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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Corporate social disclosure and the influence of accountability standards

Hetherington, Karen January 2002 (has links)
No description available.

Voice, value and corporate governance

Nisar, Tahir Mahmood January 2001 (has links)
No description available.

Assessing Stakeholders’ Interest in Biofuels

Shakiba, Abtin January 2015 (has links)
The global biofuels industry is growing fast, involving many different actors, such as producers, forestry companies, biofuel producers and others. This development forces industry actors and policy makers to take biofuels into consideration as a source of energy and to also consider arising and shifting stakeholder interests. Experience has shown that the role of stakeholders can be critical to commercial success especially where environmentally sensitive activities are involved or when strong lobby groups exist. The purpose of the first part of this study is to identify the interests of different stakeholder groups involved in the biofuel industry in Canada. This study is based on primary data collected from representatives of each stakeholder group. It follows a framework developed by Turcksin et al. (2011), who use a similar stakeholder analysis as input to a Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) to assess different biofuel alternatives and opportunities. This study draws on the definition of stakeholders and their interests, and uses pairwise comparisons of the interests for each stakeholder group. The responses are analyzed using a methodology commonly used in the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP, Saaty, 1990) to derive a ranking of stakeholder interests for each group. The key results of this study are the weighted rankings of interests for each stakeholder group. These results also allow for a comparison between Canada and Belgium, based on the earlier work of Turcksin et al. (2011), which shows noticeable differences between the priorities of stakeholders in Canada and Belgium. The second part of this study explores first the potential impact of public research on stakeholders and then the opinions of all stakeholders on public policies and programs of relevance to the development of the biofuels industry. The results suggest that researchers generally expect positive impacts of their work on all stakeholder groups. They anticipate that the greatest impact of their work will be on end-users, in terms or allowing them to project a green image. The second highest impact is anticipated on increasing the production capacity for biofuels producers. In terms of the importance of public policies and programs on biofuels commercialization, respondents generally anticipate tax measures and research and development support to facilitate the commercialization of biofuels. Agricultural and trade policies are considered less important. However, there are differences between the stakeholder groups. For example, government respondents are least optimistic about the effectiveness of research and development measures, yet most optimistic about biofuel mandates. Biofuel producers show the greatest appreciation for agricultural and trade measures, and consider tax measures as less important than all other stakeholders. Comparing the results from all three parts of the study, the results document considerable differences between the stakeholder groups, and they suggest that the main contributions of researchers to the different stakeholder groups are not necessarily aligned with the priorities stakeholders have for their interests in biofuels.

The evolving forestry context in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Robertson, John January 2002 (has links)
Major changes in forest policy in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe have introduced co-management of forests whereby the state forest organisations co-operate with the rural populations, who depend on forests for their livelihoods, with the object of ensuring forests are suitably managed. There is the additional aim of the privatising timber production and large-scale timber processing. To determine the driving forces (the influences that stakeholders have/have had) behind these changes and how effectively (the magnitude of the result) and efficiently (the cost of achieving the result) they have been implemented, a quantitatively study was undertaken by means of conducting structured questionnaires and semi structured interviews. A posteriori factors behind this policy shift include the direct, indirect and combined influence of donor agencies and NGOs, the introduction of multi-party democracy, population increases that have put increased pressure on forests and the failure of previous polices. However, factors are difficult to prove because of the nature of forest policy and the complexity of the interaction between the different forces at play, particularly with regard to donor agencies, and therefore findings are inconclusive. As would be expected with implementing such dramatic changes in forestry policy, numerous problems have been encountered. Institutional blockages have occurred due to a lack of appropriate training, extension as well as research; weak property rights have discouraged long-term investments in forests; tribal laws have conflicted with state laws; and there has been a failure to develop agreed systems of sharing rewards from and responsibilities for the forest areas being co-managed. None of this has been helped by the total inadequacy of the finance made available and the very poor cross sectoral communications. Many of these impediments were anticipated by the policy makers and attempts were made to overcome them. However some impediments to policy implementation have to be recognised as being outwith the control of state forest organisations, in particular the side effects of Structural Adjustment Loans which have lead to increased levels of deforestation and reduced staff levels and budgets for state forest organisations.


