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Nedelcu E.,Nicolae Titulescu University of Bucharest
European Journal of Science and Theology | Year: 2012

This study assumes that democracy is consolidated in societies which develop their own social-inclusive capacities. The degree of social inclusion does not depend only on the existence of democratic institutions but also on the predominance of a participatory political culture. The present paper focuses on analyzing the necessity and efficiency of the young people's civic socialization process within EU post-communist societies. To what extent has the civic and political socialization process attempted and managed to develop a political culture capable of giving meaning and support to the process of conciliation, harmonization and international community solidarity? Has civic socialization basically confined itself to transmitting the axiological system specific for political and democratic culture or has it been a complex process that aimed at developing a multi-dimension civic identity: individual, national and European? Which were the results of civic formal and informal socialization? To what extent did formal and informal socialization manage to offer young people in EU post-communist countries the knowledge and abilities they need for assuming the role of political subjects? Does the current deficit of participatory political culture - characteristic of young people - require a more intense civic formal socialization? Finally, the paper deals with the opportunity of introducing a new discipline in the higher education system: Civic sociology.

Nicolescu V.Q.,Nicolae Titulescu University of Bucharest
European Journal of Science and Theology | Year: 2012

In this paper I am trying to explore the possible relationship between the worldwide grass-roots Occupy movement and the 2012 Piaţa Universitǎţii marathon manifestation in Romania. My approach is a comparative one - I firstly try to sketch a conceptual framework designed to produce a clear image regarding the global Occupy movement, and secondly to see if the Romanian phenomenon is related to the wider Occupy movement. Finally, I will try to formulate some conclusions regarding the implications for political theory of both types of social movements, the most important one regarding the relation between a non-hierarchical, leaderless movement and contemporary evolutions in political ideologies.

Ungureanu R.-S.,Nicolae Titulescu University of Bucharest
European Journal of Science and Theology | Year: 2012

The unique features of the European Union generate permanent political and theoretical debates; the fact is unsurprising, since simply describing this entity is a challenge. Despite the impressive literature on the topic, there is no widely recognized understanding of EU's nature as a polity. The paper considers that the most appropriate term from the usual political vocabulary to designate it is that of 'empire'. EU is based on an imperial myth, comprises many former imperial powers, can be considered an empire, but does not display the behaviour and ideology expected from one. The article suggests that the answer for this dissonance can be found in considering that the defining feature of a given empire is its 'mission' - the ideological project that legitimizes and guides it. From the theoretical position of social constructivism, the paper investigates the characteristics of EU's mission as an innovative polity.

Coutinho C.,New University of Lisbon | Cretan A.,Nicolae Titulescu University of Bucharest | Jardim-Goncalves R.,New University of Lisbon | Jardim-Goncalves R.,Cts Inc.
Computers in Industry | Year: 2013

The evolution of ICT towards fast and robust data exchange promoted the blooming of successful technical and business concepts like cloud computing and virtualisation of enterprise assets. The escalation of service providers enabled the specialisation of enterprises (particularly SMEs) and the building of provider networks. This move from enterprise-concentric to service-dispersed strategies is leading to concerns about reaching and maintaining the interoperability between customer-provider pairs and their associated business networks. This is particularly true in the aerospace industry: a highly-competitive and demanding business supported by numerous applications, which may be general-purposed, specific, proprietary or open-sourced, all needing to be interoperable with the lowest impact on the business itself. This paper addresses the need for improving the sustainability of enterprise interoperability via the application of negotiations, with the objective of reducing the impact of changes and achieving the best solutions in the interoperability between the enterprises and their surrounding environment. It proposes a framework that features a negotiation mechanism for the management of changes towards the sustainability of the seamless business-to-business interactions, and describes its application on the real business case of the ESA-CDF space mission feasibility studies. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Cretan A.,Nicolae Titulescu University of Bucharest | Coutinho C.,Cts Inc. | Bratu B.,Extreme Computing RandD | Jardim-Goncalves R.,Cts Inc.
Annual Reviews in Control | Year: 2012

With the rise of the Internet, competitiveness is pressuring enterprises to build better solutions with fewer resources, following new trends and supporting new platforms and methodologies. On the other hand, legislation and regulations are updating frequently and deeply, and demanding rapid compliance from enterprises. These frequent business changes shake all the interoperability links between the enterprises, leading to periods of adaptation where business operation is not possible. The urge to rapidly regain interoperability often leads to unfounded, poorly-chosen solutions, which lead to inefficiency and rework. This paper proposes that the best way to have a strong interoperable environment is to perform constant, periodic maintenance operations in order to adapt enterprises to their surrounding ecosystem. It introduces NEGOSEIO, a framework that promotes continuous improvement and adaptation towards the management of interoperability on enterprise systems, and which has negotiations as a core mechanism to handle inconsistencies and solutions for the detected interoperability problems. Following this approach, enterprises shall become more adaptable to changes and external factors, consequently developing resilient and efficient interactions with its supply chain. The paper validates the framework with its application in a real business case of aerospace mission design on the European Space Agency (ESA). © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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