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Tiwari S.,International School of Management
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes | Year: 2015

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of culture in economic growth in areas where the Shilpgram fair is facilitated in Rajasthan. Design/methodology/approach – The data are acquired through primary and secondary data with individual meetings, interviews and questionnaires. Findings – The study uncovered that the Shilpgram fair is expanding mindfulness and financial development of rural life and crafts particularly for younger people. Originality/value – This study presents recognition of the financial effects of tourism on neighbouring group association in tourism development. ©Emerald Group Publishing Limited Source

Pink S.,RMIT University | Servon L.J.,International School of Management
Environment and Planning A | Year: 2013

This paper explores, through the example of the Slow City (Cittaslow) movement, how an analytical focus on the experiential dimensions of urban experience adds new layers of knowledge to our understandings of how and why town leaders engage with urban frameworks and principles. The global growth of the Italian-based Cittaslow movement has been explained both as part of a deceleration narrative and as a transferable urban development framework. We show how an approach that takes the experiential as its analytical starting point offers an alternative interpretation of the movement's contemporary growing global membership. Cittaslow aims to ensure quality of life in its towns and seeks to create an environmentally sustainable and pleasurable future. Drawing on research in Spanish Cittaslow towns, we examine the terms upon which town leaders engage with the movement's ideas and framework. We propose that Cittaslow is appealing to town leaders because it enables them not only to identify the qualities of their towns against its membership criteria, but also to invest in its framework normally unspoken, embodied, sensory, and tacit dimensions of their towns. A focus on the experiential, we suggest, is key to understanding the movement's appeal to town leaders across diverse cultural and national contexts. © 2013 Pion and its Licensors. Source

Savitha R.,Nanyang Technological University | Suresh S.,Nanyang Technological University | Kim H.J.,International School of Management
Neurocomputing | Year: 2012

In this paper, we investigate the decision making ability of a fully complex-valued radial basis function (FC-RBF) network in solving real-valued classification problems. The FC-RBF classifier is a single hidden layer fully complex-valued neural network with a nonlinear input layer, a nonlinear hidden layer, and a linear output layer. The neurons in the input layer of the classifier employ the phase encoded transformation to map the input features from the Real domain to the Complex domain. The neurons in the hidden layer employ a fully complex-valued Gaussian-like activation function of the type of hyperbolic secant (sech). The classification ability of the classifier is first studied analytically and it is shown that the decision boundaries of the FC-RBF classifier are orthogonal to each other. Then, the performance of the FC-RBF classifier is studied experimentally using a set of real-valued benchmark problems and also a real-world problem. The study clearly indicates the superior classification ability of the FC-RBF classifier. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. Source

Zhu X.,West Chester University | Mukhopadhyay S.K.,Sungkyunkwan University | Kurata H.,International School of Management
Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M | Year: 2012

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is an emerging technology that is increasingly being used in supply chain management. RFID technology plays an important role in supporting logistics and supply chain processes because of their ability to identify, trace and track information throughout the supply chain. The technology can provide suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers precise real time information about the products. This accurate knowledge of the inventory would result in lower labor cost, simplified business processes and improved supply chain efficiency. If properly used, it has the potential to cut ordering lead time and cost on inventory control, increase the accuracy of inventory information, help avoid stockouts and boost the number of inventory turns. In this paper, we provide an overview of the current state of RFID applications in different industries and its impact on business operations. We provide extensive literature survey and develop a framework for future research areas in this field. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

McPhearson T.,Tishman Environment and Design Center | Hamstead Z.A.,International School of Management | Kremer P.,Tishman Environment and Design Center
Ambio | Year: 2014

We review the current state of knowledge about urban ecosystem services in New York City (NYC) and how these services are regulated, planned for, and managed. Focusing on ecosystem services that have presented challenges in NYC-including stormwater quality enhancement and flood control, drinking water quality, food provisioning and recreation-we find that mismatches between the scale of production and scale of management occur where service provision is insufficient. Adequate production of locally produced services and services which are more accessible when produced locally is challenging in the context of dense urban development that is characteristic of NYC. Management approaches are needed to address scale mismatches in the production and consumption of ecosystem services. By coordinating along multiple scales of management and promoting best management practices, urban leaders have an opportunity to ensure that nature and ecosystem processes are protected in cities to support the delivery of fundamental urban ecosystem services. © The Author(s) 2014. Source

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