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Development of Total Quality Management in Kaunas University of Technology

Development of Total Quality Management in Kaunas University of Technology

We reflect on the activities of Department of Quality Management, Faculty of Economics and Management, Kaunas University of Technology in this article. The rea- sons which lead to the establishment of the Department of Quality Management are briefly presented. Since 1997 the members of the department research various problems of quality management, co-ordinate programme for Master’s degree (Quality Management specialization) and commu- nicate its research to business and public organizations. These three activities of the Department research, teaching and communication of the results of research are reviewed in this article. First, the topics of the research conducted from the establishment of the Department could be gener- alized under these themes: Total quality management (TQM) as conceptual core, quality culture, quality and performance measurement, stakeholders’ interests har- monization, processual approach, quality of life, wage administration under TQM. Research under these topics is reviewed. A theoretical contribution and results are dis- cussed. Second, the courses underlying Quality Manage- ment specialization are also analyzed. It is argued that during the decade more than a hundred of students became quality managers. The content of the courses is discussed. Third, the ways of communication of quality management methods to business and public organizations is high- lighted. The main means of communication of TQM are: the Lithuanian Association for Quality Management and the Center for Total Quality Management. The article pre- sents the discussion on possible and relevant research top- ics. Five possible directions was identified: to proceed on research, that has been already conducted, look for new approaches to explain how quality is achieved, incorporate knowledge from other disciplines, reinterpret the main concepts of quality in the context of present changes, ana- lyze the effects of quality management practices.

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Library management and the adoption of information and communication technology in university libraries in akwa ibom and cross river state, Nigeria

Library management and the adoption of information and communication technology in university libraries in akwa ibom and cross river state, Nigeria

activities is put in place. That means that every aspect of the library services has to be planned for and this may include providing a functional information and technology facilities, financial planning, inter-library services, sharing of resources among others. This finding re-affirms the submission by Kumar (2007) who reported that planning is a continuous process by which the manager determines and evaluates before action, and that planning provides a basic framework of objectives and strategies by which all levels of staff can be guided in decision-making. The above results is supported by Tiwani and Sahoo (2013) who in their study revealed that ICT activities are going through developing stages in the university libraries of Rajasthan in India. The authors submitted that the problems of lack of trained staff, lack of training facilities, delay in bar coding of document and inadequate hardware were faced in all (100%) of the universities libraries while half of the university libraries experienced inadequate management support, as well as participative management and lack of effective planning for ICT utilization. Curiously however, the result of all the findings shows that planning is significantly related to the adoption of Information and Communication Technology and recommended that planning should be a continuous process that needs to be carried out at all stages.

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University Web Portals As Information Management Tool: Technology Acceptance Dimension

University Web Portals As Information Management Tool: Technology Acceptance Dimension

More universities have started initiatives on using information management tool to deliver education to students. The University of the East (UE) management has been very supportive in providing the needed technology for information management through the UE web Portal. The UE web Portal is a gateway for online information, lectures discussions, resources and other services exclusive to UE community. It offers various functions and services like viewing of grades, account balance, subject offerings, and other academic-related information. It also has the e-Learning and e-Forum as one of its major features.

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Project Management: Research and Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Management of Kaunas University of Technology

Project Management: Research and Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Management of Kaunas University of Technology

Today it has become a common practice that many organizations work with not only separate and complex but very often with several or even more projects. Without a methodology enabling to manage a multi-project environment the project activity will not be effective enough for the increase of organization’s competitiveness. Thus a special attention should be attached to a project-based management of organization’s activity. This problem is considered by foreign scientists, such as Bennet Lientz, Kathryn Rea (2002, 2003), Charvat Jason (2003), Clifford Gray, Erik Larson (2000), Erling Andersen, Kristoffer Grude, Tor Haug (2004), Samuel Mantel, Jack Meredith, Scott Shafer, Margaret Sutron (2003), Kerzner (2003, 2006). A substantial attention to this work is attached by Lithuanian scientists Rutkauskas, Tamošiūnienė (2002), Būda, Chmieliauskas (2006), Zakarevičius (2003) and others.

