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Robert East, Mark D. Uncles, Jenni Romaniuk and Wendy Lomax

This paper aims to review the validation of assumptions made in agent-based modeling of diffusion and the sufficiency (completeness) of the mechanisms assumed to operate.

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Purpose

This paper aims to review the validation of assumptions made in agent-based modeling of diffusion and the sufficiency (completeness) of the mechanisms assumed to operate.

Design/methodology/approach

One well-cited paper is examined.

Findings

Evidence is presented that casts doubt on the assumptions and mechanisms used. A range of mechanisms is suggested that should be evaluated for inclusion in diffusion modeling.

Originality/value

The need for validation of assumptions has been stressed elsewhere but there has been a lack of examples. This paper provides examples. The stress on the sufficiency of the mechanisms used is new.

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European Journal of Marketing, vol. 50 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0566

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Robert East, Mark D. Uncles, Jenni Romaniuk and Wendy Lomax

This paper aims to respond to the commentaries by Nejad, and Rand and Rust on the paper “Improving Agent-Based Models of Diffusion”.

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Purpose

This paper aims to respond to the commentaries by Nejad, and Rand and Rust on the paper “Improving Agent-Based Models of Diffusion”.

Design/methodology/approach

Evidence on the nature of word of mouth was reviewed and related to the views expressed by the authors of the commentaries.

Findings

The authors of this paper remain concerned about the assumptions used in agent-based models of diffusion.

Originality/value

The study refers to previously published work.

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European Journal of Marketing, vol. 50 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0566

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Giovanni Arrighi

The rise of East Asia to most dynamic center of processes of capital accumulation on a world scale is a phenomenon of the 1970s and 1980s. As a first approximation, the…

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The rise of East Asia to most dynamic center of processes of capital accumulation on a world scale is a phenomenon of the 1970s and 1980s. As a first approximation, the extent of this rise can be gauged from the trends depicted in figure 1. The figure shows the most conspicuous instances of “catching‐up” with the level of per capita income of the “organic core” of the capitalist world‐economy since the Second World War. As defined elsewhere, the organic core consists of all the countries that over the last half‐century or so have consistently occupied the top positions of the ranking of GNPs per capita and, in virtue of that position, have set (individually and collectively) the standards of wealth which all their governments have sought to maintain and all other governments have sought to attain. Broadly speaking, three regions have constituted the organic core since the Second World War: North America, Western Europe and Australasia (Arrighi, 1991: 41–2; Arrighi, 1990).

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International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 16 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-333X

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Robert Plant

THE EAST AFRICAN SCHOOL of Librarianship was the brainchild of S. W. Hockey, at one time Libraries Organiser in East Africa for the British Council. In 1960 Hockey…

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THE EAST AFRICAN SCHOOL of Librarianship was the brainchild of S. W. Hockey, at one time Libraries Organiser in East Africa for the British Council. In 1960 Hockey submitted a report to the Governors of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, proposing the establishment of a joint librarianship school for the three territories. This was at a time when a big expansion of the public library service was taking place, or at least was being planned, throughout the region, but Hockey also foresaw that a fast growth of school and specialist libraries was bound to come within the decade. It would have been difficult at that time to find a single fully qualified African librarian in any of the three countries.

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Library Review, vol. 23 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Kazem Chaharbaghi and Robert Willis

Strategy model making has become a lucrative and growing industry. This industry appears to have no real purpose but superficially peddles the idea of a turnkey solution…

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Strategy model making has become a lucrative and growing industry. This industry appears to have no real purpose but superficially peddles the idea of a turnkey solution which is neither generic nor sustainable. As a result, the solution has now become part of the problem, obscuring the real issue. This paper exposes the risks and limitations associated with the products of the model‐making industry in order to demonstrate how organisations should treat strategy formulation and implementation. This remains an important but misrepresented area. The approach proposed in this paper links the concepts of continuous revolution with constant evolution in a way that explains competitive survival.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 18 no. 9/10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Kazem Chaharbaghi and Robert Willis

Although technology has always been, and will continue to be, the hallmark of human activity, it remains a poorly understood concept. There is little recognition that…

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Although technology has always been, and will continue to be, the hallmark of human activity, it remains a poorly understood concept. There is little recognition that behind technology lies a technology, the accelerating application of which is making the presence of the technological revolution more and more visible. The most obvious manifestation of this is the increasing frequency in the redefinition of the way in which society lives and works. This article, while demonstrating humankind as technology creatures, provides an explanation of how society progresses or regresses by resolving or failing to resolve the paradoxes inherent in technology through uncovering both its mythology and economy.

