Although most organizations are aware of the important role that leadership development plays in the success of an organization, business executives are increasingly demanding more precise measurements of this importance. This thesis attemps to clarify some of the main issues surrounding the controversial topic of training evaluation and give practical guidance for organizations to assess the effectiveness of costly leadership development practices. With this purpose, this thesis covers issues regarding the translation of training efforts into tangible business results, the controversy regarding the use of ROI (return on investment) in the evaluation of training effectiveness, and the alignment of leadership development practices into the organization's broader strategic goals.
Banks play important roles in promoting national development. In order to provide efficient services and to perform their statutory roles effectively, banks are required to comply with established standards. In Nigeria, the Statement of Accounting Standards (SAS) such as accounting by banks and non-banks financial institutions (SAS10) and accounting for employees’ retirement benefits (SAS8), Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s directives and regulations provide guidelines to banks in the preparation and presentation of the records of their financial transactions. In recent time, some Nigerian banks appear to be engaging in non-standardized and unprofessional practices, which could lead to distress and liquidation. The objectives of this study therefore are to: (i.) assess the level of Nigerian banks’ compliance with statement of accounting standards as established by the Nigerian Accounting Standards Board, (ii.) examine the performance of Nigerian banks over a period of time and (iii.) appraise the relationship between level of compliance with Statement of Accounting Standards and performance of Nigerian banks.
A bigger share of a woman’s income will be spent on food than a man’s, an educated woman will improve the health and increase the probability of her children getting an education more than a man. During an undergraduate course in development economics, it became so clear to me; women’s empowerment is the way to go if we want to enhance the living standards of the poorest. This is why I have written this thesis; if we improve women’s education and empower women we will improve both her and her children’s health, creating a positive spiral. As I progressed with my thesis I realized it wasn’t that simple. This thesis focuses on how women’s situation in India effects the countries development, with respect to secondary education, female labor force participation and active population growth, measuring these variables effect on Human Development Index (HDI).
Over one billion people in the world today live in slums. This UN estimation suggests that slums continue to be part of the global production of the built environment, regardless of the countless efforts to eradicate them. Slums, squatters’ settlements, and informal settlements are words frequently used interchangeably to describe a ‘non-state’ approach to settlements development, which characterises the contemporary urban Third World. The urban kampung (informal settlement) of Indonesia exemplify such phenomenon. This thesis investigates kampung development with particular reference to kampung in the city of Yogyakarta. A primary proposition of the thesis is that tenure acquisition in this mode of development is a speculative endeavour, through which the buildings (built forms) function as mediators of tenure negotiation. The thesis argues that the continuity and change of built forms can signify tenure security/insecurity of kampung dwellers.
This thesis has attempted to produce a framework towards development of an integrated nutrition policy. The approach used follows standard procedures towards development of a policy. The specific objectives to be fulfilled by this thesis include problem identification and definition; analysing the magnitude of the problem and population groups affected; existing systems for reducing the impact of the problem among vulnerable groups; defining a framework that will articulate the desired output to be achieved by the proposed policy; a strategy articulating mechanisms to be implemented to achieve the output and a system for monitoring and evaluating the desired impact.
This thesis is designed to address the topic: ‘The development of a human rights culture in Vietnam, 1986 to present''. After 1986 reform policy (doi moi policy), the liberal culture of human rights has gradually gained ground as the result of both domestic and international factors. Two rights (the rights to property and the right to a fair trial) were selected for examination. From the findings of indepth investigation of advancement of these two rights, there is little doubt that the emergence of liberal culture of these rights has been established and become more dominant but s more reasonable conclusion for this thesis is that there is a hybrid human rights culture in Vietnam in the transitional phase which mixes successes and failures, and the liberal and socialist values.
This research was carried out at Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT) in order to map the Feature Development Process which is a central process in the product development at Volvo GTT. The aim was to identify conflicts and contradictions between the Feature Development Process and related processes at Volvo GTT to suggest solutions of those with Lean as guiding principle. The research was carried out by Karin Dahr and Marie Eliasson during the spring of 2012. The thesis included activities as interviews and workshops as well as a survey involving the Feature Leaders at all Volvo GTTs sites Gothenburg, Lyon, Ageo, and Greensborg. The result showed that there are several areas in the Feature Leaders work that can be improved. The need for an updated Feature Development Process was considered and proposed changes were provided by this thesis.
