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Publication date: 1 February 2003

Michael A. Haughton, Anne P. Crick, Stanford E. Moore and Lawrence A. Nicholson

Universities constantly try to balance the need to be seen as research institutions contributing new knowledge to society with the need to be seen as effective teaching…

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Universities constantly try to balance the need to be seen as research institutions contributing new knowledge to society with the need to be seen as effective teaching institutions. This article describes one way in which the two requirements have been effectively resolved in teaching short courses to non‐university students. The methodology incorporated students and research teams, thus drawing on the strengths of both. The result is enhanced student participation and motivation, greater access to data and new insights for the faculty members. The paper concludes by describing other applications of such an approach.

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Education + Training, vol. 45 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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Publication date: 1 January 2001

Michael A. Haughton and Rémi Desmeules

Positioned at the nexus of import/export flows, customs authorities represent a significant node in a firm's global supply chain network. In light of the traditional need…

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Positioned at the nexus of import/export flows, customs authorities represent a significant node in a firm's global supply chain network. In light of the traditional need for physical inspection of goods by customs authorities, the significance of this node is often viewed in terms of its potential disruption to the network flow. Customs reforms that aim to facilitate the international flow of goods (trade facilitation) are thus easily regarded as measures to reduce the supply chain inefficiencies of these disruptions. The readiness with which the resulting improvements can be envisioned and have been cited contrasts sharply with the limited research into the corresponding potential challenges involved in global logistics management. This paper's primary purpose is to deduce the nature of these challenges, not only for practice in the area of global logistics, but also for research in that area, an area in which the significance of customs authorities has received little treatment. Systematic qualitative analyses of existing and proposed reforms based on the trade facilitation philosophy provide the bases for the deductions.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Publication date: 1 November 1997

Michael A. Haughton and Alan J. Stenger

Maintaining efficiency in despatching goods from a depot to geographically dispersed customers may require management at the depot to adjust its delivery routes daily if…

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Maintaining efficiency in despatching goods from a depot to geographically dispersed customers may require management at the depot to adjust its delivery routes daily if these customers’ demands fluctuate from day to day. One type of adjustment is to give drivers daily “skip lists” instructing them not to visit customers who have indicated that they do not need delivery on the day in question. This adjustment, which is appropriately referred to as semi‐variable routes, increases the depot’s outbound logistics productivity by eliminating some unnecessary travelling. Using extensive experimental data, develops a regression model that efficiently and accurately estimates this productivity increase, and illustrates how spreadsheets can be used as a decision support medium for using the model in pedagogical and applied settings. Confirms the model’s validity by standard model validation tests as well as by comparison with an existing model from previous research.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 27 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Publication date: 1 November 1999

Michael A. Haughton, William L. Grenoble, Evelyn A. Thomchick and Richard R. Young

Any firm participating in external (or inter‐firm) benchmarking anticipates at least two benefits: useful statistics on how it performs relative to the other participating…

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Any firm participating in external (or inter‐firm) benchmarking anticipates at least two benefits: useful statistics on how it performs relative to the other participating firms; and guidance in identifying promising performance improvement actions. Using data from a five‐year benchmarking program for firms engaged in import operations, this research illustrates how these benefits might be assured. A major recommendation of the research is that, along with formal analysis of quantitative data, the structure of ongoing inter‐firm benchmarking programs must facilitate the firms’ receipt of information that enhances the realization of these benefits. This is likely to improve such programs along the dimensions of data gathering efficiency, data quality, and hence the usefulness of benchmarking to participating firms.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 29 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Transregional Europe
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-494-1

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Publication date: 4 October 2018

Michael K. Fung

A full Edgeworth cycle of deposit rate is divided into two phases: an “overcutting cycle” in which the banks battle for deposits, and a “relenting cycle” in which the…

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A full Edgeworth cycle of deposit rate is divided into two phases: an “overcutting cycle” in which the banks battle for deposits, and a “relenting cycle” in which the banks cease battling and instead choose to restore a temporarily low deposit rate. Such strategies have two testable implications on overall market movements. First, deposit rate decreases are more likely to be initiated when the deposit rate is near the upper bound of a cycle. Second, deposit rate decreases are more sensitive than increases to market interest rate changes. This chapter empirically confirms this pattern and shows strong evidence for the presence of Edgeworth cycles in deposit rates after Hong Kong’s interest rate deregulation.

