A pilot study

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    Stošić Danijela

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of an empirical study of the importance of qualitative and quantitative dimensions of business success for female entrepreneurs in the Republic of Serbia. There is empirical evidence that qualitative components, such as customer and employee satisfaction, relations with stakeholders, and family-work balance are more important to Serbian female entrepreneurs. Quantitative components (profit and employment growth, personal wealth, and other personal goals, although lower ranked, are also an important aspect of business success. These results also confirm that female entrepreneurs in Serbia have a diverse perception of business success.

  8. Study of the interaction of factors of small business development and the education market in Russia

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    Olga Angelova

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The article discusses the theoretical and methodological aspects of business development, perceptual ambiguity of the term, the dependence of the development of small business in Russia on the state of the education market and the labor force.

  9. Business Succession Planning in Indian MSM-FOBEs: A Study Based on Managerial-Role Employees

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    Sudhir Kumar Jain; Nalin Jain

    2014-01-01

    Family owned business enterprises (FOBEs) are prolific contributors to the Indian economy. Micro, small and medium family owned business enterprises (MSM-FOBEs) form a substantial portion of Indian FOBEs. MSM-FOBEs are highly vulnerable to intergenerational business succession. The extent of succession planning, an important factor for the success of business succession, varies with the size of the MSM-FOBE. The number of managerial-role employees is one of the indicators of the size of the M...

  10. A STUDY ON CROSS CULTURAL PROBLEMS FACED BY PARTIES DEALING IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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    S. LakshmiPriya; Merinajose. C; Rinsha. B

    2014-01-01

    Business all over the world today is extending their frontiers beyond domestic markets. As the world economy is globalized the companies are expanding their business in international markets for business profitability. In this global business environment, cross culture dealings becomes a common field of research. This is primarily due to the fact that the dealing parties are often from different countries with different cultural views and beliefs which they usually bring w...

  11. Binding stakeholders into moral communities: A review of studies on social responsibility of business

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    Nair, Tara S.; Pradhan, Rachayeeta

    2010-01-01

    This paper revisits the issue of business social responsibility with a view to reiterate its relevance in the contemporary scenario characterised by an overarching presence of private businesses and blurring of the barriers between not-for-profit and for-profit enterprises. The paper reviews the evolution of major theoretical positions of business social responsibility to demonstrate how the basic understanding of the term traversed through time and alongside changes in forms of business or...

  12. A Study on Intelligent System Design of U-Business Service by Using Ubiquitous Component Technologies

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    Hangbae Chang

    2012-01-01

    The u‐Business service is prevailed trend due to rapid development of telecommunication technology and the growth of ubiquitous computing environments. However, since the majority of u‐Business service cases such as home network service, location‐based service have not been focused on user requirements, and deduced business services and built systems considering only technical issues, there may be a possibility to be an obstacle for spreading advanced future u‐Business services. Therefore, th...

  13. Case Studies and Organisational Sustainability Modelling presented by Cloud Computing Business Framework

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    Chang, Victor; De Roure, David; Wills, Gary; Walters, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Cloud Computing Business Framework (CCBF) is proposed to help organisations achieve good Cloud design, deployment, migration and services. While organisations adopt Cloud Computing for Web Services, technical and business challenges emerge and one of these includes the measurement of Cloud business performance. Organisational Sustainability Modelling (OSM) is a new way to measure Cloud business performance quantitatively and accurately. It combines statistical computation and 3D Visualisation...

  14. New Market Business Strategies : a comparative study of selected Norwegian entrepreneurial companies

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    2012-01-01

    This thesis is based on two assumptions: that disruptive technology changes the conditions of how new businesses are created, and that effective management methods and the adaption of internet facilitate an increasingly more rapid change in most markets. This thesis argues that any company doing business in a segmented or a new market (i.e. an entrepreneurial company) could consider using a new market business strategy. This thesis introduces the term New Market Business Strategy as a ge...

  15. Recognition and Ranking Critical Success Factors of Business Intelligence in Hospitals - Case Study: Hasheminejad Hospital

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    Marjan Naderinejad; Mohammad Jafar Tarokh; Alireza Poorebrahimi

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aim: Business Intelligence, not as a tool of a product but as a new approach is propounded in organizations to make tough decisions in business as shortly as possible. Hospit al managers often need business intelligence in their fiscal, operational, and clinical reports and indices. Rec ognition of critical success factors (CSF) is necessary for each organization or project. Yet, there is not a va lid set of SCF for implementing business intelligence. Th...

  16. Applying Business Process Oriented Learning in Industry: The PROLIX Solution Approach Based on a Case Study

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    Dimitra Pappa; Nils Faltin; Volker Zimmermann

    2009-01-01

    With human capital being critical to corporate success, aligning individual training with business priorities, emerges as a key challenge. Business process oriented learning unites corporate training and business process management. This entails integrating learning into daily working tasks and putting in place mechanisms for the effective management of business processes, organisational roles, competencies and learning processes, to reduce the time to fill competency gaps and to build profic...

  17. Business model analysis for online social shopping companies. Case study: RunToShop Oy.

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    Zhang, Liang

    2009-01-01

    Online social shopping is a new business model emerging in E-Commerce world and becoming quite popular in recent years. Online social-shopping website is where people can recommend their favorite products for others to discover and purchase online. Online social shopping combines Business-to-Business, Business-to-Consumers and Consumers-to-Consumers services together and blends two powerful elements of real-world shopping otherwise lost for online consumers: word-of-mouth recommendations from...

  18. Family Business Consultation: A Delphi Study to Develop a Model Curriculum for Marriage and Family Therapists.

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    Castanos, Ines Carolina

    2009-01-01

    Family businesses are a specific type of businesses that combine the family system with the business system. In this new system, emotions play an important role due to the long term relationships that exist amongst family members. This emotional component provides family businesses with unique advantages as well as challenges. Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) understand human relationships from a systemic approach. This specific training allows MFTs to be particularly well suited t...

  19. A systematic literature review of studies on business process modeling quality

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    Moreno-Montes de Oca, I.; Snoeck, M.; Reijers, HA Hajo; Rodríguez-Morffi, A

    2015-01-01

    Context: Business process modeling is an essential part of understanding and redesigning the activities that a typical enterprise uses to achieve its business goals. The quality of a business process model has a significant impact on the development of any enterprise and IT support for that process. Objective: Since the insights on what constitutes modeling quality are constantly evolving, it is unclear whether research on business process modeling quality already covers all major aspects...

  20. Media Business Venturing : A Study on the Choice of Organizational Mode

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    Hang, Min

    2007-01-01

    In a dynamic environment characterized by constant technological advancement, new business opportunities appear in a variety of forms in the media industries. Adaptation to the changing environment and proactive transformation are crucial to media business success. Media firms need to develop strategic tools that enable new business creation and facilitate capturing opportunities arising from the emerging fields. These new business creation activities are different from the incremental busine...

  1. A Case Study of a Small, Rural, Service Business - Utilising the Theory of Experience Economy

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    Egeskov Andersen, Charlotte; Odorico Schultz, Isabella; Britze, Juliane

    2015-01-01

    This project investigates, with the aid of a single case study, how a small, rural, service business can benefit from the Experience Economy. For this project, the case decided upon, is the Bed & Breakfast/conference centre Lyngholm Landsted, situated in Holbæk in the area of Tuse Næs. The theory employed in this project is selected aspects within the Experience Economy’s theoretical framework. The main theorists providing this knowledge is, in this case, the Experience Economy pioneers ...

  2. Identifying the Education Needs of the Business Analyst: An Australian Study

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    Deborah Richards; Mauricio Marrone

    2014-01-01

    The Business Analyst (BA) plays a key role in ensuring that technology is appropriately used to achieve the organisation’s goals. This important mediating role is currently in high (unmet) demand in many English-speaking countries and thus more people need to be trained for this role. To determine the educational and/or training needs of a BA we conducted a survey in the Information and Communication Technology industry in Australia. The survey items are based on prior studies of information...

  3. Integrating Experiential Learning into Business Courses: Using Learning Journals to Create Living Case Studies

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    McHann, James C.; Frost, Laura A.

    2010-01-01

    Research demonstrates that the capacity to implement strategy and to execute plans drives business success (Hrebiniak, 2007) and that businesses' inability to succeed by executing effectively arises from the ubiquitous incapacity of business professionals to overcome the gap between what they know and what they are actually able to do, whether…

  4. Incorporating Electronic Business Initiatives in Health Services and Health Tourism: A Case Study of Malaysia

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    Mohammad Talh; Abdullah Sallehhuddin Abdullah Salim

    2005-01-01

    Telecommunications, information communication technology, miniaturization, computers and Internet went through shorter product life styles and achieved widespread diffusion and reformed the nature of business operation and enhanced competitive business environment instantly. This technological advancement has resulted in evolution and innovation of many products, services and business processes. The Internet has resulted in the emergence of virtual markets with four primary distinctive charac...

  5. Business unit controller involvement in management : An empirical study in the Netherlands

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    Rouwelaar, ten J.A. (Hans); Bots, J.M.

    2008-01-01

    In recent years there has been much debate on the new business-oriented role of management accountants, also called controllers. The purpose of this paper is to investigate to what extent the involvement of the business unit (BU) controller in the decision-making process of business units is impacte

  6. Business Speaks: A Study of the Themes in Speeches by America's Corporate Leaders.

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    Myers, Robert J.; Kessler, Martha Stout

    1980-01-01

    Identifies the issues concerning the American business community as reflected in speeches by corporate leaders on government regulation, energy, capital investment, inflation, the public image of business, and international business. Strategies for dealing with these issues include increased social responsibility, influencing government policy,…

  7. Embedding International Experiences in Business Curriculum Design: Cultivating a Study Abroad Program

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    Babb, Jeffry; Womble, Lynsee A.; De'Armond, De'Arno

    2013-01-01

    In business education, the impacts of the globalization of markets, financial institutions, and economies exert increasing influence on the curriculum in business schools. Schools of business recognize the need to embed international experiences into their curriculum in order to prepare students for global context of the marketplace. Often,…

  8. Family Business Succession: Founders from Disadvantaged Communities in South Africa--An Exploratory Study

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    Isaacs, Eslyn B. H.; Friedrich, Christian

    2011-01-01

    It is estimated that 50-70% of all South African businesses are family-owned and that these businesses form the backbone of the South African economy, their qualities providing stability and resilience in the changing society of the nation. Succession is one of the biggest challenges for family business owners. Research shows that only 33% of all…

  9. Relations of Power and Knowledge: University-Industry Relations in Business Studies in Finland

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    Lehtimäki, Hanna; Peltonen, Tuomo

    2013-01-01

    In the globalized neoliberal economy, business schools and business science has become a dominant societal institution and discourse. However, this has not directly strengthened the position of business schools in the societal networks of power. This paper examines this paradox by depicting who are the actors in the field and how these actors seek…

