Students as Stakeholders in the Policy Context of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions - Logermann, Frauke; Leisyte, Liudvika
The European Standard and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) of 2005 can be defined as one of the major Bologna documents aimed at furthering the role of students as stakeholders in internal quality assurance processes at higher education institutions (HEIs). Still little is known about students’ real position in such processes. To overcome this research gap, this paper examines the role of students as stakeholders in HEIs’ internal quality assurance procedures within the policy context of the ESG. Hereby, we specifically take a look at how students are actively involved and influence internal quality assurance processes at the studied HEIs....
Pultrusion processes for composite manufacture - Baran, I.
In this chapter, numerical modeling strategies are presented for the pultrusion of thermosetting composite profiles. The focus is particularly on the forming die and postdie region in which the multiphysics takes place. The state-of-the-art thermochemical–thermomechanical models are exposed in which the main challenges, such as the process-induced stresses and shape deformations together with the temperature and curing history, are addressed. In these numerical models, a three-dimensional (3D) thermochemical analysis is sequentially coupled with a 2D quasi-static mechanical analysis of the pultrusion process. The process simulations are carried out not only for unidirectional (UD) composites but also for industrial pultruded parts...
A Robust controller for micro-sized agents: The prescribed performance approach - Denasi, Alper; Misra, Sarthak
Applications such as micromanipulation and minimally invasive surgery can be performed using micro-sized agents. For instance, drug-loaded magnetic micro-/nano- particles can enable targeted drug delivery. Their precise manipulation can be assured using a robust motion controller. In this paper, we design a closed-loop controller-observer pair for regulating the position of microagents. The prescribed performance technique is applied to control the microagents to follow desired motion trajectories. The position of the microagents are obtained using microscopic images and image processing. The velocities of the microagents are obtained using an iterative learning observer. The algorithm is tested experimentally on spherical magnetic microparticles...
Using PLS path modeling in new technology research: updated guidelines - Henseler, Jörg; Hubona, Geoffrey; Ray, Pauline Ash
– Partial least squares (PLS) path modeling is a variance-based structural equation modeling (SEM) technique that is widely applied in business and social sciences. Its ability to model composites and factors makes it a formidable statistical tool for new technology research. Recent reviews, discussions, and developments have led to substantial changes in the understanding and use of PLS. The paper aims to discuss these issues.
– This paper aggregates new insights and offers a fresh look at PLS path modeling. It presents new developments, such as consistent PLS, confirmatory composite analysis, and the heterotrait-monotrait ratio of correlations.
– PLS path...
Beyond the Dutch Miracle? Challenges to and Responses of the Dutch Welfare System - Gerven, Minna van
This chapter explores how the Dutch welfare system has evolved in the last decade(s). It shows that the economic crisis and the process of demographic change have put the Dutch welfare system to the test. The surmounting pressures from 2007 onwards have revealed structural problems of the Dutch welfare system, such as sustainability of pensions and health care systems, increasing dualisation in the labour market and challenges in reconciliation of care responsibilities and (full-time) employment. Although the Dutch corporatist consensus-driven policy-making has been able to take some action in reforming social security and social services towards the needs of the...
Evolution of IT Architecture: based on Taxonomy perspective - Suh, Hanjun; Hillegersberg, Jos van
This research aims to explore how latest IT architecture is evolving in real world. We
reviewed historical IT structure and classified five IT architecture typology based on various
dimensions of IT architectures such as processing decentralization, network connectivity,
data and program shareability, and on demand capability. Then, we verified IT architecture
taxonomies by cluster analysis base on over 200 South Korea companies and 70 US and
EU based companies.
Sustainability strategies in industrial supply networks: an innovation approach concerning environmental and social aspects in the clothing industry - Bommel, Henricus Wilhelmus Maria van
Many different theories are found to explain how industrial companies implement sustainability strategies in their supply networks. However, the question why companies in a similar position choose different strategies remains under discussed. It is this question the research of this study seeks to answer using the clothing industry as an example. The results of a survey performed for this study show that specific innovation characteristics of focal companies are significantly related to the strategies found for improving the social aspects but not for the environmental aspects. These innovation characteristics represent the capability to act. The differences found between the strategies...