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  • Prospects and challenges for developing corporate sukuk and bond markets© International Monetary Fund.: Lessons from a Kuwait case study
    The author thanks Li Lian Ong, Fernando Delgado, Ahsan Mansur, and an anonymous referee for their excellent suggestions. The author also indebted to Kuwaiti Government officials, the KSE and representatives from Kuwaiti private financial institutions for their helpful and valuable assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the author...
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  • The risk of failure of controls and levers of change: an examination of two Italian public sectors
    In public management, the role of control and accountability in the area of institutional and organisational change is extremely important. Over the past 15 years, European governments have passed laws promoting new evaluation and control instruments to improve the quality of public services although results have been controversial and many...
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  • The FSA begins to “think tough” on insider dealing: but will thoughts turn to deeds?
    Editor's note: Dechert LLP is a multi-practice international law firm covering the UK, the USA and Continental Europe. A world leader in financial services work, it has a strong regulatory enforcement practice on both sides of the Atlantic and, with over 35 partners specializing in this area, is uniquely well-equipped...
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  • The Stoneridge case – much ado about nothing?
    In the fall of 2007, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case billed by many as the most important business case to reach the high court in decades. The case, Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific-Atlanta and Motorola, certainly has garnered much more attention than the ordinary...
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  • Multimedia University's experience in fostering and supporting undergraduate student technopreneurship programs in a triple helix model
    This paper was presented at the 6th International Triple Helix Conference on University, Industry and Government Linkages, Singapore, May 16-19, 2007. Research for this paper has been supported by the CCTD at Multimedia University. The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of the anonymous reviewers of this paper, whose suggestions...
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  • Internal audit effectiveness: an Ethiopian public sector case study
    Internal audit effectiveness, the extent to which an internal audit office meets its raison d'être, is arguably a result of the interplay among four factors: internal audit quality; management support; organizational setting; and attributes of the auditee. An internal audit function's capability to provide useful audit findings and recommendations would...
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  • Watching the watch-dog
    The UK, and in particular London, is internationally recognised as a leading provider of financial services. It is therefore not surprising that the City watch-dog, the Financial Services Authority (FSA), is one of the world's first unified financial regulators....
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  • The IP's guide to the galaxy of portal planning: part III – administrative framework
    In the universe of portal planning, the spectra of stars and galaxies contain an overwhelming number of guides for charting a course. As part of the IP's galactic quest to build a multi-dimensional portal, finding the right model for an administrative framework is essential for enduring success. A comprehensive framework...
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  • Transformation from Internet portal to the world's largest Internet communications enterprise
    This paper was the winner of the 12th Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN) case writing competition in 2006. The paper was prepared with the Assistance of James Dymond, MBA-Student 2003 and Xiaomei Hu, MBA-Student, 2006....
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  • Court decision on hedge fund registration requirements derails SEC fraud case
    The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) recent abandonment of an enforcement case against a San Francisco hedge fund manager illustrates the interplay between the SEC's regulation and enforcement programs, and it shows how a patient response to SEC enforcement allegations can sometimes be rewarded....
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  • A principled front in the war against market abuse
    Although it has been a criminal offence since 1980[1] to use inside information when dealing in UK listed securities; the infrequency and relatively low conviction rate[2] shows how incredibly difficult it is to successfully prosecute such cases....
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  • The Galician virtual library
    This work is partially supported by Grants TIC2003-06593 and TIN2006-15071-C03-03 of Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia and PGIDIT05SIN10502PR of Xunta de Galicia....
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  • From functional to social accountability: Transforming the accountability relationship between funders and non-governmental development organisations
    Despite increasing attention being paid to the issue of accountability within practice in the non government organisation (NGO) sector generally (Unerman and O'Dwyer, 2006a), very few in-depth empirically driven academic examinations of its manifestation in specific NGO contexts have transpired (but see: Dixon et al., 2006; Goddard...
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  • Disturbance and implementation of IC practice: a public sector organisation perspective
    The authors thank the staff and management of the NSW Department of Lands, in particular Julie King, Warwick Watkins and Des Mooney, for their ongoing support in allowing them to conduct the research. Also, they thank the Sydney University Research Fund and the support staff, especially Fiona Crawford. Further, they...
