19 February 2019

International business research is interesting

Snejina Michailova of The University of Auckland Business School in New Zealand and Nigel Holden of Leeds University Business School, UK, offer the intriguing question: How can research on culture in international business be made more interesting? Writing in the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, they suggest that an oft-overlooked aspect of business research is its potential for “interestingness”. They suggest that this is a curious omission from existing reviews and analyses.

The pair has now looked at two interconnected issues that sociologists and management scholars have wrestled with for quite some time: namely, what exactly is interesting research and why does it matter? They have made the suggestion that contextualization is important and have highlighted the need for more research into language. Moreover, they advance the case for research into intracultural variation.

“Conducting research on these three topics involves a break with national value systems, on the one hand, and the embrace of non-cultural variables, on the other,” the team writes. “The current shifts and changes in the world open up new vistas of truly interesting research, at which international business scholars can and indeed should be at the forefront.”

They suggest that when we consider the BRIC countries and so-called emerging markets, the context of the USA as the “default business nation” for benchmarking activity is not necessarily the best approach and moreover is somewhat restrictive.

“The shift in the world’s economic centre of gravity opens up new vistas of truly interesting research, at which cross-cultural management scholars as a specialist sub-group of IB scholars can and indeed should be at the forefront,” the team concludes.

Michailova, S. and Holden, N.J. (2019) ‘How can research on culture in international business be made more interesting?’, European J. Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp.1–12.

18 February 2019

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from 10th Annual International Research Conference for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 10th Annual International Research Conference (SIMSARC 2019) (16-18 December, 2019, Khadki, Pune, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Emerging Computing for Sustainable Agriculture

The International Journal of Emerging Computing for Sustainable Agriculture provides a comprehensive and global forum for scientific discourse on advances in the development and application of innovative computing technologies for effectively addressing the challenges of sustainable agriculture. Science, technology and innovation in areas such as cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, robotics, drones, geospatial and imaging sciences and big data are helping agriculture to achieve its goal of meeting global food, fibre and feed needs in the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics to invite expanded papers from 9th International Conference on Computational Vision and Robotics 2019 for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 9th International Conference on Computational Vision and Robotics (ICCVR-2019) (15-16 June 2019, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics.

16 February 2019

Special issue published: "Transportation and Supply Networks from a Brazilian Perspective"

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research 8(1) 2019

  • Minimum-cost flow algorithms: a performance evaluation using the Brazilian road network
  • A framework of management tools for cooperation in distribution networks
  • Strengthening innovative supply chain in the public transportation system of Curitiba through relational capabilities
  • Evaluating engineered networks: the effects of structure and process on the outcome of the Brazilian small-firm networks
  • Synergies and conflicts between marketing and supply chain management key performance indicators

Free sample articles newly available from European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management

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  • Integrating highly qualified migrants: allowing a personal narrative to set future research directions
  • Interpersonal trust in organisations: an empirical investigation of workplace outcomes in two countries
  • Counternarrative and antenarrative inquiry in two cross-cultural contexts
  • Lessons from beyond the Great Wall: what cross-cultural management researchers can learn from the Middle Kingdom

15 February 2019

Free sample articles newly available from World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research

The following sample articles from the World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research are now available here for free:
  • Bus stop network catchment analysis of integrated feeder service for public bus transit system - a case study of Ahmedabad City
  • Improving the quality of service in public road transportation using real time travel information system
  • Sustainable logistics and supply chain management: a holistic view through the lens of the wicked problem
  • Including spaceflight in the transportation matrix: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  • Public-private partnerships in transportation: lessons learned for the new space era

Free open access article available: "Representing the intercultural development continuum as a pendulum: addressing the lived experiences of intercultural competence development and maintenance"

The following paper, "Representing the intercultural development continuum as a pendulum: addressing the lived experiences of intercultural competence development and maintenance" (European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management 5(1) 2019) is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting are now available here for free:
  • Does R&D investment affect export intensity? The moderating effect of ownership
  • Undertaking of environmental accounting responsibility to achieve sustainable development: evidence from Jordanian chemical and mining companies
  • Equities issues and long-term firm's performances in Tunisian stock market
  • Organisational influences on management accounting toolkits in Chinese enterprises: an exploratory study
  • Financial management of publicly funded research activities: an explorative study

Research pick: The employee voice - "Employee voice and silence: a bibliometric analysis of the literature"

What does it mean for a worker to have a “voice”? The moral and sociological implications are more far complicated than a cursory listen to employee voice…or silence…might at first suggest. The employee voice might influence suggestion-box systems, grievance systems, dispute reporting and resolution, whistle-blowing, issue selling, upward influence with management, voice through collective representation, also known as unionisation, employee participation, and employee involvement in the management or company development.

