Bulgarian International Business School

Botevgrad, Bulgaria

Bulgarian International Business School

Botevgrad, Bulgaria
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McIntosh B.,Bulgarian International Business School | Sheppy B.,University of Richmond
British Journal of Health Care Management | Year: 2012

The article traces the history of the Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) scandal from an ethical perspective and explores the underpinning moral dilemmas inherent in the act of 'whistleblowing.' It goes on to consider the consequential stakeholder and broader societal reaction to whistleblowing which is discussed through deontological and teleological perspectives of ethically driven motives to act. It draws on the duty of care responsibility of healthcare professionals and the dilemma of personal consequence by the act of whistleblowing, whereby the objective of that act is the maintenance or improvement of patient standards and care. It argues that a cultural shift in organisational behaviour is urgently required to abrogate the needs for whistleblowing by means of internal systems and processes. Whistleblowing would thus become a supererogatory act of moral courage rather than carrying negative consequences in the interests of short-term saving face.

Chobanova R.,Bulgarian Academy of Science | Georgieva D.,Bulgarian International Business School
Proceedings of Scientific Papers - More Wood, Better Management, Increasing Effectiveness: Starting Points and Perspective | Year: 2017

This paper aims to characterize the employment rate, performance as well as economic and social work conditions for women in forestry sector in Bulgaria. It also aims to characterise the impact of factors affecting competitiveness and productivity corresponding to females employment, such as: formation of wages; education and training, insurable earnings for women in the sector, etc. At the end, some conclusions and policy recommendations are drown. The study is based on literature and legal framework survey, as well as on statistical analysis and individual interviews.

Hvitfeldt-Forsberg H.,Karolinska Institutet | Mazzocato P.,Karolinska Institutet | Glaser D.,Karolinska Institutet | Keller C.,Bulgarian International Business School | Unbeck M.,Karolinska Institutet
BMJ Open | Year: 2017

Objective To explore healthcare staffs' and managers' perceptions of how and when discrete event simulation modelling can be used as a decision support in improvement efforts. Design Two focus group discussions were performed. Setting Two settings were included: a rheumatology department and an orthopaedic section both situated in Sweden. Participants Healthcare staff and managers (n=13) from the two settings. Interventions Two workshops were performed, one at each setting. Workshops were initiated by a short introduction to simulation modelling. Results from the respective simulation model were then presented and discussed in the following focus group discussion. Results Categories from the content analysis are presented according to the following research questions: how and when simulation modelling can assist healthcare improvement? Regarding how, the participants mentioned that simulation modelling could act as a tool for support and a way to visualise problems, potential solutions and their effects. Regarding when, simulation modelling could be used both locally and by management, as well as a pedagogical tool to develop and test innovative ideas and to involve everyone in the improvement work. Conclusions Its potential as an information and communication tool and as an instrument for pedagogic work within healthcare improvement render a broader application and value of simulation modelling than previously reported. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved.

Hanafzadeh P.,Allame Tabatabaee University | Gholami R.,Aston University | Gholami R.,Operations and Information Management Group | Dadbin S.,Allame Tabatabaee University | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems | Year: 2010

The Implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems require huge investments while ineffective implementations of such projects are commonly observed. A considerable number of these projects have been reported to fail or take longer than it was initially planned, while previous studies show that the aim of rapid implementation of such projects has not been successful and the failure of the fundamental goals in these projects have imposed huge amounts of costs on investors. Some of the major consequences are the reduction in demand for such products and the introduction of further skepticism to the managers and investors of ERP systems. In this regard, it is important to understand the factors determining success or failure of ERP implementation. The aim of this paper is to study the critical success factors (CSFs) in implementing ERP systems and to develop a conceptual model which can serve as a basis for ERP project managers. These critical success factors that are called "core critical success factors" are extracted from 62 published papers using the content analysis and the entropy method. The proposed conceptual model has been verifed in the context of fve multinational companies.

