Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2012 

 

1. PLANNING FOR DURABILITY IN BUILDING PROJECTS: STRATEGIES AND TECHNICAL RECOMMENDATIONS ACCORDING TO LEED CANADA

Silverio HERNÁNDEZ-MORENO

Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Toluca

Mexico

Jesús DE HOYOS-MARTÍNEZ

Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Toluca

Mexico

 

This paper is a review article that is basically the tropicalization of strategies and recommendations for design and durability in planning building projects. This document is based on tropicalization life strategies that are based on the review and analysis of the LEED® Canadian version model, which includes several technical recommendations to improve the durability of buildings and their components. We conclude that the guidelines of tropicalization in countries such as Canada to countries such as Mexico will depend on its direct application in the design and construction processes with special attention to issues such as climate, building systems, quality of materials and workmanship of the construction. ...

2. POLICIES FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN AND RELEVANT LESSONS FOR HONG KONG

Mahmud Hassan TALUKDAR

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

Ryo FUJIMORI

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

Yijia ZHONG

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

Distinction CHAN

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

Sustainable urban design is widely considered a promising approach to deal with the multifarious array of social, economic and environmental problems in urban agglomerations. Sustainable design principles and policies helps to improve social inclusion, mobility, accessibility and various urban problems and thus enhances the overall quality of life in cities. But what will be the appropriate policies for sustainable urban designs are yet to be addressed. If, policies are identified than worldwide researchers, urban planners, urban designers and policy makers can easily use them for making urban area sustainable. So, the aim of this paper is to explore the sustainable urban design policies. To cite an example of how cities can use the explored policies, relevant lessons for Hong Kong is briefly described. Literature review and case study are the main source of information of this study. This paper is divided into three chapters; in its first chapter emergence and definition of sustainable development and sustainable urban design is described, in its second chapter policies for sustainable urban design explored and in the third chapter relevant lessons for Hong Kong are narrated. ...

3. MANAGERIAL CHALLENGES IN THE CONTEXT OF USING NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES

Gabriel-Andrei BREZOIU

The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Romania

Nowadays changes such as technological progress, internet use on a large scale and management practices in the context of a knowledge based society are important factors to influence our way of life, our way of doing business. Understanding new media challenges is no longer an accessory for many business sectors. Integrating these tools in our processes is not just an extra benefit, but sometimes it could be a must. Important changes could be seen in the field of communication and public relations, in marketing for understanding our customer behavior, in human resources management and at a strategic level. However, this phenomenon brings both opportunities and threats which may be considered before deciding to upgrade your services to the new media trend. ...

4. LOGISTICS INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN MACEDONIAN FIRMS: CURRENT SITUATION AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

Shpend IMERI

Municipality of Tetovo, Tetovo

 Macedonia

 

This study aims to explore the current status and future patterns of Logistics Information Systems [LIS] of organizations in Macedonia. Basically the aim and objectives of this research are threefold: 1) To identify the major challenges and developments of Logistics Information Systems by firms’ in Macedonia, 2) To assess the current state and future policies of LIS 3) To clarify the need of LIS efficiency and effectiveness to organizations strategies. Grounded methodology is adopted in order to analyze the data collected as well as other sources of information. However, the questionnaire used in this research was adopted from the study developed by Ketikidis et al. (2008) but again changes were incorporated. The data collected from 65 companies are analyzed by the employment of descriptive statistics by utilizing ‘Statistical Package for Social Sciences’ (SPSS) software in order to test the collected data. The findings, nevertheless recommend that organizations face common challenges in general, majority of the respondents state that they are emphasizing more into closer partnership with suppliers and Just In Time (JIT) supply rather than concentrating on customer service. Thus, findings suggest that firms in Macedonia are not ready yet to play an important role in the South-East European supply chains or in global supply chains. The present obstacles that embrace the abilities of developing relationships with the forward links, weak organizational strategic planning and low level of infrastructure as well as low level of Logistics and Supply Chains Management education are the main drawbacks for this country. Indeed changing managerial mentalities within these companies is gradually progressing and in the future it is expected for better Logistics and Supply Chain knowledge. ...

5. AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION ABOUT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND TOURIST ARRIVAL: EVIDENCE FROM INDIA

Vikas GAUTAM

The ICFAI University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

India

Suresh KG

The ICFAI University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

India

 

This study aims to examine the causal relationship between tourism arrivals and bilateral trade of India with Germany, Netherland, Switzerland, France, Italy, USA, UK and Canada for the period 1996 January to 2008 December. After examining the order of integration by using the Zivot and Andrews structural unit root test, we have used the Granger Causality test to examine the causal relationship between the study variables. The Granger Causality test results indicate two way causal relationships between the Trade and Tourism in case of USA, Italy and Canada. ... 

6. THE IMPACT OF STOCK OPTIONS TRADING ON THE MARKET VALUE OF COMPANIES LISTED IN KUWAIT STOCk EXCHANGE

Ghada Ali TIMRAZ

Amman Arab University, Amman

Jordan

Faris Nasif AL-SHUBIRI

Amman Arab University, Amman

Jordan

 

This study aims to examine the impact of stock options trading on the market value of companies listed in Kuwait Stock Exchange. The phenomenon of volatility in securities prices concerned as a threat to the companies listed on Kuwait Stock Exchange, which forced companies' managers to deal with new financial instruments particularly financial options to hedge from those risks .we will take a sample of (30) companies that deal with stock options, these companies are listed in the appendices, we have chosen these companies because of the availability of adequate information about trading on stock options from 2006 to 2011. All companies must adopt options contracts because of its significant impact on the market value of those companies through the impact on the trading volume of companies' stocks and thus changes in the demand and supply of such shares which leads ultimately to changes in the value of shares of these companies in the market. The researcher recommends using options contracts from the perspective of the investor because of its role in achieving high and guaranteed profits, when exercising the option contract whether is call or put option at a pre-determined price and thereby yielding a capital gains resulting from the difference between buying and the selling price. ...

7. IMPLEMENTING REGIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Andreea ZAMFIR

The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest

Romania

 

This study explores the possibility of implementing regional renewable energy projects through public-private partnerships. The issues of implementing regional renewable energy projects and the contribution of the public sector to its achievement are leading points on the political agenda, being highly debated nowadays. Hence, the general picture of the renewable energy in the European Union is revealed, and the special case of the renewable energy in Romania is disclosed. Furthermore, the partnership between public administration and private companies for implementing regional renewable energy projects is explored. ...