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Publication date: 1 January 2021

Hang Vo, Richard John Kirkham, Terry Mervyn Williams, Amanda Howells, Rick Forster and Terry Cooke-Davies

Effective and robust governance of major projects and programmes in the public sector is crucial to the accountability of the state and the transparency of state spending…

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Purpose

Effective and robust governance of major projects and programmes in the public sector is crucial to the accountability of the state and the transparency of state spending. The theoretical discourse on governance, in the context of projects and programmes, is not fully mature, although is now sufficiently well developed to warrant an increased scholarly focus on practice. This paper aims to contribute to the empirical literature through a study of assurance routines in the UK Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP).

Design/methodology/approach

A framework analysis approach to the evaluation of a subset of GMPP database generates original insights into (1) the framing of assurance review recommendations, (2) the treatment of assurance review data and (3) the subsequent tracking of the implementation of actions arising from the assurance review process.

Findings

The analysis reveals that the “delivery confidence” of the major projects and programmes included in this study improves during the time that they are assured on the GMPP. This would suggest that “enhanced” governance routines are desirable in programmes and projects that exhibit high degrees of complexity and scale.

Originality/value

The research findings contribute to the wider conversations in this journal and elsewhere on project governance routines and governance-as-practice in the context of government and public services.

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International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 14 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-8378

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Man-Eating Monsters
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-528-3

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Publication date: 1 February 1981

IRENE ROBERTSON, PHIL MANCUSI‐UNGARO, RICK MCGEE and STEVE MELTON

Introduction In the last decade the problem of product liability has become one of the major concerns affecting industry, consumers and government. Product liability…

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Introduction In the last decade the problem of product liability has become one of the major concerns affecting industry, consumers and government. Product liability, which relates to the responsibility of a manufacturer to compensate a user who suffers injury from using his product, is not a new concept. King Hammurabi of Babylon instituted these two laws over 4,000 years ago:

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Studies in Economics and Finance, vol. 5 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1086-7376

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Publication date: 5 November 2016

Anne Sigismund Huff, Frances J. Milliken, Gerard P. Hodgkinson, Robert J. Galavan and Kristian J. Sund

This book on uncertainty comprises the initial volume in a series titled “New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition”. We asked Frances Milliken and Gerard P…

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This book on uncertainty comprises the initial volume in a series titled “New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition”. We asked Frances Milliken and Gerard P. Hodgkinson, two well-known scholars who have made important contributions to our understanding of uncertainty to join us in this opening chapter to introduce this project. The brief bios found at the end of this volume cannot do justice to the broad range of their contributions, but our conversation gives a flavor of the kind of insights they have brought to managerial and organizational cognition (MOC). The editors thank them for helping launch the series with a decisive exploration of what defining uncertainty involves, how that might be done, why it is important, and how the task is changing. We were interested to discover that all five of us are currently involved in research that considers the nature and impact of uncertainty, and we hope that readers similarly find that paying attention to uncertainty contributes to their current projects. Working together, we can advance understanding of organizational settings and effective action, both for researchers and practitioners.

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Uncertainty and Strategic Decision Making
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78635-170-8

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 2002

John Amis

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International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1464-6668

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Publication date: 4 February 2019

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Strategies for Fostering Inclusive Classrooms in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-061-1

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Publication date: 1 March 1996

Rick Mullin

These days every important trend in business converges on the decision to relocate.

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These days every important trend in business converges on the decision to relocate.

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

Article
Publication date: 7 June 2013

Lynne Freeman and Susan Bell

The purpose of this paper is to focus on the editorial content of monthly women's magazines and consider their role in facilitating the Christmas food rituals. Of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to focus on the editorial content of monthly women's magazines and consider their role in facilitating the Christmas food rituals. Of particular interest is the extent to which the special food features have adapted to support the changes in women's lifestyles over the last 20 years.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a longitudinal social semiotic analysis of Christmas food features in women's magazines in Australia and the UK over the period 1991‐2011.

Findings

The analysis reveals a recurring conflict between the magazine content and the lifestyles of their readers. For families to participate in and maintain the Christmas ritual still means devotion, typically by a woman. The message has not changed, even though the work/home balance for many women has. The responsibility for putting the “magic” in Christmas lies firmly at the woman's feet. The magazines' text convey a contradictory message by offering readers budget and timesaving tips, while their visuals imply that such “shortcuts” stand in the way of the sought‐after magical Christmas, the rituals must be followed in full.

Research limitations/implications

Adopting a longitudinal social semiotic analysis enabled the authors to conduct a detailed comparison of both text and imagery across the magazines and across the years. The authors were also able to report on how the sign complexes such as colour and text worked in combination to create a social message.

Originality/value

Whilst women's magazines remain an important vehicle for the transmission of social values, the paper's findings demonstrate that they are not necessarily adapting to social change.

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Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-2752

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Publication date: 1 December 1998

David Buchanan

The first aim of this paper is to bring empirical evidence from an atypical organizational setting to the debate surrounding the currency of business process…

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The first aim of this paper is to bring empirical evidence from an atypical organizational setting to the debate surrounding the currency of business process re‐engineering, which some commentators have dismissed as a damaging “fad”. The second aim is to suggest how the process orientation advocated by re‐engineering can facilitate a creative visualization of organizational process and a participative approach to redesign. The paper is based on the experience of an acute teaching hospital seeking to reduce patient delays affecting the work of the operating theatres department. The project began towards the end of 1994, was overseen by a hospital steering committee, was conducted by a small internal project team (with researcher as member), and was based initially on a process mapping exercise. The elective surgical in‐patient process (one of the hospital’s “core processes”), from referral to discharge, was mapped using the knowledge of project team members, interview and survey data from 39 respondents, informal discussions with over 50 other hospital staff, and from a photo‐documentation and photo‐elicitation procedure. Interviews, survey questionnaires, informal discussion and the photo‐elicitation sessions were also used to develop a wide series of recommendations from staff with respect to redesigning the patient process and reducing theatre delays.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 18 no. 12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Publication date: 1 January 1918

The Milk (Amendment) Order, 1917, which came into force on December 31st, provides that milk shall be sold retail only by Imperial measure; that no colouring matter shall…

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The Milk (Amendment) Order, 1917, which came into force on December 31st, provides that milk shall be sold retail only by Imperial measure; that no colouring matter shall be added to milk or cream intended for sale; that no milk to which any water has been added shall knowingly be sold or offered for sale; that no person may use for the purpose of his trade any milk can or milk bottle which bears the name, trade name, trade mark, or trade device of some person other than himself or his employer, except with the consent of such person. The Order contains a new clause, in substitution for Clauses 4 and 6 of the Milk Order, 1917 (which are revoked), providing that where milk is sold wholesale by or on behalf of any person other than the producer the maximum prices chargeable shall, unless otherwise determined, pursuant to the Order, be as follows:—

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British Food Journal, vol. 20 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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