  10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELEMENTS IN THE ASSOCIATIVE FIELD OF THE CONCEPT BUSINESS (A CASE STUDY OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGE

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    Mitjaeva A. P.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The article is written in line with contemporary cognitive studies of language and devoted to identifying meaning content of the concept of “business” and its associative field, verbalized in modern speech of Russian students and definition of the role of foreign language elements in creating this field in Russian language. A linguistic associative experiment (both free and chain is used as the main method of investigation. As a result of experiment interpretation a structure of the associative field of the concept of business is determined. The field consists of 8 semantic microfields: 1 processes that are typical for business; 2 business entities; 3 business attributes / institutions; 4 positive events and business results; 5 negative events and consequences; 6 personal characteristics of businessmen; 7 money; 8 economic / political terms, related to business. Specific weight of foreign language element in associative field of the concept of “business” is determined generally and in each semantic microfield. An analysis of the ratio of original and foreign language elements of the associative field has found that such microfields as «business attributes» and «business entities» are mostly represented by foreign words (loanwords and their derivatives. Foreign language elements influence verbalization of human and universal components of the semantic field of the concept of «business» such as personality traits and emotions. The conclusion correlates with the basic tendency to borrowing words from English into Russian language. To sum up, 40% of vocabulary of the associative field of the concept of “business” is foreign words

  11. LSS, a problem solving skill for graduates and SMEs: Case Study of investigation in a UK Business School curriculum

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    Shokri, Alireza; Nabhani, Farhad

    2015-01-01

    Purpose - This research aims to investigate the feasibility of a systematic Lean Six Sigma (LSS) education through the curriculum of business schools to respond to the existing gap between the graduate’s expectation of employability and skill requirements by the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Design/approach/methodology - One UK business school has been used as a case study to conduct an extensive module and programme review followed by a semi-structured interview with the pot...

  12. A Correlation Study of Personal Entrepreneurial Competency and the Academic Performance in Operations Management of Business Administration Students

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    Jake M. Laguador

    2013-01-01

    This study aimed to determine the Academic Performance of the Business Administration 3rd Year students in Operations Management course in terms of the result of their Prelim Exam, Midterm Exam, and Semi-Final Exam. It also analyzed the Personal Entrepreneurial Competency rating. Results showed that the Business Administration students – major in Human Resource Development and Management obtained low score in Prelim and Midterm examination where they find it difficult to answer Math problems....

  13. A European study of E-business maturity and ICT-benefits: is there a conditional relationship?

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    Batenburg, R.; Constantiou, I.

    2009-01-01

    The present study explores the relationship between the e-business maturity and the perceived benefits from (Information and Communication Technologies) ICT at the firm level. We aim to debunk this relationship in terms of its strength and stability, and to explore the conditions which may influence it. Taking an economic approach, we hypothesise that the relation between e-business maturity and perceived benefits from ICT adoption will be influenced the costs of intra-organisational adaptati...

  14. The Role of Action Research in the Study of Small Business Marketing and Retailer Loyalty Card Data

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    Donnelly, Christina; Simmons, Geoff; Armstrong, Gillian; Fearne, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    The small business is challenged on a daily basis to compete in an ever demanding and ever expanding marketplace. As a result of new technologies such as market intelligence databases, small business owner-managers are playing catch–up with larger and more resource based firms in maintaining current insight into the market. Larger firms have typically been better positioned to afford and analyse the latest market intelligence data for internal marketing purposes. This study pro...

  15. Language as a Leading Light to Business Cultural Insight : A Study on Expatriates' Intercultural Communication in Central and Eastern Europe

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    Ljungbo, Kjell

    2010-01-01

    Language competence is decisively important in international business and could increase efficacy, efficiency, sales and profits. Language is an underresearched area in business studies though language constitutes management and the managers building structures, processes, cultures and personalities being the most vital working tool to get things done and make them understandable. Since 1970 Swedish companies lose market shares globally and in Europe. In an era requiring better foreign langua...

  16. The ecosystem strategies of born globals: A case study of two Finnish game firms as participants of global business ecosystems

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    Åhlgren, Janina

    2013-01-01

    Research Goals and Methodology From inception, Born Globals with scarce resources face substantial pressure to seek for business growth on global markets. Understanding how these companies are able to succeed as participants of global business ecosystems can help new Born Globals to take greater advantage of their external ecosystem environment. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to gain novel insights into the ecosystem strategies of Born Globals and to specify the tools that allow ...

  17. Customer Satisfaction in Business to Consumer (B2C) E-commerce: A Comparative Study of Turkey and Pakistan

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    Sahal M. SHEIKH; BASTI, MEHMET

    2015-01-01

    The World Wide Web and the medium of internet have invaded the world from all directions and it has transformed the business and economies into series of electronic financial transactions. E-Commerce is a relatively new born phenomenon and this study explores into the realm of Business-to-Customer e-commerce customer satisfaction in Pakistan and Turkey. The methodology used to extract primary data is the contingency valuation approach; questionnaire. In total 205 Questionnai...

  18. Studies on English Vocabulary Learning Strategies of Three-year Business English Majors

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    Liu Fang-rong

    2008-01-01

    Vocabulary learning strategies have been studied by a lot of scholars and teachers to a different extent on language learner of different levels. Little research has been done on three-year .Business English majors. This study is intended to examine the vocabulary learning strategies applied by those students to their vocabulary learning during the course of English learning. This study is carried out in the form of doing a questionnaire among 117 three-year Business English majors. The collected data is analyzed in the computer by using the SPSS software. The result is that most of the students give up the concept and strategy of repetition and accept the concept of context and practicing. In addition, most of the students know how to make use of cognitive strategies to learn vocabulary. However, those students seldom employ metacognitive strategies and social/affective strategies to facilitate their vocabulary learning. In fight of these, some recommendations have given to those students to help them learn more vocabulary by appropriately using the vocabulary learning strategies.

  19. Study of the Highly-skilled Talent Training Mode for Business English Major Rural Students:A Case Study of Higher Vocational Colleges in Anhui Province

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    Min; ZHOU

    2014-01-01

    This paper makes an in-depth study of the reasons for employment problems of Business English major rural students in Anhui Province,and sets forth the appropriate highly-skilled Business English talent training mode and the corresponding recommendations.

  20. Salary-Trend Studies of Faculty of the Years 1988-89 and 1991-92 in the Following Academic Disciplines/Major Fields: Accounting; Agribusiness and Agriproduction; Anthropology; Area and Ethnic Studies; Business Administration and Management; Business and Management; Business Economics; Chemistry; Communication Technologies; Communications; Computer and Information Sciences; Dramatic Arts; Drawing; Education; and Engineering.

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    Howe, Richard D.; And Others

    This volume provides comparative data for faculty salaries in public and private colleges, based on an annual survey of over 600 colleges and universities. Data cover the following disciplines: Accounting, Agribusiness and Agriproduction, Anthropology, Area and Ethnic Studies, Business Administration and Management, Business and Management,…

  1. Integrated business development

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    Koppers, Carina; Klumpp, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    Business Development traditionally has an incorporated focus on marketing and marketing models as well as marketing competencies among business development managers. However, the discussed case studies results and trends in business and market behaviour point to the fact that in the future only an integrated model of business development (including logistics, supply and quality management models and activities, respectively personnel) can provide significant competitive advantages especially ...

  2. Successful business model innovation

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    Breiby, Eivind; Wanberg, Magnus Haug

    2011-01-01

    A global CEO study conducted by IBM in 2006 showed that business model innovation has a higher correlation with operating margin growth than any other type of innovation. It is therefore not surprising that business model innovation is a buzzword increasingly seen in business jargon and literature. However, the field is quite novel and finding ways of approaching and understanding the subject has been more elusive. This thesis presents a comprehensive and academically founded approach to busi...

  3. Business plan (tennis school)

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    Sirghi, Evgeniya

    2011-01-01

    The main task of this work is to develop a comprehensive business plan for startup sports business that will offer training services. In my final Diploma study I am working on the creation of business plans for the company with a few years vision, I am developing a strategy which takes into account precise construction of finance planning, market penetration and number of employees. The business plan will analyze the current market situation, competition and the probability of company develop...

  4. Case Study of a Coffee War: Using the "Starbucks v. Charbucks" Dispute to Teach Trademark Dilution, Business Ethics, and the Strategic Value of Legal Acumen

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    Melvin, Sean P.

    2012-01-01

    A Harvard Business School-style teaching case can be a powerful pedagogical tool to teach law and ethics to business students because instructors can combine a traditional business case study with Socratic-style dialogue and legal analysis from a managerial perspective. This teaching note includes suggestions for several methods of using the case,…

  5. Can Ethics Be Taught? A Quasi-Experimental Study of the Impact of Class Size on the Cognitive Moral Reasoning of Freshmen Business Students

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    Sullivan, Ethan A.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a business ethics course on the cognitive moral reasoning of freshmen business students. The sample consisted of 268 college students enrolled in a required business ethics course. The students took Rest's Defining Issues Test--Version 2 (DIT2) as a pre-test and then post-test (upon…

  6. Applying Business Process Oriented Learning in Industry: The PROLIX Solution Approach Based on a Case Study

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    Dimitra Pappa

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available With human capital being critical to corporate success, aligning individual training with business priorities, emerges as a key challenge. Business process oriented learning unites corporate training and business process management. This entails integrating learning into daily working tasks and putting in place mechanisms for the effective management of business processes, organisational roles, competencies and learning processes, to reduce the time to fill competency gaps and to build proficiency according to evolving business needs. In this paper we outline the main characteristics of the PROLIX approach for business-driven training and provide a practical example of how this concept can help a typical vehicle manufacturer effectively resolve competency related business problems stemming from changes in supply chain management.

