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Publication date: 2 July 2020

Johann Van Wyk, Theo Bothma and Marlene Holmner

The purpose of this article is to give an overview of the development of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) conceptual model for the management of research data at a…

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to give an overview of the development of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) conceptual model for the management of research data at a South African university.

Design/methodology/approach

The research design of this article consists of empirical and non-empirical research. The non-empirical part consists of a critical literature review to synthesise the strengths, weaknesses (limitations) and omissions of identified VRE models as found in literature to develop a conceptual VRE model. As part of the critical literature review concepts were clarified and possible applications of VREs in research lifecycles and research data lifecycles were explored. The empirical part focused on the practical application of this model. This part of the article follows an interpretivist paradigm, and a qualitative research approach, using case studies as inquiry method. Case studies with a positivist perspective were selected through purposive sampling, and inferences were drawn from the sample to design and test a conceptual VRE model, and to investigate the management of research data through a VRE. Investigation was done through a process of participatory action research (PAR) and included semi-structured interviews and participant observation data collection techniques. Evaluation of findings was done through formative and summative evaluation.

Findings

The article presents a VRE conceptual model, with identified generic component layers and components that could potentially be applied and used in different research settings/disciplines. The article also reveals the role that VREs play in the successful management of research data throughout the research lifecycle. Guidelines for setting up a conceptual VRE model are offered.

Practical implications

This article assisted in clarifying and validating the various components of a conceptual VRE model that could be used in different research settings and disciplines for research data management.

Originality/value

This article confirms/validates generic layers and components that would be needed in a VRE by synthesising these in a conceptual model in the context of a research lifecycle and presents guidelines for setting up a conceptual VRE model.

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Library Management, vol. 41 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 20 September 2013

Freek Cronjé and Johann van Wyk

Responding to the growing amounts of power that corporations exert within society, stakeholder groups are increasingly placing companies under pressure to prove their…

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Purpose

Responding to the growing amounts of power that corporations exert within society, stakeholder groups are increasingly placing companies under pressure to prove their commitments to the idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Despite various mechanisms such as codes and principles being implemented in order to guide corporate actions, a clear need has been identified for better measuring tools of CSR. The bench marks is one of the most comprehensive CSR frameworks available and was chosen by this study to develop into a practical measuring instrument. The purpose of this paper is to report on the development process of the instrument.

Design/methodology/approach

Two main research methods have been applied, namely a literature review and an empirical study which included theoretically recognised phases for measuring instrument development. One of the phases involved a survey with questionnaires administered on 189 randomly selected respondents.

Findings

Apart from successfully measuring CSR performance in line with the bench marks, the developed instrument has been found to be useful as a measuring mechanism for corporate personality (CP).

Originality/value

CP valuation is achieved by measuring company behaviour in terms of the theoretical dimensions of CSR and sustainable development. In doing so, this instrument provides companies with a unique way of identifying their status of being true corporate citizens.

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Journal of Global Responsibility, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2041-2568

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Publication date: 1 September 2005

Greg Youngen

A Conference Report from the 5th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists held for the first time on the African continent. To inform library…

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A Conference Report from the 5th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists held for the first time on the African continent. To inform library colleagues about this specialty area of librarianship, the literature, concerns and work of animal science and veterinary librarians. The international scope of this meeting reinforced the importance.

Design/methodology/approach

Description of conference content and introduction of speakers and participants.

Findings

Information needs of animal health information specialists around the world appear to be the same but the digital divide is very significant with practitioners in Africa with issues concerning bandwidth, connectivity, local economies and other access related concerns continue to experience an information delivery gap.

Research limitations/implications

Suggests the technological and access concerns of this special librarian population.

Practical implications

Awareness and networking for this relatively small group of librarians.

Originality/value

Learning about this group which meets irregularly is of great value.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 22 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 7 March 2016

Irene Muller and Johann Tempelhoff

– This paper aims to outline the benefits of using resilience assessment instead of command and control mechanisms to evaluate sustainable campus environments.

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Purpose

This paper aims to outline the benefits of using resilience assessment instead of command and control mechanisms to evaluate sustainable campus environments.

Design/methodology/approach

An exploratory mixed-method design was followed for the purposes of the project. During the first qualitative phase, a historical timeline of the focal system was created. In the quantitative phase, the resilience assessment guided the investigation. To collect data, the case study research strategy included a heuristic process of collecting and reviewing documents, semi-structured interviews, observations and the systematic implementation of the resilience assessment approach.

Findings

Based on the resilience assessment approach, it is argued that the environmental status of university campuses can be considered relevant to the local community and immediate environment. Knowledge of the finite resources and their capacity in the context of the social-ecological system may increase the resilience of a campus.

Originality/value

This research study explores the use of an alternative approach to environmental practices at university campuses. The resilience assessment is usually performed on large ecosystems. By applying this approach to a small ecosystem, the study fills a gap in the applicability of the resilience approach.

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International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 17 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-6370

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Publication date: 31 December 2010

Jonathan Crush and Wade Pendleton

The paper presents the results and discusses the implications of a national survey of South African health professionals which found extraordinarily high levels of…

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The paper presents the results and discusses the implications of a national survey of South African health professionals which found extraordinarily high levels of dissatisfaction with working and living conditions in the country. Emigration potential is very high, and retention strategies have been largely unsuccessful. The survey findings suggest that remedial efforts within South Africa will not slow the brain drain. This has serious negative repercussions for the quality and level of health care available to patients in the country. The only workable retention strategy is for Western countries to stop issuing immigration and work permits to South African health professionals, a policy that would be consistent with their attitude to most other South African workers. However, as long as health professional shortages continue in Western countries and their immigration policy remains divorced from their international development policy, this scenario seems unlikely.

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International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 6 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-9894

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Publication date: 19 October 2012

Francis Aboagye‐Otchere and Juliet Agbeibor

The purpose of this paper is to assess the suitability of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium‐sized Entities (IFRS for SMES) for small…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the suitability of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium‐sized Entities (IFRS for SMES) for small businesses (micro entities and SMEs) in Ghana by assessing their need for the IFRS for SMEs and the appropriateness of the IFRS for SMEs as the accounting standard of choice for small businesses in Ghana. The paper also aims to investigate the firm characteristics likely to influence small businesses' need for the Standard and the appropriateness of the Standard for small businesses.

Design/methodology/approach

The survey method was used. A questionnaire survey of 305 small businesses was conducted, from which 149 useable questionnaires were returned.

Findings

It was found that small businesses in Ghana have limited international structures and activities which do not result in a need for internationally comparable financial reporting information. Small businesses also do not receive requests to provide such information. In total, 19 of the 27 issues addressed by the Standard and assessed in the study were found to be irrelevant to small businesses in Ghana. Size, legal form and number of owners influence the suitability of the Standard for small businesses in Ghana.

Originality/value

The paper provides some of the early empirical evidence on the final version of the IFRS for SMEs in Africa. The study also brings a fresh perspective by applying institutional theory to the adoption and implementation of the IFRS for SMEs.

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Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1985-2517

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