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Article
Publication date: 31 January 2022

Anup Kumar Das

This paper evaluates the different digital libraries (DLs) in India developed in the past two decades. These DLs help advance scholarship and facilitate the reading habits…

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper evaluates the different digital libraries (DLs) in India developed in the past two decades. These DLs help advance scholarship and facilitate the reading habits of their users. Many of these DLs have a rich collection of vernacular literature depicting India’s diverse cultural heritages and traditions. DLs in India also help in outreaching global researchers and knowledge seekers. Many diaspora communities use these DLs frequently and other stakeholders such as the international scholars interested in Indic civilization. This paper finally suggests a way forward to make operational DL initiatives discoverable to humans and machines with the adaptation of FAIR principles that make e-resources findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable for their discovery beyond respective DL portals.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a desk survey of DL initiatives in India. Their salient features are obtained from their respective Web portals and social media profiles.

Findings

This study identified twelve operational DL initiatives in India. Out of them, the newest five DL initiatives are described in this paper.

Originality/value

This study reflects original findings on the newest five DL initiatives of India. These findings were not earlier reported in a journal article.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 39 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Article
Publication date: 4 August 2022

Anup Kumar, Santosh Kumar Shrivastav and Subhajit Bhattacharyya

This study proposes a methodology based on data source triangulation to measure the “strategic fit” for the automotive supply chain.

Abstract

Purpose

This study proposes a methodology based on data source triangulation to measure the “strategic fit” for the automotive supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

At first, the authors measured the responsiveness of the Indian automobile supply chain, encompassing the top ten major automobile manufacturers, using both sentiment and conjoint analysis. Second, the authors used data envelopment analysis to identify the frontiers of their supply chain. The authors also measured the supply chain's efficiency, using the balance sheet. Further, the authors analyzed the “strategic fit” zone and discussed the results.

Findings

The results indicate that both the proposed methods yield similar outcomes in terms of strategic fitment.

Practical implications

The study outcomes facilitate measuring the strategic fit, thereby leveraging the resources available to align. The methodology proposed is both easy to use and practice. The methodology eases time and costs by eliminating hiring agencies to appraise the strategic fit. This valuable method to measure strategic fit can be considered feedback for strategic actions. This methodology could also be incorporated possibly as an operative measurement and control tool.

Originality/value

Data triangulation meaningfully enhances the accuracy and reliability of the analyses of strategic fit. Data triangulation leads to actionable insights relevant to top managers and strategic positioning of top managers within a supply chain.

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International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-0401

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Article
Publication date: 21 November 2018

Anup Kumar Saha

The research investigates the determinants of corporate social responsibility (CSR) spending and CSR disclosures by the Bangladeshi commercial banks. In the process, it…

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Purpose

The research investigates the determinants of corporate social responsibility (CSR) spending and CSR disclosures by the Bangladeshi commercial banks. In the process, it explains the relationship between CSR disclosures and CSR expenditure by Bangladeshi commercial banks.

Design/methodology/approach

Legitimacy theory has been used to explain the motivation for such expenditure and disclosure. For purpose of analysing the determinants, ordinary least square (OLS) regression analysis has been used for the first test with CSR expenditures and ordered PROBIT regression analysis has been used for test with CSR disclosures.

Findings

The result found that CSR expenditure depend on banks’ size, age and government ownership, whilst CSR disclosures depend on CSR expenditure, profitability, age, government ownership and Islamic compliance.

Practical implications

The practical contribution of this study includes the assistance for the public policy development by providing better understanding of extent and credibility of CSR reporting by the Bangladeshi banking sector.

Originality/value

The study contributes to the academic literature by presenting preliminary findings from different focus on a developing economy like Bangladesh. The study leads to draw a standard for the developing country to find out the differences compared to developed country.

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Social Responsibility Journal, vol. 15 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-1117

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Article
Publication date: 28 December 2020

Atul Kumar Sahu, Anup Kumar, Anoop Kumar Sahu and Nitin Kumar Sahu

Today, industrial revolutions demands advanced technologies, means, mediums, tactics and so forth for optimizing their operating behavior and opportunities. It is probed…

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Purpose

Today, industrial revolutions demands advanced technologies, means, mediums, tactics and so forth for optimizing their operating behavior and opportunities. It is probed that the effectual results can be seized into system by not only developing advance means and technologies, but also capably adapting these developed technologies, their user interface and their utilization at optimum levels. Today, industrial resources need perfect synchronization and optimization for getting elevated results. Accordingly, present study is furnished with the purpose to expose quality-driven insights to march toward excellence by optimizing existing resources by the industrial organizations. The present study evaluates quality attributes of mechanical machineries for seizing performance opportunities and maintaining competitiveness via synchronizing and reconfiguring firm's resources under quality management system.