  7. A Comparitive study of trust management models in E-Business environment

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    BheemarasettyB.Shankar

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Trust is one of the bastions of both business and personal life, an inherent characteristic that must be present in every relationship. It is a bidirectional process, which must be mutual at different levels in either direction among the relying party and trusted party. This becomes more of a psychological requirement as the bond generally involves people, directly or indirectly. In an ideal situation where each is in place, and the human beings involved are completely satisfied in all ways, the concept of trust seems to become diluted. However in the present society, this “ideal situation” by and large doesn’t exist. Thus securing trust is a challenge which is much simpler in traditional environment than in an electronic environment. In electronic environment there is no physical contact between the buyer and seller hence over here trust becomes an important ingredient as, e business will be successful only if the buyer trusts the person and place involved in online business and feels secure in transacting over the internet. Various trust models aid the process of enhancing security, specifying the hybrid trust relationship and associated operations. Each model presents specific ideas related to certain trust issues. These different trust models are studied and hence subjected to comparison. The pros and cons of each are understood and thus the advantage of one over the other is stated. Application of the trust models in an effective manner is extremely necessary hence the different ways in which these are applied is elaborately explained. Accordingly a detailed comparison no feach model with the other pinpoints its diversity and usefulness thus leading to a through analysis of the different trust models

  8. Environmental Monitoring in the Small Business: A Case Study on this Process in a Company of the Real Estate Sector

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    Mariana Bassi Sutter

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available It is observed a gap in the literature regard to studies related to strategic planning in small businesses, specifically related to environmental monitoring. As a result of this gap, this study aimed to understand how a small real estate company monitors the environment in which it operates. To develop the study, we opted for a descriptive and qualitative approach, based on the method of a single case study. The conceptual foundations used for structuring the field research took into account a secondary data survey on strategic planning, environmental analysis in strategic planning, conceptualization of small and medium sized business (SMB and environment monitoring in SMB’s The study also has shown that although the respondents assert they perform environmental monitoring consistently, the process as described in the literature is not formal and systematic in the company studied. It has been observed efforts of the partners in this direction, but such activities are still restricted to the owners of the company. Given the proposed objective of this research, the case study did outline the main characteristics of the monitoring process of a small company in the construction sector. The study therefore contributes to broaden the knowledge about the structure of environmental monitoring in small businesses, enriching the theme that is still underdeveloped. In the business context, this study contributes pointing out factors that could be better developed by company managers and may serve as an example for other small businesses that are in the early stages of its environmental monitoring system development.

  9. Business Plan

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    Neterda, Karel

    2012-01-01

    The objective of the diploma thesis is aimed at business plan for real estate agency. Theoretical part of the thesis focuses on basic definitions regarding new company establishment. As follows: business laws, legal form of companies, business grants and structure of the business plan. Practical part describes a business plan for real estate agency and evaluate the business environment and current competition through these methods: Porter Five Force Model, SWOT -- and PEST analyses. Further, ...

  10. Algorithm applied in dialogue with Skateholders: a case study in a business tourism sector

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    Ana María Gil Lafuente

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available According to numerous scientific studies one of the most important points in the area of sustainability in business is related to dialogue with stakeholders. Based on Stakeholder Theory we try to analyze corporate sustainability and the process of preparing a report that a company in the tourism sector in accordance with the guidelines of the guide G3 - Global Reporting Initiative. With the completion of an empirical study seeks to understand the expectations of stakeholders regarding the implementation of the contents of the sustainability report. To achieve the proposed aim we use «The Expertons Method» algorithm that allows the aggregation of opinions of various experts on the subject and represents an important extension of fuzzy subsets for aggregation processes. At the end of our study, we present the results of using this algorithm, the contributions and future research.

  11. Business Education Index 1997. Index of Business Education Articles and Research Studies Compiled from a Selected List of Periodicals Published during the Year 1997. Volume 58.

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    Noll, Cheryl L., Ed.; Graves, Pat R., Ed.

    This publication indexes 41 specific business education publications and those related to business education, especially journals that are essential to research and teaching in the broad business education spectrum. The index contains 1,935 citations. All entries have the title, author(s), publication, volume and number, inclusive pages, and date.…

  12. Case Study of Apple, Inc. for Business Law Students: How Apple's Business Model Controls Digital Content through Legal and Technological Means

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    Reder, Margo E. K.

    2009-01-01

    This article describes a six-week long exercise that incorporates a dynamic learning approach into an e-commerce or Internet technology business law elective course; the exercise pursues an entrepreneurial approach to the use of an appropriate business model by emphasizing the interaction between technology, business, and law. This active learning…

  13. IMPACT OF CASE STUDY METHOD OF TEACHING ON THE JOB PERFORMANCE OF BUSINESS GRADUATES, IN THE CASE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT IBA-UNIVERSITY OF SINDH-JAMSHORO

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    Full Text Available The study was conducted on business graduates of IBA-University of Sindh-Jamshoro. A complementary survey was conducted from 50 organizations in Sindh province by using simple random technique, and 200 sample size were selected from student data set. The results showed that case analysis method increasing the vision and understanding the subject as well as practical exposure of the different organizations and it also impact on the personal development of the student when they are solving they different cases in different situations for firm or organization. From last couple of years this method is pretty popular among the students, and they applied all the case studies in local environment and teachers are importing the quality of the education by employing different case studies and their practical touches of different cases. It also helps the graduates when they are going for the jobs, and it has the positive relationship with the job performance. Case studies improving the vision of the business students.

  14. The Energy Services Company (ESCo) as business model for heat entrepreneurship-A case study of North Karelia, Finland

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    Energy Services Companies are widely implemented for improving energy efficiency both in the public sector and industry. The model has also been introduced as a business model for biomass-based heat entrepreneurship. However, the residential sector has been problematic with regard to ESCo adoption and constitutes a minor share of ESCo operations. The barriers, both social and economic, are many. This paper focuses on the application of ESCo as a business model for heat entrepreneurship in Finland. First, we present the ESCo model and a review of the main barriers. Second, we present the modelling with aspects of profitability and risk sharing. Third, we demonstrate the operation in the residential sector by using 26 housing associations as a case study. We simulate the energy investment, profitability of operation, and the sharing of risks between the customer and the ESCo. The results indicate that the ESCo model is challenging in our case area. Low profit levels and the assumed customer's preference for achieving cost savings from the beginning of energy renovation can result in long contract periods tying up the capital. The ESCo model is unattractive in the current business climate, requiring modifications or integration with other maintenance services of housing associations. - Highlights: • We simulate the ESCo business model in a challenging sector of residential heating services. • We provide a detailed and replicable method for ESCo business modelling. Simulation and conclusions stimulate further ESCo business model development

  15. E-business done your way : ConocoPhillips Canada e-invoicing case study

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    Fairbanks, C. [ElectroBusiness, Calgary, AB (Canada)

    2003-07-01

    This ConocoPhillips case study reviews the use of electronic document exchange with particular reference to an automated invoicing system developed by Calgary-based ElectroBusiness. The electronic data system eliminates paper work and reduces time-consuming manual entry and reconciliation processes that may create costly data errors and delays. The types of documents that could be exchanged electronically for buyers include procurement papers, receiving papers, and accounts payable. The types of documents that could be exchanged electronically for suppliers are sales papers, fulfillment papers and accounts receivable. This presentation describes the simple steps that must be taken to receive and send information. The direction and goals of the ConocoPhillips case study were described with reference to exchanging invoices and other documents electronically, and automating the invoices, approvals and payments. Electronic document exchange has contributed to cost savings, increased operational efficiency and better supplier relations. 2 figs.

  16. A Credit Union Case Study of the Business Value of IS/IT

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    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the business value of IS/IT investments in the Financial Services Sectors (FSS in Australia using a case study methodology to develop and refine a conceptual model of the relationship between IS/IT investment and organisational performance. The conceptual model has four main components, IS/IT investment, organisational performance, considerations for strategic information systems planning and managerial effectiveness. A case study of a credit union indicates support for components of the conceptual model. Further, the analysis reveals the existence of intermediary factors, operations, product delivery, customer service and staff. It is concluded that directing IS/IT investments to these areas, particularly when it is done in concert, is most likely to have a positive impact on organisational performance. Lastly, debate on the issue of an IS/IT investment threshold and its applicability to organisations is presented.

  17. Feasibility Study of Establishing Business with Charcoal Briquetting Made from Water Hyacinth and Abandoned Biomass

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    Jake M. Laguador

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    Full Text Available Offering environment-friendly products would not only lessen the pollution but it also suggests greater benefits to the economic productivity since it is offered with lower price due to its raw materials from abandoned biomass. The purpose of the proposed project is to establish a manufacturing plant of charcoal briquette that is made up of combustible materials and water hyacinth. This study used a descriptive type of research method with survey questionnaire administered to the target respondents who were owners of restaurants that utilized charcoal for grilling. The company adopts partnership form of ownership and based on the result of the survey, the study is feasible in the region and raw materials were abundant in the nearby towns and provinces. It is resolute to establish a business which offers high quality and low priced green charcoal in the market as alternative biofuel with payback period of 4 years and 11 monthsbased on the result of financial analysis.

  18. INFORMATION SYSTEMS ADHERENCE IN THE DECISION TAKING: A MULTICASE STUDY WITH BUSINESS GAMES

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to identify the adherence of the Information Systems (IS to the variables of an experiment based on business games. This relation was measured by means of the companies financial performance indicator ROE - Return on Equity. A multi-case study method was adopted to compare seven companies. Six out of seven developed an ISs - Information System. A strong adherence of the IS to the variables of the experiment and the performance reached by the companies was observed. The results reinforce the Fritzsche, Rodich and Cotter's (1987 research discoveries, pointing to a direct relation between the use of Information Systems and the financial performance measured by ROE.

  19. Design of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence System : A case study of Retail Industry

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    Oketunji, Temitope; Omodara, Olalekan

    2011-01-01

    Business Intelligence (BI) concept has continued to play a vital role in its ability for managers to make quality business decision to resolve the business needs of the organization. BI applications comes handy which allows managers to query, comprehend, and evaluate existing data within their organizations in order to obtain functional knowledge which then assist them in making improved and informed decisions. Data warehouse (DW) is pivotal and central to BI applications in that it integrate...

  20. The utilization of social networking as promotion media (Case study: Handicraft business in Palembang)

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    Rahadi, Dedi Rianto; Abdillah, Leon Andretti

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), not only simply as communication media, but also for promotion. Social networking media offers many business benefits for companies and organizations. Research purposes is to determine the model of social network media utilization as a promotional media for handicraft business in Palembang city. Qualitative and quantitative research design are used to know how handicraft business in Palembang city utilizing social media networking as a promotio...

  1. BUSINESS ACCEPTANCE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES: AN STUDY OF THE SERVICE SECTOR

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    Maria José Martín De Hoyos; Julio Jiménez Martínez; Blanca Hernández Ortega

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to analyse the level of development reached by some Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) such as web pages, e-mail, EDI, and business management software in the business world. To this end, we have concentrated on the business behaviour of the service sector. Nevertheless, the technological development demanded changes depending on the activity of the firm, so the mediator effect of the industry has been tested in the process of acceptance of innovations. ...

  2. Testing the Effect of the Supply Chain Management Implementation on Business Performance: An Empirical Study

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    Inda Sukati; Abu Bakar Hamid; Rohaizat Baharun

    2012-01-01

    Nowadays, Business is more challenging. Many of the companies increase their focus on creating the best value to the targeted customer. The center of business concern is to provide valuable product or services which can meet the customer need. The main purpose of this research is evaluating the business performance through SCM implementation in Malaysia manufacturing industry. A total of 248 respondents were selected by using purposive sampling. The data were analyzed to find the relationship...

