Special Issue "Business Education – Pedagogical practices"

A special issue of Journal of Business and Management Sciences

Deadline for manuscript submissions: (September 30, 2014)

Special Issue Editor(s)

Chief Guest Editor

Hong Yuh Ching
Centro Universitário da FEI, SBC, Brazil
Email: hongching@fei.edu.br

Co- Editor

Dan Danuletiu
"1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Romania
Email: dan.danuletiu@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Guillermo Asper
Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Email: Guillermo.Asper@gmail.com

Special Issue Information

In an article written by Jon Meacham to Time magazine in October, 2013, 36% of college students in a 2011 study did not show any significant cognitive gains over four years and ? proportion of employers surveyed said they had trouble finding qualified college graduates to hire.
If we are serious about preparing the undergrad students of Business to succeed in the job market, we should not require that they memorize facts and repeat them on demand. We should rather provide them with opportunities to interact with content, think critically about it and use it to create new information. Are the universities being able to develop the competences and equip the students with skills sets throughout the undergrad course that help them succeeding outside of school?
To solve this issue it is important to discuss the contemporary practices and methodologies applied in the Business education of improving the quality of higher education. In a Special Issue of this Journal, we plan to deal with both theoretical studies and empirical works or experiments applied in the classrooms.

Keywods

  • Design thinking,
  • Conceptual maps,
  • Project based learning,
  • Innovation,
  • Project management,
  • Competency-based education.

Published Papers

   
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to report the experience in the organization of the pedagogical project by competence in a Business course. The research, of qualitative approach, was based in the analysis of the Course Pedagogical Project CPP, the Institutional Development Plan, the Resolution 04/2005 of CNE and the National Research CFA/CRAs of 2011.This article proposes a roadmap for deployment of a CPP based in competence and the significative learning from an empirical situation. Any implementation of a new pedagogical proposal like competencies pedagogy requires a change in the mentality and paradigm from the course coordinator, the professors, the students as well as a reorganization of the higher education institutions that are committed with their students’ education. This experience aims to contribute to the state of the art for a solid and effective education to meet the interests of the organizations that will hire these professionals.
Abstract: Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge. This paper aims to present seven models in order to assess concept maps of students in classroom. These assessment models provide teachers (or professors) with a tool to evaluating concept maps and reinforcing the learning method instead of traditional teaching methods present in some higher educational institutions, such as in Brazil. To build this paper, this author made a deep research in national and international journals in order do find assessment models of concept maps. This paper does not propose to debate or discuss which model is considered the most suitable for the assessment. However it is possible to observe that the models have some “common” dimensions of evaluation, even though three of them have a larger number of dimensions or assessment. Thus, it is up to educators to choose the most suitable model for their needs and also considering the scope of each course. Future studies should put in practice some of these models with purpose to foment this knowledge area.
Abstract: This article aims at describing an experience in the use of Concept Maps in a competency - based pedagogical project in a Business course of a Brazilian higher education institution. The basis for our considerations is the Course Pedagogical Project (CPP), Parecer (Official Review) 776/97 of the National Education Council (CNE) and Resolution 04/2005 of the CNE. As theoretical basis, meaningful learning was utilized in which construction of concept maps represents a methodological possibility for the student to achieve understanding about the integration and connections among distinct course subjects scheduled for each semester in a four years course. The course for construction of Concept Maps should also encourage the student to address meaning for the specific constructs of each of the curriculum components. Any implementation of a new pedagogical approach, such as the competencies pedagogy, requires a change of mindset and of paradigms of different players: the course coordinator, the professor and the students. It also requires a reorganization of educational institutions that should be committed to the student’s qualification.
Abstract: This article highlights the importance for business to create value for itself and for society. In this process, businesspersons should give room for creative and intuitive thinking to help building value by integrating design thinking onboard. Its application to business has allowed designers to build new business models or to revolutionize new forms of doing business. By opening their minds, businesspersons can work in collaboration with the designers and co-create value for their companies and for society.
Abstract: This article aims to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of a possible adoption of new technologies and methodologies applicable to the education of administration systems, such as PBL, distance learning, and new evaluation systems, taking into account the impact that these can have on the performance of undergraduate Business students. Twelve in-depth interviews were conducted with students and teachers. The results indicate that the use of PBL is viewed with suspicion and restriction by students, while teachers believe that this methodology is a tool that aids student transformation. Distance learning is also viewed with caution by both parties, because of the stigma still attached to it, although both agree that it plays a key role as a teaching aid. Teaching innovations aim for greater student autonomy and multidisciplinary projects, which enable a broader view not restricted to the discipline. Finally, it was found that assessment systems must be reviewed by teachers and that preference is given for mixed forms that take individual aspects of students into account.
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Special Issue "Emerging Trends in Production Research: Concepts and Cases"

