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Publication date: 1 April 1993

Allan D. Walker, Chong Keng Choy and Low Guat Tin

Presents some observations from both mentors andprotégés who have been involved in a formal mentoringprogramme at the National Institute of Education in Singapore…

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Presents some observations from both mentors and protégés who have been involved in a formal mentoring programme at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Data showed that the mentor/protégé relationship is best initiated in an informal environment away from the school, that mentors should clearly communicate their expectations, that mentoring relationships move through developmental and interpersonal stages, and that the benefits of the relationship are reciprocal for the mentor, protégé, the organization, and the system. Presents some suggestions for mentoring programmes in their early stages of development.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 31 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Publication date: 1 August 1996

Keng Choy Chong

States that the foreseeable future scenario of Singapore suggests the need to include premisses about the future in school developmental planning. Outlines a futuring…

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States that the foreseeable future scenario of Singapore suggests the need to include premisses about the future in school developmental planning. Outlines a futuring process taught in Singapore as a possible way of obtaining such premisses. This five‐step process includes a delphi survey. Gives results from three delphi surveys done in Singapore at the end of the article to illustrate the kinds of data that school leaders could use as premisses in developmental planning.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 10 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 June 1994

Guat Tin Low, Keng Choy Chong and Allan Walker

Examines the benefits of the mentoring component in the one‐year Diplomaof Educational Administration programme offered by the NationalInstitute of Education, to the…

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Examines the benefits of the mentoring component in the one‐year Diploma of Educational Administration programme offered by the National Institute of Education, to the education system in Singapore. Thirty‐six mentors involved in the programme since its inception in 1984 were invited to give their views on the benefits of the mentor/ protege programme. Thematic analysis of their responses showed that the most common theme which emerged was that of reciprocal learning. Mentors learn through helping others to learn. Through the mentoring programme, the educational system benefits as there is a pool of potential principals ready to take the helm of leadership in the schools. The programme also helps to ensure there is a possibility of systemic renewal and that of systemic repeat, i.e. practices which are passed on to the next generation of leaders.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 5 August 2014

Choy-Har Wong, Garry Wei-Han Tan, Siew-Phaik Loke and Keng-Boon Ooi

While mobile TV (m-TV) is beneficial and is currently an emerging area within mobile commerce, the adoption rate is at the infancy stage. The purpose of this paper is…

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Purpose

While mobile TV (m-TV) is beneficial and is currently an emerging area within mobile commerce, the adoption rate is at the infancy stage. The purpose of this paper is therefore to adapt the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology 2 (UTAUT2) model to explore on the factors in predicting users’ behavioral intention (BI) of m-TV.

Design/methodology/approach

Partial least square structural equation modeling approach was employed using 193 respondents to test the findings.

Findings

The findings revealed that effort expectancy (EE), social influence (SI), facilitating conditions (FC), hedonic motivation (HM) and habit (HT) have significant effects on BI. In addition, gender was found to have moderating effect between FC and BI.

Practical implications

Findings from this study provide valuable insights and contribute to the marketing strategy for mobile marketers, wireless communications vendors and application developers in the m-TV industry.

Originality/value

Since the emergence of m-TV is regarded as a new concept, what factors that may motivate users to watch TV using m-devices remains unexplored and therefore is currently a neglected research area. This paper provides clues and valuable insights for mobile marketers, wireless communications vendors and application developers in the m-TV industry.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 114 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Publication date: 12 October 2015

Choy-Har Wong, Garry Wei-Han Tan, Siew-Phaik Loke and Keng-Boon Ooi

The purpose of this paper is to explore the factors that influence users’ behavioral intention (BI) to adopt mobile social networking sites (mSNS) in facilitating…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the factors that influence users’ behavioral intention (BI) to adopt mobile social networking sites (mSNS) in facilitating formal/informal learning. Specifically, the study also investigates the association of mobility, reachability and convenience with performance expectancy (PE) and effort expectancy (EE).

Design/methodology/approach

Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) approach was applied to test on 266 valid responses.

Findings

The findings indicated that learning compatibility (LC), PE, EE and copyright clearance (CC) has a significant effect on BI. The results also revealed that EE is influenced by mobility, reachability and convenience. PE however was found to be influenced by convenience.

Practical implications

The results of this study provides valuable insights and references for practitioners and mobile network providers in developing mSNS in facilitating learning.

Originality/value

While mSNS have the potential to become a new research area with numerous benefits for the learning community, there is little research on the adoption factors on mSNS in facilitating learning. This study therefore attempts to close the research gap by contributing to the mobile literatures.

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Publication date: 1 September 2006

A. Solucis Santhapparaj, Jayashree Sreenivasan and Jude Chong Kuan Loong

In an emerging global competitive environment, the Malaysian semiconductor industry is facing threats from low cost countries with limited innovative capabilities. It…

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In an emerging global competitive environment, the Malaysian semiconductor industry is facing threats from low cost countries with limited innovative capabilities. It urges for improvement in competitiveness of the Malaysian semiconductor industry. This study focuses on the perspectives of the managers towards the enhancement of competitiveness. Through a focus group interview and data collected from 200 managers working in semiconductor‐manufacturing units in Malaysia, the study identified twenty‐two competitive factors for the improvement of competitiveness of the semiconductor industry in Malaysia. Since the collected data did not form a normal distribution, nonparametric tests such as Chi‐squire test and Mann‐Whitney U test were used to test the framed hypotheses. Based on the analysis, ten key competitive factors were identified out of the identified twenty‐two competitive factors through focus group interview. Further, the study also highlighted the differences in the opinion of competitive factors of technical and non‐technical job functioning managers.

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Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, vol. 16 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1059-5422

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Publication date: 5 August 2019

Mahender Singh Kaswan, Rajeev Rathi and Mahipal Singh

The purpose of this paper is to identify and prioritize prime just-in-time (JIT) elements in Indian healthcare sector based on the degree of importance and difficulty…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify and prioritize prime just-in-time (JIT) elements in Indian healthcare sector based on the degree of importance and difficulty. This facilitates the implementation of JIT philosophy in healthcare services without any failure as well as provides quality services to patients at low cost.

Design/methodology/approach

JIT elements related to health care services have been sorted out from comprehensive literature survey. Moreover, important and difficult JIT elements have been ranked on the basis of score obtained by the quantitative method using statistical tools. Furthermore, validation and prioritization of important JIT elements based on the degree of importance have been computed using the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and best worst method (BWM).

Findings

The present work provides important, difficult and easy to implement JIT elements in healthcare services. Besides, this work justifies the application of decision-making tool (AHP, BWM) for the prioritization of JIT elements in the health care sector.

Practical implications

The present study develops a deep understanding of JIT concepts in health care services. Furthermore, it motivates professionals for implementing JIT in healthcare services with healthy situation for both hospital and supplier.

Social implications

The present work is beneficial for all the dimensions of sustainable development (social, economic and environmental). The implementation of JIT with a proper understanding of its elements results in an improved patient care, lesser cost of healthcare delivery, time and better management of associated medical items. This work also facilitates the proper management of inventory items together with the reduction in various Lean wastes with the proper implementation of JIT in healthcare. The reduction in various associated wastes leads to cleaner surrounding and lesser environmental degradation.

Originality/value

This paper outlines the need of a robust JIT approach in the healthcare sector for quality services. The efficacy of JIT, AHP and BWM has been explored to find out critical elements for successful JIT implementation in health care.

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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. 36 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-671X

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