What is Driving the Mergers and Acquisitions Frenzy?
2006 set a record for mergers and acquisitions worldwide. Deals totaled $3.79 trillion, 38% higher than in 2005, and 55 of the transactions were valued at more than $10 billion each, according to data from Thomson Financial. Private equity firms were major movers in this trend, responsible for 20% of global M&A activity and 27% of activity in the U.S., according to Thomson. How long will this M&A binge continue, and when it does come to an end, what will be the factors behind the retreat? Knowle
Philips Lighting CEO Rudy Provoost: Innovation Means Putting Consumers' Needs First
Approximately 19% of the world's electricity bill comes from lighting, according to Rudy Provoost, CEO of Philips Lighting. As such, Philips, the world's largest producer of industrial and consumer lighting products, has a big role to play in the ongoing transformation from incandescent to solid-state lighting using LED technology. Provoost, who until last year was CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, is no stranger to new technologies, which he says are "just a vehicle to respond to needs." Fig
PARC's Teresa Lunt: 'Figuring Out What Is Valuable for You to Know Right Now'
Teresa Lunt, who directs the computing science laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center, is involved in a wide range of activities, including ubiquitous computing, security and privacy, and ethnography for organizational environments and technology design. During a talk with Knowledge@Wharton at the recent Future of Publishing Conference in New York, she discussed a few of her current projects -- such as research into workplace efficiencies, a study on mobile advertising and the creation of a
Worlds Apart: What's Behind the U.S.-China Currency Dispute?
Faced with the possibility of a global currency war, Western countries are increasing their scrutiny of China's currency policies, accusing Beijing of intervening in the markets to keep China's currency weaker than it would be otherwise. In the U.S., politicians and regulators say such tactics undermine efforts to boost exports, and thus take away jobs from American workers. But the controversy is more complicated than that, and touches on policies and attitudes that go back decades. Knowledge@W
Hitler's Death - The Final Report - Part 1 of 5
The first part of the documentary that show the last events in Hitler's life. There is footage and an account of the last war events. There is a description of Hitler's bunker.This video is a mixture of actual footage and dramatization.
Pipestone, Minnesota -- National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
features an area in the southwest corner of Minnesota that reflects a rich history of American Indian quarrying, prosperity brought by the railroad and mining enterprises, and a distinctive natural landscape. This National Register of Historic Places Travel itinerary highlights 30 historic places, including buildings constructed with beautiful local red stone and land still sacred to American Indians.
Open teaching: The key to sustainable and effective open education
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A Model for Strengthening the Software Engineering Research
Like all other New Member States (NMS) Bulgaria is experiencing a dramatic change in all areas of its society. These changes reflect very seriously on the research capacity of the country and, in particular to Sofia University (SU). The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI) has experienced some serious problems closely related to the general socio-economic and the research environment in Bulgaria. This paper describes a model for strengthening the research capacity of FMI, especially the
Exploring Individual and Collaborative Dimensions of Knowledge Building in an Online Learning Commun
An exploratory study of students' engagement in online learning and knowledge building is presented in this paper. Learning in an online community, composed of students (pre-service teachers) and experts (experienced in-service schoolteachers and academics), is the study's primary focus. Students' interaction and knowledge discourse structures, arising from individual readings of academic papers and asynchronous collaboration with peers and experts, are investigated using social network and cont
Digital literacy towards a re description of literacy for the digital learning environments
The concepts of digital literacy and digital competence are the focus in this paper. The paper will argue that the traditional concepts regarding literacy need to be re described and augmented when faced with the challenges and affordances of the digital learning environments. The paper will suggest a theoretical framework for how to understand the ways in which young people include digital technologies into their social and cultural practices. Some examples from the empirical material w
Making lifelong learning a reality for all
The impact of legal and political frameworks on accessibl
Within the EU4ALL project (www.eu4all-project.eu) extensive research has been undertaken to detect the impact of legal and political frameworks on the accessibility of lifelong learning (ALL), with a clear focus on higher education in this initial phase. The introduction of appropriate technologies in educational institutions is accompanied and shaped by legal and political concepts, measures and programmes capable of reducing or strengthening existing barriers to the participation in lifelong l
Providing Efficient Event Information Management to CSCL Applications
This work aims to explore the importance of carrying out an efficient management of the event information generated from CSCL applications during the collaborative learning process. The achievement of this task first involves the design of a conceptual model of collaborative learning interaction that captures and distinguishes several high-level collaborative learning processes, which in turns leads to a computational model. To achieve that, we first define the main types of event information ge
A Grid-Based Approach for Processing Group Activity Log Files
The information collected regarding group activity in a collaborative learning environment requires classifying, structuring and processing. The aim is to process this information in order to extract, reveal and provide students and tutors with valuable knowledge, awareness and feedback in order to successfully perform the collaborative learning activity. However, the large amount of information generated during online group activity may be timeconsuming to process and, hence, can hinder the rea
Компютърните игри – новата медия в образованието
Компютърните игри са сред най-популярните забавления не само за младите, а и за хората в по-напреднала възраст. Въпросът, който ние често си задаваме е - дали те са само забавление или могат да ни научат на нещо полезно. За децата такива игри са първия им контакт с компютрите.
Implementation of ICT in Higher Education as Interacting Activity Systems
Implementation of ICT in higher education is not a trivial process. It is however a process leading to a number of challenges and problems. The paper develops a theoretical model of the implementation of ICT in higher education based on activity theory and on a case study in a Danish university. The model suggest that implementation in itself is an activity system. The implementation activity is composed of three processes: Selection of ICT; adaptation of ICT and change of practice with ICT. Fur
The role of interactive visualizations in the development of concepts of logic.
The main objective of the experiments described in this paper is to examine whether instructional variables often used in learning empirical sciences can also be used to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in the formal sciences, particularly in learning logic. In learning empirical sciences, many positive effects have been reported which can be accounted for by the use of visualisation techniques, multiple representations and possibilities for the learners to interact with repres
I Make Note of This
The illustration is an open music score. Father Christmas is the composer and the greeting is written in musical notes and clef signs on the staffs. It says: I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE BRIGHTEST OF NEW YEARS.
often is with youngstersthey agreed to dis agree. Well it they ever intend to do such a thing that is the proper timeto do so and not wait untill it is too late for an honorable disagreementI would have liked to been atthe fair but as it was impossible I will try andbe there next fall I willbe discharged on the 27th of August if I live and I havegood prospects of that at presentfor I must close for ther isnothing of importance towrite and I will not tireyou with my foolishness So good Bye and
Auburn vs. Clemson (1954)
"The triumph was another team victory for the Plainsmen as they chalked up their fourth win in a row. Hoppy Middleton, with three first half touchdowns, lead the Auburn Tigers to a smashing 27 to 6 decision over Clemson before a Homecoming crowd of 24,000. Although the game was marred by a constant flow of penalties, the Plainsmen left no doubt of their superiority in the minds of Coach Frank Howard's elevens. The Auburn forward wall deserved much credit for the decisiveness of the victory. They
Auburn vs. Mississippi Southern (1947)
"The first stop on a rugged nine game schedule found the Tigers meeting the Mississippi Southern Panthers in Montgomery's Cramton Bowl. 15,000 amazed fans saw the Delta State eleven play heads-up football to hand the Tigers the first of seven defeats they were to encounter in 1947. A hard charging Southern forward wall held Auburn in check, while the Panther backs turned on the steam to whip the impotent Tigers, 19-13. It was the great running of halfbacks Bennie Ray Nobles and Tom Phillips that