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An entrepreneurial theorising of the recycling industry. (2010)
Thesis
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..

A reconsideration of electrostatically accelerated and confined nuclear fusion for space applications. (2010)
Journal Article
MACLEOD, C. and GOW, K.S. 2010. A reconsideration of electrostatically accelerated and confined nuclear fusion for space applications. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society [online], 63(5/6), pages 192-205. Available from: http://jbis.org.uk/paper.php?p=2010.63.192

Most present-day research into Nuclear Fusion concentrates on high-temperature plasmas combined with Inertial or Magnetic Confinement. However, there exists another body of less well-known work based on Electrostatic Acceleration and Confinement. The... Read More about A reconsideration of electrostatically accelerated and confined nuclear fusion for space applications..

An investigation of the prevalence and impact of organisational learning in UK police forces. (2010)
Thesis
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..

Beyond the barricades: the quest for global health, safety and emergency response training standards in the oil and gas industry. (2010)
Report
MARCELLA, R. and PIRIE, T. 2010. Beyond the barricades: the quest for global health, safety and emergency response training standards in the oil and gas industry. Unpublished internal document. Dubai: OPITO International FZ LLC.

An independent study, covering senior leaders in sixty companies across the globe, was conducted by the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University, to assist OPITO in exploring how internationalisation impacts on emergency response and basi... Read More about Beyond the barricades: the quest for global health, safety and emergency response training standards in the oil and gas industry..

Reflections of career, perceptions of maternity leave: a pilot study using narrative analysis. (2010)
Report
MCDOUGALL, B. 2010. Reflections of career, perceptions of maternity leave: a pilot study using narrative analysis. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University.

Maternity leave is linked to role-conflict and gender discrimination in the workplace. Decisions on working life at this time are unavoidable; it is a natural time for self reflection. It is a time when work and career are perceived to be suspended.... Read More about Reflections of career, perceptions of maternity leave: a pilot study using narrative analysis..

Scottish country of origin: its role and value in the identities of Scottish premium/luxury brands. (2010)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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..

The 'main street' in Kirkwall: a pilot research projects. (2010)
Report
BAXTER, G., GRAY, D., MORRISON, K., REID, P.H., VERGUNST, J., WILLIAMS, D. 2010. The 'main street' in Kirkwall: a pilot research projects. Draft report. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University.

In July 2010, researchers from Robert Gordon University, in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, conducted a pilot research project which investigated the role of the ˜main street (i.e. Bridge Street, Albert Street, Broad Street and Victori... Read More about The 'main street' in Kirkwall: a pilot research projects..

Alcohol and nicotine use during pregnancy: its nature, occurrence and consequences. (2010)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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)
Thesis
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..

Organizational factors shaping software process improvement in small-medium sized software teams: a multi-case analysis. (2010)
Conference Proceeding
ALLISON, I. 2010. Organizational factors shaping software process improvement in small-medium sized software teams: a multi-case analysis. In Proceedings of the 7th International conference on the quality of information and communications technology (QUATIC 2010), 29 September - 2 October 2010, Porto, Portugal. Los Alamitos: IEEE Computing Society [online], article number 5655656, pages 418-423. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/QUATIC.2010.81

Previous work looking at software process improvement (SPI) in small organizations has highlighted difficulties faced by small organizations in implementing SPI successfully, but there is little analysis to understand why this is from an organization... Read More about Organizational factors shaping software process improvement in small-medium sized software teams: a multi-case analysis..

Development and testing of thin composite palladium membrane for membrane fuel cell processors. (2010)
Thesis
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..

The best-laid schemes? The provision and accessibility of government consultation information in the UK. (2010)
Journal Article
BAXTER, G. 2010. The best-laid schemes? The provision and accessibility of government consultation information in the UK. Libri [online], 60(3), pages 253-267. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1515/libr.2010.022

In recent years, government at all levels in the UK has increasingly recognised the need for ongoing dialogue between policy makers and stakeholders during the policymaking process. Prompted by a number of factors, including devolution and New Labour... Read More about The best-laid schemes? The provision and accessibility of government consultation information in the UK..

Multi-HDCS: solving DisCSPs with complex local problems cooperatively. (2010)
Conference Proceeding
LEE, D., ARANA, I., AHRIZ, H. and HUI, K.-Y. 2009. Multi-HDCS: solving DisCSPs with complex local problems cooperatively. In Huang, X.J., Ghorbani, A.A., Hacid, M.-S. and Yamaguchi, T. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE/WIC/ACM international conference on intelligent agent technology (IAT 2010), co-located with the 2010 IEEE/WIC/ACM international conference on web intelligence (WI 2010), and the joint conference workshops (WI-IAT Workshops 2010), 31 August - 3 September 2010, Toronto, Canada. Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society [online], volume 2, article number 5614767, pages 295-302. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/WI-IAT.2010.141

We propose Multi-HDCS, a new hybrid approach for solving Distributed CSPs with complex local problems. In Multi-HDCS, each agent concurrently: (i) runs a centralised systematic search for its complex local problem; (ii) participates in a distributed... Read More about Multi-HDCS: solving DisCSPs with complex local problems cooperatively..