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Publication date: 29 August 2018

Matt Bolton and Frederick Harry Pitts

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Corbynism: A Critical Approach
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ISBN: 978-1-78754-372-0

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Publication date: 1 January 1993

Jeremy Bennett

The Academy of Wine service was founded in 1988 to raise the standard of education and skills in the service of wine in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry. In…

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The Academy of Wine service was founded in 1988 to raise the standard of education and skills in the service of wine in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry. In September 1991, the Academy launched its ‘Professional Wine Service Training Package’, which was specifically designed to satisfy waiters' wide‐ranging needs and time constraints. The programme provides a single, open and flexible learning package to develop trainees competence and thus help them secure a national vocational qualification (NVQ). Following extensive field trials, the success of the Traning Package is clear to see: volume sales and average spend per head rose substantially, with sales up +18% in participating Forte Hotels and +16% in participating independent hotels and the investment in training was recovered with an avarage 15 weeks. Additionally, the Academy of Wine Service has organised an annual programme of tutored tastings, produced a bi‐monthly newsletter, “Wine Line”, set up awards, scholarships and national competitions, and expanded its membership benefits. Five years on, The Academy of Wine Service is now recognised as the national education and training authority for professional wine service and is now being developed into The Academy of Food & Wine Service to provide a total training package for the entire industry by the beginning of 1994.

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International Journal of Wine Marketing, vol. 5 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0954-7541

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Publication date: 1 March 1986

Christopher Cook

In the UK there are now more than three million people unemployed, leaving aside the Black Economy. In the EEC as a whole there are more than 12 million without work.

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In the UK there are now more than three million people unemployed, leaving aside the Black Economy. In the EEC as a whole there are more than 12 million without work.

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International Journal of Manpower, vol. 7 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-7720

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Publication date: 21 October 2019

L. Jeremy Clegg, Hinrich Voss and Liang Chen

The acronym and neologism “VUCA” is employed by management and some scholars to denote the unpredictability of the modern world and its impact on business. The VUCA…

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The acronym and neologism “VUCA” is employed by management and some scholars to denote the unpredictability of the modern world and its impact on business. The VUCA approach suggests that a rational firm’s response should be to: protect against volatility by engineering-in redundancy and slack, gather information to reduce uncertainty, develop expertise to make complexity computable, and learn heuristically to reduce ambiguity. We combine a critical perspective on the VUCA approach with the global factory model, popularly used to describe the flexibility sought by advanced economy multinational enterprises (MNEs) within the global value chain. Both VUCA and the global factory would seem to account less well for the expansion of emerging multinational enterprise (EMNEs) abroad, particularly the preference for equity-based control and inflexibility when seeking strategic assets. Also, both approaches fail to incorporate behavioral principles toward risk. Using International Business theory, we propose a research agenda that may help to make VUCA more tractable, the global factory more useful, and the internationalization of EMNEs more comprehensible.

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International Business in a VUCA World: The Changing Role of States and Firms
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ISBN: 978-1-83867-256-0

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Publication date: 1 May 2006

Jeremy Cheng and David Bennett

This paper sets out to explore the proposition that building competences is more effective than privatisation and restructuring to improve performance in the Chinese…

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This paper sets out to explore the proposition that building competences is more effective than privatisation and restructuring to improve performance in the Chinese chemical industry.

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Case study research has been undertaken in the Chinese chemical industry. The two case companies provide representative data on the factors under investigation. The case investigations that are described were complemented by a survey, the results of which have been reported elsewhere.

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Results obtained from the research show that privatisation of Chinese state‐owned enterprises is not always an effective strategy to improve performance. In the case study companies, the development of core competences was more effective in enhancing performance.

Research limitations/implications

The research results are limited by the scope of the study, which was carried out in the Chinese chemical industry. They are also based on in‐depth case investigations in only two companies, but are supported by a large‐scale survey reported elsewhere. The results have implications for academic researchers interested in China's privatisation programme.

Practical implications

The research has practical implications for companies outside China that are considering collaborative operations with Chinese companies or investing in joint ventures. It also has implications for suppliers or customers of Chinese companies.

Originality/value

The paper is based on original case study investigations carried out in Chinese enterprises and is supported by a survey of representative companies in China's chemical sector. Value is derived from understanding the basis of improved performance in the companies studied.

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Journal of Technology Management in China, vol. 1 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-8779

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Publication date: 1 February 1973

Jeremy Bugler

‘In the schools, you have to go a long way to find something really lively in environmental studies,’ says Colin Ward. He should know. He is the education officer of the…

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‘In the schools, you have to go a long way to find something really lively in environmental studies,’ says Colin Ward. He should know. He is the education officer of the Town and Country Planning Association unit, and in this position was given his head to produce the kind of magazine to propagate environmental education that he thought fit. Together with his assistant editor Anthony Fyson, he is responsible for BEE, by far the liveliest publication in its field. BEE is the Bulletin of Environmental Education and it differs — in one respect particularly — from most other journals with the same concern.

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Education + Training, vol. 15 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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Publication date: 19 February 2021

Sam Bailey

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The Canterbury Sound in Popular Music: Scene, Identity and Myth
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ISBN: 978-1-78769-490-3

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Publication date: 10 September 2018

David C. Giles

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Twenty-First Century Celebrity: Fame In Digital Culture
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ISBN: 978-1-78754-212-9

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Publication date: 1 June 2003

Erica Bennett

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 20 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 11 October 2019

David Beer

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The Quirks of Digital Culture
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ISBN: 978-1-78769-916-8

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