Recent Submissions

  • Matching experiential learning style with entrepreneurial opportunities: a framework. 

    Kakouris, Alexandros; Fulford, Heather; Liargovas, Panagiotis (Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited http://academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_4014001-ECIE-2015-10th-European-Conference-on-Innovation-and-Entrepreneurship-Genoa-Italy-ISBN-9781910810491-ISSN-20491050.html, 2015-09-17)
    KAKOURIS, A., FULFORD, H. and LIARGOVAS, P. 2015. Matching experiential learning style with entrepreneurial opportunities: a framework. In Dameri, R.A., Garelli, R. and Resta, M. (eds.) Proceedings of the 10th European innovation and entrepreneurship conference (ECIE 2015), 17-18 September 2015, Genoa, Italy. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited [online], pages 836-839. Available from: http://academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_4014001-ECIE-2015-10th-European-Conference-on-Innovation-and-Entrepreneurship-Genoa-Italy-ISBN-9781910810491-ISSN-20491050.html
    In the present conceptual article, we draw upon the notions of entreprenteurial opportunity and learning style to discuss a research question, and the corresponding theoretical framework, for an online experiment. The ...
  • The future of social security in Scotland: views from inside the system. 

    Public and Commercial Services Union; Spicker, Paul (Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union https://www.pcs.org.uk/sites/default/files/site_assets/regional_websites/scotland/2017/FSS_Scotland_FINAL.pdf, 2017-10-6)
    PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES UNION and SPICKER, P. 2017. The future of social security in Scotland: views from inside the system. Glasgow: PCS [online]. Available from: https://www.pcs.org.uk/sites/default/files/site_assets/regional_websites/scotland/2017/FSS_Scotland_FINAL.pdf
    The report is based on group interviews and questionnaires done earlier this year with 228 DWP officers. This is not the first report ever to ask social security officers what they think, but it's a rare and rather special ...
  • The application of major road infrastructure to support and drive sustainable urban mobility. 

    Hood, Caroline; Laing, Richard Alexander; Gray, David; Napier, L.; Simpson, A.; Tait, Elizabeth (University of Victoria (Organisers) https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/nhice/about-the-conference/, 2018-04-25)
    HOOD, C., LAING, R., GRAY, D., NAPIER, L., SIMPSON, A. and TAIT, E. 2018. The application of major road infrastructure to support and drive sustainable urban mobility. To be presented at the 1st International new horizons in green civil engineering conference 2018 (NHICE-01), 25-27 April 2018, Victoria, Canada.
    The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is a major 58km roads infrastructure project with funding partners including Transport Scotland, two local Municipal Authorities and the Scottish Futures Trust. The project aims ...
  • The direction of reflection: helping students make sense of work placements. 

    Fulford, Heather; Cargill, Erica (http://www.asetonline.org/events/conference-proceedings/, 2016-09-06)
    FULFORD, H. and CARGILL, E. 2016. The direction of reflection: helping students make sense of work placements. In Siva-Joth, D. (ed). Proceedings of the 23rd annual ASET conference 2016: placement and employability professionals, 6-8 September 2016, York, UK. Sheffield: ASET [online], pages 84-92. Available from: http://www.asetonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016-ASET-Conference-Proceedings.pdf
    When students are asked to write an account reflecting on a work placement or internship, they have the opportunity to consider their period of work experience from a number of perspectives. For example, they could concentrate ...
  • Five go to a country house: reflections on developing a residential programme for undergraduate management students. 

    Fulford, Heather; Cargill, Erica (CABS (Organisers), 2017-04-25)
    FULFORD, H. and CARGILL, E. 2017. Five go to a country house: reflections on developing a residential programme for undergraduate management students. Presented at the 6th Chartered Association of Business Schools conference on learning teaching and student experience (CABS LTSE 2017), 25-26 April 2017, Bristol, UK.
    For the academic year 2015-16, a new route was devised for undergraduate students in year three of their four-year Management degree. This route, denoted 'Connect to Business', was designed to allow students to participate ...
  • Learning from type? An evaluation of the impact of personality type and relationship context in formal mentoring relationships. 

