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Before Microfinance: The Social Value Of Microsavings In Vincentian Poverty Reduction, Marco Tavanti 2009 DePaul University

Before Microfinance: The Social Value Of Microsavings In Vincentian Poverty Reduction, Marco Tavanti

Marco Tavanti

The purpose of this article is to present and discuss the values and limits of microfinance within the context of poverty reduction, international development and community empowerment. The main thesis is that microfinance requires a more complex strategy than simply the provision of credits. The development of financial capital depends on the increase in human capacity and social capital. Microfinance is revisited under the ethical lenses of global responsibility for alleviating poverty and developing community sustainability. Through a critical review of the literature and case studies from the Philippines, the author suggests a value-based Vincentian approach to integrate microfinance into ...


Activist Boards - Not Activist Shareholders, Graeme Cocks, Jens Mueller, Coral Ingley, Morina Rennie 2009 Melbourne Business School

Activist Boards - Not Activist Shareholders, Graeme Cocks, Jens Mueller, Coral Ingley, Morina Rennie

Graeme Cocks

Manuscript type: Conceptual

Research Question/Issue: This study considers the legitimacy of shareholder activism as a means of exercising influence in the corporate decision making process.

Research Findings/Insights: When shareholder activism takes the form of direct negotiation with management, important aspects of the principal-agent relationship are undermined—namely (1) ownership delegation of operational authority to management and (2) the reliance on control/monitoring mechanisms to ensure that management works for the benefit of owners. We propose that the long term solution is not activist shareholders, but activist boards. We envision a future where boards act as passionate, committed leaders ...


The Strategic Choice To Continue Outsourcing, Switch Vendors, Or Backsource: Do Switching Costs Matter?, Dwayne Whitten, Subrata Chakrabarty, Robin Wakefield 2009 University of Texas at El Paso

The Strategic Choice To Continue Outsourcing, Switch Vendors, Or Backsource: Do Switching Costs Matter?, Dwayne Whitten, Subrata Chakrabarty, Robin Wakefield

Subrata Chakrabarty

IT outsourcing contracts are often discontinued in favor of other alternatives (returning to in-house development, or switching to another vendor). Switching costs are experienced when terminating a business relationship and securing an alternative. We tried to answer the question: do switching costs matter significantly in the strategic choice to continue outsourcing, switch vendors, or backsource? Switching costs were considered, such as those due to IT operations (sunk investment, lost performance, system upgrades, uncertainty, and induction-retraining-performance), personnel-replacement costs (candidate search, and IT/setup), and in-house learning (cognitive/behavioral learning). A field survey was conducted, and, for each of these cost types ...


Using The Balance Sheet Concept To Help Students Understand The Current Economic Crisis, Chuo-Hsuan Lee, Mohamed Gaber 2009 State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Using The Balance Sheet Concept To Help Students Understand The Current Economic Crisis, Chuo-Hsuan Lee, Mohamed Gaber

Dr. Chuo-Hsuan (Jason) Lee

No abstract provided.


A Cultural Perspective On Young Adults' Scheduling Constraints, Therese Louie, Judy Hanh Vo, Tiffany Quynh-Man Phan, Crystal V. Sioteco, Joseph J. Giglierano 2009 San Jose State University

A Cultural Perspective On Young Adults' Scheduling Constraints, Therese Louie, Judy Hanh Vo, Tiffany Quynh-Man Phan, Crystal V. Sioteco, Joseph J. Giglierano

Joseph J. Giglierano

"Cultural norms influence how individuals spend their time. Marketers strive to understand such differences when creating products and promotional messages helpful to diverse consumer groups. This work examines how culture influences time constraints faced by young adults, a consumer segment that businesses often target due to its huge marketing potential. The research explores how family responsibilities prevalent in traditional Latino and Asian subcultures influence their approach to planning an d to subsequent task completion. Undergraduate students taking Marketing courses at a university in the United States were categorized as being from traditional Latino or Asian families if they grew up ...


Accommondations, Sascha Vitzthum 2009 Illinois Wesleyan University

Accommondations, Sascha Vitzthum

Sascha Vitzthum

No abstract provided.


The Re-Emergence Of Hybrid Mail, Jacob Johnsen 2009 Selected Works

The Re-Emergence Of Hybrid Mail, Jacob Johnsen

Jacob Johnsen, MSc

There is a revived interest in hybrid solution. With the convergence of digital and physical, posts can occupy the unique and pivotal space at the centre as described by Jacob Johnsen.


Acteal: An Open Wound On Indigenous Human Rights, Marco Tavanti 2009 DePaul University

Acteal: An Open Wound On Indigenous Human Rights, Marco Tavanti

Marco Tavanti

The December 22, 1997 massacre of indigenous Maya people in town of Acteal in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico is an unsolved justice and indigenous rights case. Although some paramilitary associated people were imprisoned and liberated by a decision of the Mexican Supreme Court, the sense of justice and proper reparation is nothing but a frustrated reality for various indigenous groups, especially for the family members of the victims, members of Las Abejas (The Bees) civil society organization.