Now, a US team has used advanced bibliometric mapping tools to plot the sciencebase of the voice and silence literature. “Our findings indicate that employee silence and employee voice are terms that are largely claimed by the organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM) literature,” the team reports in the International Journal of Bibliometrics in Business and Management.

Debra Casey of Temple University, Philadelphia and Steven McMillan of Penn State University, Abington, both in Pennsylvania, USA, explain how they examined 376 articles, notes, and book chapters from the Web of Science (WoS) system. Importantly, from the perspective of reviewing the literature in this area and understanding the sociological and political implications, they found that the terms are defined much more narrowly in this part of the literature than they are in the industrial relations or employment relations disciplines, where one might imagine a clearer definition of the terms might be even more important.

“One of the benefits of using bibliometric techniques is that they provide a quantitative analysis that many times confirms what the astute researcher already knows,” the team reports. “We hope that by further exploring and clarifying this important area of scholarship, both seasoned scholars and those new to this area will have a better appreciation of their own ‘invisible college’ and how to make good use of it,” they add.

Casey, D.L. and McMillan, G.S. (2019) ‘Employee voice and silence: a bibliometric analysis of the literature‘, Int. J. Bibliometrics in Business and Management, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp.251-266.

14 February 2019

Special issue published: "Leadership and Management: Challenges and Issues Facing Organisations in Developing Countries"

Middle East Journal of Management 6(2) 2019

  • The influence of product innovation, brand image, and physical evidence to purchase decision and WOM of Starbucks in Jakarta
  • Linking leader's emotional labour strategies with leader's attitude: an effective approach towards leadership
  • Transformational leadership and work engagement: exploring the black boxes by looking into the lense of intentional change theory
  • Organisational politics and task performance: the intervening role of affective organisational commitment in a public sector organisation
  • Effects of external prestige on emotional labour: mediation by organisational identification and moderation by perceived organisational support
  • The impact of organisational structure on organisational learning

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking

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  • Modelling and analysis of enablers for successful implementation of cellular manufacturing system
  • Development of a validation and qualification process for the manufacturing of medical devices: a case study based on cross-sector benchmarking
  • Prioritising the performance measures of FMS using multi-criteria decision making approaches
  • Application of interactive fuzzy goal programming for multi-objective integrated production and distribution planning
  • Impact of policy implementation on telecommunication diffusion in India
  • Lean implementation in traditional distributor warehouse - a case study in an FMCG company in Indonesia

New Editor for International Journal of Healthcare Policy

Prof. Djamel Eddine Laouisset from the Northeastern Institute of Technology in Algeria has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Healthcare Policy.

Research pick: Massive open online courses (MOOCs) - "Advancing teaching with massive open online courses: a review of case studies"

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been widely adopted by higher education institutions for teaching more widely on-campus courses. Writing in the International Journal of Innovation and Learning, a team from Hong Kong explain how they have carried out case studies and examined best practice for running a MOOC.

Kam Cheong Li and Billy Tak-Ming Wong of The Open University of Hong Kong, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, demonstrated three principles that can help with the development and ongoing maintenance of MOOCs. First, the division of labour in the implementation of a MOOC is important. Secondly, technology must be used effectively. Finally, a MOOC must be adaptable so that a course might be redesigned based on teacher and learner experience with the MOOC. They point out that there are many diverse ways in which MOOCs have been implemented on-campus, specifically.