    McWhirr, Susan M. (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Business School, 2016-09-01)
    MCWHIRR, S.M. 2016. Learning from type? An evaluation of the impact of personality type and relationship context in formal mentoring relationships. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.
    This thesis explores the impact of mentor and mentee personality type in formal mentoring relationships. The research sought to identify whether there were individual personality characteristics which impact on relationship ...
  • Economics as practical wisdom. 

    Spicker, Paul (World Economics Association (WEA) https://www.worldeconomicsassociation.org/journals/rwer/, 2016-06-27)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. Economics as practical wisdom. Real-world economics review [online], 75, pages 113-125. Available from: http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue75/Spicker75.pdf
    The discipline of economics has been represented as deductive and theoretical, deductive and empirical, and inductive and empirical. All of these approaches have been subject to withering criticism in other social sciences: ...
  • Inspired or foolhardy: sensemaking, confidence and entrepreneurs' decision-making. 

    Cunningham, James; Anderson, Alistair R. (Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/s10726-018-9563-0, 2018-02-22)
    CUNNINGHAM, J. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2018. Inspired or foolhardy: sensemaking, confidence and entrepreneurs' decision-making. Group decision and negotiation [online], First Online. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10726-018-9563-0
    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of confidence in how both new and experienced entrepreneurs interpret and make sense of their business environment to inform decision-making. We illustrate our conceptual ...
  • Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state. 

    Spicker, Paul (Democratic Arabic Centre http://democraticac.de/?p=46477, 2017-12-31)
    SPICKER, P. 2017. Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state. Translated to Arabic by H. M. I. Matter. Berlin: Democratice Arabic Centre [online]. Available from: http://democraticac.de/?p=46477
    This book is about social policy and administration, which is a field of study mainly concerned with 'social welfare' and the 'social services'. Social policy is not a self-contained academic discipline. The book ...
  • A new future for social security: response to the consultation document. 

    Spicker, Paul (Scottish Government, 2016-07-29)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. A new future for social security: response to the consultation document. In Scottish Government. Consultation on social security in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Government [online], response ID 500312666. Available from: https://consult.gov.scot/social-security/social-security-in-scotland/consultation/view_respondent?_b_index=420&uuId=500312666
    This submission covers genearl issues related to the statement of principles, broader issues of policy and general administrative arrangements. The main points are these: 1) The aims of benefit systems are complex. ...
  • The fiscal framework and the delivery of welfare benefits. 

    Spicker, Paul (Scottish Parliament http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/PreviousCommittees/83010.aspx, 2016-02-26)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. The fiscal framework and the delivery of welfare benefits. Presented at the 10th meeting (session 4) of the Scottish Parliament Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 3 March 2016, Edinburgh, UK. Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament [online], pages 19-23. Available from: http://www.parliament.scot/Papers_20160303_updated_3.3.16.pdf
    The author author was approached by the Clerks of the committee to comment on the Scotland Bill and Fiscal Framework, since the publication of the Committee's Interim Report published in May 2015. This is his written submission.
  • What can the Scottish Parliament do with new social security powers? 

    Spicker, Paul (COMMON WEAL, 2016-02-28)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. What can the Scottish Parliament do with new social security powers? Glasgow: Comon Weal [online]. Available from: http://allofusfirst.org/tasks/render/file/?fileID=5F353C60-ECE3-72D9-CAD3D044ACBB03D0
    Professor Paul Spicker analyses the planned devolution of social security powers to the Scottish Parliament in the Scotland Bill and argues: "The reforms have been represented as giving Scotland 'one of the most powerful ...
  • New benefit powers for Scotland. 

    Spicker, Paul (Poverty Alliance http://www.povertyalliance.org/article/new_welfare_powers, 2016-02-05)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. New benefit powers for Scotland. Poverty Alliance briefing, 23. Glasgow: The Poverty Alliance [online]. Available from: http://www.povertyalliance.org/article/new_welfare_powers
    Pending agreement between the Scottish and UK Governments, and the completion of the relevant Parliamentary processes, Scotland is set to gain significant new powers over aspects of the social security system. In order to ...
  • Why welfare? 

