The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s New Strategic Concept
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a politico-military alliance of countries from Europe and North America. It provides a unique link between these two continents for consultation and cooperation in the field of defence and security, and the conduct of multilateral crisis management operations. In his only public lecture in Australia, NATO's senior military commander, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, will speak on NATO's new Strategic Concept, its relationships with allies, and operatio
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1.1 Popular conceptions about addiction and neural ageing

First of all, consider the following statements found in popular information media:

  • Some addictions are in the mind, like that to shopping, gambling or the internet, whereas others are in the body, like an addiction to heroin, alcohol or food.

  • Once you have tried cannabis, you are hooked for life. The craving for cannabis will never go away.

  • The thinking patterns of an addicted brain can never be changed.

  • Sm
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6.2 A rational-economic perspective on risk

A rational-economic perspective generally represents risk as a combination of the expected magnitude of a gain or loss, combined with some probability distribution of anticipated outcomes. Economic ideas of risk behaviour are founded largely on expected utility theory. Expected utility theory predicts that investors will always be risk averse. The shape of the utility curve (utility plotted against increasing wealth) is such that utility increases with wealth, but at a declining rate. This is
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13.4 Flash memory

Flash memory is an electronic form of memory which can be used, erased and reused. A flash memory card is a small storage device used to store data such as text, pictures, sound and video. These cards are used in portable devices such as digital cameras and in small portable computers, such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).

A USB flash memory, sometimes called a 'memory stick', is a small storage device which is completely external and connects to the computer via a USB por
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Introduction

Culture is just one perspective that can help us to understand more about a business. 'Business culture' is not just about how others see a business, but also about how the individuals within an organisation understand it. In this unit we explore how the concept of culture developed from research into differences between cultures at a national level. It is possible to see, or ‘feel’, that one business is different from another, and that this involves more than just how it presents itself
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4.2.1 Mapping who knows what continued

Box 4.2 Knowledge sharing at Hewlett-Packard

One knowledge management initiative involves HP educators. Bruce Karney is a member of the infrastructure team for the Corporate Education organisation, part of HP's Personnel function. Karney estimates that there are more than 2,000 educ
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Facilitating creative thinking
How do you solve your problems? This album follows two facilitators as they lead a 2-day workshop in creative problem-solving, providing a chance to adopt a new approach to the difficulties we encounter in our daily lives. Their reflections on time-keeping and good facilitation provide insight whilst the group tackle problems they’ve experienced at work, using different processes and techniques. This material forms part of The Open University course B822, Creativity, innovation and change.
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2 The purposes of geography in schools

The evidence shows that students who study geography through their school lives become some of the most employable people in our society. The organisation [the Geographical Association] comments: ‘Surely all parents would wish their children to engage with a subject that improves their life chances and helps them to develop an informed concern for the world and an ability and willingness to take positive action, b
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Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • give examples of assessment by health or social care workers.


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References

Baker, C. (ed.) (1998) Human Rights Act 1998: A Practitioner's Guide, London, Sweet and Maxwell.
Bashir, A. (1999) ‘Working in racist Britain’, Community Care, 21–27 October, p. 26.
Biehal, N., Clayden, J., Stein, M. and Wade, J. (1992) Prepared for Living? A Survey of Young People Leaving the Care of Three Local Authorities, London, National Childre
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Introduction

This unit is taken from Ouverture, a language course that concentrates on French as a tool for communication, but it also provides some insights into French society and culture through authentic printed, audio and video materials. It will be of interest to all those who want to improve their language skills in order to communicate more easily and effectively in French. This unit focuses on the French on holiday.

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Diane von Furstenberg | Talks at Google
Authors at Google and Women at Google are excited to host Diane von Furstenberg, acclaimed fashion designer and author, for a fireside chat to discuss the launch of her two new books: a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, as well as a coffee table book, Journey of a Dress. The fireside chat will be moderated by Mary Grove, Director of Google for Entrepreneurs. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Diane as she talks about her career, love, life, business, philanthropy and more.
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Greengaged
Greengaged is a not for profit organisation which aims to help the design industry respond constructively to environmental change. Founded in 2008 by Sophie Thomas from thomas.matthews, Sarah Johnson from Re-design, and Anne Chick from The Sustainable Design Research Centre at Kingston University, Greengaged offers thought leadership, and provides opportunities for knowledge sharing, both within the design industry and externally. A wide range of categories of design are covered, including gra
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Chris Hughes: Disruptive innovation in media and communication (Long)
Chris Hughes has influenced some of the most innovative disruptions in the last decade – including co-founding Facebook, leading the first Obama campaign’s social media strategy, and now re-examining the role of journalism with The New Republic. Discover more about disruptive innovation in media and communication from Hughes.
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Roundtable briefing on the current financial crisis part one of four
Professor Julian Franks describes the contributing factors to high leveraging within the banking industry and the subsequent impact on the banking crisis at an Investment Management Club roundtable briefing on the financial crisis
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Entrepreneurship and the Executive MBA
John Mullins, Associate Professor of Management Practice in Entrepreneurship, talks about the exciting learning environment on the Executive MBA
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Management Innovation Lab
Julian Birkinshaw, Co-founder of the Management Innovation Lab discusses why management innovation is a largely unexplored source of competitive advantage
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India's new global strength
Nirmalya Kumar, Professor of Marketing, discusses his new book 'India's Global Powerhouses', on the globalisation of Indian firms
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Michael Jacobides - Third briefing of the crisis compendium part two
Associate Professor Michael Jacobides discusses seizing the opportunities embedded in a downturn and industry architectures.
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Why coordination, not standardisation, is the key to successful offshoring
Phanish Puranam, Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management, explains that what really matters in the success of offshoring is coordination and links to onshore processes
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