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An entrepreneurial theorising of the recycling industry. (2010)
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GAN, B.C. 2010. An entrepreneurial theorising of the recycling industry. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The research interest for this study began with a general observation of the lack of theory-practice integration between the academic context of recycling and entrepreneurship set against the growth in the recycling industry. The research thus began... Read More about An entrepreneurial theorising of the recycling industry..

An investigation of the prevalence and impact of organisational learning in UK police forces. (2010)
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RITCHIE, S.H. 2010. An investigation of the prevalence and impact of organisational learning in UK police forces. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This research aims to inform the relevance of Organisational Learning (OL) to policing management practice by investigating its impact and prevalence in UK policing. In the prescriptive literature, OL is propounded as an important aspect of effective... Read More about An investigation of the prevalence and impact of organisational learning in UK police forces..

Scottish country of origin: its role and value in the identities of Scottish premium/luxury brands. (2010)
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HAMILTON, M. 2010. Scottish country of origin: its role and value in the identities of Scottish premium/luxury brands. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The focus of this study is the role and function of country of origin (COO) in the creation and communication of the brand identities of Scottish premium/luxury brands. It applies the identity concept which is well developed in the branding literatur... Read More about Scottish country of origin: its role and value in the identities of Scottish premium/luxury brands..

Development of an innovative and environmentally sustainable solid waste stream treatment process. (2010)
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RAMACHANDRAN, V. 2010. Development of an innovative and environmentally sustainable solid waste stream treatment process. Robert Gordon University, MRes thesis.

Oily sludges and oil contaminated solid wastes are generated from various sources such as from a) interceptors in petrol stations, automobile garages and rail service stations b) tank oil bottoms from crude oil storage tanks c) drill cuttings from oi... Read More about Development of an innovative and environmentally sustainable solid waste stream treatment process..

An exploration of the process of informed consent for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): the nurses' and doctors' role. (2010)
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BURKE, S.M. 2010. An exploration of the process of informed consent for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): the nurses' and doctors' role. Robert Gordon University, MRes thesis.

Experience suggests that there is variability in the knowledge of medical and nursing staff with regard to informed consent. This includes the type of information given to patients to enable them to make an informed decision in the consent process, a... Read More about An exploration of the process of informed consent for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): the nurses' and doctors' role..

Home making and identity: a psychology of personality processes in North East Scotland. (2010)
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TOWNSEND, L. 2010. Home making and identity: a psychology of personality processes in North East Scotland. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This thesis investigates the roles of identity and personality in the home making process. Well-known approaches to identity typically define context in social or temporalterms, largely neglecting the physical environment. Personalisation of the dwel... Read More about Home making and identity: a psychology of personality processes in North East Scotland..

Molecular aspects of the link between obesity, insulin resistance and breast cancer. (2010)
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WEICHHAUS, M.G. 2010. Molecular aspects of the link between obesity, insulin resistance and breast cancer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Obesity is a multi-factorial metabolic disease, resulting in increased adipose tissue acquisition by the host. This disease increases the risk for developing co-morbidities, including Metabolic Syndrome and other disorders such as breast cancer. Obes... Read More about Molecular aspects of the link between obesity, insulin resistance and breast cancer..

Alcohol and nicotine use during pregnancy: its nature, occurrence and consequences. (2010)
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DUNCAN, E.M. 2010. Alcohol and nicotine use during pregnancy: its nature, occurrence and consequences. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This PhD project investigated the nature, occurrence , and consequences of alcohol and nicotine use during pregnancy. The main objective bieng to identify those at risk of continued alcohol and nicotine use, to determine the current practice of midwi... Read More about Alcohol and nicotine use during pregnancy: its nature, occurrence and consequences..

Emotional support in palliative care nursing: a concept analysis. (2010)
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WATSON, F.C.T. 2010. Emotional support in palliative care nursing: a concept analysis. Robert Gordon University, MRes thesis.

This thesis reports a study that aimed to examine the use of the term emotional support within palliative care nursing. The term ┼żemotional supportŸ appears frequently in the nursing literature, however, there is no clear definition of what it is and... Read More about Emotional support in palliative care nursing: a concept analysis..

Entrepreneurial networking, trust process and virtual interactions. (2010)
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HARDWICK, J.Y. 2010. Entrepreneurial networking, trust process and virtual interactions. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The aim of this research was to understand the entrepreneurial networking process and the role played by virtual interactions. In particular, the objective was to establishing how, and if, virtual interactions enhanced collaborative incremental produ... Read More about Entrepreneurial networking, trust process and virtual interactions..

Development and evaluation of oral solid dosage forms for colonic delivery of drugs for the treatment of cystinosis. (2010)
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IBIE, C.O. 2010. Development and evaluation of oral solid dosage forms for colonic delivery of drugs for the treatment of cystinosis. Robert Gordon University, MRes thesis.