Design/methodology/approach

In the present study, Kano’s integrated approach is implemented for supporting decision rational concerning industrial assets. The integrative Kano–analytic hierarchy process (AHP) approach is used to reflect the relative importance of quality attributes. Kano and AHP tactics are integrated to define global relative weight and their computational medium is adapted along with ratio analysis, reference point theory and TOPSIS technique for understanding robust decision. The study described an interesting idea for underpinning quality attributes for benchmarking system substitutes. A machine tool selection case is discussed to disclose the significant aspect of decision-making and its virtual qualities.

Findings

The decision executives can realize massive benefits by streaming quality data, advanced information, technological advancements, optimum analysis and by identifying quality measures and disruptions for gaining performance deeds. The study determined quality measures for benchmarking machine tool substitute for industrial applications. Momentous machine alternatives are evaluated by means of technical structure, dominance theory and comparative analysis for supporting decision-making of industrial assets based on optimization and synchronization.

Research limitations/implications

The study linked financial, managerial and production resources under sole platform to present a technical structure that may assist in improving the performance of the manufacturing firms. The study provides a decision support mechanism to assist in reviewing the momentous resources to imitate a higher level of productive strength toward the manufacturing firms. The study endeavors its importance toward optimizing resources, which is an evident requirement in industries as the same not only saves money, escalates production, improves profit margins and so forth, but also gratifies the consumption of scarce natural resources.

Originality/value

The study stressed that advance information can be sought from system characteristics in the form of quality measures and attributes, which can be molded for gaining elevated outcomes from existing system characteristics. The same demands decision supports tools and frameworks to utilize data-driven information for benchmarking operations and supply chain activities. The study portrayed an approach for ease of utilizing data-driven information by the decision-makers for demonstrating superior outcomes. The study originally conceptualized multi-attributes appraisement framework associated with subjective cum objective quality measures to evaluate the most significant machine tool choice amongst preferred alternatives.

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The TQM Journal, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1754-2731

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Article
Publication date: 16 November 2020

Anup Kumar, Santosh Shrivastav, Amit Adlakha and Niraj K. Vishwakarma

The authors develop a methodology to select appropriate sustainable supply chain indicators (SSCIs) to measure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the global supply chain.

Abstract

Purpose

The authors develop a methodology to select appropriate sustainable supply chain indicators (SSCIs) to measure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the global supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

SSCIs are identified by reviewing the extant literature and topic modeling. Further, they are evaluated based on existing SDGs and ranked using the fuzzy technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) method. Notably, the evaluation of indicators is a multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) process within a fuzzy environment. The methodology has been explained using a case study from the automobile industry.

Findings

The case study identifies appropriate SSCIs and differentiates them among peer suppliers for gaining a competitive advantage. The results reveal that top-ranked sustainability indicators include the management of natural resources, energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and social investment.

Practical implications

The study outcome will enable suppliers, specialists and decision makers to understand the criteria that improve supply chain sustainability in the automobile industry. The analysis provides a comprehensive understanding of the competitive package of indicators for gaining strategic advantage. This proactive sustainability indicator selection promotes and enhances sustainability reporting while fulfilling regulatory requirements and increasing collaboration potential with trustworthy downstream partners. This study sets the stage for further research in SSCIs’ competitive strategy in the automobile industry along with its supply chains.

Originality/value

This study is unique as it provides a framework for determining relevant SSCIs, which can be distinguished from peer suppliers, while also matching economic, environmental and social metrics to achieve a competitive advantage.

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International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, vol. 71 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-0401

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Article
Publication date: 14 March 2022

Anup Kumar, Santosh Kumar Srivastava and Sarbjit Singh

This study aims to formulate a conceptual sustainable framework for developing a trusted, reliable, scalable, transparent, traceable and sustainable agri-food supply chain…

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Purpose

This study aims to formulate a conceptual sustainable framework for developing a trusted, reliable, scalable, transparent, traceable and sustainable agri-food supply chain in a developing country so that it minimizes wastage and increases the efficiency levels of agri-produce and its usage.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a rigorous review of extant literature, case studies and the interview method for theory building, using blockchain technology (BT) as a subject. Further, the study builds a framework to relate blockchain solutions to the challenges faced by the agri-supply chain. Notably, the use of BT in the agri-food supply chain is a relatively new area of study.