  3. Customer satisfaction in business organizations - Case study of Prisma (A subsidiary of KPO)

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    Oladejo, Akolade

    2010-01-01

    Customer satisfaction is can be seen as one of the main instruments that ensure the existence and survival of a business organization. It is very important for the business organizations to consider offering what the customers want rather than offering quality goods and services which may not meet up with the customers’ expectation. Therefore, business organizations have to possess a framework in their organizational structure towards satisfying their customers so that they can maintain their...

  4. A Study on Applying of Business Rules Management Systems in Enterprises

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    Avdejenkov, Vladimir

    2009-01-01

    The paper analyses topicalities of implementation of business rules and business rules management systems into enterprise business management information systems. It is rare nowadays to find a company which is not using an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system for its own needs. These systems are intended to perform a centralized accounting of enterprise activities, including financial, logistic, production, service management and human resource management accounting. Darbe analizuojam...

  5. An exploratory study of family harmony in family businesses / Sunette Pottas

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    Pottas, Sunette

    2009-01-01

    Family businesses are one of the driving forces behind economic growth in South Africa. It is therefore very important to understand all the different aspects of family businesses to ensure sustainability and continuity through different generations. The reasons for their failure are often predictable and the fact that the 'family dynamics' and family business issues is not well understood. Family harmony is a situation where family members acknowledge each other's achiev...

  6. THE DEVELOPMENT, GROWTH AND EXPANSION OF LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESSES IN AFRICA : Case Study: Ghana

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    Amoako, Shirley

    2016-01-01

    The need to develop locally-owned businesses in Africa has become an arguable necessity. This is apparent in the knowledge that the creation of an efficient and operable environment for enterprises and business is definitely in the interest of all in the society. An enabling environment for entrepreneurs can improve living standards, create a fair distribution of income, provide employment and promote growth. Africa’s business sector is largely made up of small, micro and medium scale enterpr...

  7. Towards a New Agenda for the Study of Business Internationalization: Integrating Markets, Institutions and Politics

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    Rodrigues, Suzana Braga

    2010-01-01

    textabstractBusiness is becoming increasingly international. At the same time, governments are intervening more in the conduct of business. A further development is the growing significance of emerging economies, many of which have a tradition of active government involvement with business. Taken together, these trends make it imperative to understand the relationships between firms and their institutional contexts. Conventional theories adopt an over-rationalized view of these relationships ...

  8. Towards a New Agenda for the Study of Business Internationalization: Integrating Markets, Institutions and Politics

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    2010-01-01

    Business is becoming increasingly international. At the same time, governments are intervening more in the conduct of business. A further development is the growing significance of emerging economies, many of which have a tradition of active government involvement with business. Taken together, these trends make it imperative to understand the relationships between firms and their institutional contexts. Conventional theories adopt an over-rationalized view of these relationships internationa...

  9. Business Models and Value Creation : A Case Study of New York City Economic Development Corporation

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    Chambers, Eric; Patrocinio, Manuel

    2012-01-01

    Since its establishment as an emerging area of research in strategic management over a decade ago, business model research has had little consensus towards adopting a single definition or common language for this rapidly growing management concept.  However, strong agreement as to the relevance of value creation within organizations underlies existing business model literature. Moreover, applications of business model frameworks outside the private sector have been limited. Recent literature ...

  10. Learning Styles Preferences of Statistics Students: A Study in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the UAE University

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    Yousef, Darwish Abdulrahman

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: Although there are many studies addressing the learning styles of business students as well as students of other disciplines, there are few studies which address the learning style preferences of statistics students. The purpose of this study is to explore the learning style preferences of statistics students at a United Arab Emirates…

  11. Designing Business Model Change

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    Cavalcante, Sergio Andre

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to base organisational change on the firm's business model, an approach that research has only recently start to address. This study adopts a process-based perspective on business models and insights from a variety of theories as the basis for the development of ideas on...... the design of business model change. This paper offers a new, process-based strategic analytical artefact for the design of business model change, consisting of three main phases. Designing business model change as suggested in this paper allows ex ante analysis of alternative scenarios of change in a...

  12. Business plan

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    Monakov, Victor

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this bachelor's thesis is to prepare a business plan for web design courses in Prague and feasibility & efficiency evaluation of this type of business. In the theoretical part of my bachelor's thesis, I focus on important terms, structure and aspects of a business plan. In the practical part, I apply theoretical knowledge and create a real business plan.

  13. EDUCATIONAL BUSINESS IN INDONESIA: ITS SCIENTIFIC QUALITY AND PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS CHALLENGE

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    Enjang Sudarman

    2011-01-01

    This study discovers concept and principles to become new theories regarding educational business, study business theories with regard to educational business format, business planning, strategic management, marketing management, financial management and educational business ethics. Some educational business success in Indonesia has executed well by formal and informal organization in university level, study group and courses. This is implicative scientific development and educational busines...

  14. Partnerships in BOP business

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    Hietapuro, Marjo

    2011-01-01

    Objective of the study The purpose of this study was to find out what kinds of partnerships companies form in base of the pyramid (BOP) business, i.e. business aimed at alleviating poverty in subsistence markets. Although partnerships have been frequently promoted in previous BOP literature, very comprehensive studies on the topic have not been made before. Data and methodology The research was conducted as a multiple-case study, including data on 20 BOP business models of both fo...

  15. Business intelligence

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Business intelligence (BI refers to computer-based techniques used in spotting, digging-out, and analyzing business data, such as sales revenue by products and/or departments, or by associated costs and incomes. BI technologies provide historical, current, and predictive views of business operations. Common functions of business intelligence technologies are reporting, online analytical processing, analytics, data mining, business performance management, benchmarking, text mining, and predictive analytics. Business intelligence aims to support better business decision-making. Thus a BI system can be called a decision support system (DSS. Though the term business intelligence is sometimes used as a synonym for competitive intelligence, because they both support decision making, BI uses technologies, processes, and applications to analyze mostly internal, structured data and business processes while competitive intelligence gathers, analyzes and disseminates information with a topical focus on company competitors. Business intelligence understood broadly can include the subset of competitive intelligence.

  16. Supply Chain Integration, Competition Capability and Business Performance: A Study on Turkish SMEs

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the effect of supply chain integration on the SME’s (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises competition capability and performance is attempted to be investigated. The data is gathered from the conducted surveys with 181 SMEs. Regression models have been built between supply chain integration and competition capability and by building hierarchical regression models between competition ability, supply chain integration and performance, the effects are attempted to be determined. As a result, it is found that supply chain integration affects competition capability positively and competition capability partially affects performance positively. It is also found that supply chain integration has very little effect on business performance; affects only market performance positively.

  17. Business Metrics for High-Performance Homes: A Colorado Springs Case Study

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    Beach, R. [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Jones, A. [IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2016-04-26

    The building industry needs to understand how energy ratings can impact homebuilders. Of interest is how energy efficiency may or may not have a positive impact on homebuilders’ business success. Focusing on Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a case study, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America research team IBACOS suggests a win–win between a builder’s investment in energy efficiency and that builder’s ability to sell homes. Although this research did not ultimately determine why a correlation may exist, a builder’s investment in voluntary energy-efficiency programs correlated with that builder’s ability to survive the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. This report explores the relationship between energy-efficiency ratings and the market performance of several builders in Colorado Springs.

  18. Classifying Personalization Constraints in Digital Business Environments through Case Study Research

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    Full Text Available To aid professionals in the early assessment of possible risks related to personalization activities in marketing as well as to give academics a starting point to discover not only the opportunities but also the risks of personalization, a ‘Classification Scheme of Personalization Constraints’ is established after the analysis of 24 case studies. The classification scheme includes three dimensions: origin (internal, external, subject (technological, organizational and time (data collection, matchmaking, delivery and describes the different obstacles with which companies are confronted when implementing personalization activities. Additionally four ‘Standard Types of Personalization Environments’ are developed. They describe a set of business environments which inherit different internal and external risks related to personalization activities in marketing. The standard types are termed Flow, Performance, Dependence and Risk.

  19. A Business intelligence tool for studying value co-creation and innovation

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    Tanev, Stoyan; Ruskov, Petko; Georgiev, Lachezar;

    2011-01-01

    Value co-creation is an emerging marketing and innovation paradigm describing a broader opening of the firm to its customers by providing them with the opportunity to become active participants in the design and development of personalized products, services and experiences. However......, there is not yet a fully satisfactory theoretical vision about its distinctive characteristics as compared to more traditional value creation approaches. One of the challenges in studying value co-creation is the lack of business intelligence (BI) tools that can be used in the conceptualization of value co......-creation practices. The present paper provides a preliminary vision for the development of such BI tool and a first implementation that uses empirical research results in answering two research questions. The first question is: What are the principal components of value co-creation? The second question is: What...

  20. Distinctive features of China for business development: findings from case studies

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available China has emerged as a major player on the global scenario, having lead, during the last three decades, a great magnitude process of economic and social transformation. Nevertheless, selling Western produce -mainly, food products- in China is, the most complicated challenge which companies that decide to operate in this market should face. This paper aims to offer a panoramic vision of several China particularities with the purpose of reviewing its potential for Western business development. Hence, a number of cases studies of companies that have succeeded to enter the Chinese market and different examples of wrong decisions or failure cases are presented, trying to provide an analytical evaluation and managerial guidelines.

  1. Playful Business

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    Lund, Morten; Hansen, Poul H. Kyvsgård; Nielsen, Louise Møller

    2011-01-01

    ” The term business model can be defined as a business concept that has been put into practice. The increase in dynamics in markets, technology, economies etc. challenge the requirements to make consistent and synchronized decisions on which business models to develop and implement. Complexity...... efficiently. This paper describes initial experiences of facilitating business model mapping or business model innovation by game-like setups.”...

  2. A process mining approach to redesign business processes : A case study in gas industry

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    van Beest, N. R. T. P.; Maruster, L.; Negru,; Jebelean, T; Petcu, D; Zaharie, D

    2007-01-01

    Nowadays organizations have to adjust their business processes along with the changing environment, in order to maintain a competitive advantage. Often, a change in a part of the system which is to support the business process implies a change of the whole system, which causes complex redesign activ

  3. Teaching Business Ethics: A Practical Guide and Case Studies. SBDC Professional Enrichment.

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    Collins, Denis; Page, Laura V.

    This teaching guide is for instructors who wish to include a discussion of ethical dilemmas in their regular business seminars and workshops. It discusses why it is essential to teach ethics and how to do so. It reviews the format of specially annotated ethics cases that are designed to help teach business ethics and shows how to use them. These…

  4. An Empirical Study on Needs Analysis of College Business English Course

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    Wu, Yan

    2012-01-01

    Under the theoretical framework of needs analysis, this paper is aimed to give insights into the college business English learners' needs (including target situation needs, learning situation needs and present situation needs). The analysis of the research data has provided teachers insights into business English teaching related issues.

