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Culture Scope     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
De Prácticas y Discursos. Cuadernos de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
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Journal Cover Education, Business and Society : Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues
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  • A conceptual framework to address barriers to Knowledge Management in
           project-based organizations
    • Authors: Peyman Akhavan et al
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 2/3, August 2014.
      Purpose Purpose-The purpose of this study is to identify, classify, and prioritize knowledge management (KM) barriers in Iran project-based organization (PBO) and present conceptual framework for improving it. Design/methodology/approach After studying previous literature on the topic, initial barriers of knowledge management in project based organizations were extracted. Then, a list of barriers of knowledge management in the above mentioned organizations was finalized by interviewing experts in knowledge management. After that, the barriers were prioritized using a questionnaire. Finally, a conceptual framework for improving knowledge management barriers was presented. Findings In this article, barriers of knowledge management in project based organizations have been divided into five categories: individual, organizational, technological, contextual, and inter-project. Then a three-layered conceptual framework was presented for improving the barriers of knowledge management in project-based organizations. Practical implications The prepared and prioritized list of barriers of knowledge management in project based organizations is a stepping stone and a guideline to managers in project based organizations in order to be able to identify barriers of knowledge management in their own organizations and resolve them, and improve knowledge management in their organizations. It also serves as a useful base for researchers to expand further research in barriers of knowledge management in project based organizations. Originality/value This article is probably the first article which has identified barriers of knowledge management through interview and questionnaires carried out in 50 active project based organizations which had knowledge management section. The article also presented a three-layered framework for improving barriers of knowledge management, which can be applied step by step considering the level of importance.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:55:07 GMT
  • Explaining the decline in fertility among citizens of the G.C.C.
           countries: the case of the U.A.E
    • Authors: Mouawiya Al Awad et al
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 2/3, August 2014.
      Purpose This paper examines certain factors that have contributed to the decline in fertility in the Gulf Cooperation Council G.C.C. countries in recent years, taking the United Arab Emirates “U.A.E.” as a case study. Design/methodology/approach Employing data from the 2008 U.A.E. Household Expenditure Survey, this paper analyzes the determinants of fertility using a Poisson fertility count model. Findings The results show that economic factors, in terms of the costs and benefits that families derive from children in the U.A.E. are not important determinants of fertility due to the large size of social insurance provided by the U.A.E. government. Moreover, labor market participation by either males or females do not play a critical role in determining fertility in the U.A.E. The two primary causes of declines in fertility are a) late marriages or late first births, and b) higher levels of female education. Other contributors to drops in fertility are marriages between U.A.E. national males and foreign females and increases in child birth intervals. Conversely, the size of household residences and the number of domestic workers working in a household contribute positively to fertility. Originality/value Little has been done in the literature to explain the fast drop in fertility in the G.C.C. countries. This may be due to the limited availability of data in this region. This paper, to our knowledge, is the first to shed some light on the effects of many socio-economic factors on fertility in the GCC.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:54:57 GMT
  • Preparing Emirati students to meet the English language entry requirements
           for higher education: a pilot study
    • Authors: Christina Gitsaki et al
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 2/3, August 2014.
      Purpose Performing well in standardised testing such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is of primary importance in preparing Emirati high school graduates for Higher Education. The applied research project reported here endeavoured to raise Emirati students’ awareness of the knowledge and skills involved in succeeding in the IELTS exam. Design/methodology/approach The project comprised an intensive IELTS preparation course of 40 hours over the course of 8 weeks for high school students as a supplementary after-school program. It utilized a moderately large sample of 391 students from across 22 schools and two education zones, it included use of pre/post IELTS exam results, utilized multiple measures (process and impact data), and used a plethora of methods and statistical procedures including SPSS filtering and control techniques to help reduce error. The evaluation utilized these rigorous research methods to help isolate the effects of the program. Findings This supplemental intensive support program was able to improve student development and increase the pass rate and student performance and achievement on the IELTS exam. Practical implications The project was conceived in response to the low number of Emirati high school graduates entering directly into undergraduate programs mainly due to lack of adequate academic English proficiency. Originality/value The project addressed individual student needs and in the process raised expectations and promoted a culture of excellence. It empowered teachers and enhanced students’ motivation and engagement in mastering the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to significantly increase performance on the IELTS exam and to transition into higher education studies.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:54:52 GMT
  • How can school education impact earthquake risk reduction in Lebanon'
    • Authors: Hoda Baytiyeh et al
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 2/3, August 2014.