One of the essential security services needed to safeguard online transactions is flaxen exchange. In e-Medical transaction protocols two parties can exchange their signatures in a fair manner, so that either each party gain the other’s signature or no one obtain anything useful. This Thesis examines security solutions for achieving e-Medical transactions among Patient/Doctor/PMHIP/Bank. It proposes new security protocols based on the "Rebalanced Multi-Prime Jordan-Totient–RSA Cryptosystem and Signature Scheme ". This thesis concentrates on security solutions for achieving Threshold e-Medical transactions in e-Medical Health Insurance System applications, Threshold contract signing and Threshold certified delivery of valuable data. A Threshold reasonable contract signing protocol allows two potentially mistrusted parities to exchange their commitments (i.e., digital signatures) to an agreed contract over the Internet in a fair way, so that either each of them obtains the other’s signature, or neither party does.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ALKEM RESEARCH CENTER, NAVI MUMBAI Since 21st December 2009 Research Associate • Responsible for all analytical method validation (Assay and Dissolution test) and new analytical method development by HPLC, UV spectrophotometer, AAS. • Analyze, summarize and present results for all research projects. Regularly review ongoing research for trends. Provides insight on these findings and ensures key findings are shared with appropriate internal audiences. • Developed new profitable business partners while analyzing latest market trends and tracking competitor’s activities while providing valuable inputs for fine tuning sales & marketing strategies. • Building cordial relationship through regular interactions & apprising them with company’s value propositions.
Considerable progress has been made for flood control, drainage and/or irrigation under the Small Scale Water Resources Development Sector Projects (SSWRDSP) of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED). However, this book pointed out the constraints and potentials of existing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) framework being practiced at SSWRDSP and finally suggested a technically feasible and socially acceptable IWRM framework that can be operational in Bangladesh. This understanding and subsequent development of IWRM framework can be used as a model for SSWRDSP in general and in preparation of plans for further advancement of IWRM road map of Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO). This research monograph was submitted and accepted as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the required degree of Master of Science in Water Resources Development of Sara Nowreen in the IWFM, BUET. Part of the thesis has been presented at International Conference on Water and Flood Management (ICWFM), 2011 and published at the South Asian Water Studies (SAWAS) Journal (www.sawasjournal.org/v2i2/SAWAS_2_2_Jan2011_p5_p26.pdf%20).
Iris is the sphincter having flowery pattern around pupil in eye. The high randomness of the pattern makes iris unique for each individual, and hence a candidate for machine recognition of identity of an individual. The first part of the thesis investigates the bottlenecks of the existing localization approaches and proposes a morphological method of devising an adaptive binarization threshold for pupil detection, and also contributes in modifying conventional integrodifferential operator based iris detection using canny detected edge map. The review of related works on matching leads to the observation that local features like Scale Invariant Feature Transform(SIFT) matches the keypoints on the basis of 128-D local descriptors, hence it sometimes falsely pairs two keypoints which are from different portions of two iris images. Subsequently the need for pruning of faulty SIFT pairs is felt. The second part of the thesis proposes two methods of filtering (Angular Filtering and Scale Filtering) the SIFT impairments (faulty pairs) based on the knowledge of spatial information of the keypoints. The pruning algorithms experimentally show higher accuracy and increased separability.
Bangladesh is largely dependent on foreign aid for its development activities. The country has received some US$50 billion in aid over 40 years of its existence. The central purpose of this thesis is to study how the massive influx of aid has been put to use. Subsequently, this huge amount of aid has had little impact on the country’s socioeconomic development, and little of the benefits of aid have reached the poor who constitute the vast majority of the population. The main aim of this thesis is to determine why this is so. An objective will be to derive an understanding of the aid philosophy of donors and their contributions towards the formulation of the development policy in Bangladesh. The analysis should help shed some light on the development agenda of donors as well as recipients, and should be especially useful to academics, development professionals, statesmen, students of economics and development studies, or anyone else who may be interested in foreign aid and its impact on a country of the developing world.
This thesis enlightens some of the key issues involved in developing real schedule generation architecture in E-manufacturing environment. The high cost and long cycle time of development of shop floor control systems accompanied by the lack of robust system integration capabilities are some of the major deterrent in the development of the underlying architecture.In this thesis,a robust framework has been conceptualized,which is capable of providing flexibility to the system, communicating among various entities and making intelligent decisions. Owing to the fast communication, distributed control and autonomous character, agent-oriented architecture has been preferred here to address the scheduling problem in E- manufacturing. Further, an integer programming based model has been formulated for determining the optimal part type sequence from the part type pool with dual objectives namely, minimizing the makespan and increasing the system throughput. The proposed auction-based heuristic to allocate the operation on machines, supported by agent technology appears to be a good formalism to resolve a complex problem in e-manufacturing environment.
This book presents an account of moral education that explains the type of experiences that are necessary for the development of virtue. The main argument is that our experiences in caring relationships promote the development of certain virtues. The author employs three theses in support of the main argument. First, the ‘motivational thesis’ is that caring, which is central to most special relationships, motivates a desire to benefit others. This motivation is necessary for acquiring and practicing the natural virtues. The second thesis is the 'epistemic thesis' that caring relationships and caring emotions—as a central aspect of caring relationships—facilitate access to morally relevant knowledge. This rich and otherwise hard to obtain information about people’s needs and desires, a better sense of themselves, their needs and capabilities help individuals develop and attain the natural virtues. A third component is the ‘normative thesis’ that the dependency central to all caring relationships grounds our obligations for special others. The constant and repeated attention to these obligations provides the practice necessary to the development of the virtues.
