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Publication date: 1 February 1991

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/09590559110136240. When citing…

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This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/09590559110136240. When citing the article, please cite: Steven Burt, (1991), “THE BIGGER THEY ARE, THE HARDER THEY FALL...”, International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 19 Iss: 2.

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European Business Review, vol. 91 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-534X

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Publication date: 1 February 1991

Steven Burt

The pursuit of market share and corporate growth in a competitiveretail environment is expensive. The pressures of maintaining growth mayplace a considerable strain upon…

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The pursuit of market share and corporate growth in a competitive retail environment is expensive. The pressures of maintaining growth may place a considerable strain upon both human and financial resources, and former stars may fall from grace almost overnight. The rise and fall of Coop AG, Germany′s largest consumer co‐operative, are examined. In January 1988 Coop AG was the fourth largest retailer in Germany, with group annual sales of around £4 billion. In January 1991 the Coop AG no longer exists – following a financial scandal which culminated in the break‐up and takeover of the group by various competitors.

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International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-0552

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Publication date: 1 September 2003

Steven Burt

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International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, vol. 31 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-0552

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Publication date: 1 September 2003

Adelina Broadbridge

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International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, vol. 31 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-0552

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Publication date: 1 October 2002

Steven J. Gold

Discusses the unequal allocation of social capital in society and makes the point that network membership is not at once available to all. Sees social capital as springing…

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Discusses the unequal allocation of social capital in society and makes the point that network membership is not at once available to all. Sees social capital as springing from small groups that work together, perhaps competing with others, to achieve common rewards, thereby pursuing locally shared benefits. Concludes that specific definitions of social capital are superior to others especially in examining the full array of social ties which migrants use in creating ethnic economies and communities.

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International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 22 no. 9/10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-333X

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Publication date: 26 October 2015

Kira J. Baker-Doyle

Since the late 1990s, teacher professional development models have shifted from a focus on individual improvement to collaboration as a means to foster support…

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Since the late 1990s, teacher professional development models have shifted from a focus on individual improvement to collaboration as a means to foster support, information, and resource exchange between teachers. Following this shift, researchers began to use social network research methodology in the early 2000s to reveal the ways in which informal relationships affect teachers’ practices. This chapter reviews current literature on teachers’ social networks and teacher quality to describe the ways in which social networks mediate teachers’ practices. It provides detailed examples from two studies on teachers’ social networks and suggests ways that scholars can incorporate the constructs of social capital and social networks into large-scale research on teacher quality.

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Promoting and Sustaining a Quality Teacher Workforce
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ISBN: 978-1-78441-016-2

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Publication date: 23 April 2013

Ronald J. Berger, Carla Corroto, Jennifer Flad and Richard Quinney

Medical uncertainty is recognized as a critical issue in the sociology of diagnosis and medical sociology more generally, but a neglected focus of this concern is the…

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Medical uncertainty is recognized as a critical issue in the sociology of diagnosis and medical sociology more generally, but a neglected focus of this concern is the question of patient decision making. Using a mixed methods approach that draws upon autoethnographic accounts and third-party interviews, we aim to illuminate the dilemmas of patient decision making in the face of uncertainty. How do patients and supportive caregivers go about navigating this state of affairs? What types of patient–doctor/healthcare professional relationships hinder or enhance effective patient decision making? These are the themes we explore in this study by following patients through the sequence of experiencing symptoms, seeking a diagnosis, evaluating treatment protocols, and receiving treatments. In general, three genres of culturally available narratives are revealed in the data: strategic, technoluxe, and unbearable health narratives.

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40th Anniversary of Studies in Symbolic Interaction
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-783-2

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Publication date: 16 August 2011

Nick Rumens

This paper aims to explore how gay men and lesbians draw upon workplace friendship for developing and sustaining managerial careers and identities.

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Purpose

This paper aims to explore how gay men and lesbians draw upon workplace friendship for developing and sustaining managerial careers and identities.

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The study adopts a qualitative design, using data collected from semi‐structured interviews with four lesbians and eight gay men, all employed in managerial roles in the UK.

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Data reveal the importance of workplace friendship as a resource for mentoring, climbing managerial career ladders, fitting into existing work cultures and developing gay and lesbian managerial identities. A significant finding is that participants preferred to befriend heterosexual colleagues, to that end complicating previous research that suggests gay and lesbian friendship preferences tend to be marked by similarity in regard to sexual identity. Work friends enable and constrain the development and visibility of gay and lesbian managerial identities and careers.

Research limitations/implications

Although the data are not generalisable, it is of concern that gay men and lesbians continue to be disadvantaged by heteronormative constructions of gender and sexuality. While gender and sexual norms can limit the visibility and embodiment of gay and lesbian managers in the workplace, the study reveals also how gay sexualities can be utilised as a resource for developing influential friendships.

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This article provides insights into issues not previously covered or understudied in the organisation studies literature such as the agency of gay men and lesbians in constructing different types of workplace friendships as a resource for developing managerial identities and careers.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, vol. 30 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2040-7149

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Publication date: 8 October 2020

Ace Beorchia and T. Russell Crook

Research involving interorganizational relationships (IORs) has grown at an impressive rate. Several datasets have been used to understand the nature and performance…

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Research involving interorganizational relationships (IORs) has grown at an impressive rate. Several datasets have been used to understand the nature and performance implications of these relationships. Given the importance of such relationships, we describe a relatively new dataset, Bloomberg SPLC, which contains data regarding the percentage of costs and revenues attributed to suppliers and customers, as well as allows researchers to construct a comprehensive dataset of IORs of buyer–supplier networks. Because of this, Bloomberg SPLC data can be used to uncover new and exciting theoretical and empirical implications. This chapter provides background information about this dataset, guidance on how it can be leveraged, and new theoretical terrain that can be charted to better understand IORs.

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Advancing Methodological Thought and Practice
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-079-2

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Publication date: 25 March 2011

Danielle Boisvert and Jamie Vaske

While the field of criminology is rooted in sociological tradition, biosocial criminology has emerged as a promising perspective in studying antisocial behaviors. This…

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While the field of criminology is rooted in sociological tradition, biosocial criminology has emerged as a promising perspective in studying antisocial behaviors. This perspective encompasses the research from other scientific disciplines, namely behavioral genetics and molecular genetics. At its core, biosocial criminology views criminal behavior as a function of both the social environment as well as biological/genetic factors. This chapter will provide a description of the prominent methodologies used in behavioral genetics and molecular genetics, a review of the empirical research, an overview of some of the statistical and methodological issues, as well as a discussion on the potential avenues for future research.

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Biology and Politics
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-85724-580-9

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