Quality perception

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  • In its most basic form, Lean Manufacturing is the systematic elimination of waste by focusing on production costs, product quality and delivery, and worker involvement. It is defined, in its modern form, by the Toyota Manufacturing system invented by Shigeo Shingo and Taiichi Ohno in the 1950's. While “waste” has always been thought of as an undesirable by-product of most factory production systems, many have also considered this an inevitable “end-of-pipe” control expense on the corporate balance sheet.

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  • An appropriate level and quality of infrastructure is an important contributor to economic growth. Robust, internationally consistent data on infrastructure quality are diffi cult to obtain. Whenever possible, objective data have been used but this section still relies on some international surveys of business perceptions of infrastructure quality, which need to be interpreted with caution. New Zealand is perceived as having lower-quality infrastructure than the OECD mean.

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  • While age and experience appear to result in differences in perceptions of the value of the MBA, gender has also emerged as a significant predictor (Powell & Butterfield, 2003). A study of Hong Kong executive business students (Thompson & Gui, 2000) found it was more important for men than women to become better at one‟s job and obtain more promising career switching opportunities.

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  • Reproductive traits describe the animal’s ability to conceive, calve down and suckle the calf to weaning successfully (Davis 1993). These traits are important since they affect the herd size and off take. Reproductive performance is commonly evaluated by analysing female reproductive traits. The traits regularly considered include age at first calving, calving interval and calving rate. Male fertility traits are rarely included in genetic evaluations despite their influence on the female reproductive performance.

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  • Web search engines today typically show results as a list of titles and short snippets that summarize how the retrieved documents are related to the query. However, recent research suggests that longer summaries can be preferable for certain types of queries. This paper presents empirical evidence that judges can predict appropriate search result summary lengths, and that perceptions of search result quality can be affected by varying these result lengths. These findings have important implications for search results presentation, especially for natural language queries. ...

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  • We use discretionary accruals as a measure of earnings quality (Beneish and Vargus, 2002; Chan, Chan, Jegadeesh, and Lakonishok, 2006). According to the accounting identity, earnings are equal to cash flows plus accruals. Accruals are accounting adjustments designed to better reflect firms’ fundamental operations. However, accruals are subject to managers’ discretion, which may distort reported earnings.

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  • The term portfolio is composed of GSE MBS, private label MBS and commercial MBS, state housing authority debentures, and longer-term Treasuries. These investments are also highly- rated, although the drivers for the high ratings can be different than those for the money market portfolio. In particular, the amount of collateral rather than quality of collateral for private label MBS and CMBS drives the ratings. This portfolio is liquid and comparatively higher-yielding.

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  • Service firms like other organizations are realizing the significance of customer-centered philosophies and are turning to quality management approaches to help managing their businesses. This paper has started with the concept of service quality and has demonstrated the model of service quality gaps. SERVQUAL as an effective approach has been studied and its role in the analysis of the difference between customer expectations and perceptions has been highlighted with support of an example.

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  • In the a-posteriori (post-hoc, natural or market defined) approach of market segmen- tation, market segments are identified by forming groups of consumers that are inter- nally homogeneous and externally heterogeneous along a set of measured consumer characteristics ( segmentation variables). That is, a-posteriori market segments are based on responses of consumers that are available only after a survey has been con- ducted.

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  • Chemical precipitation and complexation are primarily important for the inorganic species. The formation of coordination complexes is typical behaviour of transition metals, which provide the cation or central atom. Ligands include common inorganic anions such as Cl - , F- , Br - , SO4 2- , PO4 3- and CO3 2- as well as organic molecules such as amino acids. Such complexation may facilitate the transport of metals. Biodegradation is a reaction process mediated by microbial activity (a biotic reaction).

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  • It could be argued that the prevailing sense of interest rate predictability at the time of the “conundrum” combined with a banking system willing to take huge duration exposures would have made a policy of bond sales ineffective. But it should be remembered that this sense of interest rate predictability was itself deliberately nurtured by the Federal Reserve policy of a “measured pace” in increasing the Federal funds rate. The Federal Reserve was anxious to avoid a bond market collapse similar to the one that took place around the early 1994 tightening.

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  • Tuyển tập các báo cáo nghiên cứu về sinh học được đăng trên tạp chí hóa học quốc tế đề tài : Correlations among improvements in urgency urinary incontinence, health-related quality of life, and perception of bladder-related problems in incontinent subjects with overactive bladder treated with tolterodine or placebo

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  • Despite the mixed signals, the authorities are taking steps to improve the business climate. Zimbabwe has eased business start-up by reducing registration fees and initiated a process to speed up the name search process and company and tax registration. In addition, the corporate income tax rate was reduced from 30% to 25%, the capital gains tax was lowered from 20% to 5%, and the payment of corporate income tax was simplified by allowing quarterly payment through commercial banks.

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  • Between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s, Arnaldo Pomodoro perfected his technique of casting in the negative/positive process, in which the artist works initially in clay or plaster, carving or gouging out his motifs as negative images; when cast, these elements are reversed and transposed into the positive forms of the final sculpture. Pomodoro first developed the technique in his elegant cast jewelry.

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  • The preparation of human karyotype for the first time in 1959 led to the identification of numerical aberrations in the following years associated with Down’s, Turner and Klinefelter syndromes which implied the need for routine screening for chromosomal anomalies in certain clinical conditions.

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  • From time to time, an event may need to be canceled, postponed, or interrupted. If a crowd has already gathered, these actions have the potential to create dangerous crowd reactions. Have plans in place to manage an angry crowd appropriately and to address the possible readmission of patrons to the venue. One major aspect to consider is authority to cancel or postpone an event. During the planning phase, the promoter and the planning team must discuss who has the authority to cancel or postpone an event as well as when and under what conditions the event...

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  • Tham khảo sách 'insurance against losses from natural disasters in developing countries', tài chính - ngân hàng, bảo hiểm phục vụ nhu cầu học tập, nghiên cứu và làm việc hiệu quả

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  • Investors mentioned that better tax treatment for REITs in Malaysia (tax exemption at both fund and investor levels) will enhance overall return, although the new tax-exemption at fund level is found to be encouraging. REIT corporations advised that their properties injected into REITs are carefully selected, high yielding properties in prime location. This study found that as all REIT corporations intend to hold 20 – 30% equity in their REITs, it is in their primary interest that their REITs continue to grow and provide attractive returns.

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  • Yet in recent years, ailing institutions have also made use of bad banks as a method for repairing the balance sheets without governmental interference. Between 2003 and 2005, Dresdner Bank transferred 35.5 billion euros in toxic loans and shares which had lost strategic relevance to a so-called Institutional Restructuring Unit (IRU). In 2008, WestLB, the Landesbank partially owned by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, founded a consolidation vehicle named “Phoenix” in Dublin, Ireland.

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  • AD Nil NISTRATORS’ PERCEPTIONS OF INTERNAL AUDITING ROLES AND EFFECTIVENESS IN TEXAS AND BIG TWELVE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES These coordination failures are less likely in markets with more interjurisdictional competition, as in these markets there are always alternative districts that are relatively similar in the peer group offered, and parents are able to select effective schools without paying a steep price in reduced peer quality.

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