  5. Study on the Theoretical Foundation of Business English Curriculum Design Based on ESP and Needs Analysis

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    Zhu, Wenzhong; Liu, Dan

    2014-01-01

    Based on a review of the literature on ESP and needs analysis, this paper is intended to offer some theoretical supports and inspirations for BE instructors to develop BE curricula for business contexts. It discusses how the theory of need analysis can be used in Business English curriculum design, and proposes some principles of BE curriculum…

  6. Internationalization of MBA Programs in Asia-Pacific: Looking beyond Business Study Missions.

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    Teck-Meng, Tan; And Others

    1997-01-01

    Internationalization of the curriculum in the Nanyang University (Singapore) master's program in business administration (MBA) is described, highlighting its parallels with formation of government policy initiatives that encourage regional expansion of Singapore businesses. Lessons learned from the internationalization experiences of MBA programs…

  7. Family Business/Entrepreneurial Studies: A Small Private Liberal Arts College Approach

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    Bledsoe, M. Tony

    2004-01-01

    The Center for Women's Business Research reports that, "As of 2002, there are an estimated 10.1 million privately-held majority or 50% women-owned businesses in the U.S., accounting for 46% of all privately-held firms. These firms generate $2.3 trillion in sales and employ 18.2 million workers." Further it states, "In North…

  8. A Study on the Sleep Patterns and Problems of University Business Students in Hong Kong

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    Tsui, Y. Y.; Wing, Y. K.

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To investigate sleep patterns and problems of university business students. Participants: Undergraduate Chinese business students in Hong Kong. Methods: Self-reported questionnaires were completed during class lectures and through online system. Results: Of the 620 participating students (mean age 19.9 years), sleep duration was…

  9. Business information technology professor studies supply chain management for disaster relief

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    Ho, Sookhan

    2010-01-01

    Chris Zobel, associate professor of business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business, is developing new approaches for modeling disaster resilience to help decision makers gain a better understanding of the tradeoffs in managing supply chain operations during a disaster.

  10. Assessment of BSBA Students' Conversancy in Current Business Issues: A Case Study

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    Hogan, Eileen A.; Maskulka, Therese A.; Kaminski, Kathleen A.

    2014-01-01

    In 2008, the faculty of the College of Business at Kutztown University developed a set of five learning goals for its BSBA program. In fall, 2011, the college's Assurance of Learning Committee began to pursue the assessment of the last of these goals: "BSBA graduates will be conversant in current business issues, including ethics, social…

  11. Students' Perception of International Business Curriculum: An Explorative Study--Case of Lebanon

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    Bahhouth, Victor; Spillan, John E.; Bahhouth, Jocelyne; Khoueiri, Roy

    2012-01-01

    Economic development depends on business education for a thriving and secure society. A skilled workforce that can create, innovate, and increase business opportunities fosters an environment of prosperity that provides jobs and enhances the quality of life among its citizens. This article examines the environment, content, and delivery of…

  12. Incorporating Electronic Business Initiatives in Health Services and Health Tourism: A Case Study of Malaysia

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Telecommunications, information communication technology, miniaturization, computers and Internet went through shorter product life styles and achieved widespread diffusion and reformed the nature of business operation and enhanced competitive business environment instantly. This technological advancement has resulted in evolution and innovation of many products, services and business processes. The Internet has resulted in the emergence of virtual markets with four primary distinctive characteristics, which are real time, shared, open and global. The greatest feature of the Internet is the absence of intermediaries; the manufacturers are able to sell their product relatively easier to buyers via Internet. E-business today is no longer technological issue, but is also a business issue. Incorporating E-business initiatives in health services aims to go beyond the traditional modes of healthcare delivery and instead, provide greater access to better and higher quality healthcare. It is achieved by grabbing opportunities of enhanced multimedia and information technologies and developing new technological solutions. In addition, E-business initiative is incorporated in enhancing health tourism sector through cost cutting strategies and improving quality of patients' care. Thus, this paper attempts to discuss the current states of health services and health tourism and how the emergence of E-business initiative can be capitalized to further boost the industry in Malaysia.

  13. A Contemporary Simulation Infused in the Business Communication Curriculum: A Case Study

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    Drury-Grogan, Meghann L.; Russ, Travis L.

    2013-01-01

    This research examines students' reactions to a contemporary simulation infused in the business communication curriculum. Results show that students indicated the experience helped them learn how to work better as a team, how to maintain composure, how the business world works, and how to improve their communication. Students also verified…

  14. Smartphone Apps on the Mobile Web: An Exploratory Case Study of Business Models

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    Ford, Caroline Morgan

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to explore the business strategies of a firm seeking to develop and profitably market a mobile smartphone application to understand how small, digital entrepreneurships may build sustainable business models given substantial market barriers. Through a detailed examination of one firm's process to try to…

  15. The Purpose of the Corporation in Business and Law School Curricula. Governance Studies at Brookings

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    West, Darrell M.

    2011-01-01

    For most of American history, businesses were run to provide livelihoods and "reasonable" profit. In the last few decades, though, business and society in general have moved toward emphasizing profit maximization and individual self-interest. The shift from "reasonable profit" to profit maximization has significant implications for corporate…

  16. Managing Discourse in Intercultural Business Email Interactions: A Case Study of a British and Italian Business Transaction

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    Incelli, Ersilia

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates native speaker (NS) and non-native speaker (NNS) interaction in the workplace in computer-mediated communication (CMC). Based on empirical data from a 10-month email exchange between a medium-sized British company and a small-sized Italian company, the general aim of this study is to explore the nature of the intercultural…

  17. Modeling the Effects of E-Commerce Adoption On Business Process Management: Case Study of Commercial Banks in Kenya

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    Peterson Obara Magutu; Richard Nyaanga Ongeri; Haron Mwangi

    2009-01-01

    The general objective of this study was to model the effects of e-commerce adoption on business process management. This was a census study on modeling the effects of e-commerce adoption on business process management in commercial banks in Kenya. Out of the sixty (60) respondents to whom the questionnaires were administered, only forty-one (41) responded. This gave a response rate of 68.33% percent. It was found that the commercial banks in Kenya have Formalized Policy on E-Commerce and Inte...

  18. Are Business-Oriented Social Networking Web Sites Useful Resources for Locating Passive Jobseekers? Results of a Recent Study

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    DeKay, Sam

    2009-01-01

    The assumption that members of business-oriented social networking Web sites are passive jobseekers has never been validated. The purpose of this study is to examine the accuracy of this assumption. The study concludes that this claim is questionable and that the majority of members registered at one major site, and possibly others, are currently…

  19. Using Typologies to Interpret Study Abroad Preferences of American Business Students: Applying a Tourism Framework to International Education

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    Cardon, Peter W.; Marshall, Bryan; Poddar, Amit

    2011-01-01

    The authors describe research that applies a tourist framework to study abroad attitudes and preferences. A total of 371 university business students in the Southern region of the United States completed a survey that included the International Tourist Role scale and study abroad attitudes and preferences. These students were grouped into one of 4…

  20. E-COMMERCE UNTUK MENDUKUNG BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MENGGUNAKAN DYNAMIC DBMSS: STUDI KASUS PADA PERUSAHAAN DAGANG CROSS TECH

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    H. Mohammad Subekti

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to develop an e-commerce that can distribute any information about the products of PD Cross Tech. The e-commerce is supported by dynamic DBMS and can be connected via database reseller server so that it can do information sharing. The distribution is performed using the Distributed Relational Database Management System (DRDBMS, supported by the File Transfer Protocol and Virtual Private Network. In other words the e-Commerce supports multiplatform database. Research methodologies used are analytical methods, design methods, and literature study. Results showed that PD Cross Tech needs a new e-Commerce that supports multiplatform database. With this e-Commerce, it is expected that similar computer equipment needs for many organization in Indonesia can be designed in the same way

  1. GAINING SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE IT ADVANTAGES: MULTIPLE CASE STUDIES IN INTERNATIONALIZED BUSINESSES

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    Eduardo Armando

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available This research studies how the studied firms gain sustainable competitive advantages (SCAs. The issue has been studied in the literature on business strategy: the challenge for managers is to identify, develop, protect and use resources and skills that provide the firm with SCAs. Eight cases were studied. All concerned Information Technology firms that sell to other companies. The variables used were qualitative. Data was collected from primary and secondary sources of information. The primary sources consisted of the studied firms, where interviews with management were held. The main results are: (1 One firm develops products abroad and this aspect is a competitive advantage. (2 There are cases that resort to a model that provides them with great operating flexibility. (3 One firm obtained SCAs by developing a strategy whereby it implemented a franchise model for development and distribution. The franchise system encourages entrepreneurial behavior among the franchisees. (4 One case gained a competitive advantage through the complexity and sophistication of its products. (5 Some of the cases searched for market niches that were less exposed to competition.Key-words: Strategic management. Strategic planning. Advanced Technology firms. Management of multinationals. 

  2. An empirical study to measure the impact of e-business on organizational performance with an emphasis on integrated production information

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    Hadi Meftahi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available During the past few decades, there have been different studies on e-business but there are limited numbers of works accomplished on measuring the impact of e-business on supply chain. Although e-business may not directly influence on organizational performance, it can have significant indirect impact on unifying customers and suppliers, which yields to a better performance of organizations. In this study, we perform an empirical study to measure the indirect impact of e-business on organizational performance. The proposed study of this paper designs a questionnaire and distributes it among 40 professional experts in various industries in province of Ilam, Iran. The survey examines four hypothesis for a possible correlation between e-business and integrated suppliers, e-business and customers, integrated customers and suppliers with organizational performance. The results of this survey confirm a positive relationship between all these components either directly or indirectly.

  3. Business on hope: a case study on private cord blood stem cell banking.

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    Kiatpongsan, Sorapop

    2008-04-01

    Traditionally, medical practice has been recognized as one of the professional practices with high honors. The interaction between physicians and patients is to provide health care services without the profit orientation. In modernized economy and in today's world of business, the relationship between doctors and patients has been dramatically changed. This transformation is very obvious in the private sector. Health care providers sell their services. Patients have been approached as customers. Decisions to make an investment on new medical technologies or new services would accompany with careful consideration on cost-benefit ratio, on marketing and also on short and long term return of the investment. However most of the medical services available in the past were focusing on the "real" and "tangible" products. This means that the patients or the customers would obtain diagnosis, treatment, palliation or prevention for the fees they paid. They can at least obtain and can feel some direct or indirect health benefits from the services. With the advancement of science and technology, there is recently a new model of business that sells only the hope for future use. Private cord blood stem cell banking is a good example for this business model. Actually, business on hope is not the brand new business model. Insurance is a well-known classical prototype of business on hope. However, when this kind of business model is applied for medical services, there should be some precautions and also intervention including an oversight system from the government sector to make sure that all the information delivered to the clients and family is accurate and unbiased. From the public policy perspective, this business of hope should be appropriately regulated to preserve consumer rights while promoting the advancement of science and technology through sustainable business development. PMID:18556871

  4. HTGR technology economic/ business analysis and trade studies impacts. Impacts of HTGR commericialization on the U.S. economy

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    Silady, Fred [Technology Insights, Marlborough, MA (United States)

    2013-12-07

    The approach to this task was to initially review the 2012 Business Plan and supporting analyses for the above impacts. With that understanding as a base, the Business Plan impacts are updated in terms of the GDP and job creation as a result of additional studies and inputs such as the revised market assessment from Task 1.1. For the impacts on U.S. competitiveness, the NGNP Industry Alliance team members have been utilized to provide inputs on supplier infrastructure development and on vendor capability.