      Purpose The purpose of this article is to outline the existing seismic risk in Lebanon and to identify the crucial role of Lebanese school education in advancing both a culture of safety and the resilience of Lebanese communities to destructive earthquakes. Design/methodology/approach This paper sets out to illustrate the exposure of Lebanon to seismic hazards and to investigate the current status of Lebanese public schools in terms of their preparedness for earthquake events. Interviews were conducted with principals from seventeen different schools. From these interviews emerged the following four themes: curriculum deficiency, the structural vulnerability of school buildings, a lack of preparedness for natural hazards,and the need for community engagement in this regard. Findings School principals in Lebanon confirmed the need for schools to engage in earthquake disaster preparedness and mitigation, as well as to show an enthusiastic attitude for earthquake hazard reduction in terms of hazard education, greater preparedness, and community engagement. Originality/value As this article highlights the important role of school education in promoting earthquake disaster risk reduction, it has beneficial implications for educators, policy makers, administrators, and government officials.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:11:17 GMT
  • The Ministry of Higher Education’s role in private Jordanian
           universities and the hidden tool of the budget
    • Authors: Osama Abdellateef Mah’d et al
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 2/3, August 2014.
      Purpose Private universities in developing countries struggle with their financial resources. There is an argument that a decision to adopt a new approach for the financing and management of Jordanian higher education (HE), has been taken since both funding and ownership belong to private sources. However, Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) plays a role in the Jordanian context. The aim of this research is shed light on the role of MoHE in Private universities in Jordan. Design/methodology/approach This study explains the relations between the MoHE and PJUs and describes the PJUs managerial context. It is based on the prior research related to HE and budgeting. Sixteen budget preparers across eleven universities and a further three in the MoHE were interviewed. The research also employs observation to obtain direct knowledge of the research phenomena. It uses archival documents, guidelines and reports in order to accomplish the study objective. Findings This research presents an overview for private HE in the world with more concentration about the role of MoHE in PJUs presenting the regulations and laws related to higher education in Jordan.It proves that MoHE uses a budgeting formula to significantly increase their control over the private HE sector. Simultaneously, there is no government subsidies or tax exemptions (like those given to public universities) available to private universities. The results indicate that the MoHE control the private universities using the accreditation tools such as the budget. Originality/value Jordan has a unique situation in term of the relations between MoHE and Jordanian universities
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:11:16 GMT
  • Students’ acceptance and satisfaction of learning through course
    • Authors: Sujeet Kumar Sharma et al
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 2/3, August 2014.
      Purpose This paper seeks to understand the interrelationships between various factors affecting the usage of course websites by university students in a developing country. The factors considered for the purpose of studying interrelationships include perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, perceived website credibility, and website learning acceptance and satisfaction. Further, a comparative study of the potential differences in perceptions between Indian and Omani students with respect to the aforementioned factors is also presented. Design/methodology/approach A survey instrument was used to collect data from students. Based on an extensive literature review, this paper uses empirical research to analyse student satisfaction in relation to learning through course websites. Data were analysed using factor analysis, structural equation modelling, and t-test. Findings The new proposed construct perceived website credibility was found to be an important predictor of website learning acceptance and satisfaction whereas perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use were mediating variables. In the extended study that compared perception of Indian and Omani students, a statistically significant difference in Indian and Omani students was observed for website leaning acceptance and satisfaction. Practical implications This study can provide valuable insights to decision makers that can aid the development of course websites for higher education institutions which are more user friendly and promote higher levels of learning, satisfaction, and greater usage of course websites. Originality/value This study is probably the first attempt to compare students’ perception towards learning through course websites in Oman. Also, the use of the factor, perceived website credibility in understanding perceptions regarding course website learning presented in this paper is a unique feature of this paper and can seldom be seen in the existing research literature.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:11:12 GMT
  • The nature of parental involvement in the city of Abu Dhabi in a context
           of change: Nurturing mutually responsive practice
    • Authors: Fiona S. Baker et al
      First page: 186