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The Enlightenment of Management Teaching Method of Queensland University of Technology

The Enlightenment of Management Teaching Method of Queensland University of Technology

After China’s entry into WTO, the importance and urgency of developing and promoting bilingual teaching in colleges and universities is becoming in- creasingly prominent. In order to promote the reform of bilingual teaching in colleges and universities in Liaoning Province, this paper uses case law, taking the Advanced Higher Education Teaching practice of Queensland University of Technology as a case, to provide reference for English teaching in various colleges and universities in Liaoning province. Among them, the advanced teaching method of this school includes dozens of kinds, all from the teaching practice of colleges and universities, which has certain research value for the innovation of teaching methods in English instruction in colleges and univer- sities in our province during the “Thirteen-Five” period. Practice has proved that the reform of teaching method is the key and is important to promote the reform of bilingual teaching in colleges and universities in Liaoning province.

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Construction management experiential learning: Views of employers and university of technology academics

Construction management experiential learning: Views of employers and university of technology academics

Academic curriculum change in the main is driven by policy, industry or faculty. In South Africa, several policy initiatives are directed at influencing changes to the curriculum. The White Paper on Transformation of Higher Education (Republic of South Africa. Department of Education, 1997) stresses the challenge to redress past inequalities and to “transform the higher education system” to serve a new social order, to meet pressing needs, and to respond to new realities and oppor- tunities. Institutions serving the higher education sector have a major role to play in providing the technological and business capability to underpin modern indus- trial and services development (Frain, 1992). Construction management educa- tion at South African Universities is delivered via either a co-operative learning programme or a full academic programme. This article presents findings of research into the views of employers and academics of value that experiential learning adds to the construction management programmes.

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Facilities management service performance in a university health center

Facilities management service performance in a university health center

Health care system is focus on people and services, with technology playing a key-enabling role to provide an accessible, integrated, high quality and affordable health care system to the population (Amiruddin Hisan, 2006). Corresponding to current increasing number of community all over the country in this world, needs for health care is one of the main issues that often come into question. Therefore, effective management of health center facilities needs to be implemented with the intention of ensuring the quality of facilities and services provided meets users’ needs and requirements. The discipline of managing these facilities is well-known as facilities management (Hishamuddin et al., 2005).

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Recent Experiences and Emerging Cooperation Schemes on TA and Education: An Insight into Cases in Portugal and Germany

Recent Experiences and Emerging Cooperation Schemes on TA and Education: An Insight into Cases in Portugal and Germany

Generally, in almost all OECD countries, TA is increasing its presence in Engineering courses as an educational topic. It was mainly debated among the economists’ community as a topic related to technology management, investment decision and economical choice, and to a minor extent among the philosophy and / or political science communities (e.g. on ethics issues of technological development, “luddism” behav- iours, environmental social movements analy- sis). What is new is the emergence of TA in S&T courses? In a large amount of engineering courses students have the opportunity to study topics such as Innovation Policies, Bioethics, Environmental Decision Processes, History of Technology, Social Aspects of Technological Change. European technical universities such as Imperial College (UK), the École des Mines (France), the Technische Universität Berlin, the KTH-Royal Institute of Technology of Stock- holm, the Helsinki University of Technology- TKK, or the ETH Zurich are also offering post- graduate courses in these fields.

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A Study of Heavy Metal Accumulation in Sediments at Phuket Bay, Saphan Hin, Phuket Province

A Study of Heavy Metal Accumulation in Sediments at Phuket Bay, Saphan Hin, Phuket Province

Pensiri Akkajit is with Integrated Science and Technology Research Center (Applied Chemistry/Environmental Management/Software Engineering), Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Phuket 83120, Thailand; Faculty of Technology and Environment, Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus; Research Program of Toxic Substance Management in the Mining Industry, Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), Bangkok 10330, Thailand; Research Unit of Site Remediation on Metals Management from Industry and Mining (Site Rem), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (e-mail: pensiri.a@phuket.psu.ac.th).