Modified-release multiparticulate pellets have been produced by the process of extrusion and spheronisation for colon-targeted delivery of cystamine, a cysteamine derivative. Orally-ingested cysteamine formulations, used in the treatment of cystinosi... Read More about Development and evaluation of oral solid dosage forms for colonic delivery of drugs for the treatment of cystinosis..

Specific and non-specific interactions on carbon material surfaces. (2010)
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ANDREU, A.Y. 2010. Specific and non-specific interactions on carbon material surfaces. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The interactions which occur between both polar and non-polar fluid phases and surfaces of various carbon materials: Activated Carbon (AC), non-porous Carbon Black (CB) and Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs)with different surface chemistry have been... Read More about Specific and non-specific interactions on carbon material surfaces..

Development and testing of thin composite palladium membrane for membrane fuel cell processors. (2010)
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CHEN, C.C. 2010. Development and testing of thin composite palladium membrane for membrane fuel cell processors. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The Palladium (Pd) based membranes have long been the focus of studies for the separation of hydrogen due to its high permeability and selectivity toward hydrogen. However, palladium is a precious metal and extremely expensive and its wider applicati... Read More about Development and testing of thin composite palladium membrane for membrane fuel cell processors..

Enhancing the capabilities of small producers in developing countries to meet global challenges: an investigation into the contribution of international craft development initiatives. (2010)
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REIJONEN, E.K. 2010. Enhancing the capabilities of small producers in developing countries to meet global challenges: an investigation into the contribution of international craft development initiatives. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Worldwide, externally supported craft development initiatives aim to enhance the capability of local craft producers to succeed in globalized markets. However, the contribution that these organizations make towards the abilities of local actors remai... Read More about Enhancing the capabilities of small producers in developing countries to meet global challenges: an investigation into the contribution of international craft development initiatives..

The characterisation and identification of body fluid proteins for forensic purposes. (2010)
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VINCINI, L. 2010. The characterisation and identification of body fluid proteins for forensic purposes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Advances in DNA technology have led to the extremely sensitive and rapid analysis methods used in forensic science. It can often be crucial to a criminal case to unequivocally identify the body fluid source of DNA. This is of particular importance in... Read More about The characterisation and identification of body fluid proteins for forensic purposes..

Novel bisnaphthalimidopropyl polyamine derivatives: their mode of action in a breast cancer cell system. (2010)
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BARRON, G. 2010. Novel bisnaphthalimidopropyl polyamine derivatives: their mode of action in a breast cancer cell system. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The synthesis and characterisation of novel bisnaphthalimidopropyl polyamine (BNIPP) derivatives, has gained pace over the last couple of years, as they have enhanced aqueous solubility, without loss of biological activity, in contrast to parent bisn... Read More about Novel bisnaphthalimidopropyl polyamine derivatives: their mode of action in a breast cancer cell system..

Development of a novel single-phase auto-reclosing scheme for distribution network with integrated distributed generation. (2010)
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TAN, S.F. 2010. Development of a novel single-phase auto-reclosing scheme for distribution network with integrated distributed generation. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

According to G59 recommendation, the common practice adopted by utilities in the UK is to disconnect Distributed generators (DGs) immediately once a network fault is detected to prevent islanding operation and disruption of the operation of conventio... Read More about Development of a novel single-phase auto-reclosing scheme for distribution network with integrated distributed generation..

Development and application of novel tracers for environmental applications. (2010)
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ADAMS, M. 2010. Development and application of novel tracers for environmental applications. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Novel glass tracers, organic and inorganic polymers based on narrow band atomic fluorescence, have been developed for deployment as environmental tracers. The use of discrete fluorescent species in an environmentally stable host has been investigated... Read More about Development and application of novel tracers for environmental applications..

Fostering the delivery of wind power: an evaluation of the performance of policy instruments in three European Union member states. (2010)
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OTITOJU, A. 2010. Fostering the delivery of wind power: an evaluation of the performance of policy instruments in three European Union member states. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Worldwide energy policies are built on three pillars: ˜cost competitiveness, ˜security of energy supply, and ˜environmental responsibility. This has brought about the integration of renewable energy sources into national systems with the deployment o... Read More about Fostering the delivery of wind power: an evaluation of the performance of policy instruments in three European Union member states..

CEO and CSR: business leaders and corporate social responsibility. (2010)
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RUSSELL, E.O. 2010. CEO and CSR: business leaders and corporate social responsibility. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

The increasing commercial and social pressure for business leaders to act in a socially responsible manner is undermined by the lack of standards in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) legislation, auditing, indexing, and reporting. Moreover, CSR r... Read More about CEO and CSR: business leaders and corporate social responsibility..