Azerbaijan and Russia present a very nice case study of the deep hypocrisy of contemporary US ‘values promotion,’ one of the starkest examples I can think of. They’re both post-Soviet autocracies that are heavily energy-dependent and which regularly abuse, detain, and generally harass any organized political opposition. And although Russia’s ‘tandem’ has attracted quite a lot of scorn from the Western press for its backwardness, at least Putin isn’t Medvedev’s biological father. This is actually the case in Azerbaijan where the current president, Ilham Aliyev, is the only son of the previous one, Heydar Aliyev. Click here to read more…
A lot of my clients come to me bearing MANY questions about the logo design process. I have clients that don’t know what they want at all, and some that come to me with very clear ideas of what they want their identity to look like. Most are somewhere in between. But regardless of where you fit into this spectrum, we can help guide you through the process and make it easier for you to decide.
Keybridge Accounting is a new client that we have, and Lyz knows exactly what she wants. Clients like Lyz are really fun to work with, and from conception to completion she played a very large role in the project. I truly believe the evolution of her logo pushed me to think outside the box and find ways to combine her ideas with my design style. The overall result is a mesh between both of our personalities. Find out more about Keybridge Accounting
What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to small-business success. The right name can make your company the talk of the town; the wrong one can doom it to obscurity and failure. If you’re smart, you’ll put just as much effort into naming your business as you did into coming up with your idea, writing your business plan and selecting a market and location. Ideally, your name should convey the expertise, value and uniqueness of the product or service you’ve developed…click here to read ahead
The Academy delivers training courses on conflict management. These range from a few days to several months. The most extensive courses have to be applied for, and the application process is quite sophisticated. It implies various steps or levels, a significant number of personnel is involved, and a lot of communication between staff and applicants has to take place. Click here to read more…
Along with writing articles on design and other subjects of a more general nature, I’ll occasionally be examining in detail a few games which serve as examples of excellent game design. Unity of Command is first on the list.
For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it’s a hex-based WWII lite-wargame in the vein of Panzer General. Some of you have probably heard that I’m a big fan of that game. Well, strap yourself in, because I like Unity of Command a lot more. Click here to read more…
A single slip in action may cause lasting sorrow. A slight mistake in operation at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal of India causes a lot of deaths and injuries. What a tragedy it is. Undoubtedly, there must be something wrong with the management of the plant.
In addition to the plant, the governments related in India that issued permits and provided incentives for the plant, Bhopal community officials who permitted slum dwellers to move near the plant in illegal settlements, Indian environmental and safety inspectors should also be responsible for this. The governments related in India issued permits because people need jobs, or people would starve to death. Click here to read more…
In the last decade, the Indian animation industry witnessed high growth rates largely due to some inherent strengths and the cost advantage that it offered. The companies were adopting different business models, and experts believed that many of these companies were moving up the value chain.
However, they felt that the Indian animation industry had a lot of bottlenecks and that Indian animation companies had some weaknesses as well. In such a scenario, the Indian animation companies had to make the right strategic moves in order to tap the full potential of the market. Click here to read more…
A Study about Analysis of Organizational Culture and Structure as a Basis for the Implementation of Knowledge Management
In the commercial world of today Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning are supposed to be indispensable prerequisites for the competitive ability of companies. Organizational learning can be considered analogous to individual learning. It is based on individual learning processes and means a change of organizational structure and/or culture with the aim of surviving in the dynamic environment. Organizational learning should be systematic and should include all the people concerned. Managers, in particular, have the potential to change an organization and therefore they should act in an exemplary way.
Introduction: Today’s business is characterized by rapid technological developments, intensiﬁed terms of competition and self-changing values. Organisations can only remain competitive in this dynamic ﬁeld if they change. Therefore, a systematic interaction of both organisational learning and knowledge – known as knowledge management – has become an important matter for organisations. It seems that the existing structures and prevailing organisation cultures, in particular, have an essential inﬂuence on the success of these eﬀorts. This article shows that organisational learning can be undertaken in a deliberate way and that people play a leading part in this process. A case study illustrates and improves the theoretical comments and gives a lot of tips for real use. Keep reading..
A Case Study about Bottleneck Management in Discrete Batch Production
Abstract: Today, production planning and scheduling becomes very important part of production management because companies have to react to dynamic market conditions and rising customers´ requirements for shorter delivery times, lower prices and better quality and services. They can use a lot of sophisticated methods and approaches to make their planning processes more efficient and thus meet growing customers´ requirements. However, using these new approaches is not so easy in all types of production systems.
Introduction: One of the key activities of production management is manufacturing planning and scheduling that can greatly influence production performance. Mainly today, when changing market environment causes a rise in complexity as well as intensity of production planning, efficient planning system is often a key weapon for remaining competitive. Already Tomas Bata, who founded the world-famous shoe company on the beginning of 20th century, regarded production planning as one of the most important parts of business management. He was gradually followed by next famous managers who started to deal with production planning problems more frequently as they perceived its importance.
Abstract: This thesis involves a detailed study of steel-wood hybrid structures and their applications in construction industry. Hybrid structures combine benefits of dissimilar materials to overcome their individual limitations. Various advantages and challenges of steel-timber hybrid structures are presented. Benefits include increase in tensil e capacity, seismic performance, fire resistance of the structure, and cost savings. Challenges with this type of hybrid structures originate from the differences in the properties of the materials used.
Introduction: Hybrid construction combines the structural and architectural features of components made from different materials. In hybrid construction, various materials may work independently or act together homogeneously, but are always better than a single material. During the last decade a lot of research has been done on applications of hybrid structures however, the available information and details for steel and wood hybrid structures are dispersed and not readily accessible to builders.