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Paul F. Takac

Aims to facilitate a clearer understanding of the issues involvedin formulating and implementing an electronic data interchange (EDI)strategy. In particular, analyses the…

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Aims to facilitate a clearer understanding of the issues involved in formulating and implementing an electronic data interchange (EDI) strategy. In particular, analyses the potential benefits to be derived from EDI implementation, outlining operational and management difficulties likely to arise as a result of implementation. Examines the inter – and intra‐organizational issues to which EDI gives rise. This involves a discussion of the relationship between EDI and related developments such as quick response (QR), just‐in‐time (JIT) and electronic funds transfer (EFT). Outlines the relationship between EDI and EFT, arguing that EDI‐EFT has the potential to redefine organizational cash management policies and strategies, particularly in relation to the “float”, as well as the relationship between organizations and their respective financial institutions. Concludes that EDI is both complex and costly to implement and careful cost benefit analyses as well as senior management support are required.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 6 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Paul F. Takac and C.P. Singh

Discusses the role of technology in financial institutions.Suggests that, given its cost and operational importance, technologicalchange must be carefully planned and…

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Discusses the role of technology in financial institutions. Suggests that, given its cost and operational importance, technological change must be carefully planned and managed and integrated with business planning. Technology′s role has increased from back‐office support to a wider role incorporating product and service development and delivery and is becoming increasingly vital in increasingly competitive financial markets. However, a “technology race” has also developed which is expensive and may yield a poor return on investment.

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Management Decision, vol. 30 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Paul F. Takac

In their search for optimum performance and cost‐efficiency manyorganizations have been critically examining the value of the seeminglyever increasing cost of, and…

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In their search for optimum performance and cost‐efficiency many organizations have been critically examining the value of the seemingly ever increasing cost of, and dependence on, technology. In the course of examining possible alternative, and potentially more efficient, approaches to technology management, the concept of outsourcing has become widely discussed. In this context it has attracted high levels of interest among both industry and Government. In spite of this high level of interest and increasing willingness to consider outsourcing, a great deal of uncertainty exists among potential users regarding both the meaning and implications of entering into outsourcing arrangements. Intends critically to examine the concept, implementation and management issues related to outsourcing information technology services.

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Management Decision, vol. 31 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Paul F. Takac and C.P. Singh

Defines the concept of strategic alliances as well as outlining thepotential benefits and disadvantages of entering into suchrelationships. This will facilitate critical…

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Defines the concept of strategic alliances as well as outlining the potential benefits and disadvantages of entering into such relationships. This will facilitate critical reviews of the nature and type of relationship that best satisfies their individual needs. Strategic alliances are a means of rationalizing business operations and improving the overall competitive position of a company and are important because of the sheer speed and dynamism of technological change which has opened up a wide range of new activity areas. Banking firms, however, experienced difficulty in defining the type of relationship that best suits their needs. To a significant extent this is due to the fact that a great deal of confusion exists regarding the term “strategic alliances”. In particular parties have difficulty in distinguishing strategic alliances from other forms of organizational relationships.

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Management Decision, vol. 30 no. 1
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ISSN: 0025-1747

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George K. Stylios

Examines the tenth published year of the ITCRR. Runs the whole gamut of textile innovation, research and testing, some of which investigates hitherto untouched aspects…

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Examines the tenth published year of the ITCRR. Runs the whole gamut of textile innovation, research and testing, some of which investigates hitherto untouched aspects. Subjects discussed include cotton fabric processing, asbestos substitutes, textile adjuncts to cardiovascular surgery, wet textile processes, hand evaluation, nanotechnology, thermoplastic composites, robotic ironing, protective clothing (agricultural and industrial), ecological aspects of fibre properties – to name but a few! There would appear to be no limit to the future potential for textile applications.

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International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, vol. 16 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-6222

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George K. Stylios

Examines the ninth published year of the ITCRR. Runs the whole gamut of textile innovation, research and testing, some of which investigates hitherto untouched aspects…

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Examines the ninth published year of the ITCRR. Runs the whole gamut of textile innovation, research and testing, some of which investigates hitherto untouched aspects. Subjects discussed include cotton fabric processing, asbestos substitutes, textile adjuncts to cardiovascular surgery, wet textile processes, hand evaluation, nanotechnology, thermoplastic composites, robotic ironing, protective clothing (agricultural and industrial), ecological aspects of fibre properties – to name but a few! There would appear to be no limit to the future potential for textile applications.

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International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, vol. 15 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-6222

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The Future of the Self: Understanding Personalization in Childhood and Beyond
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-945-0

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Lucrezia Songini, Chiara Morelli and Paola Vola

Notwithstanding the relevance of managerial control systems (MCS) in any organization, as well the distinctive role they can play in family business, due to its specific…

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Notwithstanding the relevance of managerial control systems (MCS) in any organization, as well the distinctive role they can play in family business, due to its specific features, the literature rarely dealt with the role and characteristics of MCS in family business. Taking into account previous contributions from different disciplines (organization, management accounting, and family business), the current work aims to better understand the state of the art about research in the field of MCS in family business in order to identify main research gaps and propose future research directions.

Forty-five articles have been analyzed, which were issued in 29 sources. Research findings show that the literature on MCS in family business is limited and not very conclusive. Some authors focused on the type of controls, other authors outlined the role of MCS in managerialization and the relation with professionalization. A few studies focused on some specific mechanisms, especially strategic planning and compensation. Some contributes dealt with MCS’ determinants and impacts. Differences between family and non-family firms were proposed. However, a clear and organized picture of the features of MCS in family firms, their determinants, and impacts has not yet been developed. Particularly, the impact of the distinctive features of family business on MCS represents an underdeveloped research field along with how MCS can be differently developed and used in different kinds of family firms. In the light of findings of the literature review, we propose a reference research framework on MCS in family business.

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Performance Measurement and Management Control: The Relevance of Performance Measurement and Management Control Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-469-5

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Charles Geisler and Ben Currens

Recreancy is a concept that received William R. Freudenburg’s studied attention. Freudenburg moved beyond its conventional meaning – shirking duty – to a larger realm of…

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Recreancy is a concept that received William R. Freudenburg’s studied attention. Freudenburg moved beyond its conventional meaning – shirking duty – to a larger realm of irresponsibility by public actors who breach a societal trust they assume. This research focuses on the issue of “Peak Farmland,” a rendering of global carrying capacity that, we suggest, qualifies for what Freudenburg called “privileged discourse” and possibly recreancy. Scholars identified with dematerialized progress argue that finite farmland in the face of increasing population will improve human welfare and spare land for nature. This iconoclasm presents an arena for testing academic probity with respect to global food security. After an overview of past carrying capacity debates, we summarize the “Peak Farmland” position of the dematerialization school and suggest an important blind spot: the dematerialization of the global land base itself. Gathering the results of multiple studies on land loss, we offer evidence that the world’s warehouse of productive land is not just peaking but eroding on a grand scale. Ignoring this form of dematerialization while proclaiming nearly unlimited carrying capacity for Earth’s denizens strains the meaning of responsible scholarship.

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William R. Freudenburg, A Life in Social Research
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-734-4

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I want first to relate the Rules and their preparation to as wide a professional canvas as possible. Secondly, I intend to connect that relationship with the principles…

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I want first to relate the Rules and their preparation to as wide a professional canvas as possible. Secondly, I intend to connect that relationship with the principles upon which the Rules have been based and upon which their structure has been built. And finally I would like to describe briefly how their value has so far been established and related to current library services.

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New Library World, vol. 70 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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