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Publication date: 1 January 2005

To provide a concise briefing on the most topical issues and relevant implications from the top 400 management publications in the world.

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To provide a concise briefing on the most topical issues and relevant implications from the top 400 management publications in the world.

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This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the argument in context.

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Stephen Brown reports on how marketers are constantly thinking of new ways to keep one step ahead of customers who have become wise to, and increasingly wary and cynical of, the advertiser's message. His entertaining article pokes fun at the marketing business to underline a serious and well‐constructed message that new approaches have to be adopted to attract marketing‐literate consumers. Typical quote: “The ultimate aim is to get marketing‐savvy consumers talking about the savvy marketing campaign and the marketing‐savvy talking about being talked about by marketing‐savvy media”. Andy Cohen describes how the senior vice‐president of strategic marketing and new media for Samsung Electronics America oversees more than 150 product launches every year and more than 40 new online marketing campaigns each month – and how he uses the internet to “superaccelerate” the company's marketing plans. A perceptive insight into a workaholic boss's vision for delivering a constant stream of information about what the company has on offer. Andrew and Jack Kaikati take a similar theme to Stephen Brown, chronicling the sometimes‐bizarre methods marketers are using to replace more traditional forms of advertising that are losing their effectiveness among consumers. Methods such as paying actors to go into trendy bars, music stores or tourist hot‐spots and convince total strangers that their cell phone CD or video game is a “must have” product. This enjoyable essay considers the pros and cons of such “advertising by stealth” and touches on the ethical, and possibly legal, pitfalls such an increasingly popular phenomenon might hold in store for the future.

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Provides implementable strategies and practical thinking that has influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 1 November 2004

Andrew N. Green and Andrew Jack

A business organization should consistently meet the needs of its stakeholders. Any sub‐optimal position suggests that enhancement of business performance is possible in…

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A business organization should consistently meet the needs of its stakeholders. Any sub‐optimal position suggests that enhancement of business performance is possible in at least two areas: the effectiveness of the routes to achieving those stakeholder needs, and the efficiency of those routes. The support activities constitute an environment created by the integration and co‐ordination of people, processes and places. The challenge is to create the support environment that consistently meets the needs of the business, and then to manage it through the optimum use of resources. An organization that has created, sustained and managed a business‐aligned support environment is likely to have a competitive advantage over those that have not done so. If the author is able to confirm this assertion through his research, then the desired outcome would be a framework for achieving such alignment. This paper briefly describes the concept of Business Support Optimisation as an approach to improving such alignment at a moment in time, and suggests how it can be operationalised using value mapping to realise stakeholder expectations.

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Facilities, vol. 22 no. 13/14
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Publication date: 1 January 1986

LAWRENCE ANGUS

The collective interaction of disaffected pupils is often described as a counter‐school subculture or as an informal organization within the school. This paper reports the…

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The collective interaction of disaffected pupils is often described as a counter‐school subculture or as an informal organization within the school. This paper reports the findings of an Australian ethnography which indicate that such pupils are able not only to assert their own autonomy and to circumvent the institutional axis in which they operate, but are also able to influence what is perceived to be the formal structure of the school.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 24 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Publication date: 1 April 1992

John Kountz

The annual operating costs for traditional libraries can be shown to be greater than the cost to distributing a portable computer and related sources of electronic…

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The annual operating costs for traditional libraries can be shown to be greater than the cost to distributing a portable computer and related sources of electronic information to each library user in the academic environment. For public libraries, opportunity to reach the disadvantaged are inherent in this and other developments in the delivery of information. A time frame for the emergence of an information appliance—the tablet computer—capable of supporting the required information traffic, is presented and a model is developed to predict the migration of content from paper to electroform for each subject discipline. As one viable approach to library planning for the coming “new” information environment, the author suggests converting the “central library” into an “electronic information distribution center” that can support users regardless of physical location, while also incorporating automated storage and retrieval facilities to minimize warehousing costs for residual hard copy materials. The economical provision of information SERVICE is the objective; not greater staffs, collections of little used materials, and buildings.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 10 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 11 April 2013

Jane Ross, Jack Ross and Andrew Creed

Purpose – To integrate agency and stakeholder theories with the Jacobs Value Distinction (JVD) thus presenting a micro and macro reconsideration of the JVD for a finer…

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Purpose – To integrate agency and stakeholder theories with the Jacobs Value Distinction (JVD) thus presenting a micro and macro reconsideration of the JVD for a finer grained perception of the values underpinning corporate and global governance initiatives.Design/methodology/approach – By extrapolating the JVD – commercial and guardian – this chapter examines the roots of moral malaise in the modern global firm. Examples and a theoretical rationale are given for identifying why and how ethical – moral problems continue to occur.Findings – A metaphorical maelstrom is discernible in the global business environment and more turmoil, especially in balancing business values, is emerging for the managers of today’s corporations. Application of the JVD predicts that under certain conditions the hybrid nature of the firm causes managers and shareholders to engage in morally risky behaviour. In further exploring the value basis of the 10 principles of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, it is found that similar values conflict, which intensifies the need for international business managers to beware the moral risks.Research implications – This viewpoint draws upon sound theoretical analysis and future studies should collate case analysis and practitioner interview data to further consolidate the findings. The viewpoint gives managers a useful tool for identifying conflicts of values underlying decisions and forms the basis for continuous improvement in the context of operational and strategic actions in international business.Originality/value of chapter – The integration of the JVD with agency and stakeholder theories is new and critique of the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact via the JVD has not happened previously.

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Principles and Strategies to Balance Ethical, Social and Environmental Concerns with Corporate Requirements
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78190-627-9

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Publication date: 25 March 2010

Andrew H. Chen, Jack Penm and R.D. Terrell

In this chapter, we apply an efficient subset of vector error correction model (VECM) using the forgetting factor to examine the cointegration under climate change of the…

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In this chapter, we apply an efficient subset of vector error correction model (VECM) using the forgetting factor to examine the cointegration under climate change of the time series of the gross domestic product (GDP) and the industrial production and that of the utilization and consumption of important metals such as copper and steel in some important OECD countries as well as some selected newly industrialized Asian and Latin American countries. Both the long-term and the short-term dynamic relations among these variables are examined and the implications are discussed.

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Research in Finance
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-84950-726-4

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Publication date: 1 August 1912

In the North Hiding of Yorkshire a number of samples of lardine were examined during the second quarter. Four of these samples contained water to the extent of 24, 25, and…

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In the North Hiding of Yorkshire a number of samples of lardine were examined during the second quarter. Four of these samples contained water to the extent of 24, 25, and 26 per cent. respectively. One case was taken into court, but the magistrates dismissed the information. They were of opinion that there being no statutory standard for lardine they could not fix the percentage of water that was permissible. An appeal was made to the High Court, and eventually the case was referred back to the magistrates to determine whether or not there was adulteration.

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British Food Journal, vol. 14 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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Publication date: 23 October 2007

David Bawden

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 63 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 December 2003

Nanci Healy

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 24 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

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Publication date: 1 March 2004

Christine D. Reid

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Reference Reviews, vol. 18 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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