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Publication date: 1 March 1998

David J. Paper and David Nicol

This paper provides a longitudinal view of one organization’s experiences with IT implementation and Business Process Reengineering since 1990. The organization is…

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This paper provides a longitudinal view of one organization’s experiences with IT implementation and Business Process Reengineering since 1990. The organization is EuroProducts; a manufacturer of air freshener and related products located in thecountry, in the West of England, EuroProducts has identified data integration and data standardization as critical to leverage increased performance from its materials requirements process flow. As a result, a new MRP system is being introduced to integrate data input from factory floor workers, management, staff, and IS professionals. The goal is to use the new MRP system as a rallying point to facilitate redesign of material requirements work flows. Aspects of innovation and systems theory are introduced to help the authors organize and identify root causes of the problems EuroProducts has had with its IT implementation and reengineering efforts.

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Journal of Systems and Information Technology, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1328-7265

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Publication date: 1 May 1993

David Nicoll

Argues that groups within the organization play a significant rolein enabling it to face a hostile environment. Describes how groupstranslate their culture into work…

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Argues that groups within the organization play a significant role in enabling it to face a hostile environment. Describes how groups translate their culture into work patterns and argues that this is an important factor in any change programme. Questions the motives and effectiveness of culture change programmes. Questions the use of corporate structural reorganizations as a response to external environmental factors and suggests it may not be as effective as may be thought due to these groups. Concludes that the paradox of stability and change must be created to manage the organization effectively through these turbulent times.

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Management Decision, vol. 31 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 August 1993

David C. Nicoll

Presents a case study which illustrates the use of employeecommunications in implementing corporate culture change, by reference tothe concept of value statements. The…

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Presents a case study which illustrates the use of employee communications in implementing corporate culture change, by reference to the concept of value statements. The study utilized structured interviews, questionnaires, participant observation and unobtrusive measures. Suggests that organizational group structure plays a role in determining familiarity with corporate value statements, but plays little part in their subsequent practice. Provides evidence of a “values gap” whereby values are understood but are not subsequently put into practice. Provides evidence to suggest that a “tall” organization structure will be less likely to be viewed as practising its own value statements than a flatter organization structure. Suggests possible rationales behind this, and means by which this may be overcome.

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Management Decision, vol. 31 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 August 1994

David Cathmoir Nicoll

Reassesses the role of the grapevine in employee communications. Arguesthat it has a role to play in socializing employees to a company,initiating behavioural change…

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Reassesses the role of the grapevine in employee communications. Argues that it has a role to play in socializing employees to a company, initiating behavioural change, disciplining employees and providing information. Discusses the implementation of the grapevine as a part of the employee communications mix, through management by walking about (MBWA) and electronic communications. Concludes that it can enhance corporate culture and increases allegiance to corporate goals.

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Publication date: 1 July 1977

Three management appointments have been made by Textured Coatings (UK) Ltd.

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Three management appointments have been made by Textured Coatings (UK) Ltd.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 6 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 1 June 2003

Melinda J. Milligan

This paper broadens and extends the idea of organizational death by arguing that certain organizational site moves, those in which employees hold a strong place attachment…

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This paper broadens and extends the idea of organizational death by arguing that certain organizational site moves, those in which employees hold a strong place attachment to the to be left, are a form of organizational death. It argues for the utility of viewing organizational change as involving loss and including space in studies of everyday organizational experiences. Using ethnographic research (participant‐observation and in‐depth interviews with the employees) of one such organization (the “Coffee House”) and a negotiated‐order perspective, discusses employee beliefs as to how the site move should have been managed as a means to document their understanding of the move as a loss experience and as a form of organizational death.

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International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 23 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-333X

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Publication date: 28 June 2021

Asif R. Khan and N. Lakshmi Thilagam

The Covid-19 crisis has inflicted a disruptive impact on the conventional institutional format of architecture studio pedagogy. As a result, there is a critical suddenness…

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Purpose

The Covid-19 crisis has inflicted a disruptive impact on the conventional institutional format of architecture studio pedagogy. As a result, there is a critical suddenness for an alternative approach to ensure continuity. The research pursues is to pursue a multidisciplinary study with a focus on the following domains: architecture, the science of learning and e-learning architecture. Inference from the study would become the basis for a theoretical proposition for improvement of the existing pedagogical framework. Moreover, the literature would add valuable insights to the knowledge base.

Design/methodology/approach

An exploratory research approach is used for this study. The inquiry-based approach enlightens on the role of the architect in society. Also, the nature of architectural design education that existed prior to the Covid-19 outbreak is examined. Further, the paper explores the impact of the paradigm shift from institutional mode to e-learning mode overnight. Purposefully multi-disciplinary studies are pursued to develop a broad understanding of the associated domains. This could effectively contribute to developing an effective pedagogical framework. This would facilitate the conduct of architecture studio discourse in a structured manner during the current scenario.

Findings

The confluence approach – a theoretical proposition for effective structuring of architecture studio pedagogy has evolved as part of the research. Further, the proposed virtual learning pyramid enlightens on the drive to continue on with augmentation of students existing creative acumen. Which is one of the universally sought-after goals of studio pedagogy even during times of uncertainties.

Research limitations/implications

Pedagogues would find the study very meaningful for the conduct of architecture design studio in e-learning mode. They would also acquire a broad understanding of factors to be considered. The research would pave way for future studies in this area from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Social implications

The current Covid-19 crisis deters architecture studio discourse from being conducted in an accustomed institutional format. Therefore, it becomes important for institutions to ensure continuity of architectural education with the help of new measures. In concurrence, the research envisions an alternative approach: virtual design studio using e-learning mode. This would ensure continuity of architectural education even when the instructor and students are separated in either time or place.

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The study presents a unique contribution to the limited literature available on architecture studio pedagogy during the e-learning scenario.

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Publication date: 1 July 1909

DURING the three years I have attended the meetings of this branch association, papers of so interesting a character have been read that I am well aware of the difficulty…

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DURING the three years I have attended the meetings of this branch association, papers of so interesting a character have been read that I am well aware of the difficulty each paper reader must have in keeping up the standard. But as my subject seems a good one, you may be inclined to overlook an indifferent treatment of it.

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New Library World, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 June 2000

Tony Kinder

The paper argues that some conventional tools guiding innovation processes inadequately analyse problems arising from blending telematics with public service integration…

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The paper argues that some conventional tools guiding innovation processes inadequately analyse problems arising from blending telematics with public service integration in areas of complex service provision. Also uses Molina’s diamond of alignment, and Nicoll’s contextual usability conceptual approaches to analyse a case study on the introduction of smart housing in West Lothian, Scotland.

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European Journal of Innovation Management, vol. 3 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1460-1060

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Publication date: 1 December 2013

David M. Palfreyman

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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2077-5504

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