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Employment Array of Bachelor of Science in Criminology Graduates in Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Employment Array of Bachelor of Science in Criminology Graduates in Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

As shown in the table above, out of the total number of 57 employed graduate–respondents, it can be noticed that 39 or 68.42% were employed in the related field and only 18 or 31.58% were employed in the unrelated field. It is a privilege that majority of the respondents were able to take advantage the opportunity to serve the country under their purpose. It is a fact that criminology graduates usually joins different law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in order for them to apply the knowledge they have acquired in their four years in college plus the different trainings they have went through to be expert in the field of criminology. However, there were few who did not get lucky to be accommodated in the agencies that could match their academic qualifications and field of specialization considering the fact that there were still some who were employed in the field that is out of their fields of specialization.

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Effects of culture, product type and price on consumer intention to purchase mass customised products on-line

Effects of culture, product type and price on consumer intention to purchase mass customised products on-line

A number of organizations and universities have offered generous financial support for this conference These organizations include, Sealed Air Corporation and School of Management, Curtin University of Technology, The University of Memphis CIBER, and Solvittelecom, SK Telecom, SKC & C, Broadcom, and Sun Microsystems from South Korea. We sincerely appreciate their support and thank them for their generosity.

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The Role of Information and Information Technology in the Management Control Function

The Role of Information and Information Technology in the Management Control Function

Thus, control plays an important role in our daily lives and work. As a source of information, it largely determines decisions as power factor - promotes ordering livelihoods and social processes in a whole. Information technology will allow to realize the function of a control more effectively. Staff resistance control also will decrease if management information system is coordinated with current and strategic objectives of the enterprise. On the other hand, control will allow to improve the quality of information flows, increase their speed, reliability and accuracy.

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Challenges in Linkages Between Industry and Academia in Technology Transfer: Case Study at University Technology of Malaysia (UTM)

Challenges in Linkages Between Industry and Academia in Technology Transfer: Case Study at University Technology of Malaysia (UTM)

Abstract:- Collaboration between academia and industry is important towards technology development process especially in the context of Malaysia. The first objective of this study is to investigate the challenges of technology transfer between academia and industry from UTM’s academia perspectives. Secondly, to identify if culture, goals, time constrains and ownership of intellectual property are listed as the common challenges in technology transfer between UTM’s academia and industry. Third, to identify possible solutions for all mentioned challenges between academia and industry linkage from UTM academia’s perspective. This research employs explanatory research design and qualitative methods in data collection and analyses. Semi-structured interviews have been conducted which involved researchers that are also represented as a chief executive officer, assistant directors, manager, and chief registrar. The finding of this study showed that the most common challenges faced among UTM researchers in collaborating with industry is time constraint, while the least rated is intellectual property ownership. The result of this study can be used to improve the understanding of the challenges faced by the academic and industry linkages in technology transfer, as well as recommendation points for further improvements in the context of research university in Malaysia.

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Analysis of industrial investment efficiency based on co integration theory and error correction model

Analysis of industrial investment efficiency based on co integration theory and error correction model

Analyzing the four equations, we find that total fixed asset investment has played a good role in regulating GDP, so that economic growth does not deviate from the normal trend. However, the fit degree of the four equations is low and reflecting the reality is not very accurate. This also means that in the real economy, the economic development affected by not only the investment but also other factors such as consumption, exports and technology development.