    Spicker, Paul (Rowan and Littlefield International Ltd http://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/arguments_for_welfare/3-156-b8676521-173c-4557-9489-01d73d466f67, 2017-03-31)
    SPICKER, P. 2017. Why welfare? In Spicker, P. Arguments for welfare: the welfare state and social policy. London: Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd [online], chapter 11, pages 101-103. Available from: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/arguments_for_welfare/3-156-b8676521-173c-4557-9489-01d73d466f67
    This book makes the case for the welfare state. Nearly every government in the developed world offers some form of social protection, and measures to improve the social and economic well-being of its citizens. However, the ...
  • Poverty as a wicked problem. 

    Spicker, Paul (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, 2016-11-30)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. Poverty as a wicked problem. CROP poverty brief [online], 35. Available from: http://www.crop.org/viewfile.aspx?id=1062
    This brief argues for a pragmatic approach to poverty, rather than an analytical one: 1. Poverty is a wicked issue - complex, multidimensional, unclear and changeable. There is not one problem to be addressed. If we are ...
  • The logic of practice - understanding the Chinese newly rich consumers' status consumption in luxury fashion clothes. 

    Zhang, Wei (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Business School, 2017-08-01)
    ZHANG, W. 2017. The logic of practice - understanding the Chinese newly rich consumers' status consumption in luxury fashion clothes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.
    Chinese newly rich consumers have gained substantial power in the luxury sector through their conspicuous consumption. Chinese consumers’ lack of cultural capital and inexperience in the purchase and use of material ...
  • Household behaviour and sustainability: from inactive to involved, and what lies in-between. 

    Oates, Caroline J.; McDonald, Seonaidh; Padmore, Jo; Oke, Adekunle (Academy of Marketing http://programme.exordo.com/am2015/delegates/presentation/28/, 2015-04-24)
    OATES, C., MCDONALD, S., PADMORE, J. and OKE, A. 2015. Household behaviour and sustainability: from inactive to involved, and what lies in-between. In Proceedings of the 48th Academy of Marketing conference 2015 (AM2015); the magic in marketing, 7-9 July 2015, Limerick, Ireland. Helensburgh: Academy of Marketing [online]. Available from: http://programme.exordo.com/am2015/delegates/presentation/28/
    In this working paper we present the initial findings from a 2013 postal survey into green and ethical household behaviour. 457 usable questionnaires were returned from 3000 householders in a large northern city in the UK, ...
  • Going with the flow: shadowing in organisations. 

    McDonald, Seonaidh (Sage https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-qualitative-business-and-management-research-methods/book259058, 2017-12-14)
    MCDONALD, S. 2017. Going with the flow: shadowing in organisations. In Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A.L. and GRANDY, G. (eds). The Sage handbook of qualitative business and management research methods, volume 2: methods and challenges. London: Sage [online], chapter 13, pages 205-218. Available from: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-qualitative-business-and-management-research-methods/book259058
    In 1997 I undertook my first shadowing in an organisation. I had already been researching the organisation with a team of colleagues for more than a year. Despite the fact that I had already spent many long weeks in the ...
  • Shadowing research in organizations: the methodological debates. 

    McDonald, Seonaidh; Simpson, Barbara (Emerald https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-02-2014-1204, 2014-03-04)
    MCDONALD, S. and SIMPSON, B. 2014. Shadowing research in organizations: the methodological debates. Qualitative research in organizations and management: an international journal [online], 9(1), pages 3-20. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-02-2014-1204
    Purpose: - The purpose of this paper is to provide some context for the special issue and to introduce the collection of invited commentaries and research papers that follow. It also sets out to clarify the contribution ...
  • The researcher role in the attitude-behaviour gap. 

    Oates, Caroline J.; McDonald, Seonaidh (Elsevier https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2014.01.003, 2014-02-17)
    OATES, C.J. and MCDONALD, S. 2014. The researcher role in the attitude-behaviour gap. Annals of tourism research [online], 46, pages 168-170. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2014.01.003
    In the green consumer behaviour literature the attitude-behaviour gap is well-established. Studies show that although people condone environmentally friendly actions, their green attitudes do not necessarily translate into ...

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