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Lynette J. Ryals, Ruth Bender and Toby Thompson

Customised executive education, designed for and delivered to individual client companies by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), differs in important ways from…

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Customised executive education, designed for and delivered to individual client companies by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), differs in important ways from award-bearing courses. One area in which these differences are surprisingly extensive is in the use of technology. We explore the impact of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) on course design, delivery and evaluation of customised executive education. In doing so, we contrast this form of learning with MOOCs, which use TEL in a different way, for a different audience.

We begin with the ‘two-client’ problem. In customised executive programmes, course design is done collaboratively between the HEI and the corporate client, reflecting the particular learning needs of the selected participants as perceived by the commissioning client. We find that the level of TEL in any programme will reflect the learning needs, and also the level of TEL sophistication, of both client and academics.

We then consider the successful integration of TEL into customised executive education. TEL can enrich a course great, but will also mean a loss of academic control, as a significant amount of the learning will be peer-to-peer, and much of the information-gathering can take place outside the classroom.

We conclude with the outcomes and success measures of customised executive education. The institutional disruption of TEL to the HEI is considerable, as their traditional business model is based on rewarding academics for research and for classroom-hours. This needs to be rethought where the classroom element is reduced, but there is constant online interaction with participants.

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Library and Information Services within the Organisation It is quite possible for some managers to be unaware of the extent or even the existence of a library or…

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Library and Information Services within the Organisation It is quite possible for some managers to be unaware of the extent or even the existence of a library or information service within their organisation. This has become evident more than once at the beginning of both MBA and management development programmes where participants from the same organisation have been discussing access to information with the tutor. Manager “A” might know about the company library, being an occasional or frequent user; Manager “B” knows that there is a library but knows nothing of its services or its collection; Manager “C” is surprised to hear that there is a library. Arguably, managers within certain functions, notably marketing, are more likely than others to seek out and use information services within the organisation as they need more information concerning the “external environment”. Nonetheless during these discussions managers from all functions have expressed an interest in the available information services when they are told of their existence. At the end of the sessions, when they have been introduced to the management literature, there is often a determination not only to use the organisation's own library but to take an active part in selecting and requesting information sources.

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Management Decision, vol. 24 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Cleopatra Grizzle

This study examines the fiscal impact of tax and expenditure limitations (TELs) on state spending by expanding the popular, narrow view of examining TELs and taking into…

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This study examines the fiscal impact of tax and expenditure limitations (TELs) on state spending by expanding the popular, narrow view of examining TELs and taking into account the scope, purpose, and restrictiveness of individual state TELs. Using an efficient estimator, called fixed effect vector decomposition I employ a set of panel data from all fifty states for the period 1997 - 2006. While a number of studies have been inconclusive about the impact of state TELs on spending, this study finds that having a TEL is not what matters. Rather, the impact of TELs depends on the actual features of the individual TEL. Further, TELs impact different categories of spending in different ways and, under the right conditions, TELs can have the desired impact and effectively reduce state spending.

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Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1096-3367

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Colin Gilligan

Given the ways in which the research pressures on university staff are becoming seemingly ever greater, an issue of the European Journal of Marketing that is given over to…

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Given the ways in which the research pressures on university staff are becoming seemingly ever greater, an issue of the European Journal of Marketing that is given over to a survey of the kinds of research initiatives which are currently being carried out is timely. The study which provides the basis for this was conducted between December 1994 and February 1995, with questionnaires being sent to staff in universities throughout Europe. At the time the final selection was made, a total of 150 responses had been received from 18 countries.

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European Journal of Marketing, vol. 29 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0566

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Carol Rainsford and Eamonn Murphy

The focus of this paper is to highlight the issues impacting technology‐enhanced learning (TEL) in an industrial setting in Ireland. The paper uses the output from a…

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The focus of this paper is to highlight the issues impacting technology‐enhanced learning (TEL) in an industrial setting in Ireland. The paper uses the output from a community of practice (CoP) set up to identify and discuss these issues. Seven companies participated in the CoP. Their experiences represented the full spectrum of industrial experience of TEL in Ireland. The aim of the paper was to highlight the key areas where Irish companies experience issues with regard to the implementation of TEL programmes. The results of the study show that many of the issues highlighted by past literature still remain.

Design/methodology/approach

The research presented in this paper is output from a CoP set up to discuss TEL within industry. Within the CoP discussion groups were created to highlight the relevant issues.

Findings

The main issues highlighted by the CoP members ranged from strategic, content, learner and technology‐related issues. One key finding of the CoP is that holistic approaches to implementing technology‐enhanced initiatives are more successful in terms of learner acceptance, relevance to the job and effectiveness of the training. The holistic approach takes into account the business need for the training, benefits to the learner and all aspects impacted by TEL.

Practical implications

This paper highlights the issues experienced by industry in Ireland in relation to implementation programmes. It was felt by community members that if the many issues outlined are not addressed the true benefits of TEL to the organisation would fail to materialise. It is hoped that in highlighting and sharing these issues other companies implementing TEL will benefit from the shared experiences of others.

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Identifies that best practices for TEL are slow to be implemented in Ireland and that the issues arising are often those previously experienced in the past.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 29 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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It has often been said that a great part of the strength of Aslib lies in the fact that it brings together those whose experience has been gained in many widely differing…

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It has often been said that a great part of the strength of Aslib lies in the fact that it brings together those whose experience has been gained in many widely differing fields but who have a common interest in the means by which information may be collected and disseminated to the greatest advantage. Lists of its members have, therefore, a more than ordinary value since they present, in miniature, a cross‐section of institutions and individuals who share this special interest.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 1 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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THE popular image of Ireland is of a land where one can enjoy the perfect holiday. If you are a golfer, fisherman, rambler or if you just enjoy good food and of course the…

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THE popular image of Ireland is of a land where one can enjoy the perfect holiday. If you are a golfer, fisherman, rambler or if you just enjoy good food and of course the black nectar for which it is famous, then Ireland is the place to go, take the word of TV Chef, Keith Floyd. Ireland however, unlike many small countries, is not content to base its economy on tourism.

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, vol. 65 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0002-2667

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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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Hai (David) Guo

Unanticipated economic fluctuations exert pressure on state governments to conduct discretionary tax adjustments to balance the budget. Even though states adjust fiscal…

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Unanticipated economic fluctuations exert pressure on state governments to conduct discretionary tax adjustments to balance the budget. Even though states adjust fiscal policy as the economy fluctuates, the typical cyclical economic factors are not the sole determinant of such adjustments. State government budgeting systems in the United States operate under a variety of fiscal constraints. The tax and expenditure limit (TEL) is a prominent fiscal constraint in state governments. Using a panel dataset covering 47 continental state governments from FY 1988 to FY 2006, this paper examines the impact of TELs on state discretionary tax adjustments. Results from this analysis shows that states with stringent TELs tend to conduct fewer tax cuts when facing potential deficits.

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Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1096-3367

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Aarhus Kommunes Biblioteker (Teknisk Bibliotek), Ingerslevs Plads 7, Aarhus, Denmark. Representative: V. NEDERGAARD PEDERSEN (Librarian).

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Aarhus Kommunes Biblioteker (Teknisk Bibliotek), Ingerslevs Plads 7, Aarhus, Denmark. Representative: V. NEDERGAARD PEDERSEN (Librarian).

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 6 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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