Dincer H.,Istanbul University | Hacioglu U.,Istanbul University | Tatoglu E.,Bulgarian International Business School | Delen D.,Oklahoma State University
Decision Support Systems | Year: 2016

The 2008-2009 global financial crisis and its subsequent ramifications on capital markets have led to an increasing attention on the importance of cognitive and behavioral issues in finance. The purpose of this study is to determine the ranking of the industry alternatives for portfolio investments based on individual investors' perceptions. Accordingly, a hybrid analytic multi-criteria decision model (MCDM)-based on the Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (FAHP) and the Fuzzy Technique for the Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (FTOPSIS) methods along with sensitivity analysis-is developed to identify and rank-order the best performing industry options. The proposed model is applied to Borsa Istanbul Stock Exchange 100 Index (BIST 100) in Turkey. The results indicate that (i) the investors' perceptions on market conditions and global financial situation influence their industry selection on company stocks; (ii) the investors' perceptions on portfolio investments rely heavily on performance and risk levels of individual asset/stocks, and (iii) traded stocks of financial industry (along with its sub-industries) have greater performance expectations than those of the ones in other industries such as technology, services and tourism. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

Zakaria Z.,Bulgarian International Business School | Nabi M.H.,Bulgarian International Business School
Advanced Science Letters | Year: 2015

This paper investigates the nexus between economic growth, export and public debt in Malaysia. The analysis was conducted using the VECM framework and the Granger Causality test over the period of 1970–2013 in order to explore the existence of causality relationship between these variables. The findings from the analysis show the existence of long run bi-directional relationship between public debt and exports of Malaysia. The causality tests statistics do not support the existence of short run causality relationship from public debt to GDP, or vice versa. The test results also fail to support the existence of short run causal relationship between exports and public debt. However, this study found evidence to support the existence of uni-directional short run causal relationship from exports to public debt in Malaysia. In conclusion, the government debt may not influence Malaysia’s economic growth in the short run, but it could affect the exports in the long run and subsequently the sustainability of the economy. © 2015 American Scientific Publishers. All rights reserved.

Tsvetanova Y.,Bulgarian International Business School
Pharmacia | Year: 2014

The review highlights the main features of internal audit by focus on distribution of medicinal products. Recent data suggest internal audit as an antidote to effects of economic recession. The present review reveals internal audit as a tool for competitiveness through implementation of good practices. The purpose of the review is to describe the advantages of internal audit in new institutional frame. The object of analysis is the distribution practice, and more concrete, the wholesale distributors. The analysis was perform by factor analysis and done in response to the tendency for outsource of distribution activities and practical interest in the use of internal audit by implementation of requirements and recommendations for good practices. The results showed that the internal audit in pharmaceutical industry is determinate by two factors: regulatory requirements and complexity of supply chain. The external and the internal environment define five features of internal audit in pharmaceutical industry.

Titcomb A.,Bulgarian International Business School
IET Seminar Digest | Year: 2010

Presents a collection of slides that discuss the following: International Cooperation; UK MOD; equal value exchange; repayment; procurement; operation and maintenance; International Telecommunications Union; paper satellites and game changing programme.

Ahmad U.N.U.,University of Technology Malaysia | Amin S.M.,Bulgarian International Business School | Wan Ismail W.K.,Bulgarian International Business School
Jurnal Teknologi (Sciences and Engineering) | Year: 2014

This study aims to examine the moderating effect of technostress inhibitors on the relationship between technostress creators and organisational commitment among academic librarians in the Malaysian public universities. It considers how literacy facilitation, technical support, and involvement facilitation influence the strength of the relationship between technostress creators and organisational commitment. Multiple regression analysis and hierarchical multiple regression analysis were utilised to test the relationship and the moderating effect among the variables. The findings revealed that collectively, technostress creators significantly explained 13.1 percent of the variance in organisational commitment. Techno-overload and techno-uncertainty were found to have significant positive relationship with organisational commitment. As for the moderating effect, both literacy facilitation and involvement facilitation did not act as moderator in the relationship between technostress creators and organisational commitment. Nevertheless, technical support was found to moderate the relationship between techno-overload and organisational commitment. All the technostress inhibitors were, however, found to be significant predictors for organisational commitment. This study demonstrates that a certain amount of stress is essential in enhancing employee's commitment towards organisation. Moreover, it reveals that the existence of literacy facilitation, technical support, and involvement facilitation is crucial in boosting organisational commitment of academic librarians in the Malaysian public universities. © 2014 Penerbit UTM Press. All rights reserved.

STMicroelectronics and Bulgarian International Business School | Date: 2013-11-27

The present disclosure is directed to fluid filtering systems and methods for use during semiconductor processing. One or more embodiments are directed to fluid filtering systems and methods for filtering ions and particles from a fluid as the fluid is being provided to a semiconductor wafer processing tool, such as to a semiconductor wafer cleaning tool.

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