Findings

Limitations of using BT 3.0 in a diverse supply chain like the food sector, especially in a developing country such as India, may be overcome by adopting BT 4.0 and could change the country’s face by controlling inefficiencies and ensuring transparency, helping in good governance, improving the humanitarian supply chain and integrating the bottom of the pyramid to the main economy. Based on the findings, this study proposes BT 4.0 for the agri-supply chain in India to deal with the current issues of demand-supply gap, wastages of agri-produce, unequal distribution of profit among agriproduct producers and logistics suppliers and ensuring sustainability.

Research limitations/implications

Results in this study have been derived from a specific demographic condition in India. Future research with other demographic conditions may be replicated. BT is a new technology product, and its effectiveness is yet to be established.

Practical implications

The outcome of this study provides the application of BT 4.0 in the area of the agri-food supply chain. The BT 4.0 framework has been developed on studying a few cases that either implemented BT or were in the testing phase. The benefits of the agri-food supply chain vis-à-vis its overall social well-being may be achieved on the successful implementation of the framework, despite existing complexities in the food supply chain. Further research on this subject may help the other dimensions of the complexity of adopting BT 4.0. Both practitioners and policymakers from developing countries can, therefore, use the findings of this study to analyze BT 4.0 and address the concerns of the agri-food supply chain.

Originality/value

This research paper has proposed a conceptual framework of BT 4.0, which is a completely new technology. It is fairly transparent, and therefore sustainable supply chain practices may be achieved easily.

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Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2398-5364

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Article
Publication date: 4 June 2018

Keshav Kumar Sharma and Anup Kumar

The purpose of this paper is to develop criteria for project manager selection based on desired skills of a project manager and facilitate the selection of a suitable…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop criteria for project manager selection based on desired skills of a project manager and facilitate the selection of a suitable candidate from a pool of potential candidates for the implementation of projects in the Indian context.

Design/methodology/approach

The study utilizes three major skills, namely human skill, conceptual and organizational skills; technical skill along with their sub-skills to develop criteria for project manager selection. Based on the responses of project professionals from industry, the study uses analytical hierarchy process to prioritize and identify the relative importance of different skills in the criteria in order to develop a hierarchical structure for project manager selection.

Findings

The study finds that at the first level of project manager selection criteria, conceptual and organizational skills are the most important selection criteria followed by human skills and technical skills. At the second level of project manager selection criteria, planning, delegating authority and understanding methods, processes, and procedures are some of the important sub-selection criteria. The weights indicating the relative importance of major selection criteria and sub-selection criteria can be used to evaluate the relative weight of a given candidate for selection as a project manager.

Research limitations/implications

The results in this study are derived from specific demographic conditions in India. Future research with larger samples from other countries is needed for generalizations of the proposed criteria.

Practical implications

The proposed method quantifies the intangible qualitative criteria to select a project manager, which can aid decision-makers in a multi-criteria decision-making environment.

Originality/value

This research paper is focused on the identification of critical skills for the selection of a project manager, which is almost neglected by the researchers.

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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. 35 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-671X

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Article
Publication date: 12 September 2016

Anup Kumar, Amit Adlakha and Kampan Mukherjee

The purpose of this paper is to capture the dynamic variations in sales of a product based upon the dynamic estimation of the time series data and propose a model that…

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to capture the dynamic variations in sales of a product based upon the dynamic estimation of the time series data and propose a model that imitates the price discounting and promotion strategy for a product category in a retail organization.

Design/methodology/approach

Time series data relating to sales has been used to model the sales estimates using moving average and proportional and derivative control; thereafter a sales forecast is generated to estimate the sales of a particular product category. This provides valuable inputs for taking lot sizing decisions regarding procurement of the products and selection of suppliers. A hybrid model has been proposed and explained with a hypothetical case, which considerably impacts the sales promotion and intelligent pricing decisions.

Findings

A conceptual framework is developed for modeling the dynamic price discounting strategy in retail using fuzzy logic. The model imitates sales promotion and price discounting strategy. This has helped minimize the inventory cost thereby keeping the profitability of the retail organization intact.

