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Publication date: 28 October 2020

Arda Putri Winata, Raisa Fadelina and Sulistyo Basuki

This paper aims to share the activities of library services in the new-normal era. The paper describes libraries’ circumstances since their reopening in early June 2020…

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Purpose

This paper aims to share the activities of library services in the new-normal era. The paper describes libraries’ circumstances since their reopening in early June 2020. Furthermore, it provides details on how libraries have adopted several most appropriate practices changing physical to online services.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper describes various university library services in Indonesia in the new-normal era by using literature and documentary reviews as the approaches. The data were primarily collected from webpages, blogs, social media, newsletters and specific journals organized by university libraries. The survey was carried out by involving 126 university librarians incorporated in the University Libraries Forum. It highlighted the current conditions of university libraries and the most appropriate practices of library services in the new-normal era.

Findings

The most appropriate practices of university library services in the new-normal era are provided. Libraries in Indonesia have experienced a service transformation implementing the COVID-19 health protocols. Likewise, almost all university library services became virtual. Accordingly, there were several challenges faced by librarians and users in carrying out virtual activities in the library.

Originality/value

This paper provides a great value for libraries in responding to COVID-19 and those starting to reopen. It reveals the most appropriate library service practices and challenges in the new-normal era, which are useful for current and future insight development.

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Digital Library Perspectives, vol. 37 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2059-5816

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Publication date: 21 December 2010

Mary Jo Deegan

People subjectively engage in the production and reproduction of what constitutes “feeling normal.” Objective standards of normalcy for the able-bodied are created and…

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People subjectively engage in the production and reproduction of what constitutes “feeling normal.” Objective standards of normalcy for the able-bodied are created and maintained by institutions (e.g., medicine, the state, business, the mass media, and family), and these standards are learned by individuals who socialize the next generation in a continuous cycle. Having a disability does not exempt a person from standards and values of “able-bodied normalcy,” nor does it prevent her/him from reproducing these standards for future generations. Thus, it is possible, if not probable, that persons with disabilities live in and reproduce the able-bodied lifeworld, sustaining, what is for the person with a physical disability, an unattainable standard of normalcy. Approximating and ultimately achieving “normalcy” in this situation or at least the presentation of “normalcy” (Goffman, 1959, 1963) may occupy a sizeable portion of everyday life. More importantly here, “feeling normal” emerges when the social constructions of reality allows the person with a physical disability to be part of a generation and everyday life. There is, in other words, a “frame” for defining normality, and physical disability is a key to changing this frame (Goffman, 1974).

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Disability as a Fluid State
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-85724-377-5

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Publication date: 21 December 2020

Wang Chen, Luo Wei and Wu Yuefei

This paper traces the incorporation of western educational histories in the development of normal-school curricula during the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China…

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This paper traces the incorporation of western educational histories in the development of normal-school curricula during the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China (1901–1944). It uses publication networks to show how the study of comparative educational history facilitated the international circulation of knowledge in the teaching profession, and how the “uses” of educational history were shaped by larger geopolitical forces.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper analyzes the international exchange of texts between normal schools in China and Japan and, subsequently, between normal schools in China and the United States. A database of 107 publications in the field of western educational history that were adopted in China reveals specific patterns of textual citation, cross-reference, and canon-formation in the field of educational historiography.

Findings

With conclusions derived from a combination of social network analysis and clustering analysis, this paper identifies three broad stages in China's development of normal-school curricula in comparative educational history: “Japan as Teacher,” “transitional period” and “America as Teacher.”

Research limitations/implications

Statistical analysis can reveal citation and reference patterns but not readers' understanding of the deeper meaning of texts – in this case, textbooks on the subject of western educational history. In addition, the types of publications analyzed in this study are relatively limited, the articles on the history of education in journals have not become the main objects of this study.

Originality/value

This paper uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to uncover the transnational circulation of knowledge in the field of comparative educational history during its formative period in China.

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History of Education Review, vol. 50 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0819-8691

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Publication date: 28 July 2021

Henry Adobor, William Phanuel Kofi Darbi and Obi Berko O. Damoah

The purpose of this conceptual paper is to explore the role of strategic leadership under conditions of uncertainty and unpredictability. The authors argue that highly…

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Purpose

The purpose of this conceptual paper is to explore the role of strategic leadership under conditions of uncertainty and unpredictability. The authors argue that highly improbable, but high-impact events require the upper echelons of management, traditionally the custodians of strategy formulation to offer a new kind of strategic leadership focused on new mindsets, organizational capabilities, more in tune with high uncertainty and unpredictability.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on strategic leadership, and complexity leadership theory, the authors review the literature and present a conceptual framework for exploring the nature of strategic leadership under uncertainty. The authors conceptualize organizations as complex adaptive systems and discuss the imperatives for developing new mental models for emergent leadership.