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose This exploratory study explores parent and school administrator perspectives on the value and nature of parent involvement in the city of Abu Dhabi through their perceptions of roles and responsibilities. Design/methodology/approach The study is conducted in a random purposive sample of PPP schools during Abu Dhabi Education Council’s school reform. Findings Findings show that while both administrators and parents agree on the value of parental involvement, the perceptions of their own and each others’ roles and responsibilities means that parent involvement is characterized by unfulfilled expectations. Practical implications Recommendations are made to arrive at realistic roles and responsibilities for parent involvement and recommendations for a model of mutually responsive practice to evolve within a policy framework, with the support of ADEC, and informed by international and locally-based research. Originality/value The paper sheds light on a new educational dimension beyond curricula and instruction.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:26:32 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-05-2014-0023
  • The effect of perceived price fairness through satisfaction and loyalty on
           international tourists’ price acceptance of Islamic-Iranian art products
    • Authors: Ali Asadi et al
      First page: 201
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of perceived price fairness through satisfaction and loyalty on price acceptance. Additionally, the antecedents of price fairness including price perception and tourist vulnerability would be examined. Design/methodology/approach The authors collected 674 questionnaires from international tourists who have purchased Islamic-Iranian art products and analyzed simultaneous relations with a structural equation modeling. Findings The results indicate that perceived price awareness and perceived vulnerability positively and significantly affect perceived price fairness. Additionally, perceived price fairness has a significant influence on customer satisfaction and loyalty. Moreover, customer satisfaction and loyalty were found to have a positive impact on price acceptance. Practical implications Based on the findings the results are expected to create a useful perspective for the researchers, so that they can present a broader model in the future studies. The results of this research can help managers to develop better pricing strategies and effective pricing mechanism design and, through recognition of factors influencing customer perception of the price, perform better pricing. Originality/value Although prior research separately focused on relationships among variables of perception of the price, perceived vulnerability, perceived price fairness, satisfaction and loyalty, price acceptance, current study considers the effect of these variables as a general compound model and in the context of Islamic-Iranian art tourism products.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:27:15 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-10-2013-0045
  • Emirati pre-service teachers’ experiences of teaching science during
           college internships
    • Authors: Hanadi Kadbey et al
      First page: 216
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose This research explored the effect of internship experience on final year pre-service teachers studying for a Bachelor of Education in Abu Dhabi. The UAE is undergoing a period of rapid education reform with a strong emphasis on use of student-centered learning strategies in the classroom. Teacher-training colleges, such as the one in which this research took place, have had to customize their programs to prepare and train teachers who can effectively implement this new approach. Design/methodology/approach Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten pre-service teachers (PSTs) to explore the usefulness of the college science courses during their internship experience, and the challenges they faced during their internship. We also looked at how these experiences have influenced their confidence levels and the type of science teachers they want to be in the future. Findings Results have shown that PSTs have variable opinions on the usefulness of the college courses. A perceived lack of emphasis placed by mentor teachers upon science may have long-term effects on the PSTs’ eventual use of teaching strategies. It was also shown that some of the PSTs still lacked confidence in science teaching. Practical implications This research may provide national guidelines for teacher-training colleges in the UAE or in countries undergoing educational reform and moving towards student-centered approaches to learning. Originality/value Research studies on the effect of internship on PSTs have been conducted in different countries but such studies have great novelty in the UAE.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:27:09 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-01-2014-0008
  • Towards more employable Egyptian HE graduates – a case study
    • Authors: Amal Ahmed Abou-Setta et al
      First page: 229
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose In a country where the unemployment rate has reached 24.8% of the labor force and is significantly higher among university graduates, it has become necessary to examine the relationship between Higher Education (HE) and employability in Egypt and to ask these pressing questions: How do students perceive the relationship' What are its main problems' What are the changes required to help improve the relationship from their own perspective' Design/methodology/approach Offering an in-depth analysis of a case study of an Egyptian public university by interviewing four Egyptian HE students either in their final or their second-to-last year of study, this paper attempts to decipher the Egyptian HE students’ attitudes towards quality education and employability as an ultimate purpose. It also offers a macroscopic view of the necessary changes to make HE graduates more employable. Findings The paper argues that, for effective HE reform to take place in Egypt, radical, comprehensive changes pertaining to programme design, curricula, assessment, pedagogy and admissions are called for, taking into account the contextual political, economic and cultural conditions. Originality/value Although there is a considerable amount of research literature examining the significant discrepancy between university graduates’ educational gains and the functional requirements of the job market (Allen and De Weert 2007), not much of that research has examined the way graduates understand and manage their employability in light of the recent changes in both HE and the job market and the few studies focusing on this were mainly conducted in the western (Al-Harthi 2011).
