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Mitra A.,Bristol Business School
ECIS 2014 Proceedings - 22nd European Conference on Information Systems | Year: 2014

Triton is a small esourcing company located in Southern England. Triton operates in the e-procurement space whereby it enables clients to create their own e-auction interfaces. The reverse auction model is in significantly widespread use in the e-procurement sector. Triton has key competencies within this space. As a recently established start up company, Triton faces a couple of key challenges. First it is unclear which market it should operate in. Should it for instance, service all sorts of customers in the procurement market or address the needs of a specialist segment. Second, Triton also hasn't been able to figure out whether it should direct its efforts to locate public sector projects or create customised solutions for smaller companies that are coming into the market. Being a small company it needs to build reputation by creating uniquely reliable customer service yet such a strategy tends to impact on its cash flow in the short term. By placing oneself as a consultant to Triton, the student will be expected to develop a strategic plan for its growth. The strategic plan in essence is expected to address the immediate past, present and future existence and growth of Triton's business. Source


White G.R.T.,University of South Wales | Sarpong D.,Bristol Business School | Ndrecaj V.,University of South Wales
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development | Year: 2015

The issue of sustainability has attracted considerable attention over the last decade and has been accompanied by the development of stringent packaging material legislation for firms. Drawing on a single case approach, this paper examines the operational challenges faced by manufacturing SMEs as they strive to meet the expectations and requirements of increasingly demanding sustainable packaging regulations. The findings highlight the internal costs and complexities that are faced by manufacturing firms when complying with the regulations. It suggests that some firms may face financial and technical constraints that prevent them from reporting the significant efforts that they are making to improving packaging materials. More significantly it identifies the seemingly insurmountable problems that are faced by SMEs when confronted with powerful upstream or downstream supply chain partners that are resistant to improvement initiatives. This can result in organisations acting in a self-interested manner and consequently, the cumulative environmental impact of the supply chain is greater than it may be if organisations were more environmentally cooperative. Copyright © 2015, IGI Global. Source


Holgate J.,University of Leeds | Pollert A.,Bristol Business School | Keles J.,London Metropolitan University | Kumarappan L.,London Metropolitan University
Antipode | Year: 2011

This paper is concerned with the social and spatial processes adopted by workers who face problems at work. Using interview data with minority ethnic workers in three local communities in London, the paper explores the mechanism people use to seek help and advice and what resources are available from local community organisations. Key findings suggest that many workers, both unionised and non-unionised find themselves isolated and unable to access the support they need. © 2011 The Authors Antipode © 2011 Editorial Board of Antipode. Source


Spotswood F.,Bristol Business School | Tapp A.,Bristol Business School
International Journal of Health Promotion and Education | Year: 2010

This work examines the use of class-cultural theory within social marketing as a way of influencing the behaviour of groups defined by their social class. Theories in common use in social marketing (such as the Theory of Planned Behvaiour) only implicitly acknowledge the importance of social class. In this paper the authors present research that suggests that socio-cultural aspects of social class are insufficiently taken into account in explaining the differences in health related behaviours between well off and deprived groups. The research reported here used a number of indepth interviews as the platform for a qualitative study to explore the ingrained cultural resistance to undertaking regular exercise by 'working class' adults. Bourdieu's theories of class based capital were used to explain the findings. It was found that the working class 'habitus' was not supportive of voluntary exercise. This was compounded by the negative power of bonding social capital: strong ties re-enforce cultural barriers by preventing visibility of alternative activities. These findings will be of general interest to health professionals and social marketers who wish to influence the behaviour of deprived groups across many contexts. The authors comment on both the wider theoretical questions we have raised and the sector specific practical implications of the findings. Source


Tapp A.,Bristol Business School | Nancarrow C.,Bristol Business School | Davis A.,Bristol Business School
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour | Year: 2015

There are a number of challenges relating to both the support of and compliance with speed limits. The introduction of 20 mph limits in Great Britain is no exception: the recent rise in the deployment of these limits in urban settings has created a need to understand these issues in more depth. This paper reports a study undertaken by the authors that used a population wide survey of GB drivers to explore how support and compliance were interlinked. Whilst as expected many supporters said they would comply with the limits, and many opponents might not comply, more surprisingly it was also found that some supporters claimed not to comply, while some opponents of 20 mph limits were compliers. Explanations included the strong likelihood of strong moral adherence to not breaking laws amongst opponent-compliers, and self-enhancement bias amongst supporter-non-compliers. This paper explores the incidence of these effects and their implications in detail. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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