Multicultural teams – curse or blessing? With this provocative question, Lianne Roembke presents in a rather drastic manner the spectrum of the possible outcomes of multicultural teamwork. What makes this remark so powerful is that it applies not only to missionaries (as originally implied by the author), but to any groups which may include members from several cultures or nations: diplomats, soldiers, consultants, marketers, sportspeople, flight attendants, scientists, or engineers. Indeed, managing multicultural teams can be a tightrope walk: on the one hand, when not handled properly, such teams can turn into extremely irksome stumbling blocks for a company or a project. Click here to read more…
This paper presents the methodology for developing and applying a risk based inspection (RBI) strategy for 14 steel jacket structures located in Bass Strait, Australia. The platforms range in age from 10 to 30 years and are situated in water depths between 46 and 96 metres.
The RBI methodology was developed to improve the prediction of the structures’ condition and provide a consistent basis for continued improvement in the future. This methodology produces targeted inspection work-scopes for each platform that, coupled with the implementation of appropriate inspection techniques, ensure that the integrity of the platforms can be managed with greater confidence and at lower cost. Read more..
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gSA presents this resource as an aid to improve current practices and to encourage continuing innovations that create and maintain sustainable work environments. Whatever mission a Federal agency may have, this publication presents an integrated approach, illustrated with numerous and various examples, that will improve buildings and workplaces and achieve legislative and executive mandates: at best value to taxpayers and without compromising the quality of life of future Americans. Click here to read more…
The case presents an overview of Nokia’s entry and expansion strategies in India. In the past one decade, Nokia has emerged as one of the most recognized brands in India, surpassing some of the Indian business conglomerates in terms of revenues. The case describes the marketing strategies of Nokia in India and examines how the Nokia brand has become synonymous to mobile phones in the country.
While Nokia considers India as one of the most important markets for its future growth, the company has been facing stiff competition in the recent years from Korean players like Samsung and LG. The case highlights Nokia’s strategies to compete with Korean companies and its product expansion plans in the near future. Click here to read more…
A Case Study in Successful Risk-Based Testing at CA Introduction This article presents a case study of a risk-based testing pilot project at CA, the world’s leading independent IT management software company. The development team chosen for this pilot is responsible for a widely-used mainframe software product called CA SYSVIEW® Performance Management, an intuitive tool for proactive management and real-time monitoring of z/OS environments. By analyzing a vast array of performance metrics, CA SYSVIEW can help organizations identify and resolve problems quickly.
Companies are highly dependent on the reliability of their mainframe systems. If the mainframe doesn’t run, the company stops. Mainframe workloads also are growing considerably as companies’ businesses grow and as they continually seek to leverage data and applications in new ways. At the same time, these companies are losing their experienced mainframe workforce, largely to retirement. This makes the quality of their mainframe management. Click here to read more…
A Study about Entertainment Preferences: Preference Learning for Cognitive Modeling
Abstract Learning from preferences, which provide means for expressing a subject’s desires, constitutes an important topic in machine learning research. This paper presents a comparative study of four alternative instance preference learning algorithms (both linear and nonlinear). The case study investigated is to learn to predict the expressed entertainment preferences of children when playing physical games built on their personalized playing features (entertainment modeling).
Two of the approaches are derived from the literature—the large-margin algorithm (LMA) and preference learning with Gaussian processes—while the remaining two are custom-designed approaches for the problem under investigation: meta-LMA and neuroevolution. Preference learning techniques are combined with feature set selection methods permitting the construction of effective preference models, given suitable individual playing features. The underlying preference model that best reﬂects children preferences is obtained through neuroevolu tion: 82.22% of cross-validation accuracy in predicting reported entertainment in the main set of game survey experimentation. Read more on Entertainment Preferences
Case Study about Perspective Service Knowledge and Technology Transfer Model of Intra-Firm in IC Industry
Abstract: The paper presents a perspective on service knowledge and technology transfer model of intra-firm. This study is based on one Europe international firm for case study exploring how building up service knowledge and technology transfer model in the IC firm. The technology transfer methodology and the performance were investigated. Based on an in depth evaluation of the project setup and a lessons learned workshop after the project, improvements to the project setup are proposed. The IC firm extends semiconductor manufacturing sites (wafer fabs) for rapidly growing IC market.
Introduction: The integrated circuit(IC) market keeps on growing in current, which in turn requires continues extension of semiconductor manufacturing sites (wafer fabs). International IC companies built new fabs and have to technology transfer to the new manufacture factory. This leads to the research problem: How building up an intra-firm technology transfer model across international borders. The purpose of this study is to propose an efficient technology transfer model for international company to do intra-firm production process and technology transfer in IC industries. This study conducts by performing a case study on a recent technology transfer. Figure 1 is showing current technology transfer flow chart of the case firm. Keep reading…
Case Study about Evolution in Natural and Artiﬁcial Systems
This thesis presents theoretical results on evolution, suggested here to be relevant both (1) to the study of natural systems, and (2), from a basic research view, to the design of evolutionary distributed artiﬁcial systems. From a perspective of building such artiﬁcial systems — seen as a set of active evolvable autonomous components (“individuals”) that interact with each other —, we need a deep understanding of how interactions among individuals can inﬂuence the evolution of the system and of how such interactions themselves evolve.
The intrinsic selective forces caused by such interactions can often subsist in spite of externally imposed forces — and even dominate them. In an artiﬁcial system, such intrinsic forces can defy control. Concretely, the questions explored here are on the evolution of complexity in mechanisms underlying the choice of interaction partners. The focused instance is mate choice, which is able to induce important selective forces with a considerable degree of independence from externally imposed selection. keep reading…
Case Study about Implementation and Performance of a Matrix Organization Structure
Abstract: This paper presents a case study in the implementation and use of a matrix organization. This paper describes the matrix organization installed at the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering. The work explains how the need for a matrix structure was identiﬁed, reviews the creation of the matrix, describes the problems associated with the implementation of the new structure, and evaluates the eﬀectiveness of the project management process within the matrix organization. The study ﬁnds that although implementation problems have occurred, the performance of the organization while operating under a matrix structure has improved with respect to project delivery.
Introduction: Matrix management began in the 1960’s as an organizational means to meet the needs of the aerospace industries. The government contract selection process required a project-oriented system directly linked to top-management. In order to meet this requirement, the aerospace ﬁrms established a set of horizontal project groups over their traditional vertical functional organizations. In creating such an organization, many employees would end up working both under a department head and a project manager of an interdisciplinary project team. When depicted on paper, this crossing of organizational lines is easily be represented by a grid of a matrix; hence, the term Matrix Organization was created. Keep reading…
Study about Requirements Engineering: Setting the Context
Abstract: This Case Study presents a brief overview of requirements engineering and provides an introduction to some of the critical aspects in the field. This includes offering and understanding of the different levels of requirements involved in requirements engineering; namely organizational, product and project level requirements, and illustrating the role of different stakeholders in requirements engineering.
Introduction : The objective of this Case Study is twofold. First, it aims to provide a brief introduction to requirements engineering and secondly it aims to set a common context for the other study. This introductory chapter is provided to set the stage for the remaining chapters and nightlight to some of the important areas covered by this book. keep reading..