Fintan Clear

Fintan Clear
Brunel University London · Brunel Business School

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Do-it-yourself (DiY) science and ‘citizen laboratories’ are flourishing as they continue to attract unprecedented numbers of volunteers, communities, groups and venture capitalists. However, the evidence behind why DiY science is proliferating remains scattered and the dominant narratives around DiY practices consist of multiple understandings, bel...
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) may save costs, and improve the efficiency of business processes. However, these technologies can also destroy business value, sometimes critically. The inability to identify how AI and ML may destroy value for businesses, and manage that risk, lead some managers to delay the adoption of these...
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Based on empirical evidence gained by a telephone survey of 375 SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), this chapter uses logistical regressions as a means of identifying the potential for relationships between three variables - industry sector, firm size (as measured by employment), and age of firm - as they influence ICT ownership, ICT use and...
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Purpose ‐ The paper aims to report on an exploratory study into how small businesses use Web 2.0 information and communication technologies (ICT) to work collaboratively with other small businesses. The study had two aims: to investigate the benefits available from the use of Web 2.0 in small business collaborations, and to characterize the differe...
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A study of behaviour patterns associated with students accessing an online discussion forum is presented. Data collected on the frequency of access and the duration of sessions is analysed to establish several categories of learners, which depict the differences among the cohort in terms of participation in social learning. A British business schoo...
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IntroductionIndustry structureFood consumer trends and food legislationInformation systems and food manufacturingFood manufacturing and supply chainsConclusion References
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the UK hospital supply chain in light of recent government policy reform where patients will have, inter alia, greater choice of hospital for elective surgery. Subsequently, the hospital system should become far more competitive with supply chains having to react to these changes as patient demand becomes...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the increasingly important area of diversity management in multicultural settings. This paper examines several private organizations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as illustrative examples of the challenges facing global organizations seeking to utilise a hugely diverse labour force. The objectiv...
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This is a position paper that argues for the use of ‘theatric methods’ as an effective means of disseminating what to some might be regarded as complex and ‘ostensibly dull’ information, and in this case ‘good data handling practice’. Protection of data in an electronically-mediated economy is critical both for a firm’s trading integrity and for it...
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Based on empirical evidence gained by a telephone survey of 375 SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), this chapter uses logistical regressions as a means of identifying the potential for relationships between three variables - industry sector, firm size (as measured by employment), and age of firm - as they influence ICT ownership, ICT use and...
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From a managerial perspective it is important to identify the factors that influence the choice of Supply Chain Purchasing Strategy (SCPS). Based on inductive research, this paper examines the range of strategies, and the factors that determine their relevance. The authors put forward a model depicting the relationship between SCPS and three high l...
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Security of data is critical to the operations of firms. Without the ability to store, process and transmit data securely, operations may be compromised, with the potential for serious consequences to trading integrity. Thus the role that electronically-mediated working plays in business today and its dependency on data security is of critical inte...
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This paper seeks to highlight key managerial issues facing small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] during the adoption of telework, based on the findings of a recent European Commission-funded project conducted in five European regions located in Italy, France, Finland, Hungary and the UK. Teleworking can be defined as working offsite (eg at home...
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In an empirical study of teleworking practices in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in west London, organisational factors such as management attitudes, worker autonomy and employment flexibility were found to be more critical than technological provision in facilitating successful implementation. Consequently, we argue that telework in mos...
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Based on a collaborative approach to learning, a student cohort taking an introductory level University course in computing was provided with information and asynchronous communications technology (including learning resources, e-mail, bulletin board and FAQ), as a means of enhancing their collaborative efforts on a web authoring exercise within a...
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This paper evaluates offshore outsourcing in the IT testing industry and determines what conditions determine its success. There is particular focus on the influence of diversity in teams on group relationships. Two studies are described: the first, investigated the perceptions of professional software testers on the critical factors of offshore ou...

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