The main aim of this thesis is to show the needs, importance and requirements of sustainable tourism development through the key players of the industry. Furthermore, this study discusses a five-star-quality that needs to be considered not only in the sectors of the tourism industyr, but also for the overall industrial activities as well as for its environmental and social components. With an in-depth intervies analysis, conducted in Antalya, Turkey, the stakeholders are identified and the fundamental issues are discussed. Sustainable tourism development, in this study, is comprehensively studied with the Stakeholder Theory and the Collaborative Approach as toolds. Political, economic and social pressures on the stakeholders in developing countries are vital; however sharing a common target may create more responsibility and consequently result in the succesfull realization of the goals of all the interest groups. Thus, the effect of Corporate Social Responsibility is taken into account as a fundamental issue. Consequently, this thesis is concluded with some personal reflections on regional and national tourism development.
This is not a training theory book. Training theory and instructional materials are available in large number in the market. This is a ready to use training manual and Compendium of Training Courses. This book suggests a possible/draft training policy statement for a country; approaches, methods for organising training events; and list of probable training courses and training modules for the Civil Servants working in Central and Local Governments. This training policy statement is developed based on empirical research in many countries. It is hoped that policy makers, national and international advisers, governments can make use of this policy as it is or with a little modifications to suit their country situation without re inventing whole wheel. This saves much of their time. National and International Capacity Development Advisers, Public Sector Reforms/ Administration Reforms Advisers, Experts, Civil Service Reform Advisers, Programme Officers find this book very useful for them to develop training modules as part of their duties and responsibilities.
This thesis argues that a human rights-based approach to development cooperation (HRBA-DC) can contribute to the implementation of the international dimension of the right to development. The argument is supported by a case study that looks at the role of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) in relation to human rights and the health sector in Uganda. The human rights approach of the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) is also considered.The thesis provides contextual background about Uganda and considers cosmopolitanism as a theoretical foundation for a HRBA-DC. It argues that this approach requires that the relevant policies of donors be built upon a number of human rights principles, such as equality, non-discrimination, transparency, participation and accountability. When donors’ policies relate to health, it suggests that they should also reflect key elements of the right to the highest attainable standard of health, such as freedoms, entitlements, availability, accessibility, quality, and international assistance and cooperation.Using a human rights-based methodology, the thesis examines Sida’s policies and, to a lesser extent, DFID’s.
The polar wind is an ambipolar plasma outflow from the terrestrial ionosphere at high latitudes. As the ions drift upward along geomagnetic flux tubes, they move from collision-dominated (ion barosphere) to collision less (ion exosphere) regions. A transition layer is embedded between these two regions where the ion characteristics change rapidly. So, this thesis deals with modeling of major ions outflow in the polar cap at altitudes higher than 400km. Different ion outflow models are numerical investigated and the pros and cons of these models are discussed. Observations are crucial for model validations. In this work we have used Akebono Satellite observations, which showed that between 5000 and 9000km altitudes H+ and 0+ can have higher outflow velocities in the day-side region that on the night-side. classical polar wind model cannot explain fully these observations. In this thesis, in order to address the observation we discuss hydrodynamic model by considering driven shock wave. Most of observed properties are well explained by using this model than the traditional one.
There have been many transformations of Australian citizens over time. Indigenous Australians, with their unique and special culture, exhibit different values, priorities and ideals to non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australian literacy development is plagued by many issues. This thesis examines many issues and attempts to provide solutions for all Australian teachers, to ensure every student has the 'best practice' literacy education.
Analytical methods development and validation play important roles in the discovery, development, and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. The current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) and Food Drug Administration (FDA) Guidelines insist for adoption of sound methods of analysis with greater sensitivity and reproducibility. This thesis describes analytical methods developed for drug determination in pharmaceutical dosage forms and biological matrixes including Chromatography (RP-HPLC) and Hyphenated Techniques (LC-MS/MS). Methods have been developed for separation and quantification of selected drugs from categories like Antihypertensive, Antihyperlipidemic, Skeletal Muscle Relaxant, Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID), Antibiotic, Anticonvulsant, Antiviral, and Analeptic.
While studying the classical saxophone and its literature in Slovenia, the question of tradition and the meaning of basic parameters defining the tradition, has been constantly present. Saxophone is a very young instrument and has been in Slovenia, in its classical orientation, actively present around 25 years. If speaking about tradition, it would be impossible to define it only by chronological presence of the instrument. Therefore, further observations were needed in order to draw accurate conclusions. As an active player and by that a member of the saxophone culture in Slovenia, the author felt an obligation to find those facts, and to prove the thesis that the saxophone in Slovenia has already established its own tradition.
This book is a replication of my original thesis "Role of Entrepreneurship in Future Economic Development of Taiwan". This book is providing a good knowledge about entrepreneurship in general and its role in Taiwanese context. Taiwan success story was based on the success stories of its SMEs and their role in economic development of Taiwan in the past. But, this book produces a latest development of this evolving story. This book tries to find the present role of SMEs in Taiwan's economic development and predicts their future contribution based on present facts and figures.