The objective of this book is to present different programs and practical applications
for energy efficiency in sufficient depth. The approach is given to transfer the long
academic and practical experiences from researchers in the field of energy engineering
to readers. The book is enabling readers to reach a sound understanding of a broad
range of different topics related to energy efficiency. The book is highly recommended
for engineers, researchers and technical staff involved in energy efficiency programs.
For several years, innovation has been omnipresent and part of strategic matters.
The word “innovation” is in the headlines of reports, articles and business media,
and is also the subject of events, projects, think-tanks, clubs and blogs. Several
forums on social networks are devoted to its various facets. This is a global
In the 20
Century, innovation was a subject for research centers of large
companies and public laboratories.
The sequencing of the human genome has generated excitement about
the potential of genomic innovations to improve medical care, preventive and
community health services, and public health. Until fairly recently, genetic
information was used primarily in the diagnosis of relatively rare genetic diseases,
such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s Disease, but a transformation
in the use of genetic and genomic information is under way.
Genetic markers of increased risk for such chronic diseases as diabetes
and coronary artery disease have been identified.
This researchmonograph is part of a series that aims to explore the ways in which higher education and industry have formed research partnerships to promote innovation in biotechnology, ICT and new materials development in response to global trends and national policy imperatives. The series examines these partnerships in relation to knowledge production, enterprise productivity and innovation, and considers the extent to which network practices operate in South Africa.
This volume – part of a series of methods and issues in social innovation – describes the hundreds of methods and tools for innovation being used across the world, as a first step to developing a knowledge base.
It is the result of a major collaboration between NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and the Young Foundation – two organisations that are committed to the role that social innovation can play in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time....
Interdisciplinary work is much in demand from policy-makers and research
funding bodies alike. Understanding social phenomena is said to require a
move by the different sciences beyond their disciplinary silos and some of the
most significant breakthroughs in our knowledge and understanding occur at
the edges of disciplines. At the same time, individual career incentives usually
demand publications in each respective discipline’s ‘top ten’ journals, offering
a powerful counterweight to any attempt at working and publishing across
This chapter presents the following content: List the types of processes that spur development of new technologies, describe how technologies proceed through a life cycle, discuss ways to manage technology for competitive advantage, summarize how to assess technology needs,...and other contents.
E-business research is currently one of the most active research areas. With the rapid advancement in information technologies, e-business is growing in significance and is having a direct impact upon ways of doing business. As e-business becomes one of the most important areas in organizations, researchers and practitioners need to understand the implications of many technological and organizational changes taking place.
How to Write a Thesis provides a down-toearth guide to help students shape their theses. It offers valuable advice as well as practical tips and techniques, incorporating useful boxed summaries and checklists to help students stay on track or regain their way. The book is the culmination of many years of work with postgraduates and academics and covers all aspects of the research, writing and editing involved in the process of successfully completing a thesis.
A critical aspect of business management is the successful creation of processes which drive the
development of a continuous flow of innovation, to give a basis for competitive advantage. To
reach this goal, the establishing of a knowledge management (KM) strategy may be considered
the best way to channel the organization’s efforts to this end.
Operations management techniques and operations strategy can successfully be
implemented to create more efficient and effective functionality within an enterprise.
While these techniques and strategies are not innovative in and of themselves, the
application of these techniques in new ways can prove to be extremely innovative.
The chapters in Advanced Topics in Applied Operations Management creatively
demonstrate a valuable connection among operations strategy, operations
management, operations research, and various departments, systems, and practices
throughout an organization....
It’s business school, the Branson way. Whether you’re interested in starting your own business, improving your leadership skills, or simply looking for inspiration from one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Richard Branson has the answers. Like a Virgin brings together some of his best advice, distilling the experiences and insights that have made him one of the world’s most recognized and respected business leaders. In his trademark thoughtful and encouraging voice, Branson shares his knowledge like a close friend.
This book is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date books written on Energy Efficiency. The readers will learn about different technologies for energy efficiency policies and programs to reduce the amount of energy. The book provides some studies and specific sets of policies and programs that are implemented in order to maximize the potential for energy efficiency improvement. It contains unique insights from scientists with academic and industrial expertise in the field of energy efficiency collected in this multi-disciplinary forum....
The charge to this committee—to envision the future of geotechnology—
is at once a grand challenge and a problem. In
many ways, geotechnology is a mature field having come to its
majority in the last 50 years. Many serious problems have been
solved. We know how to build strong foundations, safe dams,
and stable roads and tunnels. We have a good understanding
about the behavior and protection of groundwater, how to
extract the petroleum resources, and develop a geothermal
Transnational flows of people, financial resources, goods, information and culture have
recently been increasing in a drastic way and have profoundly transformed the world
(Ritzer and Malone, 2001). This phenomenon has been labeled globalization. As a result, a
great deal of debate and discussion, even controversy (Bird and Stevens, 2003) has taken
place about globalization in various disciplines from different angles. In fact, there seems to
be a controversy in regards to globalization and the contradictory meanings associated with
We do not find economically or statistically significant differences in fees (expenses,
loads, or a measure of the total ownership cost of mutual fund shares) between SRI and similar
conventional funds. Therefore, either there are no significant differences in the way fees are set
for SRI and conventional funds, or the effects of those differences cancel out on average.
Consistent with the results for before-fee performance and fees, we find that SRI funds
obtain a higher after-fee risk-adjusted performance in terms of four-factor alpha than similar
conventional funds. ...
The main objective of this thesis is to comprehensively explore the performance of mutual
funds in an emerging market. This fills one of the gaps in mutual fund literature, since studies
in this region are scarce, based on the prevailing approach and survey a small number of
funds over only a short period. It should not be forgotten that emerging markets are unlike
developed markets in several ways. Subsequently, this thesis uses a more comprehensive
dataset of mutual funds in Thailand as a case study to represent its emerging market. ...
Balanced and coordinated advances within these research areas will pave
the way to meeting the 2020 vision target of a fivefold increase in renewable
resource use. Figures 11A to 11D detail goals for these priority research areas.
Cost of materials surfaced many times as a major issue during the steering
group’s investigations. Lowering unit costs is critical for sustainable economic
At the beginning of the 21st
century, the business world is dynamic and
complex and competition is globalized. Success rates in innovation in such
a context are low. Only 0.6% of innovative ideas are eventually successful.
In the pharmaceutical industry, the success rate falls to 1 in 10,000.
Local government needs to decide to use its
resources and assets in an innovative way, and
provide sufficient stability and a level playing field
to give business the confidence to invest in a place.
From now on, city leaders must establish the market
rules within which decisions are made. It is up to
them to set long-term priorities. A population
enjoying improved health and well-being offers a
more attractive workforce for business and industry.
A city that supports sustainability will also support