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:26:32 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-02-2013-0001
  • The effects of ERP systems implementation on management accounting in
           Iranian organizations
    • Authors: Solmaz Abbasi et al
      First page: 245
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose Preparing and offering different reports and budgets remain important activities for accountants, and directly implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems improves the quality of these reports through real-time data transfer. The aim of this paper is to study the effects of ERP on management accounting in Iranian organizations. Design/methodology/approach The research methods used in this paper are descriptive surveys with questionnaires and interviews as the main data collection tools. Statistical population comprises of every organization which has implemented an ERP system with financial/accounting modules. The participating 12 organizations were selected based on consulting with experts and a seven-item Liker questionnaire was prepared and its validity approved and used to collect data. The t-test and Friedman test were applied to assess the hypotheses and rank parameters. Findings Results revealed that the highest effects of implementing an ERP in surveyed Iranian organizations are improving standard levels and the quality of reports, creating more organizational integration and empowering personnel. Research limitations/implications As the implementation of ERP in Iran is still in its initial phases and the sample is restricted to only four organizations, when considering the generalizability of the obtained results, caution should be taken. Originality/value This research is among the few studies on the effects of ERP implementation on accounting management departments, particularly in the context of Iran.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:27:09 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-03-2014-0020
  • Learning outcomes’ role in higher education teaching
    • Authors: Rita Albert Nasrallah et al
      First page: 257
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose This multiple-case-study was designed to examine the ambiguity enveloping the course learning outcomes and how they are perceived by faculty members in four private universities while investigating the dominant teaching perspectives, practices, and assessment techniques at the same time. In parallel, the Theory of Constructive Alignment was shared with faculty members and students respectively as a possible teaching-learning model. Design/methodology/approach This study is a qualitative multiple-case-study that has been designed based on Yin’s (2009) case study protocol and stake’s (2006) cross case analysis report. In the process, 52 faculty members were interviewed and 38 out of 52 were observed teaching, plus 15 out of 52 faculty members participated in separate focus groups about Constructive Alignment. Further, 18 students were interviewed in separate focus groups to find out how they perceive effective teaching and Constructive Alignment. Findings The findings showed why faculty members misunderstood the course learning outcomes. Both faculty members and students withheld similar perceptions when it came to efficient teaching; however, they disagreed regarding the utility of Constructive Alignment as a proposed teaching-learning model. The 52 faculty members were knowledge transmitters and this contradicts with the notion of the learning outcomes which is student-centered. In addition, they are not familiar with the teaching-learning theories or with the various pedagogical tools that may render learning constructive. Research limitations/implications The fact that this study is a multiple-case-study automatically implies that the results cannot be generalized to the larger higher education context. Nevertheless, the research findings can help in clarifying the reasons that hinder the proper implementation of the learning outcomes in other institutions as it can serve as a guide to improve all the detected weaknesses which may be applicable in other contexts. As well, it can aid the administrative bodies at the different institutions in dealing with the obstacles that restrain the workability of the learning outcomes. Practical implications Teaching in higher education must be nurtured through continuously investing time and effort in supporting the faculty members in order to incessantly develop their teaching-learning skills to suit the changing profiles of students to render learning an endurable experience. Originality/value The study is unique in how it combined Yin’s Protocol with Stake’s cross case analysis report. Additionally, the classroom observation instrument was somehow a precedent in terms of higher education research in the Lebanese context. Further, the results that were reached added to the results of previous researches the reasons why the learning outcomes were not functional. Plus, a cyclical/retrograding motion learning model emerged in the process, and the practicality of the theory of Constructive Alignment in the Lebanese context was questioned.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:26:32 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-03-2014-0016
  • Strategic plan compilation using system dynamics modeling: Case study of a
    • Authors: Golnaz Sababi Pour Asl et al
      First page: 277
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose In this paper the main objective is to measure the demand for bachelors, masters, and PhD degree students at an Iranian university. Design/methodology/approach We used system dynamics (SD) modeling for our strategic plan compilation. Findings After a successful examination of the model, a simulation was carried out for the coming eighteen years. The results show that in the future, the university will face reductions in the numbers of BA, MA and PhD students. Therefore, university leaders need to develop appropriate strategies to deal with this challenge. Originality/value System dynamics modeling for strategic plan compilation has been used for the first time in an examination of higher education in Iran.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:26:33 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-07-2014-0034
  • A cross-cultural study of students’ perceptions of assessment
           practices in higher education
    • Authors: Mahmoud F. Alquraan et al
      First page: 293
