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    An Analysis of Chinese acquisitions of Made in Italy firms in the luxury sector

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    Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) from emerging economies has begun to increase significantly and has been growing at a faster pace than Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the developed world. This research seeks to assess the impact of Chinese acquisitions and their implications for the “Made in Italy” luxury sector and its firms. This paper presents a cross-case analysis of two Chinese acquisitions in order to provide some in-depth insights into the influences and the motives driving Chinese firms to invest in the luxury Made in Italy sector, the patterns and modes of the Chinese acquisitions as well as the competitive strategies and the distinctive challenges that both investors and acquired firms have to face. From the findings, it emerges that both the investor and the acquired firm need to overcome several key challenges to be mutual benefits from the acquisition

    Quality practices, priorities and performance: an international study

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    This paper presents the results of a survey administered across seventeen countries that seeks to examine quality practices, priorities and performance. The participating countries were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain,Sweden, UK and USA. The methodology involved the use of a self-administered questionnaire to director/head of operations/manufacturing in best practice firms within the sector of firms classified by ISIC(rev.2) Division 38. There is evidence of both similarities and differences across the countries studied. Further analysis is required to explore the convergence versus “culture specific” argument.International, Practices, Priorities, Performance

    Internet-Enabled Supply Chain Systems: Driving or Inhibiting Collaboration?

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    Facilitating collaboration in e-supply chain systems: an action learning-based approach

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    Increasingly, organisations are emphasizing more cooperative trading relationships with the view to constructing long-term collaborative partnerships. Often firms introduce Internet-based systems to integrate strategic suppliers into collaborative networks. In reality, many of these collaborative supply chain systems have underperformed or been terminated. Frequently these inter-organisational systems achieve gains in operational performance but fall short of relationship change. However to maximise the potential of an integrated system, participants need to learn ‘the art of collaboration’ with supply chain partners and manage a difficult change process. Achieving a successful implementation requires a formal intervention programme that facilitates behavioural change to improve integration within the network. One practical intervention technique is “action learning”. This approach focuses on learning from experience in an applied organisational context to cultivate behavioural change and collaborative practice. In this paper, the authors identify the key elements of an action learning programme created to promote behavioural change in the implementation of an Internet-based collaborative supply chain system. Based upon empirical data from an EC-Funded Fifth Framework Project, the impact of this formal integration programme is assessed

    Rose of No Man\u27s Land, The

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    [Verse 1, English] I’ve seen some beautiful flowers, Grow in life’s garden fair, I’ve spent some wonderful hours, Lost in their fragrance rare; But I have found another, Wondrous beyond compare. [Refrain, English] There’s a rose that grows on “No Man’s Land” And its wonderful to see, Though it’s sprayed with tears, it will live for years, In my garden of memory. It’s the one red rose the soldier knows, It’s the work of the Master’s hand; ‘Mid the war’s great curse stands the Red Cross Nurse, She’s the rose of “No Man’s Land.” [Verse 2] Out of the heavenly splendor, Down to the trail of woe, God in his mercy has sent her, Cheering the world below; We call her “Rose of Heaven,” We’ve learned to love her so. [Refrain] [Verse, French] J’ai vu bien des fleurs s’empourprer, Au jardin de la vie, Et souvent j’aime à m’enivrer, De leur senteur be’nie, J’en sais une au pur eclat, Sans rival ici bas. [Refrain, French] La rose fleurit sous le Boulets, En avant du front elle est, De pleurs arrosée, Pour bien des années, Dans nos coeurs elle restera. Le rose rouge amour de soldat, Dans cette enceinte où rienne bouge, L’ombre qui parâit, Portant la Crois Rouge, C’est la Rose de Boulets

    Action research in collaborative improvement

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    There is an increasing need to apply and transfer continuous improvement (CI) to inter-organisational processes. As such collaborative improvement (CoI) is emerging as a new concept within managerial literature and practice. This paper begins with a discussion on the logic and value of applying action research (AR) in empirical research in the field of CI and CoI to contribute to both theory and practice. It introduces the theory and characteristics of AR and describes the implementation of an AR process in an inter-organisational setting through the adoption of an AR model. Finally, it discusses the generation of theory through AR and concludes that AR is relevant and valid in research on CI and CoI as it contributes both to concerns of practitioners and the body of knowledge