Findings

Strategic leaders have a key role to play in preparing their organizations for episodic disruptions. These include developing their adaptive capabilities and building resilient organizations to ensure their organizations cannot only bounce back after a disruption but have the capacity for transformation to new fitness levels when necessary. Strategic leaders must engage with complexity leadership by seeing their organizations as complex adaptive systems, reconfigure their leadership approaches and organizations to build strategic adaptive capability.

Research limitations/implications

This is a conceptual paper and the authors cannot make any claims of causality.

Practical implications

Organizational leaders need to reconfigure their mental models and leadership approaches to reflect the new normal of uncertainty and unpredictability. Developing the strategic adaptive capability of organizations should prepare them for dealing with high impact events. To assure business continuity in the face of disruptions requires building flexible, adaptable business models.

Originality/value

The paper focuses on how managers can offer strategic leadership for a new normal that challenges some of our most cherished leadership and strategic management paradigms. The authors explore the new mental models and leadership models in an era of great uncertainty.

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Journal of Strategy and Management, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-425X

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Publication date: 21 November 2018

Peiyong Gao and Jiang Zhen

More and more statistics have repeatedly shown that as the economic development has entered the New Normal, the Chinese fiscal system has experienced tremendous changes…

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Purpose

More and more statistics have repeatedly shown that as the economic development has entered the New Normal, the Chinese fiscal system has experienced tremendous changes. Although chance cannot be ruled out, much of those changes indicate trends, and they can even be said to be the result of the law of economic development. These trends and changes have repeatedly demonstrated that, as a reflection and an inevitable result of the economic developing speed shift, structural adjustment and energy conversion, the Chinese fiscal system, far from the conventional operating state, has progressed on a new path. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper systematically analyzes several new trends and changes in the Chinese fiscal system under the New Normal. First, revenue growth has experienced a sharp downward trend, while the tax elasticity coefficient has declined rapidly. Second, fiscal expenditure has risen against the tendency, while the rigidity of expenditure has kept on increasing.

Findings

Considering the present fiscal and taxation system reform with the analysis above, it can be seen that if the reform’s progress for the past two years is slower than expected – thus, preventing the effects of all aspects from a timely achievement – then, in the recent period, the agreement on the fiscal and taxation system reform will be reached and challenges entirely different from the past, including sharp slowdown in revenue growth rate, fiscal expenditure rising against trend and increases in fiscal deficit and government debts will be faced. The factors encouraging the reform are gathering gradually. The growth of the strength to push the reform forward is speeding up. And the pace of the reform in relevant areas is quickening.

Originality/value

In the face of those trends and changes, on the one hand, the authors should deeply understand and accurately grasp them through a comprehensive summary and systematic analysis. On the other hand, a series of conventional ideas, thoughts and strategies should be adjusted comprehensively and duly. Taking a train of new ideas, thoughts and strategies, the authors ought to actively adapt to and initiate a new Chinese fiscal structure under the New Normal of China’s economy.

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China Political Economy, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2516-1652

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Publication date: 3 May 2011

Kelly Hlavinka

The purpose of this paper is to peer into the future of loyalty marketing and to offer marketers clear steps on how to shift focus and adapt to the coming consumer trends.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to peer into the future of loyalty marketing and to offer marketers clear steps on how to shift focus and adapt to the coming consumer trends.

Design/methodology/approach

COLLOQUY delved into its years of loyalty marketing research and experience to pull out three top trends believed to take hold by 2030. COLLOQUY's views are supported by statistical background from Goldman Sachs, the US Department of Economic and Social Affairs and demographers.

Findings

Five over‐riding forces are creating a shift in future loyalty trends: an aging population; a burgeoning middle class; increasing extremes of wealth; more boom‐and‐bust cycles; and technology advances towards the seamless, instant and personal. Because of these forces, three new trends have emerged: the next new normal; the new “I‐network”; and the new marketing reality.

Practical implications

This case study offers marketers not only a look into the future of loyalty marketing, but also tips on how to embrace the new trends, including: what you can do now to meet the next new normal – start to test householding options. If households are dealing with multiple generations of parents, grandparents and kids, and the new localism in which the community is vitally important to customers comes to the fore, marketers must figure out how customers can pull their resources across their families, their friends, their networks and their communities to enjoy things relevant to all or most of them. Examples might include redeeming for event resources to host their local high school reunion, or for activities and resources to help a local community center, or simply letting the extended family get away for a ski trip. This needs to be tested now so that it can be determined how people engage, what is relevant, and how to start to prepare.

Originality/value

The paper provides insight on future trends and exclusive tips on how to adapt marketing strategy to thrive in 2030.

