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Publication date: 3 December 2018

Beñat Urrutikoetxea Arrieta, Ana Isabel Polo Peña and Cinta Martínez Medina

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the moderating effects of the social influence of the blogger and the extent to which the reader has experience of that blogger, on…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the moderating effects of the social influence of the blogger and the extent to which the reader has experience of that blogger, on loyalty toward the blogger, via two variables: blogger interactive practices (BIPs) and blogger credibility.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative empirical study was undertaken to estimate the research model. Structural equations were employed.

Findings

The results show that blogger social influence moderates the relationships between BIPs and intention to recommend the blogger and blogger credibility; and between credibility and intention (to recommend the blogger and to follow their suggestions). Meanwhile, the extent of the reader’s experience of the blogger moderates the relationships between BIPs and intention.

Practical implications

The present work offers criteria that may be of value to bloggers and firms in assessing the extent to which the blogger’s activities are effective in terms of achieving reader loyalty. The proposed variables are measured objectively online, using the Klout Index of social influence and the extent of the reader’s experience of the blogger (inferred from the number of bloggers followed by the reader).

Originality/value

Blogs are considered a mechanism to manage information overload in social media, and they are recognized for their influence on the reader’s decision-making process. The study contributes to the knowledge-base by proposing two moderating variables of loyalty-formation: blogger social influence and the extent of the reader’s experience of the blogger.

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Online Information Review, vol. 43 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 1 June 2018

Amirullah Abduh

The purpose of this paper is to explore lecturers’ perceptions on factors that affect the implementation of bilingual instruction (BI) policy in Indonesian higher education.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore lecturers’ perceptions on factors that affect the implementation of bilingual instruction (BI) policy in Indonesian higher education.

Design/methodology/approach

This qualitative study used 15 lecturers who taught in BI programs in three Indonesian universities. The data were gained through semi-structured interviews. The semi-structured interview data were analyzed via thematic approach.

Findings

The findings of the study suggest a number of factors influencing the implementation of BI, including the support from lecturers, leadership, and government. The availability of adapted curriculum and systematic assessment also influences the successful implementation of BI in Indonesian tertiary education.

Practical implications

The findings of this study have implications for the success of similar programs and the ways to gain understanding of BI within higher education contexts.

Originality/value

BI research is not new; however, little information is related to BI in Indonesia. This work contributes to a growing body of literature that explore BI and education factors within higher education setting. The significance of this study is to raise greater understanding of several important factors that influence the implementation of BI policy within university settings.

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Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2050-7003

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Publication date: 27 April 2012

Anne Driscoll

Purpose – ‐‐ This article aims to determine if, given the current economic climate in higher education, academic libraries are still using the database Books in Print (BIP

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Purpose – ‐‐ This article aims to determine if, given the current economic climate in higher education, academic libraries are still using the database Books in Print (BIP) as a collection development tool.Design/methodology/approach ‐‐ The article discusses a survey distributed to the Learning Times Library Online Community; Marylib, the list‐serv for the Maryland Library Association; ili‐l, the American Library Association's Information Literacy Instruction Discussion List; and Libref‐l, sponsored by Kent State for Reference Librarians. Participants responded to a series of questions about whether they use BIP as a collection development tool; whether they use other resources and, if so, what they are; and if the BIP database was dropped, why this decision was made.Findings ‐‐ Many academic libraries have dropped BIP and are using a variety of resources to find book reviews, pricing, and availability information. Only a slightly lower percentage of academic libraries have kept the database and use it as an important collection development tool.Research limitations/implications ‐‐ The sample size was relatively small.Originality/value ‐‐ This survey and subsequent article fill a gap in the literature – no other survey results could be found that addressed changes in academic libraries' perception of BIP as the “go to” source for collection development.

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Reference Reviews, vol. 26 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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Publication date: 10 June 2021

Syeda Hira Fatima, Muhammad Aqeel, Aamna Anwar and Mahnoor Tariq

Body image perception is a complex cognitive process that involves several different dimensions. This has necessitated several studies to have different findings about…

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Purpose

Body image perception is a complex cognitive process that involves several different dimensions. This has necessitated several studies to have different findings about each dimension, therefore. This is because body image perception is a continuous and constantly evolving process. The development of self-concept depends largely on positive or negative perception of body image in today’s time. This paper aims to develop an instrument to measure beliefs and attitudes of people involved in the perception of body image, defined as the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that result into a positive or negative self-concept.

Design/methodology/approach

The factorial structure, reliability, content validity and impact of gender on factor structure of body image perception scale (BIPS) were examined among university students (N = 200) in study, with male (n = 100) and female (n = 100) population. Self-made instrument BIPS was used.

