A Study about Business Models in OER: Contingency Approach
Abstract:~ We will present an analysis of data from a literature review and semi-structured interviews with experts on OER, to identify different aspects of OER business models and to establish how the success of the OER initiatives is measured. The results collected thus far show that two different business models for OER initiatives exist, but no data on their success or failure is published. We propose a framework for measuring success of OER initiatives.
Introduction:~ Open Educational Resources encompass a wide set of resources – e.g., learning materials, courseware, software tools, educational services and support – that are freely shared within an educational community. There are many ways to do so, in terms of underlying technology, development, maintenance, support, and funding schemes. Downes (2007) provides an overview of these diverse models for funding, technical, content and staffing. But although several case studies and other reports on OER initiatives have been published. Keep reading…
Study about Influence Purchases in a Social Network
Abstract:~ Social networks, such as Facebook and Myspace have witnessed a rapid growth in their membership. Some of these businesses have tried an advertising-based model with very limited success. However, these businesses have not fully explored the power of their members to influence each other’s behavior. This potential viral or social effect can have significant impact on the success of these companies as well as provide a unique new marketing opportunity for traditional companies.
Overview:~Social networks have become a cultural phenomenon. Facebook, one of the largest social networking sites in the U.S. was founded in 2004. By February 2009, it boasts more than 175 million active users and continues to grow rapidly. Worldwide these users spend 3.0 billion minutes each day on Facebook. More than 850 million photos and 5 million videos are uploaded on the site each month. 2 There are hundreds of other similar sites including Myspace, Friendster, Xanga and Bebo. Keep reading onSocial Network
Case Study of Success in Transitioning Long-Term Unemployed IndigenousAustralians into Sustainable Employment
Introduction: Australia is wasting its talent. Throughout the country, but particularly in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, competent and capable Australians who could take an active role in wealth creation and be economically productive are excluded by circumstances, history, or barriers that can potentially be overcome. In particular, Indigenous Australians are over-represented in this group – they are three times more likely to be unemployed than other Australians and are more likely to be long-term unemployed.
Taking actions to get long-term unemployed – including Indigenous Australians – into the workforce makes business sense for organisations that are struggling to ﬁ ll vacancies with good people. Within this pool of potential recruits are people who, given the right training and support, can excel in employment. This report looks at six case studies of successful programs that have attracted long-term unemployed Indigenous Australians back into the workforce. It is intended to be detailed, grounded in practical reality and to personalise the experiences of the individuals involved so that others can learn from their experience. Keep reading…
A Case Study about Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Annual fund success is definitely a process not an event. When I began work with the Nursery two years prior, I first focused my time and attention on building a strategic development plan and building a professional development team to carry out the plan. Despite internal re-organization, limited fundraising, and hiring a development team, the annual giving program grew 6%.
My second year with the Nursery they embarked on a $3.1 million dollar capital campaign. The development team carried out the strategic plan for building the annual fund along with the Development Committee of the Board. In the midst of a capital campaign, the Nursery’s annual giving program increased by 12% that year. Keep reading…
Study Report for Employer Behavior During Union Representation Campaigns: Undermining The Right To Organize
Executive Summary: Undermining the Right to Organize examines employer behavior when workers express their desire for a union at work and engage the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election process; and the impact of these actions on workers’ ability to exercise their legal right to form unions. The findings of this report suggest that unions were unable to maintain worker support throughout the course of representation campaigns because employer interference eroded that support.
The impact of employer anti-union campaigns on the success of union organizing drives has been substantial. For example, in 2002, labor unions filed 179 petitions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to represent previously unorganized workers at workplaces in the Chicago metropolitan area. In nearly all of the cases, when these petitions were filed, the majority of workers indicated they supported unionization before the election process began. In several cases, unions demonstrated more than 80 percent support. However, unions were victorious in only 31 percent of these campaigns. At some point after workers petitioned for union representation, pro-union workers lost their majority status. keep reading on Union Representation Campaigns
A Study about Public Financial Management Training in Africa
Introduction: The World Bank, together with other development partners, is developing a programme of support for development of a recognised professional certification in public financial management specifically for the African continent. The success of this programme will be dependent on the availability of high quality training.
Study Objectives: The study identified the training which is currently available leading to technician and professional qualifications for public sector officials in Africa who are working in planning and budgeting, public finance management, accounting and audit. The relative effectiveness of this training wasreviewed taking into consideration. Keep reading…
Executive Summary: In 2010, Ushahidi collaborated with partners to create the Uchaguzi-Kenya platform (an Ushahidi instance). It provided a channel for Kenyan citizens to communicate openly about the 2010 Kenyan referendum. The project was a success and opened up opportunities for future learning.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Knight Foundation and Ushahidi came together to identify these successes and challenges. The outcomes of this learning and evaluation project aim to help plan for future Uchaguzi instances and share learning to the broader user community. keep reading…
Abstract: The success of an innovative firm stimulates other organizations to follow suit in a competitive game of imitation. The aim of this article is to focus on the circumstances and underlying reasons favoring imitative strategies, while arranging the literature and empirical evidence on the issue. It is intended as a systematization of different contributions on this topic taken from different perspectives. We are convinced that such a comprehensive insight can be very useful to innovative companies as well.
The success of an innovative firm stimulates other organizations to follow suit in a competitive game of imitation. The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive insight on the circumstances and underlying reasons of imitation strategies by rearranging the literature and empirical evidence on this issue. The imitation game we call parasite imitation takes place when the imitator follows the innovator’s lead by reproducing a similar, successful standard. This is facilitated when there are not many legal or awareness barriers to protect the innovation or when the barriers are weak or difficult to defend thus enabling quick imitation. keep reading…
Study about Success and Limitations in the Prevention of Violence: Nine Brazilian Experiences
Abstract:The present study analyzes the success of Brazilian experiences engaged in prevention of violence as well as their limitations, and seeks to show ways for a solution of the problem. The investigation underlying this article consisted in a case study of nine experiences, using triangulation of methods. For this purpose, we used questionnaires and interviewed individuals and groups. Successful results were mainly: informed citizenship, work preparation, involvement of children and adolescents in recreating and educative activities, and increased self-esteem of the children and teens involved in the experiences. The greatest difficulties found were the lack of funds and of articulation of proposals with other groups and institutions. These experiences are not the only successful ones carried out in the country, but they point to a -new horizon by innovating and creating a different practical approach to violence.
Introduction: This study belongs to the field of sociopolitical studies, no matter by whom these are conducted – the government, the private enterprise or organizations of the civil society –, anchored in the directives of the Organic Law for Social Assistance created by the Constitution of 19881. As we will see, although their basic goal is to prevent violence, all experiences related here are aimed in the first place at increasing and improving the capacity of the involved individuals to include themselves in the country’s social conquests, making use of their rights and taking over their duties. keep reading..
A Case Study about The Important Factors for Expatriate Success
Introduction: On the cover of Time magazine, Chien-Ming Wang stands tall in the Yankee Stadium. This quiet pitcher from Taiwan is just one of countless examples that global opportunity brings a foreign born to a foreign land. Commercially, as market boundaries across the world continue to dissolve, it has become increasingly common for organizations to move into new foreign markets. In order to expand globally.
Employees are often required to work around the world away from their country of origin, and they represent a potential competitive edge for the success of global corporations. But these overseas assignments are usually very challenging for the employees involved, and unfortunately, incidents of employees falling short of company expectations are rather common, and can cause tremendous losses for the organization. keep reading..