nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2018‒05‒28
five papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Four Case Studies to Explore the Added Value of Oxford AHSN By Marsden, G.; Martin, A.; Zamora, B.; Exley, J.; Sussex, J.; Towse, A.
  2. WeChat - using social media for the assessment of tourist preferences for environmental improvements in China By Ahlheim, Michael; Neidhardt, Jan; Siepmann, Ute; Yu, Xiaomin
  3. Development of Proposals for the Integration of OECD Standards and Best Practices into Priority Projects of the Government of the Russian Federation By Levashenko, Antonina; Ermokhin, Ivan
  4. Does Workfare Work Well? The Case of the Employment Generation Program for the Poorest in Bangladesh By Cho, Yoon Y.; Ruthbah, Ummul
  5. The international sales accelerator: A project management tool for improving sales performance in foreign target markets By Gerybadze, Alexander; Wiesenauer, Simone

  1. By: Marsden, G.; Martin, A.; Zamora, B.; Exley, J.; Sussex, J.; Towse, A.
    Abstract: The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) wishes to demonstrate the value of the various projects and programmes that the network has developed and implemented since it was established in 2013. In order to do this, OHE Consulting and RAND Europe conducted analyses of four case study projects - 1. Anxiety & Depression Clinical Network - A targeted 5% improvement in recovery rates 2. Maternity Clinical Network - Improving referral pathways for preterm babies 3. Energy project - Quantifying the value of energy savings and carbon reduction 4. Intermittent Pneumatic Compression - Increasing utilisation of IPCs in immobile stroke patients. The four case studies were chosen as examples of areas in which the Oxford AHSN has played a crucial role in improving patient care, and areas in which analysis of added value is feasible. The analyses were designed to assess the added value of the Oxford AHSN in relation to the case study projects, rather than to assess the 'cost-effectiveness' of the treatments being used. This report presents the methods and results of the four case studies.
    JEL: I1
    Date: 2016–09–01
  2. By: Ahlheim, Michael; Neidhardt, Jan; Siepmann, Ute; Yu, Xiaomin
    Abstract: Environmental valuation studies with tourists have been very popular already over a long period of time. Tourists are an important stakeholder group with respect to the decision if some environmental project in a tourist region should be realized or not. Typically such studies are organized as face-to-face surveys conducted in the respective vacation areas. Tourists are asked their willingness to pay (e.g. in terms of higher entrance fees for certain amenities on site or a mark-up on accommodation prices etc.) for the implementation of an environmental project or preservation measure in that area. Based on theoretical considerations we argue that in the special case of tourist surveys internet-based surveys are preferable to face-to-face surveys under validity aspects as well as under the aspect of the representativeness of the survey results. Based on an empirical valuation study we conducted in Southwest China we illustrate the practical problems arising in the context of internet surveys in developing or threshold countries.
    Keywords: environmental valuation,reforestation,Contingent Valuation Method,internet surveys,tourist preferences,China
    JEL: D6 H4 Q23 Q51
    Date: 2018
  3. By: Levashenko, Antonina (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)); Ermokhin, Ivan (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA))
    Abstract: The paper presents a study of OECD standards and best practices of OECD countries on selected social, economic, environmental and other issues. Proposals have been made for Russia to improve national legislation, fill gaps in government programs, develop international cooperation in priority areas, and also address tasks set in the framework of priority projects.
    Keywords: OECD, reform of supervisory activities, mortgage and rental housing, urban environment, international cooperation and and exports
    Date: 2018–04
  4. By: Cho, Yoon Y. (World Bank); Ruthbah, Ummul (University of Dhaka)
    Abstract: Evidence on the effectiveness of workfare as an anti-poverty program in developing countries is weak compared with the relatively well-established role of public works during economic crisis as a social safety net. This paper contributes to evidence building by examining the impact of a large-scale workfare program in Bangladesh, the Employment Generation Program for the Poorest. Taking advantage of the program's distinguishable feature of direct wage transfer to a person's bank account, the paper uses accessibility to local banks as an instrumental variable to identify the program's impacts on rural social assistance beneficiaries. Based on locality-by-time fixed effects models over two rounds of locality panel data, the analysis finds that the Employment Generation Program for the Poorest has contributed to increasing overall household consumption and reducing outstanding loans. In particular, expenditures on quality food and health care have significantly increased, which likely helps individuals continue to engage in income-generating activities in the labor market. However, the implementation costs and poor quality of public assets built through work projects could potentially undermine the program's efficiency. Moreover, further evidence is required on the impacts of work experience through workfare on subsequent labor market outcomes and the value of public assets, to assess the program's effectiveness compared with administratively simpler alternative instruments such as unconditional cash transfers.
    Keywords: social assistance, workfare, public works, Bangladesh, poverty, consumption
    JEL: I32 O12 I38 O20
    Date: 2018–04
  5. By: Gerybadze, Alexander; Wiesenauer, Simone
    Abstract: There is a current research gap in the marketing and management literature regarding the setup of sales and distribution structures as well as the rollout in foreign target markets in order to establish countrywide presences. Due to this gap, we developed the International Sales Accelerator Model. The data collection and verification of the model took place during a thirdparty funds project with Baden-Württemberg's business development agency, and environmental agency. The results reveal that the model represents a summary of best practices from different internationalization processes of very large companies. It is a seven-stage project management tool with the objective to improve the sales performance of companies entering foreign target markets.
    Keywords: International Market Selection,Sales and Distribution Development in Foreign Markets,Environmental Technology Industry
    Date: 2018

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