MOOCs allow huge numbers of students to participate in a course at the same time in far greater numbers than is possible with a conventional on-campus lecture and tutorial approach to teaching. It has also been demonstrated in the past that MOOCs can be used to improve accessibility, equity and inclusiveness of education given that many people might be excludes from a conventional course for any number of reasons depending on personal circumstances and geopolitics of a particular campus.
“Following the trend of adopting online technology for teaching in higher educational institutions, this study illustrates how ‘online technology can be used to deliver hybrid courses with reduced class time without compromising student outcomes’,” the team concludes.

Li, K.C. and Wong, B.T-M. (2019) ‘Advancing teaching with massive open online courses: a review of case studies‘, Int. J. Innovation and Learning, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp.141-155.

13 February 2019

International Journal of Automation and Control to invite expanded papers from International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Instrumentation and Control Technologies for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the
International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Instrumentation and Control Technologies (ICICICT-2019) (5-6 July 2019, Vimal Jyothi Engineering College, Kerala, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Automation and Control.

Special issue published: "Coping with Uncertainty in Complex Socio-Economic Systems"

International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics 9(1/2) 2019

  • Measuring uncertainties: a theoretical approach
  • Technology diffusion of Industry 4.0: an agent-based approach
  • Forecasting inflation in Tunisia during instability using dynamic factors model: a two-step based procedure based on Kalman filter
  • Do the flexible employment arrangements increase job satisfaction and employee loyalty? Evidence from Bayesian networks and instrumental variables
  • On the validity of exclusion restrictions in the structural multivariate framework: a Monte Carlo simulation
  • Career mobility of PhD holders in social sciences and humanities: evidences from the POCARIM project

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development

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  • Relationship intention and service quality as combined competitive strategy
  • Brazilian microfranchising chains: entrepreneurs' backgrounds and perceptions of brands and support
  • Entry-based financial statement analysis for small firms
  • Contesting the underperformance thesis of women entrepreneurs: firm-level evidence from South Africa
  • Enhancing corporate entrepreneurship: an empirical test of Stevenson's conceptualisation of entrepreneurial management

Research pick: Gaming system helps with autism diagnosis - "Automatic detection of stereotyped movements in autistic children using the Kinect sensor"

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects communication, social skills and other behaviours. Characteristic of some cases in both children and adults is repetitive movements or unusual behaviour – stereotyped movements.

A research team from France and Morocco describe in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, an automated detection system for diagnosing stereotyped movements that uses the motion detector system of the “Kinect” video game. The Kinect system is based on a webcam type peripheral computer device that allows the player to control the computer through movements and gestures (as well as spoken commands via a microphone input). The Kinect was originally an add-on for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console.

The team of Maha Jazouli of Sidi Mohamed Benabdellah University, in Fez, Morocco, and colleagues have used a $P Point-Cloud Recogniser to identify multi-stroke gestures as point clouds as recorded by the webcam component of the Kinect and its processing system for gesture and movement determination. Their new methodology can automatically detect five stereotypical motor movements: body rocking, hand flapping, finger flapping, hand on the face, and hands behind back.
The researchers report that for many people with ASD tested using this system, satisfactory results were obtained in identifying stereotyped movements. They suggest that the system might be used in a clinical setting or in the home as a temporary smart surveillance system to augment early diagnosis of ASD by expert clinicians.

Jazouli, M., Majda, A., Merad, D., Aalouane, R. and Zarghili, A. (2019) ‘Automatic detection of stereotyped movements in autistic children using the Kinect sensor‘, Int. J. Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp.201-220.

12 February 2019

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from International Conference on Business and Behaviour Studies for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Business and Behaviour Studies (IC-BBS 2019) (7-8 November 2019, Singapore) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Firm Governance and Risk Management"

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development 18(1/2)

  • Co-movements in volatility of dependency between US dollar and euro: analysing by conditional heteroscedasticity models
  • The risk-based management control system: a stakeholders' perspective to design management control systems
  • Board characteristics, IFRS adoption and voluntary disclosure: evidence from management forecasts accuracy in France
  • To what extent the global financial crisis deteriorated loan quality of US commercial banks?
  • Agency conflicts in French SMEs: are banks shareholders still influent?
  • Political connections, collateral favours and debt access: some Tunisian evidence
  • Does the usage of financial derivatives decrease the systemic risks in the GCC banks? An empirical study
  • The impact of intellectual capital disclosure and corporate governance practices on the cost of finance: Tunisian evidence