A special issue of Journal of Business and Management Sciences

Deadline for manuscript submissions: (September 01, 2014)

Special Issue Editor(s)

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. Monalisha Pattnaik
Department of Business Administration, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: monalisha_1977@yahoo.com, monalisha1977@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Er. Gopal Prasad Roy
Support Services and Dam Safety, Govt. of Odisha, Department of Water Resources, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: gopal_760@rediffmail.com

Dr. Purmina Nayak
Department of Higher Education, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: purnimadas1990@gmail.com

Special Issue Information

The aim of this special issue is to put forth the state-of-the art research outcomes in the area of Production Research for the analysis, design, co-ordination, control of manufacturing and service system operations. Modern production firms witness tremendous pressures while striving to become more innovative in their usage of leading-edge cost reduction paradigms such as cost-driven pricing which is difficult to achieve in the volatile competitive market. The theme of this issue is relatively broader and pervasive in the sense that it includes the analysis of cutting edge and future proof production technology at all levels of production planning and control. The fundamental approach would be seeking for the emerging trends in production research in terms of supply chain dynamics, cost optimization with resource and cost constraints, gaining competitive advantage through operational efficiency, integrated productivity, quality models and their trend analysis, recent developments in production research with the application of quantitative techniques, optimization techniques (through advanced software applications) for managerial decision-making process. Manuscripts that focus on the functional and operational aspects of production research are invited. Studies that investigate emerging practices, concepts and cases related to in-bound production system as well as out-bound production system are also invited. This study will be an extensive framework for integrating multiple disciplines such as Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Inventory Management, Total Quality Management, Resource Management, Cost Management and Business Trend analysis. Manuscripts that focus on the operations of other non-manufacturing related service systems will also be considered as long as they demonstrate that these operations are strongly related to manufacturing systems operations in terms of their characteristics and the methodologies used to analyze them.

Keywods

  • • Production Planning, Management and Control.
  • • Design and Optimization of Manufacturing and Service Systems.
  • • Analytical Approaches to Maximize Returns on Investment.
  • • Planning for Bridging the Widening gap between Demand and Supply.
  • • Integrated Productivity and Quality Models and their Analysis.
  • • Pricing Mechanisms, Cost Analysis and Performance Measurement for Supply Chain Management.
  • • Integrated Logistics and Transportation Models.
  • • Designing Inventory Models.
  • • Suppliers Selection Strategies.
  • • Designing Cost cum Time Effective Distribution Channels.
  • • Product Dynamics and Demand Forecasting.
  • • Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