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Listening Skills of College Freshmen of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Listening Skills of College Freshmen of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Effective acade mic co mmun ication means the demonstration of a certain degree of knowledge and e xpertise when part icipating in the most frequent communicat ive events inside the wo rld of higher education. The author in [1] mentioned that “the discipline that studies the peculiarit ies and pedagogy of these events in English is called English for Acade mic Purposes (EAP)”. A basic definit ion of this EAP might be the discipline that covers all the communicative skills necessary to study and excel in English. Today there are many references in the market, both on paper, books and even online, emphasizing the importance of these skills to become an effective communicator, and eventually, a successful student inside the university world.According to [2], “when a language is learned, specifically English, these four macro -skills (listening, speaking, read ing, and writing skills profic iently) are needed for complete communicat ion." The strategies and techniques include conversations, discussions, contextualized gra mma r e xe rcises, listening, and interactive activities, read ings, and literary apprec iation. However, as

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Design and Development of University Admission Management System

Design and Development of University Admission Management System

The “University Admission Management System” is web-based database software application. Database is a storehouse of information and treated as a unit for information retrieval purpose. Database software is a set of one or more programs that enables users to create, maintain, organize, and retrieve data from database. It is widely used today in organization to maintain employee data, customer data, accounting data etc.

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Comparison of Competencies of Nursing Graduates of Azad Private University and State Public University

Comparison of Competencies of Nursing Graduates of Azad Private University and State Public University

Nursing competencies in the field of medical education is of particular significance and has always been under consideration by researchers of nursing education. In Medical Sciences the word capability or competency has been used as a broad concept, and basically refers to the knowledge, attitude, expertise and experience necessary for the effective implementation of a role and profession. Therefore, measuring these characteristics makes it possible to determine the ability or competency of nursing graduates. The present study aims to compare the competencies of graduates of bachelor of nursing of private and public universities of the province of Maragheh, which will be done on the bachelor of nursing graduates of the private “Azad” university and state university of Maragheh province. This study was performed as a survey from graduates of nursing undergraduate program of private and public universities in the province of Maragheh. Data collection tools were standard checklists of nursing profession of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. The collected data were analyzed using software SPSS version 21 and the results of the evaluation of the graduates of two universities were compared with each other. At all stages, significant level of p<0.05 was assumed. The study found that the participants’ level of knowledge and attitudes in both groups from private and public universities was low, but the status of attitudes among public university graduates with a significant (p = 0.005) difference was lower compared to Azad university graduates.

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Iterative process for solving a multiple set split feasibility problem

Iterative process for solving a multiple set split feasibility problem

This work was supported by Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (14ZR1429200), National Science Foundation of China (11171221), National Natural Science Foundation of China (61403255), Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project under Grant XTKX2012, Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission under Grant 14YZ094, Doctoral Program Foundation of Institutions of Higher Education of China under Grant 20123120110004, Doctoral Starting Projection of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology under Grant ID-10-303-002, and Young Teacher Training Projection Program of Shanghai for Science and Technology.

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Dealer group or financial planning group? A case for changing the industry terminology

Dealer group or financial planning group? A case for changing the industry terminology

409- Process Innovation: A study of Malaysian Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs): Ahmad Zahiruddin Yahya and Mohd Said Othman, University of Malaya, Malaysia and Abdullah Sanusi Othman, Ishak Abdul Rahman and Jumaat Abd Moen, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia

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Attitude and Motivation for Learning English and their Impact on Performance: A Study on Engineering Students of Jessore University of Science and Technology

Attitude and Motivation for Learning English and their Impact on Performance: A Study on Engineering Students of Jessore University of Science and Technology

To increase the surrender value of the academic knowledge, most of the universities run English courses like Basic/Co mmunicat ive English. Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST) is one of the newly established fast growing universities of Bangladesh. To enable the students to keep pace with the scientific and technological knowledge of the fast world, a ll the departments here arrange a Co mmunicative English course. Of the nineteen there are six engineering departments. Every year about two hundred fifty students are enrolled in these departments . These students, having completed Higher Secondary Cert ificate level and followed sa me syllabus with others in the country , share equal background exposure to English language. Thus a study on them can have nationwide imp lication and representation.

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