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics are now available here for free:
  • Minimisation of bias of Pearson correlation coefficient in presence of coincidental outliers
  • Testing for multi-fractality and efficiency in selected sovereign bond markets: a multi-fractal detrended moving average (MF-DMA) analysis
  • Fiscal multipliers and macroeconomic performance in the case of Slovakia and Hungary
  • medsem: a Stata package for statistical mediation analysis
  • Clairvoyant targeted attack on complex networks
  • Price transmission along the Greek food supply chain in a dynamic panel framework: empirical evidence from the implementation of decoupling
  • Energy consumption and gross domestic product in the Philippines: an application of maximum entropy bootstrap framework

Research pick: Searching for side effects - "A corpus-oriented perspective on terminologies of side effect and adverse reaction in support of text retrieval for drug repurposing"

Extracting relevant information from the scientific literature about side effects and adverse drug reactions to pharmaceutical products is an important part of data mining in this area. Writing in the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics, a team from China has developed a new search strategy that offers the optimal trade-off between retrieving pertinent abstracts and coping with the vast amounts of information available.

The team’s “corpus-oriented perspective on terminologies” of side effect and ADRs could be, they suggest, an important tool in a thriving area of pharmaceutical research and development – drug repurposing.

Alex Chengyu Fang of the Department of Linguistics and Translation, at City University of Hong Kong, Yemao Liu, Yaping Lu, and Jingbo Xia of the College of Informatics at Huazhong Agricultural University, Jing Cao of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China, describe their approach as offering a useful compromise between the relevance of the content retrieved given a large body of work. The terms “side effects” and “adverse drug reactions” are commonly used interchangeably and the latter might in some sense be considered a euphemism of the former term used by members of the public.

Indeed, side effects and ADRs are synonyms. The two, of course, have many hyponyms, terms that are essentially related to examples of both side effects and ADRs, which by definition are the hypernyms to those hyponyms. These terms too must be retrievable by any data mining algorithm that analyses a body of work and is intent on seeking relevant abstracts discussing the “hypernyms. Phrases such as “adverse drug event”, “drug toxicity”, “undesirable effects”, and others all fall into the same clade and so must be involved in the retrieval.

Fang, A.C., Liu, Y., Lu, Y., Cao, J. and Xia, J. (2018) ‘A corpus-oriented perspective on terminologies of side effect and adverse reaction in support of text retrieval for drug repurposing’, Int. J. Data Mining and Bioinformatics, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp.269–286.

11 February 2019

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies to invite expanded papers from 4th SSBRN Symposium 2019 for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 4th SSBRN Symposium 2019 (5-6 September 2019, Bucharest, Romania) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies.

Special Issue on: "Contemporary Indian Scholars Redefining Frontiers of Global Business Research"

Journal for Global Business Advancement 11(6) 2018

  • Dynamics of capital structure: evidence from Indian manufacturing firms
  • Purpose of international joint venture and interaction post termination
  • Perceived ethicality of political behaviours in organisations: a constructivist grounded theory study
  • "Strong, yet we are vulnerable": role of psychological factors and financial affluence on women's entrepreneurial success
  • Deglobalisation as a challenge: a case study of the USA
  • Is the excessive reliance on the board monitoring justified in the context of corporate governance framework?


Free open access article available: "The long-term viability of US wine grape vineyards: assessing vineyard labour costs for future technology development"

The following paper, "The long-term viability of US wine grape vineyards: assessing vineyard labour costs for future technology development" (International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 36(3) 2019) is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

8 February 2019

Special issue published: "Innovation in the Wine Industry" [includes free Open Access article]

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 36(3) 2019

  • Innovation developments in the wine industry: a journey from the amphorae of old to the California wine cluster
  • Innovation in wine closure packaging: the case of Diam
  • Co-creating a wine: a dyadic approach to consumer experiential value and SME value creation
  • Linking branding strategy to ownership structure, financial performance and stability: case of French wine cooperatives
  • The long-term viability of US wine grape vineyards: assessing vineyard labour costs for future technology development [FREE OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE]
  • Can crowdfunding promote innovation in the wine industry?