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  • Leveraging knowledge in China: the experience of a foreign entrepreneur
    The opportunities for economic growth in China seem endless. Companies and individuals from around the world are converging on a market that until relatively recently remained somewhat mysterious and seemingly impenetrable. Today, it has become a vast frontier for prospectors from a wide range of backgrounds – all converging on...
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  • But can they do it? High tech real time performance evaluation
    Best practice theory espoused by Chickering and Gamson (1991) in Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education states, “Good practice communicates high expectations” and “Good practice gives prompt feedback.” Faculty certainly strive to follow this venerable advice, but effectively implementing these principles can certainly be a...
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  • The transformation to a learner-centered community as a result of university-wide assessment
    Concordia University, St Paul is a small, comprehensive Lutheran institution with an undergraduate student population of about 1,500 students. Starting in 2004, our institution initiated a plan for university-wide assessment of student learning. Our institution's experience with university-wide assessment of student learning has begun to transform our academic culture in...
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  • Integrating learning outcomes and assessment into the curriculum: a case study
    The author would like to thank Dr Bruce Ellingson, BVU Professor of Media Studies for his helpful comments on the manuscript....
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  • IFRSs and accounting for intangible assets: the Telecom Italia case
    The main purpose of accounting is to provide a representation of the firm, which, although being conventional, reflects its actual structure at best, and particularly its value creation sources. Nevertheless, in the past three decades the nature of the most important sources of value changed considerably, moving first from production...
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  • Issues and recommendations in evaluating and managing the benefits of public sector IS/IT outsourcing
    Total spending on information systems/information technology (IS/IT) outsourcing worldwide has been predicted to grow from US$184 billion in 2003 to US$256 billion in 2008 (Blackmore et al., 2005). The scope and range of IS/IT outsourcing services have also increased, as evidenced by the promotion of ASP (applications service providers),...
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  • Implementing an integrated system in a socially dis-integrated enterprise: A critical view of ERP enabled integration
    An earlier version of this paper was written while the author was an Associate Research Fellow at the Department of Information Systems, The London School of Economics and Political Science. The author would like to thank Robert Davison and the three anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and commitment....
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  • Educational supply chain management: a case study
    During the last decade, researches on supply chain management have extensively appeared in different types of management areas. Strategic management concerns about strategic alliance, long term partnerships and organizational integration, while operations management highlights inventory and material management, supply chain integration, and outsourcing. Information management talks about e-commerce, enterprise resource...
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  • Perceptions of preparers and users to accounting change: a case study in an Australian university
    The efficiency with which traditional cost and management accounting practices can cope with the requirements of technological change have been of major concern in the cost and management accounting literature for a number of years. A number of authors (Cooper and Kaplan, 1991) argue that the information provided by...
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  • The strong building: a case study in direct investment
    Direct investment in real estate dominates the marketplace in the USA. The total market value of equity in US commercial real estate in 2003 was approximately $2.5 trillion (Ling and Archer, 2005, pp. 383 ff). Of this total, just 6.5 per cent ($168 billion) was held in publicly traded...
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  • The case study: storytelling in the industrial age and beyond
    The word “story” has a story of its own, a story well worth telling before embarking on a discussion of storytelling. The story of this word runs over two pages long in Joseph T. Shipley's definitive work, The Origin of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots. The root...
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  • Reporting intellectual capital flow in technology-based companies: Case studies of Canadian wireless technology companies
    Recent research on components of intellectual capital has facilitated understanding of the linkage between resources allocated into specific areas of intellectual capital and business performance. Increasing evidence has been revealed on the importance of investments in intellectual capital to sustain business growth. Technology-based companies that rely substantially on innovation through...
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  • The Ketan Parekh fraud and supervisory lapses of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI): a case study
    The Ketan Parekh fraud is the most recent and biggest of a series of frauds and direct attacks on the systems and procedures of banking in India in the late 1990s. The exposure of the fraud in 1999 along with the collapse of several co-operative banks and the largest mutual...
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  • Multinational Cash Management in Europe Towards Centralisation and Disintermediation: The Philips Case
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  • International Cash Management Practices in a Russian Multinational
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  • Empirical study of a venture capital relationship
    The author is grateful to: Professor Gavin C. Reid, Director of the Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm (CRIEFF), Department of Economics, University of St Andrews, for access to the data on which this article is based, and for his useful comments in the initial drafting...
