Monthly ArchiveApril 2011

Document and Knowledge Management Interrelationships

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DM-KM-interrelationships

In recent times the volume of documents produced daily has increased exponentially. There is a demand for an efficient and secure method to manage the documents and make the information, records and knowledge entailed in them available anywhere at any time. This demand has initiated the development of new technologies with new approach to document management. The new document management technologies integrate state of the art.       download the e-book

The Impact of Flextime Schedules on Motivation of Employees

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flexitime-employee-motivation

Employee motivation is one of the major common issues facing managers across organizations. In order to understand what is meant by “employee motivation” within the scope of this study, it is necessary to define motivation. In addition to the definition, a motivation theory, namely Marslow’s Hierarchy of Needs would be applied to the employee as an individual. There are several definitions of motivation in the literature; from the psychological point of view, motivation is basically defined as the driving force or the reason behind the action of an organism or human behavior. For this study, the following definition of motivation found in online business dictionary would be adopted: “Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested in and committed to a job, role, or subject, and to exert persistent effort in attaining a goal. Motivation is the energizer of behavior and mother of all action. It results from the interactions among conscious and unconscious factors such as the (1) intensity of desire or need, (2) incentive or reward value of the goal, and (3) expectations of the individual and of his or her significant others”.

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The American human psychologist Abraham Maslow conducted an investigation between 1939 and 1943 on human behavior from which he developed a theory on human motivation. The theory, popularly known as Marslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, identifies five basic human needs as follow:

  • Physiological Needs
  • Safety Needs
  • Social Needs
  • Esteem Needs
  • Self-Actualization

Physiological Needs are the fundamental needs to survive such as shelter, food and water that motivate a person to take action. After the fundamental needs have been satisfied, the person’s needs are replaced by safety needs to protect the physiological needs. Safety acts as motivator for the actions of the individual. If safety is in place, the person moves on to attain social status in order to satisfy the social needs. For the person, loving someone or being loved, acceptance in a social club or having friends may be part of satisfying the social needs. The achievement of a social status leads the person to the next higher level of needs, esteem needs. The esteem needs motivate a person to accomplish a goal as well as gain recognition, reputation and self-respect. Having satisfied esteem needs, the individual is now at the top of Marslow’s pyramid, self-actualization. Self-actualization motivates a person to exploit all potentials and attain highest achievements while psychological growth continues

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AMD versus Intel – The Microprocessor Market

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AMD versus Intel-Microprocessor market

The semiconductor industry is arguably a major technology driver that has continuously induced innovation in diverse industry sectors due to intense competition. The products of the semiconductor industry particularly microprocessors have enabled the development of high performance computers, industrial as well as household equipments, consumer electronics and mobile devices. The microprocessor is generally referred to as the central processing unit (CPU). It consists of a silicon chip holding a series of transistors together with other components and controls the central processing function of the computer and other devices in which it is employed.

The Chemistry of Perfume

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perfume magic

Perfume is a mixture of fragrant, essential oils and aroma compounds, a fixative, and alcohol. It is used to give parts of the human body and sometimes other objects a long-lasting and pleasant smell.

The essential oils are obtained by distillation of flowers, plants, and grasses, such as orange blossom and roses. Extraction by enfleurage is used if distillation is not possible, for example in the case of Jasmin Absolute. Enfleurage is basically extraction by absorption of aroma materials into wax and then extracting the odorous oil with alcohol. Aromatic chemicals are also used. Fixatives, which bind the various fragrances together, include balsams, ambergris, and secretions from the scent glands of civets and musk deer (undiluted, these have

A New Solar Touch Screen May Resolve Battery Life Issues

Solar-powered cellphone

Solar-powered cellphone

It’s no secret that cell phones, while indispensable inside modern life, have a trouble with battery longevity. I find that in most cases, my Android mobile phone and apple iphone will exhaust power even while they’ve fallen into sleep routine while unplugged from the wall for about 24 hours. This can be a bit frustrating, particularly if I need the phone to function without energy for a set period of time, like on the road trip when I neglected to pack a car charger and won’t have access to a power source for several days.

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