  5. A Correlation Study of Personal Entrepreneurial Competency and the Academic Performance in Operations Management of Business Administration Students

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    Jake M. Laguador

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the Academic Performance of the Business Administration 3rd Year students in Operations Management course in terms of the result of their Prelim Exam, Midterm Exam, and Semi-Final Exam. It also analyzed the Personal Entrepreneurial Competency rating. Results showed that the Business Administration students – major in Human Resource Development and Management obtained low score in Prelim and Midterm examination where they find it difficult to answer Math problems. Goal setting, Information seeking and Persistence are the Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies where the students obtained high scores. The demand for quality and information seeking revealed significant relationship in two major examinations in Operations Management.

  6. Business Guests Satisfaction in the Hotel Industry: A Case Study of North American Hotel Chains

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    Milan Bradić

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers the problem of satisfaction of business guests with hotel brands in North America. In analysis we used the guests responses (scores given for 12 different elements of hotel product. In order to arrive at more accurate results, monitored hotel chains are grouped into price tiers. The aim of this paper is to indicate what facilities and services the North American business guests appreciate most. Industry trends and results may be beneficial to all hoteliers, especially in business tourism segment.

  7. Succession Planning in Malaysian Family Owned Business– Case Studies in Malaysian Chinese Owned Business

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    Jade Li, Chong

    2009-01-01

    Transferring a business to the next generation can pose serious challenges, especially in the SMEs sector. In many cases, the owner of the SMEs is the pillar of the company and he/she is responsible for most of the functions in the business. Some are near irreplaceable, thus, making succession even more difficult. According to research, about two-thirds of all family businesses fail to make it from the first generation to the second, and even less make it to the third. Researchers believe tha...

  8. An association between market orientation and business performance: A case study of small medium enterprises in Sri Lanka

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    Ph. D. Balasundaram Nimalathasan

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available In the globalized and highly competitive era of the present day business environment, firms are under constant pressure to build upon their skills and resources for developing distinctive competencies to withstand market challenges. Such competencies can be around either the lower delivered-cost-position or product differentiation. But building competencies around lower product costs and or product differentiation alone is not sufficient. “Market orientation” builds distinctive and sustainable competencies. An attempt to fill this research gap, the present study is instigated on market orientation and business performance as the case of small medium enterprises in Sri Lanka with the samples of ninety. A non-probabilistic sampling method, namely convenience sampling, was used in drawing samples for this study. Secondary data and primary data collections methods were used to conduct the study. In the present study, we analysed our data by employing correlation and regression analysis. For the study, entire analysis was done by personal computer. A well known statistical package ‘statistical package for social sciences’ (SPSS 13.0 version was used in order to analyze the data. The results revealed that there is a significant association between market orientation and business performance; further, market orientation has statistically positive impact on business performance.

  9. Business alignment in the procurement domain: a study of antecedents and determinants of supply chain performance

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    Patrick Mikalef

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available With organizations now placing an increasing amount on attention on the management of their supply chain activities, the role of Information Technology (IT in supporting these operations has been put in the spotlight. In spite of extensive research examining how IT can be employed in various activities of supply chain management, the majority of studies are limited in identifying enablers and inhibitors of adoption. Empirical studies examining post-adoption conditions that facilitate performance improvement still remain scarce. In this study we focus on procurement as part of the supply chain management activities. We apply the business-IT alignment perspective to the domain of procurement, and examine how certain organizational factors impact the attainment of this state. Additionally, we research the effect that procurement alignment has on supply chain management performance. In order to do so, we apply Partial Least Squares (PLS analysis on a sample of 172 European companies. We find that firms that opt for a centralized governance structure, as well as larger firms, are more likely to attain a state of procurement alignment. Furthermore, our results empirically support the statement that procurement alignment is positively correlated with operational efficiency and competitive performance of the supply chain.

  10. The Impact of Providing Web-Based PowerPoint Slides as Study Guides in Undergraduate Business Classes

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    Frank, Jonathan; Shaw, Lewis; Wilson, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    This study examines undergraduate business students' use of PowerPoint slides provided as a supplement to class attendance, textbook reading, and other traditional course resources. We survey students in 4 diverse (accounting, marketing, management, and information systems) lower-level undergraduate courses in which the instructor provided…

  11. A Study of the Content in Selected Textbooks for the Commonly Offered Basic Business Courses in Secondary Schools.

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    Jones, L. Eugene

    The problem was a study of the content found in five commonly offered basic business courses in secondary schools to determine whether the subject matter in each course is sufficiently unique to justify the continued offering of the current series of courses or whether the content is so repetitious that further consideration of the consolidation…

  12. Examining Intercultural Growth for Business Students in Short-Term Study Abroad Programs: Too Good to Be True?

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    Gullekson, Nicole L.; Tucker, Mary L.; Coombs, Garth, Jr.; Wright, Scott B.

    2011-01-01

    Changes in ethnocentrism, intercultural communication apprehension, international awareness and activities were examined in business students participating in a 16-day consulting program abroad and compared to a control group of students at the home university. Anticipated changes in the study abroad students were found; however, when compared to…

  13. Risk Control in Business Strategic Alliances of SMEs : A Case Study of SMEs in Zhejiang Province, China

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    Zhai, Shengwei; Long, Yang

    2010-01-01

    The primary objective of this research is to determine how SMEs control the risk involved in business strategic alliances. The research question is: How should performance risk and relationship risk within the strategic alliances of SMEs be controlled? Subsequently, we applied qualitative research methods to collect data for this research; further, our research design included a case study of the SMEs in Zhejiang, China.

  14. The influence of business conditions on supply chain information-sharing mechanisms : A study among supply chain links of SMEs

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    Welker, Gera A.; van der Vaart, Taco; van Donk, Dirk Pieter

    2008-01-01

    The literature acknowledges that the type and the level of supply chain integration differ in various situations. This paper investigates the influence of business conditions on internal and external information sharing and the role of ICT in order processing, using a multi-case study among SMEs. Th

  15. How a Corpus-Based Study of the Factors which Influence Collocation Can Help in the Teaching of Business English

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    Walker, Crayton

    2011-01-01

    In this paper I use two case studies to show how corpus linguistics can be used to help in the teaching of business English. Senior managers in global companies often find themselves having to do their job in a foreign language. Given that language is one of the key tools of management, the senior managers are normally very keen to develop a…

  16. Changes in BSc Business Administration and Psychology Students' Learning Styles over One, Two and Three Years of Study

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    Nielsen, Tine

    2013-01-01

    Knowledge on general or discipline-specific changes in the learning styles of university students can be utilised in the design and execution of courses, but little is known of such changes. The study examined the changes in the learning styles of three year groups of BSc Business Administration and Psychology students from admittance to one, two…

  17. A Trend Study: Technology Adoption in the Teaching-Learning Process by Secondary Business Teachers--2002 and 2007

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    Redmann, Donna H.; Kotrlik, Joe W.

    2008-01-01

    This study determined Louisiana secondary business teachers' adoption of technology for use in instruction. Teachers have increased their technology adoption for use in instruction over the past five years, although they still do not have access to the technology they need to utilize technology fully. Moderate barriers exist that prevent them from…

  18. A European study of E-business maturity and ICT-benefits: is there a conditional relationship?

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    Batenburg, R.; Constantiou, I.

    2009-01-01

    The present study explores the relationship between the e-business maturity and the perceived benefits from (Information and Communication Technologies) ICT at the firm level. We aim to debunk this relationship in terms of its strength and stability, and to explore the conditions which may influence

  19. Business Metrics for High-Performance Homes: A Colorado Springs Case Study

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    Beach, R. [IBACOS, Inc, Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Jones, A. [IBACOS, Inc, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2016-04-26

    This report explores the correlation between energy efficiency and the business success of home builders by examining a data set of builders and homes in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, market between 2006 and 2014. During this time, the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 occurred, and new-home sales plummeted both nationally and in Colorado Springs. What is evident from an analysis of builders and homes in Colorado Springs is that builders who had Home Energy Rating System (HERS) ratings performed on some or all of their homes during the Recession remained in business during this challenging economic period. Many builders who did not have HERS ratings performed on their homes at that time went out of business or left the area. From the analysis presented in this report, it is evident that a correlation exists between energy efficiency and the business success of home builders, although the reasons for this correlation remain largely anecdotal and not yet clearly understood.

  20. Business continuity

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    This presentation deals with the following keypoints: Information Technology (IT) Business Continuity and Recovery essential for any business; lessons learned after Sept. 11 event; Detailed planning, redundancy and testing being the key elements for probability estimation of disasters

  1. Change in offline and online networks in international business:an empirical case study in clothing industry

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    Kämäräinen, H.-L. (Henna-Leena)

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to provide further insight to network change. Previous studies have concentrated on offline business networks, but research on online networks is still currently missing. This thesis focuses on investigating networks in emergence, internationalization and growth phases and analyzing the similarities and differences between offline and online networks during each phase. Fashion industry was selected to provide the context for this study. The study phenomenon is co...

  2. The Relationships of Self-concept, Academic Achievement and Future Pathway of First Year Business Studies Diploma Students

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    Siew-Fun Tang

    2011-01-01

    A student’s academic achievement is impacted by various factors including the multidimensional self-concept.Students with higher levels of achievement are more likely to complete their current study and progress to the nextlevel of study compared to their peers with lower levels of achievement. This study investigates the relationshipsof self-concept, academic achievement and future pathway of the first year business studies diploma students in aprivate university college. One hundred and for...

  3. Associations between life satisfaction, time use and exploratory buying behavior - Quantitative exploratory study among Finnish business students

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    Huttunen, Eriika

    2013-01-01

    Purpose of the study: This study contributes to the research on life satisfaction, time use and customer behavior by studying the associations between life satisfaction, use of time and exploratory buying behavior. Data used for this study is collected among the business students of Aalto University and consequently an interesting insight on how satisfied students are with their lives is revealed. Furthermore, relations of other variables such as mental health, spending, working while stu...