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications are now available here for free:
  • Mixed integer programming for vehicle routing problem with time windows
  • Efficient multimedia content storage and allocation in multidimensional cloud computing resources
  • Context aware reliable sensor selection in IoT
  • Lagrangian relaxation for distribution networks with cross-docking centre
  • Factors influencing regression testing on cloud and on-premises: an analysis
  • A hybrid test prioritisation technique for combinatorial testing
  • Intelligent systems for redundancy removal with proficient run-length coding and statistical analysis using regression
  • An intelligent inventive system for personalised webpage recommendation based on ontology semantics
  • Survey on techniques of fault detection-rookies vantage point
  • Effect of magnetising core on impedance and induced EMF of two coils wound on single iron core
  • Combining RSS-SVM with genetic algorithm for Arabic opinions analysis
  • Facial beauty analysis by age and gender
  • Support vector machine based fault detection and diagnosis for HVAC systems

Special issue published: "Inventive Systems and IoT"

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications 18(1/2) 2019

  • Mixed integer programming for vehicle routing problem with time windows
  • Efficient multimedia content storage and allocation in multidimensional cloud computing resources
  • Context aware reliable sensor selection in IoT
  • Lagrangian relaxation for distribution networks with cross-docking centre
  • Factors influencing regression testing on cloud and on-premises: an analysis
  • A hybrid test prioritisation technique for combinatorial testing
  • Intelligent systems for redundancy removal with proficient run-length coding and statistical analysis using regression
  • An intelligent inventive system for personalised webpage recommendation based on ontology semantics
  • Survey on techniques of fault detection-rookies vantage point
  • Effect of magnetising core on impedance and induced EMF of two coils wound on single iron core
  • Combining RSS-SVM with genetic algorithm for Arabic opinions analysis
  • Facial beauty analysis by age and gender
  • Support vector machine based fault detection and diagnosis for HVAC systems

Research pick: Generating electricity with rice straw - "Economic utilisation of rice straw – an effort for preventing social hazard"

Rice straw is the waste product of growing rice. Normally, it is simply burned adding sooty pollution to the local air and nudging up atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. What if there were a better alternative to simply burning this material? Writing in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management a team from India offer an alternative. Pardeep Aggarwal and Anu Prashaant of Amity University in Gautam Budh Nagar, India, suggest that rice straw could instead be utilized for power generation or bioethanol production.

Unfortunately, the team explains, some farmers believe that rice straw open burning can remove weeds, control diseases and release nutrients for the next crop. There is little evidence that rice straw burning does anything but pollute. Rice straw length, low elevation land, and even the great distance from farmhouse to farmland are additional factors that influence the field burning of rice straw. Rice straw cannot be used as cattle feed either and there is very little time between successive crops to do much with the fields other than eradicating the stubble.

In order to make the alternative proposition viable both commercially and logistically, they explain that there is a need for a sustainable supply chain management of rice straw. At the moment, there is but a single 12-megawatt power plant that uses 100% rice straw as its fuel, one million tonnes annually, but that is a fraction of the tonnage of this agricultural waste product. The team points out that the numbers of rice straw power plants in China too is low and actually falling. However, the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing a ubiquitous waste product could make power production and bioethanol production tenable given the right geopolitical conditions.

The team concludes from the study that “only when such infrastructure with proactive planning is available, a secured supply of rice straw can be maintained for continuous year-long operations of a power plant.”

Aggarwal, P. and Prashaant, A. (2019) ‘Economic utilisation of rice straw – an effort for preventing social hazard‘, Int. J. Environment and Waste Management, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp.97-112

7 February 2019

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation are now available here for free:
  • A rule generation algorithm from neural network using classified and misclassified data
  • 3D reconstruction of pulmonary nodules in PET-CT image sequences based on a novel 3D region growing method combined with ACO
  • An elite opposition-flower pollination algorithm for a 0-1 knapsack problem
  • Differential evolution based on node strength
  • Behaviour-driven dynamic pricing modelling via hidden Markov model
  • A bacterial foraging-based batch scheduling model for distributed systems
  • Iterative sequential bat algorithm for free-form rational B├ęzier surface reconstruction

Special issue published: "Sustainable Development and Innovative Practices"