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Banking and Finance Issues in Emerging Markets
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-453-4

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Publication date: 14 May 2003

Jonathan L Gifford

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Flexible Urban Transportation
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-08-050656-2

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Publication date: 27 December 2013

Geoff Berry

This chapter considers the environmental damage related to Ireland’s recent ‘ghost estates’, placing this disastrous waste of resources in the long historical context of…

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Purpose

This chapter considers the environmental damage related to Ireland’s recent ‘ghost estates’, placing this disastrous waste of resources in the long historical context of ancient ruins that also dot the land.

Methodology/approach

It considers ruins from an ecocritical perspective, as material artefacts attesting directly to people’s relationship with their environment.

Findings

From ancient megaliths and sacred sites to imposing castles, Ireland’s impressive ruins ignite romantic reflections in many. Yet, just like the modern ruins of ghost estates, they also tell of an often oppressive relationship between human cultures and the natural environment. Ironically perhaps, stone circles and tombs that seem to speak of people living in much closer relation to non-human nature than we moderns do are also associated with the environmental scourge of deforestation. Yet, they at least stand testament to an ethic of timelessness and robust building, as well as resistance to a seemingly irresistible process of capitalistic modernisation; the recent ruins are devoid of such ethical commitments. Given this, however, creative responses should also be noted to the logic of the ghost estates, including Cloughjordan’s Ecovillage and the NamaLab project.

Practical and social implications

Three sets of responses that all work more realistically with a recognition of the limits of sustainable development are considered in the conclusion: Transition Towns, an Ecovillage and architectural reutilisation of defunct buildings.

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Environmental Philosophy: The Art of Life in a World of Limits
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78350-137-3

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Publication date: 1 January 2014

Martin Quinn

To examine the governance network in Northamptonshire, an area awarded the status of the most enterprising place in Britain in 2012.

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Purpose

To examine the governance network in Northamptonshire, an area awarded the status of the most enterprising place in Britain in 2012.

Methodology

A combination of original interviews and documentary analysis to track the development of governance across two place-based initiatives.

Findings

Governance and leadership efforts were hindered by three factors prior to 2010; geographical, issues of legitimacy and a lack of stimulus for action in a successful economy. Changes since the General Election have enabled the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to overcome the first of these but work on the other two is ongoing.

Research limitations

The research has been conducted in the early stages of the LEP’s work and more time is needed to see if the progress made to date translates into a meaningful role.

Social implications

Place-based strategies need to be based around pre-agreed territorial boundaries. In addition development agencies need to be able to demonstrate competency in order to be seen as legitimate actors.

Originality/value of chapter

The chapter offers an insight into establishing governance and leadership in an already successful economy. Most papers in this area either examine deprived areas or areas where governance is key to the success.

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Enterprising Places: Leadership and Governance Networks
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78350-641-5

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Publication date: 17 September 2014

Dwayne Woods

This chapter argues that despite the proverbial claim that populism is ill-defined and has too broad a conceptual net, the literature on the subject tends to converge…

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This chapter argues that despite the proverbial claim that populism is ill-defined and has too broad a conceptual net, the literature on the subject tends to converge toward four core elements of populism that provides a conceptual and analytical unity. Furthermore, the conceptual core of populism explains why the concept has been able to encompass a wide range of populist manifestations without becoming an empty analytical shell. Also, the conceptual cores have helped provide the empirical basis that has given rise to a diverse and innovative literature that seeks to measure and compare cross-nationally populism.

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The Many Faces of Populism: Current Perspectives
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78350-258-5

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