Research limitations/implications

There is no appropriate empirical data to verify the models. In light of the research approach (modeling based upon historical time series data of a particular product category) that was undertaken, there is a possibility that the research results may be valid for the product category that was selected. Therefore, the researchers are advised to test the proposed propositions further for other product categories.

Originality/value

The study provides valuable insight on how to use the real-time sales data for designing a dynamic automated model for product sales promotion and price discounting strategy using fuzzy logic for a retail organization.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 116 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Article
Publication date: 29 July 2021

Mohammad Shahid Zaman and Anup Kumar Bhandari

This paper examines the technical efficiency (TE) of Indian commercial banks during 1998–2015.

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Purpose

This paper examines the technical efficiency (TE) of Indian commercial banks during 1998–2015.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses mathematical programming-based data envelopment analysis (DEA) methodology to measure technical efficiency of Indian banks. Further, Simar and Wilson (2007) double bootstrap procedure is applied to examine the determinants of efficiency of the Indian banks, by examining the effects of various bank specific and other contextual variables.

Findings

The results indicate substantial upward bias in the conventional efficiency estimates of the Indian commercial banks. Needless to note, such upward bias is consistent with the theoretical postulates. The bootstrapped regression results show that increasing capital adequacy ratio is positively associated with bank efficiency. The popular belief that non-performing assets have a dampening effect on performance of banks is validated. Among others, ownership category is observed to be an important determining factor of bank efficiency. Specifically, state-owned banks (SOBs) are relatively lagging behind the foreign banks. Moreover, larger banks are observed to have a significantly higher level of efficiency, therefore, recent official policy initiatives toward consolidation of SOBs are validated.

Originality/value

As this study uses Simar and Wilson (2007) bootstrap approach, it enables the authors to have an estimate of the extent of bias in the traditional DEA TE scores. It also helps us drawing consistent inferences by rectifying the problem of serial correlation in the conventional second stage regression in this regard.

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Studies in Economics and Finance, vol. 39 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1086-7376

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Article
Publication date: 16 January 2019

Anup Kumar and Rajiv R. Thakur

There has been a persistent debate on measures of efficiency and ranking procedures of higher education institutions (HEIs). Deriving absolute efficiency measures and…

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Purpose

There has been a persistent debate on measures of efficiency and ranking procedures of higher education institutions (HEIs). Deriving absolute efficiency measures and their ranking provide a critical input for the society to choose the appropriate educational institute. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the relative performance of institutions in management education in different locations in India and propose a holistic efficiency measurement which can be applied to HEIs in general.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses dynamic data envelopment analysis (DDEA) as the primary methodology of analysis. Multiple measures of inputs and output have been defined to assess efficiency in institutions of management education. Some of the output variables used for measuring relative effectiveness are: the number of students placed, number of entrepreneurs, median CTC of placed students, total number of students passed, number of research publications, number of students and faculty who have participated in international exchange, input variables used, student intake, faculty profile, resource allocation on the development of student, faculty and staff, industry linkages, alumni network. The institutions under study are in three different locations in India, having distinct characteristics. The multiple measures of inputs and outputs defined have been used to measure efficiency, following which DDEA was used to rank the efficiency measures.

Findings

Various agencies use their framework to evaluate and rank HEIs; however, they are either subjective or less researched methodologies. The proposed method acts as a new researched and objective methodology for ranking of HEIs operating across regions with different societal, economic and political contexts. Efficiency in education is of high relevance today for various stakeholders such as students, parents, industry, policy-makers and government. An objective, such as the one proposed in this paper, would be helpful in satisfying the needs of various stakeholders. Furthermore, the government has policies of allocating funds, in case of public-funded institutions, based on efficiency levels in HEIs. The measure using DDEA suggested in this study provides a better measurement of efficiency.

Research limitations/implications

This research is based on the extension of DDEA with slight modification to the denominator portion of efficiency calculation. The modification is accentuated by taking an industry benchmark or government benchmark. This may lead to slight difficulty in the appropriation of input parameters. Hence, selection of appropriate input and output parameters is the key limitation. To demonstrate capabilities of the proposed approach, this framework is implemented for performance evaluation of institutions of higher education in India. Some helpful policy-making and managerial insights are derived from the numerical results.

Originality/value

The uniqueness of this research is that it adds a well-researched methodology based on DDEA to measure efficiency and rank HEIs for effective assessment and benchmarking. The frameworks used so far have been either subjective or less researched methodologies.

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International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, vol. 68 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-0401

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