Size and local democracy - Denters, Bas; Goldsmith, Michael; Ladner, Andreas; Mouritzen, Poul Erik; Rose, Lawrence E.
How large should local governments be, and what are the implications of changing the scale of local governments for the quality of local democracy? These questions have stood at the centre of debates among scholars and public sector reformers alike from antiquity to the present. This monograph offers the first systematic cross-national investigation of these questions using empirical evidence gathered specifically for this purpose. Results provide insights that offer important touchstones for reform activities and academic research efforts in many countries
Shared Services as a New Organizational Form - Bondarouk, Tanya
Organizations increasingly establish Shared Service Centers, either for transactional (administrative) or transformational (organizational change) purposes. Their popularity originates from a combination of efficiency gains and an increase in service quality, without giving up control of the organizational and technical arrangements. The belief is that shared services should maximize the advantages of centralized and decentralized delivery of business functions. The volume deals with sample questions, including: What do shared service models involve? What are the structural arrangements between shared services and the organizations? Which business processes can and/or should be shared? What are the structural differences between shared services in different...
Multicultural awareness and technology in higher education: global perspectives - Issa, Tomayess; Isaias, Pedro; Kommers, Piet A.M.
This book encompasses information on the effects of international students' exchanges in higher education through e-learning technologies, providing the latest teaching and learning methods, technologies, and approaches in the higher education sector worldwide
Perspectives on Social Media: A Yearbook - Kommers, Piet; Isaias, Pedro; Issa, Tomayess
Perspectives on Social Media presents the most current research on the effectiveness of social media across sectors. Progress in finding better applications for social media relies on the difficult task of integrating media technologies into fields such as engineering, marketing, health, learning, art, tourism, and the service industry. This book is based on cutting-edge creative work among top international researchers and renowned designers and provides readers with a preview of the most visionary outcomes in the field of social media. Some of the major topics that the book discusses are:
New social media design
Sense of community in web applications
Digital skills: unlocking the information society - Dijk, Jan A.G.M. van; Deursen, Alexander J.A.M. van
Digital Skills systematically discusses the skills or literacies needed in the use of digital media, primarily computers and the Internet. Following the work of van Dijk's The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society, it uses conceptual analysis and empirical observations to show what digital skills are, how they are distributed, how skill inequalities develop, and how these inequalities can be remedied by designers, educators, policymakers, and different types of Internet users
The Social Dynamics of Innovation Networks - Rutten, Roel; Benneworth, Paul; Irawati, Dessy; Boekema, Frans
The social dynamics of innovation networks captures the important role of trust, social capital, institutions and norms and values in the creation of knowledge in innovation networks. In doing so, this book connects to a long-standing debate on the socio-spatial context of innovation in economic geography, which is usually referred to as the Territorial Models of Innovation (TIMs) literature.
This present volume breaks with the TIM literature in several important ways. In the first place, this book emphasizes the role of individual agency because individuals and their networks are increasingly recognized as the principal agents of knowledge creation. Secondly, this volume...
The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society - Hoekstra, Arjen Y.
Water is not only used in the domestic context, but also in agriculture and industry in the production of commercial goods, from food to paper. The water footprint is an indicator of freshwater use that looks at both direct and indirect use of water by a consumer or producer. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business.
This book shows how the water footprint concept can be used to quantify and...
Working for policy - Colebatch, Hal; Hoppe, Robert; Noordegraaf, Mirko
Though democratic government calls for well-designed and implemented policy, there is surprisingly little expert guidance available for policy makers and politicians. Working for Policy fills that gap, addressing the nature of policy work and offering necessary guidance. The contributors bring together academic and experiential knowledge in their analysis and evaluation of what modern policy makers do in given situations and of how such actions contribute to the policy process. This unique book demonstrates how scholars can help to ensure that policy makers can acquire the skills and knowledge required in governing complex modern societies.
Biomimicry for coastal eco-cities: towards a carbon neutral Dover, UK - Deshpande, A.; Goh, A.L.; Goossens, A.J.M.; Javdani, S.
In 2004, the 30-year update to the 1972 report ‘The Limits to Growth’ has reiterated the Malthusian proposition that current industrial practices could lead to a sudden and uncontrollable decline in population and industrial capacity. Today, rising sea levels, biological extinction rates and soil degradation all point towards the world being in a state of overshoot. The most vulnerable cities are those on coastlines, which face flooding risks. As such, it is imperative that coastal cities develop into coastal eco-cities, which aim to reduce environmental impact, improve human well-being and life, and stimulate growth through a harmonious relation between the...
Playful User Interfaces: Interfaces that Invite Social and Physical Interaction
This book is about user interfaces to applications that can be considered as ‘playful’. The interfaces to such applications should be ‘playful’ as well. The application should be fun, and interacting with such an application should, of course, be fun as well. Maybe more. Why not expect that the interface is persuasive, engaging, challenging and aims at helping to provide the user with fun, trying to keep the user motivated, not frustrated or bored, or, in terms of ‘flow theory’, in a state where there is a balance between skills and challenges? Obviously, we can introduce playful interfaces to boring...
Patronen van staken: onstaan, verloop en verspreiding van arbeidsconflicten - Akkerman, Agnes; Born, Marieke; Jansen, Giedo; Lehr, Alex; Sluiter, Roderick
Zes wetenschappelijke artikelen over de verspreiding van stakingen en de verklaring daarvan zijn samengebracht in deze publicatie. Op drie verschillende niveaus is onderzoek gedaan: op sectorniveau, bij onderhandelaars en onder werknemers. Zo levert Patronen van staken een belangrijke bijdrage aan de kennis over arbeidsconflicten.