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose This study utilized the IRT rating scale model to analyze students’ perceptions of assessment practices in two universities: one in Jordan and the other in the United States. The sample of the study consisted of 506 university students selected from both universities. Results show that the two universities still focus on paper-pencil testing to assess students’ learning outcomes. The study recommends that higher education institutes should encourage their teachers to use different assessment methods to assess students’ learning outcomes. Design/methodology/approach The convenience sample consisted of 506 selected university students from the USA and Jordan, and participants were distributed according to their educational levels thus: 83 freshmen, 139 sophomores, 157 juniors, and 59 seniors. (Note: some students from both universities did not report their gender and/or their educational level). The US university sample consisted of 219 students from three colleges at a major university in the south east of the USA studying for arts and sciences, education, and commerce and business qualifications, of whom 43 were males and 173 were females. The study used the Students Perception of Assessment Practices (SPAP) Inventory developed by Alquraan (2007), and for the purpose of this study, the RUMM2020 program was used for its rating scale model. Findings Both universities, in Jordan and the USA, still focus more on the developmental (construction of assessment tasks), organizational and planning aspects of assessment processes than they do on assessments of learning and assessment methods (traditional and new assessment methods). The assessment practices that are used frequently in both universities based on the teachers sampled are: “(I27) I know what to study for the test in this class”, “(I6) Teacher provides a good environment during test administration”, and “(I21) My teacher avoids interrupting students as they are taking tests”. This indicates that teachers in the selected universities have a tendency to focus on the administrative and communicative aspects of assessment (e.g. providing a good environment during test administration) more than on using different assessment methods (e.g. portfolios, new technology, computers, peer, and self-assessment), or even using assessment practices that help students learn in different ways (e.g. assessing students’ prior knowledge and providing written feedback on the graded tests). Originality/value This is a cross-cultural study focus assessment of students learning in higher education.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:27:09 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-08-2014-0044
  • The effect of marketing constructs and tourists’ satisfaction on loyalty
           to a sport destination: A structural equation model and analysis
    • Authors: Mohammad Reza Jalilvand et al
      First page: 316
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose Tourists' perceptions of quality and the value of a sport tourist destination and their satisfaction level and loyalty are vital for successful destination marketing and management. The purpose of the current study is to explore complicated structural relationships among these variables. Design/methodology/approach A survey was used to collect data from a sample of 570 sport tourists who travelled to Nowshahr and Chalous cities in Iran during September 2012. This data was gathered by convenience sampling method and analyzed using a structural equation model (SEM). Findings The results of the SEM revealed that tourists’ perceived quality and perceived value have a significant impact on their satisfaction. Further, tourists’ satisfaction had a positive and significant effect on the level of their loyalty. Practical implications Findings of the current study contribute to a better perception of behavioral mechanisms and incentives and provide an acceptable basis to improve tourism industry in both regional and national level. Originality/value This is the first such study of the Iranian sports sector.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:27:12 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-06-2014-0029
  • A new integrated knowledge model in supplier selection: The case of an
           Asian automotive supply chain
    • Authors: Peyman Akhavan et al
      First page: 333
      Abstract: Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2014.
      Purpose This paper aims to empirically explore the effects of Intellectual Capital (IC) on Supplier Selection (SS) and consequently investigates the consecutive impacts on an Asian automotive Supply Chain Performance (SCP). Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire-oriented survey obtained from top managers and expert employees from different Asian automotive industries, all of which exist in the same supply chain, was utilized for factor analysis and structural equation modeling (SEM). Findings The findings indicate that some dimensions of IC containing human capital (HC), relational capital (RC) and structural capital (SC) sufficiently influence evaluation and selection of optimal suppliers which leads to more efficient performance of the supply chain. Research limitations/implications First, as the research analyzes the findings extracted from three important Asian automotive companies which exist in the same supply chain, the results may not be applicable to other industries in different countries. Second, gathering data from other elements of the supply chain like wholesalers and retailers could enrich the research conducted. Besides, more advanced statistical methods could be utilized to evaluate the regression equations and SEM. Practical implications With a comprehensive view on Intellectual Capital (IC) that takes into account its creation, protection and utilization, IC plays an essential role in selecting and assessing optimal suppliers which enhance competitive advantage, especially in knowledge-based organizations. IC will also increase the supply chain performance efficiently and effectively. Originality/value This study develops an integrated knowledge model for a supplier selection issue based on IC, and focuses on the effects of its various elements. It offers assistance to managers who tend to select optimal suppliers effectively.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:26:33 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EBS-07-2014-0035
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