  4. Fostering the Learning Capacity of Small-Scale Ethnic Chinese Business Organizations: An Exploratory Study

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    Thomas Menkhoff; Chay Yue Wah

    2014-01-01

    Business leaders who enable learning whether through regular training needs assessments or externally sourced scientific advice to support product development efforts contribute to organizational effectiveness. While the drivers of learning capacity and their effects on the business are well documented in large firms, little is known about this issue in Asian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, this paper is aimed at exploring some of the antecedents of organizational learni...

  5. The first business computer: a case study in user-driven innovation

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    Land, Frank

    2000-01-01

    In 1949, the world's first business computer application was rolled out. The host for the application was a British catering and food-manufacturing company, which had developed and built its own computer, designed for business data processing. The author traces the endeavour's history and presents an analysis of how and why the company-J. Lyons & Co.-was in a natural position to take on the challenge, the precursor of the information revolution we see today

  6. Project Investment and Project Financing: A study on Business Case and Financing Models

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    Wang, Simiao

    2012-01-01

    Uncertainty is a very significant factor that must be taken into consideration in project front-end phase management. By taking into uncertainty, the planners can to a great extent make sure that the business case could be accurate between specific intervals, hence business case can be based on to make decision. In a highly uncertain environment; the project sponsors should prefer other means to finance the project rather than using debt. Risk management is extremely important in project fina...

  7. Business Growth : A study of the Impact of Transformational Leadership, Innovation and Competence Management

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    Jegede, Ifeoluwa Olaitan; Haskan, Tarkan

    2011-01-01

    For every firm, company or business organisation, growth and progress is the major focus. In fact for every facet of living organism, growth is an essential factor which if not in place, stagnation is inevitable. Growth in this sense could be in terms of the market performance, sales, number of employees to mention a few. There have been researches carried out on different factors which could enhance or have positive influence on business growth, one of them is Innovation. Leadership of an or...

  8. Using ERP Systems to Transform Business Processes: A Case Study at a Precession Engineering Company

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    Lee, C. K. M.; Linda Zhang; Lee, P.X.; Au, K.O.

    2009-01-01

    Enterprises nowadays strive to keep transforming their business processes in accordance with the fast- changing customer demands so as to survive the intense global competition. In an attempt to provide practitioners with an insight into ERP implementation and the resulting business performances, this paper investigate how a successful ERP implementation can help transform enterprises processes. Case based research which is based on an in-depth observation under managerial and practitioner si...

  9. Private banking & corporate governance efficiency : a comparative study of business models in private banking

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    Rivière, Xavier

    2010-01-01

    Corporate governance is of primary importance in Private Banking. Since the client needs to ensure that the bank acts in his best interest, the choice of the banking institution to manage his wealth is primordial. In this paper, we argue that current business models in the wealth management industry show considerable discrepancies when it comes to corporate governance efficiency. Following a review of various governance mechanisms our results suggest that, some business models in the private ...

  10. A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY ABOUT CONFLICT MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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    N Vivek

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals about the Conflict Management technique that can be used to Manage and Control the Conflict especially in International Business. Conflict in general refers to “a kind of Perceived Opposition or an Actual Opposition, which may occur due to variation in Preferences, Tastes, and Culture. This may occur between two or more Individuals, Groups, Departments etc”. Nowadays, conflict has become inevitable and unavoidable in the business. I would like to focus on 'con...

  11. The cultural determinants of international business loyalty: a case study of Japanese and Portuguese firms

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    Barros, António; Oliveira, Manuel Au-Yong; Barandas, Hortênsia

    2006-01-01

    In business-to-business markets, customers’ loyalty is critical to success, although its building process may be different from consumer markets. Not only do we propose to investigate B2B loyalty but also how this construct occurs across cultures, i.e., is B2B loyalty affected by culture? Preliminary research results indicate that Japanese companies will change foreign supplier more easily than Portuguese companies as Japanese society is very competitive and has higher level...

  12. A Study of Sino-Indian Business Negotiations-from a Cross-cultural Perspective

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    Zhang Yu-xian

    2013-01-01

    With the continuous development of economy, the economic cooperation worldwide is becoming more and more frequent than before. China and its neighboring country India communicate and interact more frequently than ever with each other, which lead to the increase of the international business negotiation and the increase of the international business conflicts subsequently. Among the factors attributing to the conflicts, cross-culture is one major element, which also becomes increasingly import...

  13. Cloud computing and prospective business and economic impacts in developing country: A case study of Thailand

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    Keesookpuna, Chutipong; Mitomob, Hitoshi

    2011-01-01

    The cloud computing model is a modern concept of computation that provides a number of benefits for its adopters. This online computing model has been widely used in the western world and accepted to have some business and economic impacts. This paper provides some basic knowledge about cloud computing along with its economic benefits. The author proposes that there is an endogenous relationship between the cloud computing and each of the business and economic variables, namely output, employ...

  14. Business Guests Satisfaction in the Hotel Industry: A Case Study of North American Hotel Chains

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    Milan Bradić; Ljiljana Kosar; Bojana Kalenjuk

    2013-01-01

    This paper considers the problem of satisfaction of business guests with hotel brands in North America. In analysis we used the guests responses (scores) given for 12 different elements of hotel product. In order to arrive at more accurate results, monitored hotel chains are grouped into price tiers. The aim of this paper is to indicate what facilities and services the North American business guests appreciate most. Industry trends and results may be beneficial to all hoteliers, especially in...

  15. Impact of training and productivity tools on business performance : Case study of national productivity organization

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    Siddiqui, Humaan

    2011-01-01

    Today in this global era with the industrious spread and boom in every aspect of life, businesses need to inject, infect and addict them with right drugs. It can be done by transforming and converting their employees in to the right kind of giant species, whose brain and performance gives excellent results like the breakthrough machine engines. So there is a strong need to recognize and acknowledge human capital as a sole diamond key factor for fostering business performance. Purpose of the p...

  16. An exploratory study of the relationships between mobile data services business models and customer value

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    Pedersen, Per E.; Methlie, Leif B.; Gressgård, Leif Jarle; Nysveen, Herbjørn; Thorbjørnsen, Helge

    2005-01-01

    A model integrating mobile data service providers’ business models decisions with end-users’ perception of customer value is presented and empirically tested. Business model decisions affect the extrinsic and intrinsic attributes of services, and end-users’ assessments of these attributes contribute to perceived customer value. The model is tested investigating six services believed to vary systematically in extrinsic and intrinsic attributes. A supply side and six demand side surveys are rep...

  17. Business Models for Mobile Media Services : A case study in China mainland market

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    Huang, Jin

    2012-01-01

    Mobile media OTT service such as mobile music and mobile video is believed to be the next big revenue driver for mobile operator’s mobile broadband business. The media industry is willing to take mobile distribution channel to increase the content value. In Europe, there are already several successful cooperation cases between online media service provider and mobile operator, such as Spotify and Telia. However, with more complicated market and business environment in China, the mobile media ...

  18. The effectiveness of newsletters in accountants' client relations with small business managers: An Australian qualitative study

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    Gerard Stone

    2012-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of one of accounting practitioners' most widely-used client relations techniques. By evaluating the effectiveness of the newsletters that accountants provide to small business managers, the paper critically assesses their role in contributing to accountants' overall strategy for developing relations with their substantial small business manager client base. Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured interviews were conduc...

  19. A study of the oppinions of Brasov county SME employees regarding the use of business games

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A scientific research was carried out using a 17 - question form, which was filled out by 335 businesses from Brasov County, through which we wanted to determine the awareness degree in regard to some information system notions. To analyse the data the SPSS software was used. The research reached the conclusion that the employees of businesses from Brasov County know very little about information systems.

  20. How a culture affects doing business: Case study of Japan and Germany

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    Šéda, Jan

    2014-01-01

    This work examines culture differences in business area of Japan and Germany. Firstly, all the essential theory related to this topic will be explained and described. It will involve explanation of key characteristics of chosen countries regarding to business etiquette, patterns and customs, as well as negotiating style and behavior at work place. Theoretical part will also include clarification of Hofstede’s culture theory, The Lewis model of cultural types, and furthermore a definition ...

  1. THE EFFECTS OF TELEWORK ON ORGANISATION AND BUSINESS TRAVEL An exploratory study on a university context

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    Lim, H. N; A.I.J.M van der Hoorn; V.A.W.J Marchau

    2003-01-01

    In recent years, many companies have implemented telework to improve work efficiency and quality of life for employees. Transport planners attempt to assist companies in reducing business travel time losses related to traffic congestion by stimulating telework. However, current knowledge concerning the effects of teleworking on business travel is limited. Furthermore, despite constant promotion, telework penetration in The Netherlands remains low because companies are uncertain about the bene...

  2. Information System Providers and Business Relationships : A Study on the Impact of Connections

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    Erixon, Cecilia

    2012-01-01

    Information systems are integrated in the daily business of companies, to support the exchanges with its counterparts. To manage these information systems, companies often turn to third parties: information system providers (IS-providers). IS-providers have competences that the companies become dependent on and they are therefore important for maintaining the company’s business performance. The companies develop dependencies on their information systems and thereby also on their IS-providers....

  3. Business process improvement methodology adoption for improving service quality: case studies of financial institutions in Thailand

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    Buavaraporn, Nattapan

    2010-01-01

    To stay competitive and sustain long-term profitability, Business Process Improvement (BPI) methodologies have become strategically important for financial institutions in recent years. These include well-known approaches such as Total Quality Management (TQM), Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Six Sigma and Lean. The customer-focused themes of BPI should be of particular interest to service practitioners, in order to achieve both process excellence and superlative customer service. The a...

  4. ISO 9001 and business performance: a quantitative study in portuguese organizations

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    Dias, Alcina Portugal; Heras-Saizarbitoria, Iñaki

    2013-01-01

    The effects of ISO 9001 quality certification process inside an organization may be considered on a wide range. This article places this phenomenon under a theoretical perspective and aims to analyze the impact of ISO 9001 quality standard on business performance according to the financial information data. More specifically, the impact of ISO 9001on productivity, business value and increase on sales is viewed through an econometric model of analysis concerning a panel data of Portuguese comp...

  5. Home energy rating system business plan feasibility study in Washington state

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    Lineham, T.