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Journal of Consumer Marketing, vol. 28 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0736-3761

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Publication date: 7 January 2019

Emma Juaneda-Ayensa, Cristina Olarte-Pascual, Eva Reinares-Lara and Pedro Reinares-Lara

The theory of emergent nature argues that the “right” people have a unique ability to imagine and envision how products might be developed so that they can be successful…

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The theory of emergent nature argues that the “right” people have a unique ability to imagine and envision how products might be developed so that they can be successful in the marketplace. The purpose of this paper is to apply this theory to the wine market to evaluate the ability of wine tasters with the “right” profile (i.e. high in emergent nature) to identify benefits applicable to the development of a new wine.

Design/methodology/approach

Two sequential studies were performed to collect data: a qualitative study of a sample of 44 professional wine tasters to identify the “right” profile and a quantitative study, with a sample of 1,126 consumers, to assess the value of the benefits proposed by the wine tasters in terms of purchase intention. The validation of the measurement model was carried out using the variance-based partial least squares (PLS) technique.

Findings

Two types of wine tasters were identified, normal and “right”. The “right” wine tasters were more and better able to develop arguments for the innovation and market orientation of the wine.

Practical implications

In the context of the wine market, identifying expert wine tasters with the “right” profile is a strategic option to improve innovation and market orientation in the development of commercially viable wines.

Originality/value

This pioneering research validates, in the wine market, a proven methodology used in other markets, which makes it possible to identify expert wine tasters high in emergent nature. These “right” expert tasters identify benefits that can have a decisive effect on purchase intention.

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British Food Journal, vol. 121 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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Publication date: 2 October 2018

Walter Amedzro St-Hilaire and Patrick Boisselier

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the variables improving the business model and provide a theoretical basis for the scientific implementation of the current…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the variables improving the business model and provide a theoretical basis for the scientific implementation of the current financial strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

According to the principle of testability, availability and correlation, the annual data are uses to measure the interaction level of business system in order to accurately reflect the evolution of the financial decision, and explore the main factors restricting the multiple strategies coordination.

Findings

The promotion of business growth relies mainly on the coordinated development of innovation, industries, consumption, investment and export. Further transformation and upgrading is one of the paths to achieve the coordinated development of financial strategy multiple objectives. The irrational business structure is the main obstacle to that coordination.

Research limitations/implications

In future research, it may be possible to identify “a financial broader strategy impact discussion for impact on Basel, IMF/World Bank and Capital Foundations or other regulatory strategies to avert future economic crises.” If so, it should be possible for financial institutions to use the results of research examining antecedents to better manage their experiences so as to foster the development of the desired strategies.

Practical implications

The initiatives taken to try to clarify the variables improving the business model and provide a theoretical basis for the scientific implementation of the current financial strategy show how complex it seems to identify practices and those to be developed as a priority. Institutions tend to adopt an increasingly wide range of commonly accepted strategical practices, such as coordinated-determining practices, without really knowing the effect of their interaction on efficient Management processes. In this regard, this paper provides practical advice that may assist successful adaptation for institutions leaders. The study provides new insights into the understanding of the coordinated strategy mechanisms that can influence the optimization of the interaction level of decision control and promote the effectiveness of managerial practices in determining the business model. Always in terms of practical implications, the findings from this paper may be particularly pertinent for managers in public administration and institutional decision makers in many countries across the world where traditionally, the administrators may be more business-intelligence-averse than their counterparts in the private sectors. The specificities of such business model as regarding their constraints concerning the coordinated strategy may reflect at both structural as well as individual levels, considering the predominantly rigid nature of the planning in many configuration.

Originality/value

The conclusion provides a theoretical basis for the scientific implementation of the current monetary strategy.

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Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences, vol. 35 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1026-4116

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Publication date: 30 October 2018

Taiyan Huang

The purpose of this paper is to promote the theoretical innovation of socialist economics with Chinese characteristics in these areas.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to promote the theoretical innovation of socialist economics with Chinese characteristics in these areas.

Design/methodology/approach

We must “excavate new materials, discover new problems, propose new ideas, and construct new theories from the practice of China’s reform and development.”

Findings

Giving full play to the government’s role in realizing optimal allocation of resources required for the public economy to better exert its control, influence and guidance, and at least assume the following three responsibilities. The first is to iron out the economic cycle. The second is to lead the industry to upgrade. The third is to ensure national economic security.

Originality/value

Some deep-rooted issues still need to be further studied in order to establish the scientific and practical nature of the socialist economics with Chinese characteristics. For instance, why is the theory of a socialist economy with Chinese characteristics summarized from the development practice in China a scientific theory?

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China Political Economy, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2516-1652

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Historical Development of Teacher Education in Chile
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78973-529-1

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