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Veronica Stefan and Valentin Radu

-Hill Orr, Alan D., (2004) Advanced project management: a complete guide to the processes, models and techniques , London, Kogan Page Pyron, Tim, (2004) Special edition using Microsoft Office Project 2003 , Indianapolis, Que Westland, Jason, (2006) The project management life cycle: a complete step-by-step methodology for iniating, planning, executing & closing a project successfully, London, Kogan Page Harts, D., (2007) Microsoft ® Office 2007 Business Intelligence, ISBN-13: 978-0071494243, McGraw-Hill Osborne Media Rusu, A., (2007) Cercetari

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Eftihia Nathanail, Lambros Mitropoulos, Ioannis Karakikes and Giannis Adamos

. (2013). Recommendation and policy tools . Best practice factory for freight transport, Deliverable 3.1. 22. C-LIEGE. (2014). Clean last mile transport and logistics management for smart and efficient local governments in Europe . Towards clean urban freight transport, Final Report. 23. FREILOT. (2011). Evaluation methodology and plan urban . Freight Energy Efficiency Pilot, Deliverable 4.1. 24. CITYLAB. (2015). Definition of necessary indicators for evaluation . City Logistics in Living Laboratories, Deliverable 5.1. 25. Mitropoulos, L

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Jin Zhang, Yanyan Wang, Yuehua Zhao and Xin Cai

1 Introduction The growth of different research fields is primarily driven by studies in these fields. As these research fields develop and the number of studies increase, the scope of these fields expands. Since the quality of research is determined in part by the research methodologies used, utilization of these methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, has become more and more important. Research methodologies play an indispensable role in several research fields. As one of the main branches of quantitative methods, statistical methods are

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Dar-Zen Chen and Chien-Hsiang Chou

characteristics. By using the methodology proposed in this study, critical insights into the major trends in a technological field can be revealed. Such information not only would be useful to the technology management and planning of companies but can also be of reference to policy makers in the creation and development of relevant policies. 2 Methodology To explore the trend of technology dominators and technology-related concerns, as well as their patent characteristics under different transition patterns, this study was conducted through the following steps

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Dimitrios Paraskevadakis, Alan Bury, Jin Wang, Jun Ren, Stephen Bonsall and Ian Jenkinson

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In the North West of England the issue of a perceived infrastructure gap is of increasing concern. Investment needs to be made to improve the transport infrastructure of the region if it is to be expected to promote the development of its own regional logistics gateway. Funding tools have been set up to address the challenges arising from the imbalance in infrastructure development that exists between regions in the north of the United Kingdom and those in the south. For regions with well developed economies the outlook is promising as the availability of modern transport infrastructure looks set to improve. However, some sources believe that the development of new transport infrastructure will have a negative impact upon sustainable development. It is expected that this will occur in a range of both direct and indirect ways. As a result, it is critical that planning for the creation of new intermodal transport infrastructure, or the upgrading of that which already exists, takes into account the impact that these developments will have on the sustainable development of the host region. A scenario based development methodology is proposed in this paper. It was developed to provide a way to identify potential scenarios that may arise within a given region as a result of transport infrastructure projects. To create significant scenarios the methodology is dependent on the availability of a sufficient quantity of quality data. For this paper that data was collected through a focus group composed of stakeholders from the region in question. This was further supported by the performance of an impact survey using the same group of stakeholders.

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Gabriel Croitoru, Mircea Constantin Duica, Dorin Claudiu Manolache and Mihaela Ancuta Banu

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Entrepreneurial spirit plays an increasingly important role in the economic sphere, and universities are meant to play a central role in this process, where the main objective is the continuous development and mediation of the knowledge increasingly geared to the applications through innovation and patenting a secure platform for employment and well-being growth. The Universities have to take a position in if/and how they want to grow into a so-called “University of Entrepreneurship” which is characterized by a high degree of openness to the surrounding society and here we are talking, especially, about, the business sector in Romania. This evolution of expectations for the social role of universities has resulted from increased and recent interest in entrepreneurship and innovation of areas as research and theory of the business environment. The experience gained as teachers indicates that education and entrepreneurship education should include different theories and methodology than those applied in the usual way. The theory of traditional management and microeconomic models could even be a barrier to new thinking and change and, therefore, to the implementation of modern entrepreneurial actions. We want this article to be a source of inspiration for educational institutions and to have a positive contribution to research in business education and to be applicable in business decision-making.