Liao, Ying-Shyan 22 July 2002 (has links)

The Research of the Development in Mainland China's Entertainment Market of Transnational Corporations--The Case Study of The Walt Disney Company

Lin, Yu-ting 10 September 2007 (has links)
The thesis primarily concentrates on studying the development of transnational corporations in Mainland China¡¦s entertainment market. The Research tries to figure out what kind of environment and problems transnational corporations will face while they invest in Mainland China¡¦s entertainment market which involve in media and culture. Can transnational media corporations integrate their abundant resources around the globe in Mainland China ? The research is based on the perspective of stakeholders and proposed a framework to explain transnational corporation¡¦s administration in Mainland China¡¦s entertainment market. Take Disney for an example, the research discovers that the Chinese government is still playing the most important role in business development. The Chinese government creates attractive environment, however, it also poses threats to those enterprises. This research tried to provide readers a sketch about the investment environment in Mainland China¡¦s entertainment market.

Can public services improve? : the concept and practice of public service quality, with special reference to local government

Gaster, Lucy January 2000 (has links)
No description available.

Accounting in non-governmental organisations : towards a theory of navigating legitimacy

Assad, Mussa Juma January 2001 (has links)
No description available.

Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Through Management Development: What Can be Learned from International Service Learning Programs?

Pless, Nicola, Maak, Thomas, Stahl, Günter 12 1900 (has links) (PDF)
In this article we discuss how the human resource development (HRD) function can support corporate sustainability strategy by designing and implementing leadership development programs incorporating international service learning assignments. We describe "Project Ulysses", an integrated service learning program that involves sending participants in teams to developing countries to work in cross-sector partnerships with NGOs and social entrepreneurs, supporting them in their fight against pressing global problems. We present the findings of a narrative analysis of learning stories produced by Ulysses participants. Understanding how participants make sense of, and learn from, their experiences abroad provides us with insights into how service learning programs can help managers to develop the knowledge, skills and mindset that will enable them to successfully support a company's global sustainability and CSR efforts. We conclude by discussing the implications for leadership development, specifically how organizations can incorporate a responsibility and sustainability focus in their management development programs.

Simulation modelling : problem understanding in healthcare management

Eldabi, Tillal January 2000 (has links)
One of the main problems that face decision makers in healthcare systems is complexity and the lack of a well-defined problem. This causes a lack of understanding about the system. Another problem associated with healthcare systems is that usually there are several stakeholders involved in decision making. In such cases different stakeholders may have different views about the problem. In addition to the lack of understanding and intercommunication, there is the tendency in healthcare management to use quantitative methods for analysing the system. These methods are highly data dependant and usually based on historical data, which may not reflect the system's performance under the present circumstances, given the changing pace of healthcare services and structure. Also data may not be available in the first place. This research looks at how modelling techniques may help healthcare stakeholders to understand their system and increase their level of intercommunication (in the case of multiple stakeholders) with minimum dependency on data. Two main aspects are considered in this research: first appraising the existing modelling techniques with regard to problem understanding and intercommunication, and second, looking for an effective modelling approach for achieving such objectives. Discrete Event Simulation (DES) offers good facilities for modelling for understanding. However, DES could be used more effectively to enable viable understanding and means of communication. It is assumed that in order to enhance stakeholders' understanding and intercommunication, that it is better to involve them in the process of modelling from the beginning, using an iterative modelling process, and without being restricted to logical steps. To achieve this a case study strategy is followed in order to devise a modelling framework that helps in enhancing stakeholders' understanding and intercommunication. In this particular research Single Case approach is employed using two case studies. The first case study is used as an attempt to evaluate the hypotheses and tackle research questions which are raised based on an analysis of findings from the literature. The experimentation and analysis part are used to refine the initial hypotheses. These hypotheses are then examined using the second case study to establish a picture about how to achieve the research objectives. In both case studies simulation modelling is examined with regard to the research questions. The thesis concludes by identifying a modelling approach that has high versatility and flexibility to enhance stakeholders understanding and intercommunication. The approach is called MAPIU2, which stands for a Modelling Approach that is Iterative Participative for Understanding. From its name it can be deducted that the main factors of this approach are based on involving the stakeholders in the modelling process from the beginning in an iterative behaviour. One of the main lessons learned is that to achieve better results from the simulation modelling it is important that stakeholders should be involved with modelling process rather than just getting the final results, which helps implanting any decisions or recommendations arising from the model.

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