Workplace Bullying: A Review Of Litigated Cases, Helen LaVan, William Martin 2009 DePaul University

Workplace Bullying: A Review Of Litigated Cases, Helen Lavan, William Martin

Helen LaVan

No abstract provided.


Brand Patronage And Loyalty Patterns: Store Vs. Manufacturer Brands In The Greek Soft Drink Category, Athanasios Krystallis, Polymeros Chrysochou, Christos Fotopoulos 2009 University of Ioannina

Brand Patronage And Loyalty Patterns: Store Vs. Manufacturer Brands In The Greek Soft Drink Category, Athanasios Krystallis, Polymeros Chrysochou, Christos Fotopoulos

Polymeros Chrysochou

No abstract provided.


Regulation By Markets And Higher Education, Benedict Sheehy 2009 RMIT University

Regulation By Markets And Higher Education, Benedict Sheehy

Benedict Sheehy

Markets have a number of uses. One increasingly important use by politicians is as a means of regulating the supply and distribution of goods and services formerly supplied and distributed by governments on non-market bases. The use of markets as a regulator of higher education is not novel. However, the increased reliance on markets as a regulator of higher education is an on-going experiment with certain predictable failures. This article explores the uses of the market in the supply and distribution of higher education and weighs it against the stated policy objectives, with particular attention to the application proposed in ...


Bayesian Inference For A Periodic Stochastic Volatility Model Of Intraday Electricity Prices, Michael S. Smith 2009 Melbourne Business School

Bayesian Inference For A Periodic Stochastic Volatility Model Of Intraday Electricity Prices, Michael S. Smith

Michael Stanley Smith

The Gaussian stochastic volatility model is extended to allow for periodic autoregressions (PAR) in both the level and log-volatility process. Each PAR is represented as a first order vector autoregression for a longitudinal vector of length equal to the period. The periodic stochastic volatility model is therefore expressed as a multivariate stochastic volatility model. Bayesian posterior inference is computed using a Markov chain Monte Carlo scheme for the multivariate representation. A circular prior that exploits the periodicity is suggested for the log-variance of the log-volatilities. The approach is applied to estimate a periodic stochastic volatility model for half-hourly electricity prices ...


Regional Development And Interregional Collaboration In The Growth Of Nanotechnology Research In China, Li Tang, Philip Shapira 2009 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus

Regional Development And Interregional Collaboration In The Growth Of Nanotechnology Research In China, Li Tang, Philip Shapira

Li Tang

China is becoming a leading nation in terms of its share of the world’s publications in the emerging nanotechnology domain. This paper demonstrates that the international rise of China’s position in nanotechnology has been underwritten by the emergence of a series of regional hubs of nanotechnology R&D activity within the country. We develop a unique database of Chinese nanotechnology articles covering the period 1990 to mid-2006 to identify the regional distribution of nanotechnology research in China. To build this database, a new approach was developed to clean and standardize the geographical allocation of Chinese publication records. We ...


Collaborative Education In Singapore: A Case Study, Peter Miller 2009 Southern Cross University

Collaborative Education In Singapore: A Case Study, Peter Miller

Peter Miller

No abstract provided.


Professional Development Opportunities For Malaysian Based Doctoral Supervisors, Peter Miller 2009 Southern Cross University

Professional Development Opportunities For Malaysian Based Doctoral Supervisors, Peter Miller

Peter Miller

No abstract provided.


Developing Research Supervision Capacity In Hong Kong, Peter Miller 2009 Southern Cross University

Developing Research Supervision Capacity In Hong Kong, Peter Miller

Peter Miller

No abstract provided.


Collaborative Education In Malaysia: A Case Study, Peter Miller 2009 Southern Cross University

Collaborative Education In Malaysia: A Case Study, Peter Miller

Peter Miller

No abstract provided.


Singaporean Research Supervisor Professional Development, Peter Miller 2009 Southern Cross University

Singaporean Research Supervisor Professional Development, Peter Miller

Peter Miller

No abstract provided.


A Survey Of Quality Management Systems With Special Reference To Certain Modern Tools, Peter Miller, E Lau 2009 Southern Cross University

A Survey Of Quality Management Systems With Special Reference To Certain Modern Tools, Peter Miller, E Lau

Peter Miller

No abstract provided.


The Scu And Hkit Collaborative Education Agreement, Peter Miller, Raymond Cheng 2009 Southern Cross University

The Scu And Hkit Collaborative Education Agreement, Peter Miller, Raymond Cheng

Peter Miller

No abstract provided.


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