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Claudio Ruff Escobar and Marcelo Ruiz Toledo

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Currently, higher education faces the great challenge of promoting the enduring improvement of its actions, and thus achieve not only satisfaction and integral formation of its students, but also a permanent growth and institutional development. At the World Conference of Higher Education, CMES 2009, the subject of quality and university management was emphasized, understanding that both favor the decision-making that directly benefits the continuous progress by incorporating mechanisms and instruments that ensure quality, such as: the hiring of qualified personnel, the optimization of resources and the accomplishment of institutional goals.

The Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins has defined and specified in its 2016-2020 institutional strategic plan, strategic objectives and indicators that show their degree of effectiveness through a Balanced Scorecard System. For this, it was necessary to select and specify indicators of relevant performance (KPIs) which would allow to execute a more specific follow up to overall performance and results. By using a similar methodology to the Dupon analysis a crossed-impact matrix was designed, which classified the 31 identified indicators in 4 KPIs of general matrix performance that allowed to systematically evaluate the institution and assess its integral overall performance by looking at only 4 indicators referring to the degree of advancement and institutional quality.

Thus, achieving the study’s goal by designing and implementing a modern management model sustained in key indicators that might influence the institutional quality, measured through the institutional and careers accreditation and the correlation analysis between years and accreditation areas and the selected indicators.

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Assia Djenouhat and Reda Djaouahdou

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The objective of this paper is to investigate the influence of Sino-Algerian B2B relational exchange via e-marketplace, by examining the two instrumental dimensions of relational exchange where information exchange and flexibility were tested. Toward that goal, a survey is employed to Algerian import companies to determine the quality of relational exchange with Chinese companies when trading via e-marketplace. A conceptual framework was developed based on extended literature review and examined on data collected from 70 companies through a survey methodology. As a result, Algerian import companies have a good and strong relational exchange with Chinese companies via e-marketplace, due to high degree of transparency, just-in-time services and special facilities in language negotiation, ordering, payment methods and shipment provided by Chinese companies. Thus, non-trust on e-commerce and internet infrastructure in Algeria has affected the trust on after-purchase activities via e-marketplace. So, Algerian companies strongly trust on Chinese companies but they weakly trust on trading with them via e-marketplace.

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Adebayo Owolabi Oyetubo, Oluwaseyi Joseph Afolabi and Muhammed Etudaiye Ohida

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Road traffic accident is one of the major causes of death in Nigeria. Road accidents have taken away so many lives in Nigeria today that hardly does any single disease match its mortality prowess. People have died prematurely and properties worth several millions of Naira have been lost as a result of road traffic accident. This paper gives a full discussion on road traffic safety issues and the methodology used were through the collection of data using questionnaire and accident information from the Nigeria Police Force, FRSC etc. The primary information for this research was sourced through the use of structured questionnaire, personal observation and interviews of road users in the study area. Secondary data emanated from published and unpublished sources such as government records, internet, journals, books etc. The findings were presented in descriptive and inferential form using frequencies, percentages, tables, mean and chi-square analytical techniques. The findings from the study revealed among many others; that Male involved more in road accident compare to female counterpart in Minna Niger State. Private car had more accident compare to Taxi, The number of accident in each zone does not depend on the population of that zone, etc.

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Vasiliki Kremastioti, Athanasios Anastasiou, Panagiotis Liargovas, Dimitrios Komninos and Zacharias Dermatis

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Health Care is a sensitive issue that concerns not only the individual but also society in general. Health economics are a specialization of the economists in the health sector who aim for the proper function of hospital administration. It deals with issues related to the financing and delivery of health services and the role of such services and other personal decisions in contributing to personal health. Many researches refer to the problems that each health unit faces, emphasizing on the resources, programs and health expenditure. Some of these programs, especially the most effective, are mentioned in this research. Their creation was based on the best quality of health services in all OECD countries.

With this research, we aim to develop a methodological framework for evaluating the total health expenditure (consists of all expenditures or outlays for medical care, prevention, promotion, rehabilitation, community health activities, health administration and regulation and capital formation with the predominant objective of improving health) in the 23 OECD countries, by creating a panel data regression and analyzing the results, from 2000 to 2014. For this reason, some of the most important variables (macroeconomic and related to the health sector), were used as tools to assess the performance of each country, as far as the resources and the expenditure for the health care are concerned. Every explanatory variable that was used in this sample, but also the combination of a number of these explanatory variables showed a positive correlation with total expenditures as a percentage of GDP in the majority of the equations. Some variables showed a negative correlation with total health expenditures, which doesn’t fit with the economic theory. Financial crisis is the reason for this.