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development 14(6) 2018

  • A study to measure the organisational integrity across different sectors
  • Decision tree model for classification of fake and genuine banknotes using SPSS
  • Intellectual property rights protection and foreign direct investment: a study of BRICS countries
  • Indian individual investor behaviour: a model based study to meet sustainable and inclusive growth
  • Green practices for sustainability of quick service chain restaurants business: an empirical investigation
  • Conceptual development of transfer of brand loyalty in brand stretching
  • Data mining techniques for stroke: a systematic review
Additional papers
  • Ecotourism: repositioning green tourism amongst millennial generation in India
  • A mixed methods bibliometric investigation of the World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development: from qualitative to quantitative data

Research pick: The spiritual side of business - "Workplace spirituality: insights from the Bhagavad Gita"

Spirituality is good for the bottom line, according to research from India. Writing in the International Journal of Business Excellence, researchers from Anna University, in Chennai explain how spiritual theories in India are based on the principle of unanimity, integrating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of people through dharma (righteousness). They point out that the Bhagavad Gita highlights the practice of spirituality and ethics in the workplace. In their paper, they review twenty years of research into the spiritual aspects of business practice in this context and define workplace spirituality from a new perspective. They also delineate its dimensions as a persistent positive state of work environment that promotes spiritual awakening and enhances business ethics.

The team suggests that there is a need for a new wave of spirituality in business suggesting that workers must carry out their tasks not only with their brain and limbs but also with heart and spirit. They add that “Western” thought has often been concerned with spirituality and finding links to “Eastern” philosophy. “Workplace spirituality is applicable to practically every organization,” they suggest, in the West or the East.

The team has extended the theory of the positive relationship between workplace spirituality and business ethics. Indeed, they suggest that supporting and nurturing spiritual practices in an organisation can maximize the “triple bottom line”: people, profit, and planet.

Srilalitha, R. and Supriya, M.V. (2019) ‘Workplace spirituality: insights from the Bhagavad Gita’, Int. J. Business Excellence, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.210–229.

6 February 2019

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling are now available here for free:
  • Modelling and analysis of multi-agent systems using UPPAAL SMC
  • Supporting collaborative business processes: a BPaaS approach
  • Crowd evacuation simulation based on emotion contagion
  • Modelling and simulation of an analytical approach to handle real-time traffic in VoIP network
  • Continuous Petri nets and hybrid automata: two bisimilar models for the simulation of positive systems
  • Artificial neural networks for acquisition and processing of sensors data in a radiotherapy application
  • Modelling and hardware co-simulation of a Quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle

Special issue published: "Innovative Application of Technology in Education"

International Journal of Innovation and Learning 25(2) 2019

  • Improving the experience of teaching and learning kindergarten-level English vocabulary using augmented reality
  • Improving English pronunciation via automatic speech recognition technology
  • Advancing teaching with massive open online courses: a review of case studies
  • Massive open online courses as open educational resources in a blended teaching and learning mode of instructional delivery in higher education
  • Instructional support for the faculty members to promote flipped classroom based on the IDEAL model in Japanese higher education
  • Evolution and effectiveness of e-learning in accounting education: the case of Hong Kong
  • A review on learning analytics

Free open access article available: "Luxury limbo: temporal techniques of border control and the humanitarianisation of waiting"

The following paper, "Luxury limbo: temporal techniques of border control and the humanitarianisation of waiting" (International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 4(1/2) 2018) is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link here.

Research pick: Twofish to protect you medical records - "An efficient two stage encryption for securing personal health records in cloud computing"

Electronic health records (EHRs) are becoming more and more prevalent. There is thus an increased risk of data leaks, breaches or other ways in which personal and private medical information might be compromised. As such, a team from India has now described an efficient two-stage encryption for securing personal health records stored “in the cloud”.

KrishnaKeerthi Chennam and Lakshmi Muddana of Gitam University, in Hyderabad, explain how accessibility to remote servers for the storage of huge amounts of data – the storage aspect of cloud – computing is an efficient and cost-effective alternative to on-site data storage. Given the vast amounts of medical information stored in patient records, this is a useful alternative for any healthcare facility. The cloud approach also means that patient EHRs are more readily available to a healthcare worker regardless of their location, whether with the patient in their home, at the doctor’s surgery, in hospital, in an ambulance en route to another site, or perhaps even at the scene of an accident.