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Management Decision, vol. 38 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Robert Millen, Amrik Sohal, Peter Dapiran, Robert Lieb and Luk N. Van Wassenhove

States that more firms are locating operations in Australia to serve the domestic market and as a base for entering other Asian markets. Many of these firms will outsource…

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States that more firms are locating operations in Australia to serve the domestic market and as a base for entering other Asian markets. Many of these firms will outsource at least part of their logistics function and this is a growing trend throughout the world. Describes how a mail survey of the major operating units at the largest firms in Australia was conducted to determine the current extent of logistics outsourcing in Australia. Provides the results from this survey together with responses from earlier studies on the usage of contract logistics services in the USA and Western Europe for comparative purposes.

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Benchmarking for Quality Management & Technology, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1351-3036

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Joseph Tomkiewicz, Robert Frankel, Tope Adeyemi‐Bello and Mariusz Sagan

As globalization intensifies, the need for tapping the capabilities of corporations’ human resources, gecome more paramount. To this end, businesses cannot afford to have…

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As globalization intensifies, the need for tapping the capabilities of corporations’ human resources, gecome more paramount. To this end, businesses cannot afford to have their most important resource, their people, hampered by attitudes that detract from their abilities to perform at their best. This is especially relevant when there may be a misconception that being male is synonymous with management competency. The focus of this research was on exploring the attitudes towards women managers in the United States and Poland. Questionnaires were distributed to two groups of individuals within each nation, professionals and graduating business students or “future managers”. There were 157 and 295 usable responses from Poland and the United States, respectively. The results indicate that Polish women may have more negative attitudes to overcome in becoming managers in comparison to the US counterparts. Perhaps more disconcerting is the potential that “future managers” in Poland may have even more negative attitudes toward women as managers.

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Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, vol. 11 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-7606

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Stavros P. Kalafatis, Michael Pollard, Robert East and Markos H. Tsogas

Examines the determinants that influence consumers’ intention to buy environmentally friendly products. Ajzen’s theory of planned behaviour (TPB) provides the conceptual…

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Examines the determinants that influence consumers’ intention to buy environmentally friendly products. Ajzen’s theory of planned behaviour (TPB) provides the conceptual framework of the research and the appropriateness of the theory and is tested in two distinct market conditions (UK and Greece). Although the findings offer considerable support for the robustness of the TPB in explaining intention in both samples, there is some indication that the theory is more appropriate in well established markets that are characterised by clearly formulated behavioural patterns (i.e. the model fitting elements of the UK sample are superior to the corresponding ones obtained from the Greek sample). The results are consistent with previous research on moral behaviour.

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Journal of Consumer Marketing, vol. 16 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0736-3761

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James C. Sarros, Robert J. Willis and Gill Palmer

To explore the nature (component parts, degree structure) and purpose (intended outcomes) of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, identifying the strengths…

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Purpose

To explore the nature (component parts, degree structure) and purpose (intended outcomes) of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the degree as they stand presently, using Australian experience.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of DBA programme offerings in Australia identified commonalities and differences in these offerings, and provided information necessary to propose strategic and theoretical implications of DBA education.

Findings

The paper demonstrates areas of confusion surrounding the purpose and nature of the DBA degree, especially as a research degree in comparison to the PhD. It concludes that quality controls are needed to ensure that this growing addition to management education adds to, and aids, the goal of strengthening management research, in ways that link theoretical insights with management practice.

Research limitations/implications

Theoretical and practical implications of the DBA degree are offered, as well as the extent to which the DBA addresses the educational needs of students and its benefits to the university.

Practical implications

The paper provides data useful to administrators interested in establishing a DBA degree in their institution, for researchers wishing to further explore and contribute to the discourse regarding the calibre and content of DBA degrees, and for students wishing to learn more about the fundamental differences between the PhD and the DBA.

Originality/value

This paper provides new information about the way the DBA degree is developing in an Australian context, and offers advice on issues that need attention in order to further ground the DBA in a combined research and practitioner ethic.

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Education + Training, vol. 47 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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