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  • Public sector reforms and the public interest: A case study of accounting control changes and performance monitoring in a Ghanaian state-owned enterprise
    The authors acknowledge helpful comments and advice of Dean Neu, John Cullen, Trevor Hopper, Prem Sikka and the two anonymous referees....
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  • Intellectual capital: Management approach in ICS Ltd
    The paper begins with a review of the historical background to resource-based accounting and intellectual capital. This is then used as the starting point for a description of the intellectual capital approach used in ICS Ltd[1]. Aspects of measurement are then discussed as they apply to intellectual capital methodologies....
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  • Improving software organizations: agility challenges and implications
    The authors would like to thank the colleagues involved in the SPI initiative at Ericsson for their participation in and support to this research. Very useful comments were received on an early version of the paper from the participants at the 2004 IFIP 8.6 Conference in Leixlip, Ireland. Finally, the...
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  • London and County Securities: a case study in audit and regulatory failure
    The author would like to thank Jim Pirie who conducted much of the preliminary research for this article including four of the interviews, and to Michael Levi and Roy Chandler for their useful comments on an earlier draft. The failings of the article are all the author's work....
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  • Capital asset management process: the case of Hose & Fittings Corporation
    The authors are grateful for many valuable comments from Hoje Jo, Dong Man Kim, an anonymous reviewer, and the editors of the journal on the earlier versions of their paper. The usual disclaimer is applied....
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  • Libraries Australia: creating a new national resource discovery service
    Australia has a long tradition of cooperation between libraries. The national network of libraries has been strongly supported by the National Library of Australia for many decades. Ours is a large country, with a network of public, state, university, research and special libraries spread across 7.7 million square kilometres. Libraries...
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  • Public sector reform, global trends vs. local needs: the case of a state rental organisation in Fiji
    Management and control practices in public sector organisations have evolved during the past few decades. The world-wide trend has been towards incorporating management practices borrowed from the private sector (Hood, 1991, 1995; Hoque et al., 2004; Parker and Guthrie, 1993; Zahra et al., 2000). Generally,...
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  • Supply Chain Management: A Case Study of an Integrated Lean and Agile Model
    One of the primary goals in the effective management of a supply chain is to reduce or eliminate all non-value-added costs. In a related vein, Just-in-Time (JIT) is a concept that encompasses almost all management activities related to manufacturing and focuses on all aspects of manufacturing products with a minimum...
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  • The integration between Balanced Scorecard and intellectual capital
    The development of intellectual capital (IC) can be traced back to the nineteenth century. Lawrence R. Dicksee, a leading economic theorist, made a lecture about intangible assets in 1896. In the following years, its transcription was recorded in The Accountant, titled “Goodwill and its treatment in accounts” (Brief, 1980)....
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  • E-enterprise security management life cycle
    According to the statistical study on web defacement (Computer Economics, 2002), just in the year 2001 alone, it is estimated that the worldwide impact of malicious virus code was $13.2 billion. Among those, the largest contributors are SirCam at $1.15 billion, Code Red at $2.62 billion, and NIMDA at...
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  • Developing and implementing a stochastic decision-support model within an organizational context: The experience
    Much of this work was done while Stein W. Wallace visited The Centre for Advanced Study at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, as group leader during the academic year 2000/2001....
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  • A MAP for the library portal: through the labyrinth of online information sources
    It is barely three years since the OpenURL standard was accepted by NISO (Van de Velde, 2001) and yet the library world now has more than a dozen products that seek to maximise the potential of resource linking (or integrating) technologies. Although the names of these products, including Millennium...
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  • Intangibles in commercialisation: the case of air navigation services in the South Pacific
    Successful privatisation and commercialisation of state-owned enterprises requires a number of financial and non-financial issues to be addressed. In privatisation the capitalisation problem of transferring enterprises from the public to private sector is clearly recognised (Lancaster and Brierly, 2001) and typically, the discussion addresses questions about the availability of...