Regardless there is a critical need for EHRs to be safe from the prying eyes of third parties whether simply other members of the public, unconnected health workers or those with malicious intent.
The team explains how their approach uses a hierarchical clustering algorithm that determines the different user roles associated with the EHRs. Once clustering is done twofish-based encryption algorithm is used to lock down the data. The team’s novel approach to encryption has lower encryption and decryption times than other approaches.

Chennam, K. and Muddana, L. (2018) ‘An efficient two stage encryption for securing personal health records in cloud computing’, Int. J. Services Operations and Informatics, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp.277–296.

5 February 2019

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computing Science and Mathematics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computing Science and Mathematics are now available here for free:
  • Elliptic curve based authenticated encryption scheme and its application for electronic payment system
  • Discontinuous Legendre wavelet Galerkin method for the generalised Burgers-Fisher equation
  • An improved cuckoo search algorithm for integer programming problems
  • Zeghdoudi distribution and its applications
  • Three stage game research of dual-channel supply chain of fresh agricultural products under consumer preference
  • Analysis of motion characteristics of three degrees of freedom decoupling hydraulic self-servo joint
  • An inclusive framework for developing a car racing simulator game using artificial intelligence techniques and usability principles
  • Optimal path for mobile aggregator in intelligence agriculture
  • Analysis of flow field of hydrodynamic suspension polishing disk based on multi-fractal method
  • On ve-degree molecular topological properties of silicate and oxygen networks

Special issue published: "3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing"

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology 58(2/3) 2019

  • Investigation of professional design practice: a framework for designing plastic consumer products for additive manufacturing
  • Evaluation of additive manufacturing technologies for dimensional and geometric accuracy
  • Selection of 3D printer based on FAHP integrated with GRA-TOPSIS
  • Investigation of parameters influencing mechanical properties in SIS by using RSM
  • Estimating percentage contribution of process parameters towards build time of FDM process for components displaying spatial symmetry: a case study
  • Using additive manufacturing applications for design and development of food and agricultural equipments
  • Novel quantification for silver ion generated by the submerged arc discharge method

Free sample articles newly available from African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development

The following sample articles from the African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development are now available here for free:
  • Human capital development in Nigeria: an empirical assessment on the impact of corruption
  • When 'property cannot own property': women's lack of property rights in Cameroon
  • Does financial performance really improve the environmental accounting disclosure practices in India: an empirical evidence from nifty companies
  • A dynamic investigation of foreign direct investment and sectoral growth in Mauritius
  • A nonlinear relationship between unemployment and human capital - evidence from African countries
  • Analysis of GMO food products companies: financial risks and opportunities in the global agriculture industry

Research pick: Detecting and blocking cyberbullying - "Improved cyberbully detection techniques using multiple correlation coefficient from forum corpus"

Bullying is as old as humanity, but in today’s world of ubiquitous and always-connected devices, there is a whole realm of bullying that can take place out of sight but be just as devastating to its victims – cyberbullying. Detecting and so having the opportunity to prevent cyberbullying in open online forums and social networking sites, for instance, requires technology that can automatically detect trollish and thuggish behaviour. Once detected, the problems that victims face might be addressed but more importantly, the cyberbullies might be shut down or otherwise punished.

Writing in the International Journal of Autonomic Computing, a team from India reveals their algorithm which detects and weighs the words in forums and calculates whether or not particular clusters of words are associated with cyberbullying behaviour.

The team explains the problem and why it matters so much: “Cyberbullying has emerged as a major problem along with the recent development of online communication and social media. Cyberbullying has also been extensively recognised as a serious national health problem, in which victims demonstrate a significantly high risk of suicidal ideation,” they write. They add that “This proposed framework shows better results while the action is to stop the online users becoming the victims of cyberbully.”

Sheeba, J.I., Devaneyan, S.P. and Tata, P. (2018) ‘Improved cyberbully detection techniques using multiple correlation coefficient from forum corpus’, Int. J. Autonomic Computing, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.152–171.

1 February 2019

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