    1995-03-01

    In the Fall of 1993, the Washington State Energy Office funded the Washington Home Energy Rating System project to investigate the benefits of a Washington state HERS. WSEO established a HERS and EEM Advisory Group. Composed of mortgage lenders/brokers, realtors, builders, utility staff, remodelers, and other state agency representatives, the Advisory Group met for the first time on November 17, 1993. The Advisory Group established several subcommittees to identify issues and options. During its March 1994 meeting, the Advisory Group formed a consensus directing WSEO to develop a HERS business plan for consideration. The Advisory Group also established a business plan subcommittee to help draft the plan. Under the guidance of the business plan subcommittee, WSEO conducted research on how customers value energy efficiency in the housing market. This plan represents WSEO`s effort to comply with the Advisory Group`s request. Why is a HERS Business Plan necessary? Strictly speaking this plan is more of a feasibility plan than a business plan since it is designed to help determine the feasibility of a new business venture: a statewide home energy rating system. To make this determination decision makers or possible investors require strategic information about the proposed enterprise. Ideally, the plan should anticipate the significant questions parties may want to know. Among other things, this document should establish decision points for action.

  6. Business Information Culture

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    Gunilla Widén-Wulff

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available This research project is going to review the existing information cultures in 15 Finnish insurance businesses through a qualitative study. The interview-material consists of 40 in-depth-interviews and they are being analysed through the multiple case study method. The analysis is conducted in 5 stages considering information environment, information as resource, work processes, innovation and business success. The information culture varieties compared to the business success will hopefully be useful to create an understanding for the need of a broad understanding of the modern knowledge management concept in business organisations.

  7. The Effect Of Industrial Competition Intensity And Capabilities On Business Strategy And Performance A Case Study Of Internet Service Providers In Indonesia

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    Nurul Hermina

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The business performance within the Internet industry in Indonesia needs to be upgraded. The main objective of this study is to analyze the influence of Industrial Competition Intensity and Capabilities on Business Strategy and Performance within the Internet industry in Indonesia. This study has utilized a representative sample of 70 Internet Service Providers ISPs with a web survey sampling technique. The collected data are analyzed using Partial Least Squares Path modeling. The analysis shows that variables such as industrial competition intensity and capabilities have significant positive impacts on business strategies and business performance. Out of the two variables it is found out that capabilities provide greater influence.

  8. Mental distress, alcohol use and help-seeking among medical and business students: a cross-sectional comparative study

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    Dahlin Marie

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Stress and distress among medical students are thoroughly studied and presumed to be particularly high, but comparative studies including other student groups are rare. Methods A web-based survey was distributed to 500 medical students and 500 business students. We compared levels of study stress (HESI, burnout (OLBI, alcohol habits (AUDIT and depression (MDI, and analysed their relationship with self-assessed mental health problems by logistic regression, with respect to gender. Results Medical students' response rate was 81.6% and that of business students 69.4%. Business students scored higher on several study stress factors and on disengagement. Depression (OR 0.61, CI95 0.37;0.98 and harmful alcohol use (OR 0.55, CI95 0.37; 0.75 were both less common among medical students. However, harmful alcohol use was highly prevalent among male students in both groups (medical students 28.0%, business students 35.4%, and among female business students (25.0%. Mental health problems in need of treatment were equally common in both groups; 22.1% and 19.3%, respectively, and was associated with female sex (OR 2.01, CI95 1.32;3.04, exhaustion (OR 2.56, CI95 1.60;4.10, lower commitment to studies (OR 1.95, CI95 1.09;3.51 and financial concerns (OR 1.81 CI95 1.18;2.80 Conclusions Medical students may not be more stressed than other high achieving student populations. The more cohesive structure of medical school and a higher awareness of a healthy lifestyle may be beneficial factors.

  9. E-Business: The Business Officer's Business.

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    Olson, Mark A.

    2001-01-01

    Contends e-business is particularly the domain of college and university business officers, with today's officers facing an unprecedented opportunity to exercise a critical leadership role in the deployment of advanced information technology solutions on campus. Describes relevant issues and advances, and presents ten initiatives that business…

  10. Journal of Business Chemistry

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    2013-01-01

    The Journal of Business Chemistry examines issues associated with leadership and management for chemists and managers working in chemical research or industry. This journal is devoted to improving and developing the field of Business Chemistry. The Journal of Business Chemistry publishes peer-reviewed papers (including case studies) and essays. Areas for possible publication in include: leadership issues in the chemical and biochemical industry, such as teamwork, team building, mentoring, coa...

  11. Business Ethics in CSR

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    Birkvad Bernth, Camilla; Houmøller Mortensen, Kasper; Calles, Mark Benjamin; Wind, Martin; Saalfeldt, Rie

    2013-01-01

    This project seeks to dissect the advent of CSR in business practice from the view of ethics. We perform this by laying out the theories of CSR, business ethics, deontology and utilitarianism. We then use the case studies of Lundbeck, The Body Shop, and British American Tobacco, to dissect some productions of CSR. These are compared to the above mentioned theories on ethics. We conclude that business ethics and CSR are only as good as the ethical base upon which they are built.

  12. Economics and business economics.

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    Francesco Silva

    1993-01-01

    The comparison between Economics and Business Management allows the clarification of some of their characteristics and limits as regards method, language, and objectives. Secondly, it allows the verification of the reciprocal contribution relating to research. For such a comparison, the object of study, the method, and the objectives of Economics and Business Management are taken into consideration distinguishing; so far as Business Management is concerned, between the Italian and American tr...

  13. The application of a Business Intelligence tool for strategic planning in a higher education institution: a case study of the University of the Witwatersrand.

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    Nyalungu, Vincent

    2011-01-01

    This article presents a discussion on the importance of business intelligence (BI) and the role that a specific BI tool, Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, plays in the strategic decision-making processes in an organisation. The University of the Witwatersrand, often referred to as Wits, was used as a case study. The main objective of a business intelligence tool is to improve the quality and timeliness of the input of data to the organisational decision-making process. ...

  14. A logistics sector’s perspective of factors and risks within the business environment that influence supply chains’ effectiveness: An explorative mixed method study

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    Johanna A. Badenhorst-Weiss; Beverley J. Waugh

    2015-01-01

    Background: Supply chains in South Africa operate in a challenging business environment. This environment influences the efficiency and effectiveness of South African businesses and supply chains. These factors further influence the competitiveness of products produced in the country, the economic growth and development of South Africa.Objectives: The purpose of this study was two-fold: Firstly, to obtain insight into the main business environment risks and other factors, from a logistics per...

  15. Implications of cross-cultural communication in business : A study of Swedish small enterprise “ImseVimse” and its international distributors and retailers

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    Kvantaliani, Maka; Klimina, Olga

    2011-01-01

    In times of rapid economic development and internationalization of business, effective cross-cultural communication among managers remains a challenge. This thesis aims to research and analyze cross-cultural communication in business context based on qualitative case study of a small Swedish company and its international business partners. Previous research has focused on differences and similarities in people’s behaviour and ways of communication based on their cultural background. Through i...

  16. Role of Transactional and Relational Contract in Employee Turnover Intention (A Study of Business Affiliated Institutions Employees of Peshawar Pakistan)

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    Shahzad Khan; Saqib Shahzad; Raza Ullah; Qaiser Khan; Danish Wasim

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this research was to investigate the impact of transactional and Relational contract on turn over intention in employees of Peshawar University business affiliated institutions in region of Peshawar Pakistan. The effect of both contracts on the turnover intention was investigated individually. A sample size of one hundred individuals was used in the study. For the analysis part of study hypothesis were developed and regression and correlation analysis was used. The study revealed t...

  17. Does Content Matter? Analyzing the Change in Global Awareness between Business- and Nonbusiness-Focused Short-Term Study Abroad Courses

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    DeLoach, Stephen B.; Kurt, Mark; Olitsky, Neal H.

    2015-01-01

    Business schools have long sought to increase students' global awareness. Short-term study abroad (STSA) experiences are becoming increasingly popular ways of generating awareness. While a handful of studies have found evidence of efficacy, none have specifically tested how courses with business content differ from other STSAs. Using a…

  18. Graduate Management Admission Test Outcomes and the Academic Achievement: A Study on Masters of Business Administration Students at Makerere University, Uganda

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    Wamala, Robert; Kizito, Saint Omala; Kakumba, Umar

    2012-01-01

    This study investigates whether the outcomes of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) can predict the academic achievement of enrollees in masters programs. The study is based on administrative data of 516 Masters of Business Administration (MBA) enrollees at the College of Business and Management Science, Makerere University in the 2011…

  19. Marketing of renewable energies. Foundations, business models, case studies; Marketing Erneuerbarer Energien. Grundlagen, Geschaeftsmodelle, Fallbeispiele

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    Herbes, Carsten [HfWU Nuertingen-Geislingen, Nuertingen (Germany); Friege, Christian (ed.)

    2015-07-01

    How to market green electricity or biomethane? What is the right price for renewable energy and how do you design the optimal use of social media? What impact have the EEG or electromobility to the Green Power Marketing? Does direct marketing works or is online marketing the guarantee of success? Answers to these and many other basic questions provides the band with contributions from leading scientists and renowned practitioners. For the first time they describe in a structured form the basics of marketing of renewable energies, provide an introduction to the legal and market-based features and present new business models. The book is based on the latest research results, treats all questions of marketing issues important for practitioners, provides case studies and specific recommendations. [German] Wie vermarktet man Oekostrom oder Biomethan? Was ist der richtige Preis fuer Erneuerbare Energien und wie gestaltet man den optimalen Einsatz von Social Media? Welche Auswirkungen haben das EEG oder die Elektromobilitaet auf das Gruenstrom-Marketing? Funktioniert Direktvertrieb oder ist Online-Marketing der Erfolgsgarant? Antworten auf diese und viele weitere grundlegende Fragen liefert dieser Band mit Beitraegen fuehrender Wissenschaftler und renommierter Praktiker. Erstmals beschreiben sie hier in strukturierter Form die Grundlagen der Vermarktung von Erneuerbaren Energien, fuehren in die gesetzlichen und marktlichen Besonderheiten ein und stellen neue Geschaeftsmodelle vor. Das Buch fusst auf aktuellen Forschungsergebnissen, behandelt saemtliche fuer Praktiker wichtige Fragen der Vermarktung, liefert Fallbeispiele und konkrete Empfehlungen.

  20. Life, Work and Sustainable Learning Practices: A Study on a Small Business Network

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    Ana Silvia Rocha Ipiranga

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Knowledge and knowing processes as work and life practices are not univocal. They are not related to knowledge as an autonomous body of propositions, but permeated with new identities and action modes, which are continuously formed, promoting learning opportunities. The objective of this research is formulated in the understanding of this shift between knowing and knowledge when describing practical learning in everyday work life, reflecting on the implications of this social labor process on small business network sustainability. A qualitative case study approach was used. In line with the theoretical and epistemological choices that guided this research, we decided to use an analysis of discursive practices approach and, accordingly, data collection was based on triangulation techniques in favor of interpretation enrichment. The knowledge to act, revealed in the analysis, suggested that organizations are social worlds forming a standard that holds life, work and organizational practices together. They negotiate, circulate, transform and reproduce, forming a network of actors and favoring sustainable practices learning.