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  • Intellectual capital reporting and credit risk analysis
    This article was produced within the context of E*Know-Net, a EU-funded research project on intellectual capital coordinated by the Autonomous University of Madrid and integrated by 15 European research centers. An earlier version of this paper was submitted to the EU Commission in January 2004 as part of the Final...
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  • An examination of the relationship between internal and external audit in the Saudi Arabian corporate sector
    The value internal audit can add to the organization is affected by the co-operation and co-ordination between the internal and external audit (Albrecht et al., 1988, Bickerstaff, 1996). Although the primary purpose of internal audit differs from that of the external audit there are common interests that provide...
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  • Assessment of full-text sources used by serials management systems, OpenURL link resolvers, and imported e-journal MARC records
    Revised article received 28 August 2004Accepted for publication 1 September 2004The author is grateful to Elizabeth Lowe of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville for editing this paper....
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  • Date-restricted queries in web search engines
    Revised article received 2 September 2004 Accepted for publication 3 September 2004...
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  • The construction of the Taiwan Humanities Citation Index
    Revised article received 22 July 2004 Accepted for publication 29 July 2004 The author is grateful to the staff of the THCI for their hard work on this project. The THCI project is supported by the Centre for Humanities Research of the National Science Council, Republic of China (www.hrc.ntu.edu.tw/)...
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  • Knowing where they're going: statistics for online government document access through the OPAC
    Revised article received 12 August 2004 Accepted for publication 26 August 2004...
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  • Research of Bulgarian companies' marketing effectiveness
    The last decade has been crucial for Bulgaria for the transition from an authoritarian regime, with its centralized economy, towards democracy and a market economy. The working conditions for companies have changed dramatically. It is not the State but companies themselves that are responsible now for their survival and development,...
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  • Management accounting change in South Africa: Case studies from retail services
    The authors gratefully acknowledge the helpful and thoughtful comments of Professor Lee Parker and the two anonymous reviewers....
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  • God's fund managers: A critical study of stock market investment practices of the Church of England and UK Methodists
    To date the literature on ethical investment has predominantly focused on the financial performance of ethical funds[1] (Luther et al., 1992; Mallin et al., 1995); the operation of ethical investment funds; and on their information requirements (Rockness and Williams, 1988; Harte et al., 1991; ...
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  • Internet use by health professionals at the Health Sciences Centre of Kuwait University
    The Internet has become a vital information resource and the most extensively used communication tool. For academics and professionals, it has transformed information access, use, exchange and application. Health care professionals are considered to be among the more aggressive users of the Internet as compared to faculty members in many...
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  • Corporate governance, strategy and corporations law: The case of Jack in the Box Inc.
    Jack in the Box (JBX) operates and franchises fast food restaurants in located primarily in the western and southern USA. It had annual revenues of about $1.5 billion, and about 39,000 employees. Its headquarters is in San Diego, California. JBX's operations raises several strategy and leadership issues. JBX offers a...
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  • ABN AMRO: managing interest rate risk
    © Kimberly Ferranti...
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  • Leveraging intellectual capital at APiON
    If there is one question that has dominated the deliberations of most senior management teams over the decades it is how do we enhance shareholder value? Answering this question must surely be the Holy Grail of management practice. Indeed, when the stock market values a company at a valuation in...
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  • Inter-organizational trust in EDI adoption: the case of Ford Motor Company and PBR Limited in Australia
    EDI is an inter-organizational system, which transmits standard business documents electronically between trading partners. EDI allows firms to fundamentally change the way they do business, thus improving the overall firm’s performance and enhancing competitive advantage (Emmelhainz, 1990). While EDI clearly provides economic benefits, it may be costly to implement, especially...
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  • Creating a state-wide virtual health library: the Michigan experience
    The confluence of unprecedented change in the information and health-care environments and the rising tide of Michigan residents’ expectations for information access has led to collaborative planning for the AccessMichigan Electronic Community Health Information Initiative (AMECHII). AMECHII will be a state-wide health information delivery system for the eighth largest state...
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  • Generational accountability of public sector management - A case study of the State Authorities Superannuation Board of New South Wales
    Over the last two decades, an historical-based accounting literature has developed which is motivated by the perspective that the ideas and techniques of modern accounting should be viewed not merely as the expression of an external economic reality, as the historical product and producer of changing social realities (Burchell et...
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