Findings

Exploratory factor analysis using direct obliman method based on principal component analysis indicated a three-factor, 20-item scale including subscales 1) negative feeling; 2) public perception; and 3) future success. BIPS exhibited decent reliability (0.789) and content validity in both male and female university students, suggesting a highly significant difference between the two genders on BIPS.

Research limitations/implications

The major limitation was that the sample was obtained from student population; therefore, it will not be entirely correct to generalize it to the whole population of Pakistan. Future studies need to include samples from different populations in Pakistan to bring out a more generalized view and try to minimize the variances in sample as much as possible for better results. Finally, the sample was drawn only from educated and young adult males and females (age ranging 17–28). Middle age and old age people must be included in future study. Also, in this study incremental and discriminant validity can be computed by comparing results on BIPS with any other body image questionnaire.

Practical implications

This standard instrument can be efficiently used for the research purpose and will enable the researcher to identify the positive and negative feelings and attitudes of male and females towards their body image and towards the development of healthy self-concept. The scale can be used by clinical psychologists and medical health professionals to help assess and treat their patients more accurately.

Originality/value

All in all, it can be suggested that the findings received illustrated that body image perception differs significantly among both men and women in Pakistani culture. The newly established version of BIPS with its high reliability indicates that the scale can be used in future as well with diverse populations to assess whether which among them hold either positive or negative self-concept of themselves based on their body image perceptions. Moreover, as the psychometric strength of the scale is well established, it can be used with future researches by health psychologists, dietitians and nutritionists to identify body image concerns among young males and females, especially in individuals with eating disorders.

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International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4902

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Publication date: 1 January 1995

BIP of Oldbury in the West Midlands and part of T&N plc for over 30 years, celebrates its centenary this year. Now two sister companies, BIP Plastics and BIP Speciality…

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BIP of Oldbury in the West Midlands and part of T&N plc for over 30 years, celebrates its centenary this year. Now two sister companies, BIP Plastics and BIP Speciality Resins share the 11 hectare site straddling Tat Bank Road and bordered by Popes Lane and Rood End Road.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 24 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 1 July 2006

Caroline Yeoh, Wilfred How and Victor Sim

The exportability of Singapore’s industrial‐development model to other Asian environments has been one of the hallmarks of the city‐state’s regionalization program…

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The exportability of Singapore’s industrial‐development model to other Asian environments has been one of the hallmarks of the city‐state’s regionalization program, together with the state‐led, market‐driven intervention that has underscored the citystate’s development strategies. The paper presents an empirical analysis on the portability of this transborder industrialization strategy, and contributes new insights to the discourse on state‐enterprise networks in promulgating transnational entrepreneurial ventures. Empirical evidence from on‐site surveys and interviews in Indonesia, China, Vietnam and India will be presented. Our study concludes that, while the calculated, schematised efforts have been remarkable, this attempt at re‐engineering economic space beyond the city‐state has not fully accounted for the intricacies of either economic, or socio‐political, realities in the host environments.

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Journal of Asia Business Studies, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1558-7894

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Publication date: 8 March 2021

Jafar Pourmahmoud and Maedeh Gholam Azad

The purpose of this paper is to propose the data envelopment analysis (DEA) model that can be used as binary-valued data. Often the basic DEA models were developed by…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose the data envelopment analysis (DEA) model that can be used as binary-valued data. Often the basic DEA models were developed by assuming that all of the data are non-negative. However, there are situations where all data are binary. As an example, the information on many diseases in health care is binary data. The existence of binary data in traditional DEA models may change the behavior of the production possibility set (PPS). This study defines a binary summation operator, expresses the modified principles and introduces the extracted PPS of axioms. Furthermore, this study proposes a binary integer programming of DEA (BIP-DEA) for assessing the efficiency scores to use as an alternate tool in prediction.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, the extracted PPS of modified axioms and the BIP-DEA model for assessing the efficiency score is proposed.

Findings

The binary integer model was proposed to eliminate the challenges of the binary-value data in DEA.

Originality/value

The importance of the proposed model for many fields including the health-care industry is that it can predict the occurrence or non-occurrence of the events, using binary data. This model has been applied to evaluate the most important risk factors for stroke disease and mechanical disorders. The targets set by this model can help to diagnose earlier the disease and increase the patients’ chances of recovery.

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Journal of Modelling in Management, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5664

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Publication date: 1 August 1998

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 27 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 1 April 1999

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 28 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 1 August 1998

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 27 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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