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  • The Definitive Guide to a Digital Business Strategy 

    Mubako, Albert T.; Ray, Jeffrey S. (2020-07-14)
  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Technology and Applications 

    Ray, Jeffrey
    The purpose of this paper is to summarize the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) technology and determine where it is in its evolutionary development. Technologies that fragment data into small pieces typically have very ...
  • Planning the Research Dissertation Project 

    Ray, Jeffrey
    This paper examines what a dissertation is, summarizes some best practices for preparing one, and then describes a detailed action plan that can be used to manage the entire research effort.
  • The Economic Man 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2012-04-15)
    This paper questions how economic systems are using knowledge to support economic decision making. Scientific knowledge collected by centralized planners is not the right type of information to base economic decisions on ...
  • Knowledge and Knowledge Barriers 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-11-14)
    This paper investigates spacial clustering of entrepreneurship and considers work advanced by David Andersson in the field. It assesses the influence that knowledge, in the form of insight, has on creating local economic ...
  • Combining Measurement Frameworks 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-12-27)
    This paper reviews and summarizes financial measurement systems and evaluates them against some core management constructs. First, accurate information is fundamental for decision making. Recent improvements in financial ...
  • Karl Popper and the Call for Academic Discipline 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-10-29)
    Karl Popper was a philosopher that criticized traditional views of how knowledge was purported to support scientific and philosophical hypotheses. This paper analyzes the influence Popper had on how knowledge is used to ...
  • Economics, Positive Science and the Quest for Predictive Performance 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-05-12)
    This paper tracks the evolution of the subject area of positive economics from the contributions of John Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Karl Popper. Economics is said to be a “positive science” that can be ...
  • Recognizing Project Management as an Abstract Science 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2012-05-12)
    Researchers indicate a shift in scholarly focus from a systems perspective, to one of leadership and organizational behavior. To address increasing project failure rates, leadership theories are being implemented to improve ...
  • Defining Organizational Culture for Entrepreneurs 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-07-24)
    It appears that innovation, and how an organization can acquire it, is the key to being competitive in the New Product Development (NPD) marketplace. Knowledge that leads to innovation in products, unlike specialized ...
  • Using Effective E-Commerce Strategies to Improve Organizational Performance 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-11-20)
    This paper assesses why it’s important for businesses to make the commitment to engage in an effective e-commerce strategy. In a tough economy like the one we are currently experiencing, engaging in the pursuit of internet ...
  • Managing Consumer Trust in Intercultural E-Commerce Transactions 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-11-26)
    The importance of consumer trust to the success of online business transactions is well documented. An analytical look at the typical online purchase indicates the level of trust required to complete a transaction is ...
  • The Impact of Technological Innovation Cycles on Organizational Learning 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-12-04)
    In today’s constantly changing business environment, the ability to acquire knowledge, and to do it quickly, is often the difference between surviving and not surviving. Organizational learning is therefore being recognized ...
  • Leveling E-Commerce Opportunities for Developing Countries 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2011-12-31)
    Recent studies have raised a disturbing issue concerning the ability of developing countries to compete in the E-business marketplace. Historically, researchers have been optimistic and anticipated that E-commerce technologies ...
  • Assessing the Success of Sarbanes-Oxley 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2012-07-09)
    This paper evaluates the success that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has had in the market place. It initially assesses improvements the act has made to restore public confidence in the auditing process, and their effectiveness. ...
  • The Process of Capturing Innovation 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2012-11-18)
    Due to the sheer number of market analysis tools available, no standard strategic planning methodology has been consistently adopted. Businesses can quickly lose focus and become guilty of instilling ‘form-over-substance’ ...
  • Evolving Human Resource (HR) Management to Cope with Disruptive Innovation Technologies 

    Ray, Jeffrey (2012-11-11)
    Businesses are responding to the threat of disruptive innovation technologies by upgrading their capabilities and practices. These upgrades ensure implementing organizations become more adaptable, and flexible, with respect ...
  • Dispelling the Myth that Organizations Learn from Failure 

    Ray, Jeffery (2015-12-25)
    There are some movements within the project management profession to adopt a new posture regarding project failures. According to this new line of reasoning, failure should be embraced since it provides a learning opportunity ...
  • Earned Value (EV) Management Model for Small Software Development Projects 

    Ray, Jeffery; Sanderson, Sandra (2001-04-17)
    This paper describes an approach for implementing earned value (EV) management tracking on small software development projects. Small projects are difficult EV applications because work must be tracked down at the task ...
  • Cultural Comparison of the United States and China from the Project Manager's Perspective 

    Ray, Jeffery
    Knowledge of cultural impacts helps project managers understanding of cultural perspectives of all stakeholders. Since cultural differences can become organizational performance barriers, it is important to consider how ...

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