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Ferrer G.,Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey | Cortezia S.,UNISINOS | Neumann J.M.,Faculdade Cenecista
Journal of Industrial Ecology | Year: 2012

This research analyzes the Green City project in the town of Três Coroas, Brazil. We describe its management system, evaluating the change process and the economic, social, and environmental benefits since the recycling center has been in service. We demonstrate a successful case of operational and cultural change in the disposal of industrial waste, describing the key points that helped the adoption of a new set of procedures, and illustrating the role of the champion in the implementation of a symbiotic cluster. © 2012 by Yale University.


Thome K.M.,University of Brasilia | Vieira L.M.,UNISINOS | dos Santos A.C.,Federal University of Lavras
Journal of East-West Business | Year: 2012

This article compares the Russian and British marketing channels for Brazilian beef distribution. The results show that the framework hereby developed aids understanding of the differences and the reasons for the organizational form of these channels. The findings also show that there is a difference in the way these channels are organized to seek efficiency in their business transactions. Institutional environment attributes are able to influence the distinction between channels in terms of transaction efficiency. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Horta R.L.,Prontamente Clinica de Psiquiatria e Psicoterapia | Esswein G.C.,UNISINOS | Horta C.L.,Prontamente Clinica de Psiquiatria e Psicoterapia
Ciencia e Saude Coletiva | Year: 2013

This paper presents qualitative research analyzing two focus groups with twenty workers in Psychosocial Care Centers (CAPS I) in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, in 2009. They were invited to discuss overwork and dissatisfaction with work in general and also recent demands of crack cocaine users on the local mental health networks. Workers in both groups reported a strong concern about the instability of employment contracts, leading to limited ability to plan their futures. In addition, the accumulation of tasks to replace absenteeism in teams leads to a limited interest in long-term action planning and the option for less complex tasks. Court orders, the interference of public officials and requests of hospitalization, are considered unfavorable routine conditions in the perception of health workers, as well as uncooperative and quarrelsome family members and unmotivated users for resuming treatment. The teams seem to be the center of a conflict between the impossibility of avoiding the emergence of demands of crack users who apply to local health networks and the limits established by management, increasing dissatisfaction and perceived overwork.


Buatois L.A.,University of Saskatchewan | Netto R.G.,UNISINOS | Mangano M.G.,University of Saskatchewan
Special Paper of the Geological Society of America | Year: 2010

Late Paleozoic ichnofaunas from eight different Gondwanic basins (Paganzo, San Rafael, Tarija, Paraná, Karoo, Falkland, Transantarctic, and Sydney) provide valuable evidence for reconstructing the environmental conditions of postglacial transgressions. The depositional environment of most of these transgressive finegrained deposits historically has been controversial, with interpretations ranging from freshwater lacustrine to brackish-water estuarine, and even normal-salinity, open-marine platforms. Although the various units differ in the degree of marine connection, the common theme in all is the presence of freshwater ichnofaunas in direct association with glacially influenced coasts affected by strong discharges of meltwater. Ichnofaunas are typically dominated by nonspecialized grazing trails (Mermia, Helminthopsis, Helminthoidichnites), simple feeding traces (Treptichnus), arthropod trackways (Diplichnites, Umfolozia), and fish trails (Undichna), representing examples of the Mermia and, to a lesser extent, the Scoyenia ichnofacies. A complex paleogeography of fjords and deep, large coastal lakes is suggested. Freshwater conditions were prevalent during most of the time because these areas were affected by a strong discharge of fresh water due to melting of the ice masses during deglaciation. The simple dichotomy between marine and nonmarine settings is misleading because these peculiar assemblages should first be understood in terms of their paleoecologic significance, and subsequently placed within a larger paleoenvironmental context. Laterally persistent, albeit diachronous, peri-Gondwanan ichnofaunas characterize melting of the late Paleozoic ice caps. Temporal recurrence of these ichnofaunas through the Late Carboniferous-Middle Permian indicates a common response of benthic faunas under similar ecological conditions during deglaciation events. © 2010 The Geological Society of America. All rights reserved.


The strategic management of innovation in the Brazilian clothing market has found certain barriers, especially regarding product development in micro and small enterprises. Local Productive Arrangements (LPAs) have been used by organizations as a strategy to overcome this difficulty. This research presents a multi-case study on five LPAs in the State of Parana with four or more years of existence. The total sample consisted of 20 business agents of governance, including presidents of unions and organized associations responsible for Research and Development (R & D) projects. The study examined R&D actions presented in the strategic planning arrangements from the consolidation strategies and the Routes of Strategic Project roadmapping for the future of this sector in the State of Parana. Several difficulties were found in the innovation chain process, especially related to the management of joint product development by contractors and cooperation of suppliers and public policies to encourage R&D in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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