Published Papers

   
Abstract: The ever increasing number of employees in an organization, growth in business competitions and changing economic scenario compels the corporate to re-think about human management strategy. High attrition rate, absenteeism and migration of workforce compel the employer to rethink about the employee management. Most organizations actively look to reward hard-working employees by having an effective pay for performance. However two-third organizations have a pay-for –performance policy. Can it be possible to ensure this policy in MSMEs and other mediocre industries. Pay –for-performance, value analysis of individual employees, performance appraisal can only be possible by strategic implementation with the productivity of MSMEs. This article focuses on the concept of Human capital management, Research gap and a strategic model is suggested to face the challenges.
Abstract: In this paper an attempt has been made to show the economic significance of mining sector in the context of Orissa Economy in terms of value of total extractions, total employment generation and contribution of mining sector to State Gross Domestic Product and total revenue generation. Despite being the highest mineral rich state of the country, the state is designated as one of the poorest states because benefits of mining have gone to few hands caused by large scale corruption. The paper has explored how corruption starting from allotment of lease till the valuation of minerals and fixation of royalties has deprived the state exchequer from its dues, resulting in greater inequalities between the rich and the poor in the state.
Abstract: The present study focuses on the supply chain management in Orissa State Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited (OMFED), a leading state dairy giant that operates in Odisha which is an eastern state of India. A detailed discussion regarding its distribution channels has been carried out starting from procurement, marketing to finally delivering milk and its products to the customers. Apart from this, a comparative analysis between OMFED and AMUL, the National Dairy giant of India, has been presented to draw managerial decisions for sustaining in the competitive market. Further, the challenges faced by OMFED are stated along with the perceived opportunities that may help OMFED to build a strong competitive edge over its competing brands.
Abstract: Quality normally focuses on fulfilling needs, and preferences of customers. Customer-driven quality product and service ensure to satisfy the requirements of customer beyond their expectations. As the organizations improve the quality standard of their product and services the customers’ expectations change eventually. Keep this in mind, the fast growing organization anticipates the change and improves its quality product and services continuously. This aspect encourages widespread use of quality management tools, including cost of quality, process integrity, and various measurement techniques for the survival of the organization. Total Quality Management (TQM) acts as one of the powerful management tool which integrate both internal and external customer and able to provide quality services with limited resources. Present paper deals with TQM in academic libraries and aims to focus on how they can provide better quality products and services to stake holders. Since continuous change is occurring in the field of library and information services, academic libraries have to offer learning materials in all format, i.e. print (books and Journals, reports) as well as electronics medium(through digital networked information services). Attempt has been made in this paper to examine how academic libraries can able to provide quality services to their customers with limited resources by adopting quality management tool like TQM.
Abstract: This paper explores the instantaneous economic order quantity model by allocating the percentage of units lost due to deterioration in an on-hand inventory by framing promotional effort cost and variable ordering cost. The objective is to maximize the net profit so as to determine the order quantity, promotional effort factor, the cycle length and number of units lost due to deterioration. For any given number of replenishment cycles the existence of a unique optimal replenishment schedule are proved and mathematical model is developed to find some important characteristics for the concavity of the net profit function. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the results of proposed model which benefit the retailer and this policy is important, especially for wasting of deteriorating items. Finally, sensitivity analyses of the optimal solution with respect to the major parameters and comparative analysis of different related EOQ models are also carried out.
Abstract: In this paper, a deterministic inventory model is developed for deteriorating items in which shortages are allowed and partially backlogged. The backlogging rate is assumed to be dependent on the length of the waiting time for the next replenishment. The longer the waiting time is, the smaller the backlogging rate would be. The deterioration rate is constant and demand rate is assumed to be time quadratic. Numerical example and sensitivity analysis are evaluated for validating the proposed model.
Abstract: A deteriorating inventory model allowing delay in payment, promotional activities and inflation is developed. This arises as a result of the time gap in between the time of estimation and the starting time of economic order quantity (EOQ) system and promotional activities with a permissible delay in payment will affect the inventory total cost. Moreover, the political volatility of a country leads to a much more unstable situation in the present world economy. So a change in inflation takes place. The objective of this inventory model is to minimize the total inventory cost allowing promotional activities and delay in payment for deteriorating items under inflation with shortages. The numerical analysis shows that an appropriate policy can be benefited the retailer for deteriorating items. Finally, sensitivity analysis of optimal solution with respect to the major parameters are also studied.